Balanced Hormones Mean Better Health

January 13th, 2013

Hormones “instruct” certain organs and other bodily systems to perform certain tasks. These tasks are synchronized by master control centers in your brain such as the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. When these organs and systems complete the assignment given by master control, other hormones are dispatched to tell them “task completed.”

Hormone Life Cycle

We make hormones, use them and get rid of them (hormone detoxification). Imbalance can occur at any of these stages or steps. For example, there are ‘fake’ hormones in many plastic water bottles. These fake hormones – called xenoestrogens – give commands that sound like nonsense to your organs. Your body produces inflammation in that region to trying get rid of (detoxification) the fake hormone. This is a common cause of fibroids in the breast or uterus.

Hormones Come From Fats

Good fats make good hormones. Bad fats make bad hormones. Your liver converts dietary fats into cholesterol., and your liver makes different kinds of cholesterol. Good cholesterol (HDL) makes good hormones. Bad cholesterol (LDL) makes bad hormones. To maintain a good hormone balance, eat good fats and take essential fatty acid supplements such as OmegaPrime®.

Hormones Are Easily Imbalanced

As mentioned earlier, certain toxins will disrupt hormones.  The number one disrupter that causing hormone imbalance may be toxins, and a close second is stress. Remember, toxins disrupt hormones by replacing them and speaking nonsense and creating inflammation in your body. Stress disrupts hormones by blocking or preventing your body from converting good fats into good cholesterol (usually seen in low HDL in your blood test) and converting cholesterol into the finished hormones such as estrogen and testosterone. This is usually seen in elevated total cholesterol and elevated ‘bad’ cholesterol.

The main hormone processing center is the liver. Here hormones are created and removed (detoxified). Your master control centers direct the liver to make more cholesterol in response to low hormones. Once ‘used,’ liver enzymes must detoxify hormones and excrete them. If hormones linger too long they become toxic.

Most signs of hormone imbalance, from night sweats to weight gain around the abdomen, are signs of hormone toxicity. Other signs we may not readily recognize as hormone imbalance include thinning hair and thinning muscles. Whatever the signs you are experiencing, for hormone detoxification we have no better approach than the supplement Balanced Woman® and Prostate Health Formula™. Balanced Woman supports liver detoxification. Prostate Health Formula hinders the good hormones from being neutralized and turned into dormant hormones.

Conclusion

Many causes of hormone imbalance are resolved with simple application of nutrients and nurturing: nutrients to support the making, using, and detoxification of hormones. Nurturing to encourage stress management, peaceful sleep, vigorous activity and a diet high in good fats, low in bad fats. We need to do all we can to live a healthy life and rely on medical care as a supplement to “self-care.”

 

Why Do We Get Indigestion?

January 5th, 2013

There are three progressions leading to the pain of indigestion:

  • Antecedents – An antecedent is something that comes before something else. It could be something like stress, an enzyme deficiency or an imbalance in probiotics. FloraVita™ and Adaptuit™ might be helpful in addressing many antecedents of indigestion.
  • Triggers – Anything from food allergies to infections, toxins, bad food combinations and overeating can be a trigger. Your trigger is whatever triggers indigestion in you today – right now, and they can change over time.
  • Inflammatory mediators – These are the chemicals secreted by your cells to help correct the imbalance created by antecedents and triggers. Inflammation is your body’s way of coping with injury, toxicity, certain deficiencies (a fiber deficiency, for example, may cause indigestion), and stress. Indigestion causes pain and discomfort which can motivate us to do something that restores balance.

Some tips for reducing indigestion include:

  • Eat in a happy environment, preferably surrounded by people you love and happy conversation.
  • Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly until it is liquid.
  • Select high-fiber, low-sugar foods.
  • Don’t combine sweet foods with concentrated proteins.
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol.
  • Don’t overeat.

If stress is an antecedent of indigestion for you, consider taking one ounce of Adaptuit at the beginning of each meal. If you believe low enzymes or imbalanced probiotics are a source of indigestion for you, consider taking two FloraVita at the beginning of each meal.

Food allergies are real and valid causes of indigestion. Consider being tested for food allergies if you experience frequent heartburn and indigestion. Infections such as Helicobacter pylori can also cause indigestion and require medical treatment; there is often a zinc deficiency near the root of many digestive infections.  Zinc is an essential mineral found in a daily multi-nutrient complex like TriVita’s  Wellavoh™ and VitaDaily™ AM/PM.

Many people find relief from indigestion by following these simple suggestions and taking Nopalea™ once or twice daily.  Nopalea reduces inflammation that may be causing the “fire in the belly” called indigestion that affects millions of people!

Note:   Always see your physician when you have chronic indigestion as this may be a sign of a serious condition.

 

I’m a YouTube Publisher

October 17th, 2012

Well, I’ve finally done it. I’ve entered the realm of video publishing. You can see my first video on YouTube. The title:  Is Sublingual B12 Part of Your Blood Sugar Solution? I don’t know that it will rate as a “work of art”, but I believe some of you will find it useful.  It discusses how vitamin b12 and especially sublingual b12 can be of use when treating a blood sugar condition. There are many drugs that deplete your b12 reserves. The video discusses how people taking metformin, a drug for treatment of high blood sugar, often experience a decrease of vitamin b12 in their bloodstream.  Researchers looking into this concluded that the possiblility of b12 deficiency should be considered for those under treatment for a blood sugar condition. To watch the video, click on http://youtu.be/dW5y64uBsLQ

Pregnancy Makes Huge Demands On Vitamin B12

October 9th, 2010

Vitamin B12 can be stored in the body because it is water soluble. Every expectant mother would do well to provide her liver with good reserves of this essential nutrient, since pregnancy makes unusual demands on those stores. A woman has two strikes against her in regard to B12 reserves if she has been on the Pill.  A research team from Ohio State University College of Medicine found that healthy women who were taking contraceptives experienced a rapid fall in serum B12 values by an average of 40 percent lower than the control group who had not taken contraceptives. The stress of pregnancy on the top of this reduction caused by the Pill can put both mother and the baby in risk as far as B12 reserves are concerned, unless the mother takes more of this vitamin than many prenatal vitamin supplements provide.

Next time we will discuss the special need of vitamin B12 for vegetarians.

B12 Is A Growth Factor And ADD/ADHD Factor

October 3rd, 2010

A review in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition supports the conclusion that B12 exerts a “growth-promoting” effect when given as a dietary supplement to children suffering from growth failure. With the increase in growth came other signs of improved health. Classroom teachers became aware that some of their pupils were improving in behavior, attitude, and school work. At the same time, they displayed less tension and fatigue, greater interest and concentration , and demonstrated better all-around progress.  Parents, also, concurred in these findings. After administering vitamin B12, the children showed a change in growth rate and had more physical energy . They were more alert, better behaved, and their appetites improved notably .

Next time, we’ll discuss pregnancy’s affect on B12 demand.