These days it seems like we’re all hating on our hormones. No matter what stage of life we’re in – puberty, child-bearing or menopause and beyond – we women seem to be in a constant battle to regain control of these funky little chemical messengers! Learn more about hair testing for hormone balance.
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.
Last week the American Cancer Society (ACS) issued new guidelines regarding the age and frequency at which women should receive mammograms. Previously it was recommended that women begin annual mammography screening at age 40 until age 50, at which point screening frequency could be decreased to once every two years. Now the American Cancer Society has pulled that back by changing their recommendation to annual screening beginning at age 45, and decreasing in frequency to every two years at age 55.
I covered some of the most important hormone basics in an earlier post, so now let’s talk specifically about the female hormones – estrogen and progesterone.
These female hormones, (or any other type for that matter), work throughout the body, especially in the brain and nervous system. When your female hormones are out of balance, uncomfortable symptoms can reach well beyond things like cramping, heavy bleeding, or other common reproductive-system-based complaints.
HORMONES: We all have them. We all need them. We all love to hate them. So what, exactly, do they do?
by Sue Hughes, MSEd, HHP, CNC Hormones are powerful biochemical substances that communicate with every cell in our body, telling them what to do, how to do it and when to do it. Hormones are made in very tiny amounts by glands of the endocrine system – the master control system of all of the hormones […]
It’s amazing. I swear that Doctor-Oz-recommended supplements sell out coast to coast faster than Jimmy Buffett concert tickets in the summertime! That is what can be termed “The Doctor Oz Phenomenon”. Recently Dr. Mehmet Oz has been at the forefront of the news, and not in a good way. Senators reprimanded him for making “false” claims regarding weight loss […]
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common bacterial infections of our day. They are most often caused by the migration of bacteria from the anus to the urethra where they attach to the walls of the urinary tract and multiply. The E. coli bacteria causes the majority of these infections, but don’t be alarmed to […]
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