Alex Steelsmith
Harmonizing Your Hormones: Sex in the Balance
From pages 95-96 of Great Sex, Naturally: Every Woman's Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine (published by Hay House)

Your magnificent hormones drift through your body, profoundly affecting who you are, how you feel, and your overall health and vitality. They constantly influence your thoughts, emotions, behavior, and spirit, often exerting a powerful pull on even your most subtle urges and inclinations. In fact, the word hormone derives from hormé, Greek for "impulse."

Perhaps more than anything else, your hormones affect your sexuality, intimately shaping your experiences of love, attraction, and arousal. (Hormone is also related to the Greek ornynai, which means "to rouse.") If there's one thing you can do to enhance the quality of your sexuality, stay healthy, and keep your zest for life, it's to create and maintain your hormonal balance.

"The intricacies of this dance extend even beyond your body; your hormones ultimately connect you with your environment, inviting you to join with another who can share your passions and pleasures, bond with you, and join you in the dance."

Your hormones are not only an integral part of your personality, but also an extraordinary physiological phenomenon-tiny biologically active substances that are released by your glands, circulate in your body fluids, and have strong effects on parts of your anatomy far from their points of origin. Every day, a choreographed dance takes place within your physical self as these complex, multifaceted substances intermingle to create your unique sexual nature. The intricacies of this dance extend even beyond your body; your hormones ultimately connect you with your environment, inviting you to join with another who can share your passions and pleasures, bond with you, and join you in the dance.

As you go through your life, this choreography passes through many delicate transitions… and a new kind of hormonal harmony gradually emerges during every phase. Each new dance of your sexual health is as elaborate as anything you've previously experienced and perhaps even more extraordinary. Even as you pass through new transformations, your hormones continue to move in elegant synchronized patterns, your sexual nature gently re-creates itself, and the dance goes on.

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