If you slam your thumb with a hammer, there’s a pretty clear connection between that and the throbbing you feel.
If you cut your finger on broken glass, the cause and effect is obvious.
Or if you’re like I was as a kid and slide down your icy driveway, fall and slam your arm on the ground, you won’t be surprised to wear a cast for 8 weeks.
But there are other issues where it isn’t so easy to pinpoint what’s going on! Things like weight gain, exhaustion, depressed mood and headaches can be caused by several factors.
And here is one that can frequently get overlooked…
Here’s why hormones can make or break you in terms of health and how you can help ensure your levels are where they should be!
Hormones—much more than menopause!
When people hear the word hormones, images of menopausal women with hot flashes come to mind.
But that’s just a drop in the hormone bucket!
There have been over 200 hormones identified so far, and they control pretty much ALL of your body’s processes—men and women alike.
So it’s no wonder that having too much or too little of any particular hormone will have serious health consequences!
Here are some examples:
- Too much estrogen (estrogen dominance) can cause panic attacks, anxiety and migraines.
- Low thyroid hormone (hypothyroidsim) can cause weight gain, exhaustion, hair loss and dry skin.
- Insomnia can be caused by your pineal gland not producing enough melatonin.
- Insufficient insulin from your pancreas can lead to Type 2 diabetes.
- High cortisol levels can cause depression, weakened immune function and digestive problems.
- Low testosterone can cause fatigue, low libido, decreased muscle and bone mass and increased body fat.
Why are our hormones so screwed up?
Now more than any other time in our existence, people are suffering from hormonal imbalances, and at younger ages too. Instead of affecting people in their 50s and 60s we’re seeing them in our 20s and 30s.
There are many factors that can cause hormonal imbalances including:
- Chemicals like BPAs, BHC, PCBs, etc. that are abundant in our environment
- Hormones injected into the animals raised for our food supply, which in turn make their way into your body
- Low-fat diets because your body needs fats to make hormones
- Prescription drugs—especially antibiotics, birth control pills and statins
- Liver problems—because the liver is responsible for clearing old worn-out hormones from your body, as well as manufacturing cholesterol to make hormones
But the two most prevalent causes of hormonal problems are also things that are VERY common is our society today…
Poor digestion and stress!
Here’s the scoop:
1- Poor digestion and hormones
When your digestion isn’t going along so well, your system’s ability to absorb nutrients from your foods is greatly reduced. Since your body needs nutrients to make hormones, bad digestion can cause hormonal imbalances!
In addition, poor digestion can result in chronic constipation, which in turn can mean that old hormones your body is trying to eliminate with your BMs can instead be reabsorbed into circulation through the intestinal wall, creating imbalances and hyperstimulation. This can eventually even increase your risk of hormone dependent cancers like breast cancer!
But the good news is, it’s not difficult to create better digestion. You just need to make your meals easier to break down, ensure you have enough enzymes for the job, and support a healthy gut microbiome to keep your BMs regular!
The Great Taste No Pain system can help you with the meal planning part here.
Great Taste No Pain spells out what foods your should put together in your meals to make your system’s job much easier. When your body can tackle what you’ve eaten efficiently, that sets the stage for SMOOTH, comfortable digestion!
And here’s an added bonus—the dishes in the recipe section are positively luscious and insanely easy to prepare!
Enzyme shortages are also a growing concern. People who have highly processed and fast food diets (i.e.: their 4 food groups are Pizza Hut, Burger King, Twinkies and Hot Pockets) have expended WAY more enzymes than Nature ever intended them to, and can be running short as a result.
Plus the elderly and people who have had gastric or gallbladder surgery are also prone to deficiencies.
If you think you may be running low in enzymes, then a complete enzyme formula like Digestizol Max can be the answer to your prayers!
Digestizol Max’s 15 plant-derived enzymes work right alongside your body’s own enzymes to completely and thoroughly break down everythign you eat, and leave you comfortable and pain-free after eating!
Your gut microbiome plays a huge role in your digestion of certain carbs and fibers, it helps with nutrient absorption and it paves the way for more regular BMs (and less gas and bloating!).
The best way to ensure your gut microbiome is in a health-supporting balance is regular probiotic supplementation with a top-quality formula like Super Shield!
Super Shield’s 13-strain, full-spectrum probiotic blend contains strains from both the Lactobacillus species (for the small intestine) and Bifidobacterium (for the colon)—which means that your ENTIRE gut is well-supported with robust, feisty, well-studied species of friendly, helpful bacteria!
2- Stress—the pregnenolone “hog”
Pregnenolone is your “molding clay” for all of your hormones, and your body divvies it up as it’s needed to make the various types of hormones.
EXCEPT when you are stressed!
Stress hormones trump ALL other types of hormones in your body. So if you’re under chronic stress, your adrenals “hog” all of your pregnenolone to make the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol…
Leaving little or none for your other hormonal needs!
If stress is a regular companion for you, it’s time to find ways to chill out. (Keep in mind regular exercise is a great stress reducer and encourages ALL of your systems to function at their best!)
Get help from a counselor or therapist if you need it.
Also try prayer, meditation, deep breathing, aromatherapy (lavender is great), yoga and massage.
Other ideas for healthy hormones
Your doctor can do a complete hormone panel to see where you stand. Since hormones control literally everything about you, a hormone panel should be as basic as a CBC or lipid panel in assessing your health at this point!
If you find you need some hormonal “assistance” consider bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Your body has a much easier time assimilating bioidentical hormones versus synthetic hormones because they are natural and molecularly identical to hormones created by your body.
Get enough healthy fats! Your body’s ability to produce hormones is dependent on having enough fats for “raw materials.” Healthy fats include real butter, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, eggs, avocado, wild caught fish, poultry and beef.
Also consider acupuncture! Acupuncture can help balance the energy flows within your body and get your hormones back on track.
Get on a path to healthier hormone levels and see what a difference it can make for you!
To your health,
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