Every day we tell ourselves stories. Okay, we don’t think of them as “stories” at the time, but think about it: maybe a friend says or does something hurtful. Or a person rudely cuts you off on the highway. Or maybe you have a health issue that just surfaced. In each case, what do you do? You make up a scenario – either positive or negative – based on your past experiences and your knowledge.
Articles on Stress and Adrenals
Stress and our stress-hormone-producing glands, the adrenal glands, play a HUGE roll in hormone balance. After all, the adrenal glands are responsible for picking up some of the responsibility of producing estrogen, progesterone and testosterone during perimenopause/menopause. The articles below will provide more information on stress and hormone balance.
Do you ever find yourself getting angry at your mind for never shutting up? I certainly do. With all of the “what-if” stories of the future and the “would’ve, should’ve, could’ve” stories from the past, my mind seems to run through it all over and over again on an almost hourly basis.
Roller coasters are probably not a big part of your daily life, whether you like them or not. But perceptions always are, and that’s what will affect your health, either positively or negatively. If you can learn to recognize when your perceptions help you, and when they hurt you, you will be a BIG step closer to taking back control of how you feel physically and emotionally.
The holiday season can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a time when you are least likely to take good care of yourself. This can lead to a whole host of health and immunity issues not to mention emotional struggles. Here are a few health tips to keep you happy and well during the holidays.
Minerals are to the body as spark plugs are to a car – they are necessary to make the engine run. The human body doesn’t have an engine, per se, but each cell manufactures energy, similar to an engine. Unless, of course, minerals and other nutrients are missing, at which point energy cannot be produced. When energy isn’t produced, hormones can’t be either.
Gratitude, or feeling thankful, is one of those emotions that is really easy to feel when something good happens in life. Your mood soars and your body feels energized but relaxed. Your threshold for frustration and anger goes way up. When you’re feeling grateful, it takes a lot to bring you down.
Some of the easiest, most effective things we can do to balance hormones involve changing how the body copes with stress. After all, stress affects hormone activity in a big way. The adrenal glands (the glands that produce stress-handling hormones that allow us to respond to a perceived threat) produce estrogen, progesterone and testosterone when they’re not making stress hormones.
Am I implying that stress is to blame for health concerns? Yes I am. Stress can physical or emotional, but regardless of its root cause, it becomes a vicious cycle, each leading to the other. This is where biochemistry and emotions intertwine, so to address the physical aspects of stress and disease without addressing the emotions will short-change the healing process.
Homeostasis … also called equilibrium or balance. The body is in a constant state of adjustment to achieve homeostasis in order to keep us alive and healthy. So, when left to its own devices, we can pretty much count on our bodies to do the “right” thing for survival. For healing. Pretty amazing, eh?
“I have no energy!” These are 4 words that I hear all the time from my clients! Whether they have trouble getting up and going in the morning or they crash and burn in the mid-afternoon hours, lack of energy is very, very frustrating (and can be quite worrisome) to say the least. Energy and hormone balance depend upon one […]
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