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The One Thing Robbing You Of Happy Balanced Hormones

Find yourself each and every month wading through a battle of fluid retention, tender breasts, a mood that matches your 94 year old grandpa (on a good day) and a feeling of of hefty overwhelm? I’ve got some clues!  It’s time to unlock some truths as to what might really be going on and why your hormones are begging for little housekeeping.

Making sex hormones is a tough gig.  Here’s why;

Your ovaries are master players in sex hormone secretion, specifically the big guys – oestrogen and progesterone.  Whilst the majority of your progesterone is produced in the ovaries, a small amount is also produced in the adrenals.  It then gets converted to other hormones, including cortisol.

I’ve spoken about your adrenals many times here before but I have to say this specific topic of hormone battle is one of my faves, that is how cortisol can have it’s way with your sex hormones.  This is probably because so many women fall victim to this torturous coping mechanism and it is one of the most common issues I see in clinic to date.

You’re adrenals are super important. They are constantly sensitive to the stress you expose your body to and truth be told, this happens whether you think you ‘cope’ well with stress or not, they are always to your rescue and at the read to protect.  Their response is to produce cortisol as well neurotransmitters to help push the body into overdrive under stress and switch off any unnecessary energy usage like say, digestion (because who needs to chow down on a bowl of pokè when you’re trying to save yourself from danger?).  Nobody – not even Wonder Woman.

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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.