Healthy Hormone Series

Are Your Adrenals Behind Your Intermittent Period?

Adrenals.  Those amazingly underestimated glands that sit perched on your kidneys and produce both your stress hormones and your sex hormones.  I had to ask myself, could their function be more bipolar since our stress hormones literally turn off our sex hormones?  Well actually, they are super smart and not only produce hormones to help you survive, these same hormones in some instances actually become pre-cursors for your sex hormones. Why work harder when you can work smarter?  You’re body has got you girl.

These glands are deeply wired to the rest of your body via the HPA axis. That is the lines of communication between the hypothalamus, pituitary and your adrenals.  If that sounds like a lot, here’s what you need to know.  The hypothalamus (in your brain) signals your pituitary (just at the stem of the brain) to stimulate the adrenals to get jobs done by way of steroid hormones like DHEA, adrenaline or dopamine to name just a few.  The adrenals control chemical reactions like fight or flight – that’s a big job.  In a nutshell, they are triggered under stress to keep you safe.  Problem is, we’re more constantly stressed than ever, due to our hectic lifestyles and modern living, hence the notion that our adrenals are not coping and ‘fatigued’ because we are putting them in a position where they need to be consistently on, rather than the natural ebbs and flows we’re designed for.

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What’s Causing Your Heavy Bleeding?

Your body, each and every day is talking to you in weird and wonderful ways.  Sometimes gentle and other times it’s like a fog horn to our eardrums, the words it is speaking to us can be overwhelming at best, especially if we don’t really understand what in the world is going on.  It was only a couple of days ago it was brought to my attention I hadn’t written in any depth about heavy bleeding.  We’ve talked about bleeding by way of spotting previously, but never really dived into it’s big sister – bleeding or for some haemorrhaging.

Heavy bleeding is outlined as being a flow that is approximately 80ml or more. That equates to approximately 16 or more soaked pads or tampons in a cycle according to our recent Period Party Podcast with Robyn Srigley.  That might seem like a lot to you, but bleeding is something that many women face each month and for some, it may continue for days at best sometimes weeks on end.  It’s always important to get to the bottom of why this is happening to you and as a first rule, visiting your health care practitioner may help provide insight and discuss an appropriate plan of attack. As a first point of call, it’s good to tick off any discrepancies with a pap smear.  We’ve talked about how to treat abnormal cervical cells before here and here.

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The Simple Secret Hormone Balancing Weapon…

I’m all about less is more and I’m all about simplicity.  After all, there’s already enough to life as it is, right?  In the spirit of all that, I continue to keep my treatment focus for patients in the clinic pretty simple too which is why it hit me like a sack of psyllium when I had the idea to create something super simple for women, to help balance their hormones.  Truthfully, my throat got to the point it started to close over (metaphorically speaking), each time I told a women to mix a few simple ingredients together in a bid to create happier hormones.  But more so, asking several weeks later if my wish had been followed through, most often I got a blank stare and a reply, “I haven’t had a chance.”

So I took the chance and made it for you. EASY!

You know it; food is medicine.  I will continue for the rest of my life to take Dr Tom Bryan’s words and use them as my own because they are so darn profound.  Food is one of two things.  It is either of benefit or deficit. There really is no in-between. It either supports health or strips it making each and every mouthful a powerful force.  When I discovered that fibre was a secret weapon for women’s hormones, I was over the moon – because fibre is something pretty simple to add to our daily regime.

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The Health Hormone Series – Testosterone

Whilst you might think testosterone is only for the fella’s, think again.  Women need testosterone and the amount we need changes throughout the course of our reproductive and non-reproductive years.  For women, testosterone is made in both the ovaries and the adrenals as well as in fatty tissue.  What you may also be unaware of, is that as we age and progress through menopause, our testosterone becomes much like a superpower.  It continues to become more important and more useful as we get older, unlike oestrogen which declines once we hit menopause, testosterone is there in full force.

That during our reproductive years there is less testosterone available.  This is because Sex Hormone Binding Globulin or SHBG binds to almost all our free testosterone during our peak years and inactivates it as we age, SHBG begins to decline allowing more available testosterone and whilst the ovaries might pack-up shop on oestrogen production, they become very important to produce testosterone once menopause arrives.  It’s also this decline in oestrogen that allows more testosterone in the body.  Seems everything within you is working towards this special hormone rising as we get older.

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Just When I Thought It Was Over… FNQ, I’m Coming For You!

This Saturday is supposed to be the Grand Finale of my tour, The Wellness Collective.  My loves, it’s fair to say we’ve been around the block and back again.  At least until this week. We had the beautiful people at GoVita Cherries in Cairns reach out and ask if we’d consider heading up north for one more event.  Truth be told – the thought of warm weather was completely appealing and in true NK style, I had already ticked off the particulars well before our friend at Go Vita got a reply.  Far North, you are on my mind.

Ladies of Australia – we’re headed to Cairns!