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Since you can't always
avoid stress, understand what it does to your hormones and bones so you can act to preserve your
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No one can avoid stress, in fact,
trying to avoid it is not even a good idea. That's because short-term
stressors challenge our bodies and psyches so that we become better, healthier than we were. However,
long-term stress can be very damaging unless properly supported. Before
taking a look at how to do that, let's look at what happens to hormones and bones under long-term
For example, when women are under stress, their adrenals secrete both
adrenalin and cortisol.
cortisol for too long weakens connective tissue, suppresses her immune system, and plays havoc with her hormonal
In long-term stress, progesterone can’t enter its cell receptors due to the
presence of adrenaline, resulting in the symptoms of progesterone depletion. Thus a blood test to check for
progesterone levels may show normal levels. However, since the cell
receptors can't uptake it, the net effect on the body is one of progesterone deficiency. (This is why many health
practitioners consider saliva tests for hormones to be far more clinically relevant than blood tests.) This,
in turn, can lead to bone loss and estrogen dominance.
The bone loss takes place because progesterone levels are too low, and
therefore not doing its job of stimulating the bone-building cells (osteoblasts) to replicate and make more
The estrogen dominance takes place because hormones operate in relation to
each other. and the falling levels of progesterone make estrogen levels higher than
progesterone. In terms of bones, estrogen directs the bone repair cells (osteoclasts) to
activate. With progesterone too low to order new bone cells to be built, the estrogen-driven bone
repair cells tear down old bone but lack the bone-building cells with which to repair them.
in short, is an ever-increasing rate of bone loss.
key to reducing - even eliminating this destructive scenario is to support the adrenals. In other words, by taking
supplements that assist the adrenals in doing their job (managing stress!), these glands experience reduced
stress themselves and are thus able to better manage the rest of the demands stress has placed upon
which products or combination to use for this task is somewhat individual. That said,
there are specific herbs that are perfect for
the job. They
include Ashwaganda, Withania somnifera, Licorice Root, Rehmannia, Siberian Ginseng,
Eleuthero and Rhodeola.
Many health practitioners who are aware of this dynamic recommend that
women experiment with these various herbs or herbal combinations to find out which one (or ones) best support
their own bodies.
Before trying this, however, do check with your own health practitioner to
make certain there are no contraindications for your specific health situation. If you have high blood
pressure, you might not want to use Licorice Root long -term, and if pregnant, you may need to avoid
Ashwaganda and some other herbs .
was excerpted from the Natural Female Hormone Care online lesson series. For a free questionnaire to
assess your own hormone balance, go to NaturalFemaleHormoneCare.com
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