There are many ways to support the adrenal glands – we can use nutritional strategies, lifestyle strategies, herbal strategies to name just a few. Another strategy is supplementing DHEA and pregnenolone for adrenal health. DHEA and pregnenolone are precursors to cortisol, progesterone, estrogen and testosterone. If a person is under chronic stress, and the adrenals are working hard to produce more cortisol to cope with that, other hormones can suffer and fall. The cortisol demand is “hogging” the building blocks which takes away from the other hormones, potentially giving rise to other symptoms over and above the adrenal fatigue. DHEA and pregnenolone supplementation can ensure that there is enough to go around for everybody.
I feel like thyroid problems get a lot of attention – many of us recognize the problems of low thyroid function, including fatigue, constipation, depression, weight gain, and dry skin and hair. Being that thyroid hormones are metabolic hormones, many of us women secretly hope for a thyroid problem, because it would explain these sneaking pounds we’ve accumulated; and subsequently we hope that thyroid treatment might help shed them away without too much extra effort on our part (oh wait, maybe that was just me.) We often don’t think about the adrenal-thyroid connection. [Read more…]
We’ve talked a lot about hormones recently, so to round it off, I’m going to add my top picks of essential oils to help get things back in balance. You can read about dietary factors, lifestyle factors and the role of phytoestrogens in previous posts to get caught up on those things. Now we turn to essential oils and hormone balance.
My favorite essential oil blend for hormones is a blend called Clary Calm. It is a blend of 12 essential oils that can help manage symptoms of hormonal change. It comes in a roller bottle, and can be easily applied to the skin on the lower abdomen or on the feet.
Welcome to week five of my 10-week series, 10 Barriers To Recovery From Lyme Disease. Today’s barrier is adrenal health.
The adrenals are the stress-management centers of the body. They’re so tiny – pea-size – and sit upon the kidneys. But boy oh boy do they take the hit for everything going on in our bodies. Any stressor on the body can impact adrenal function – physical stressors such as pain, inflammation, infection and lack of sleep; emotional stressors such as family dynamics, worry, financial burdens; nutritional stressors such as poor dietary choices (more on that later); and even “good” stressors such as too much exercise. All of these things take their toll.
Given that many Lyme patients have been ill for many years, it makes sense that the adrenal glands can really be struggling. Adrenal fatigue can manifest in many ways – but the most common is profound, unrelenting exhaustion. Others include low immune function, poor sleep quality, lack of ability to heal, and poor detoxification. Adrenal fatigue also impacts metabolism leading to weight gain. Oh yes, and foggy brain can come from adrenal fatigue also. [Read more…]
Happy Fertile Friday … at least it’s Friday-ish, I’m currently in Australia and it’s Saturday here, but I’m sneaking a post in while all the kids in this household are asleep. I’m at my sister’s house, and she has two daughters and one son, and Valentina has been having a ball with her cousins these past couple of days.
I just thought I’d write a bit today on the potential role of adrenal health on fertility, which may well tie into our story too. A couple of weeks ago, Dave and I had a consultation with a lady known as The Baby Maker (TM). She’s a naturopath in Australia, and I was told about her by a lovely midwife I met in Perth at a conference last year (thanks, Julie!). Julie had had success with her program, and I read numerous testimonials of people who had got pregnant through her protocol, even when they hadn’t had success with IVF. When I heard of her I thought we had nothing to lose, so we scheduled and had our first appointment via Skype. [Read more…]
We know that adrenal health is so important for many body functions, but I think what impacts us the most when our adrenals get depleted is the extreme fatigue that can come from it. I have talked about the impact of stress on the adrenals, and nutrition and the adrenals, now let’s have a look at a few of my favorite adrenal supplements. [Read more…]