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What Have Hormones, Stress, Sleep and Weight Got To Do With Each Other?
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What Have Hormones, Stress, Sleep and Weight Got To Do With Each Other?

Everything!

Hormones

As you know, the glands of your body produce hormones. In fact, they produce more than 600 different hormones. Hormones are the chemical messengers that your glands send out to give instructions to your cells – like produce energy, go to sleep, time to wake up, digest this food, produce milk to feed the baby etc.

If there’s a breakdown in this communication system, the messages either can’t get through or they’re too weak or too strong and so get scrambled (wires get crossed), so your body starts to malfunction.

Adrenals

These glands are situated in various parts of your body and they include the adrenals (the little triangular glands above the kidneys – “ad” means above and “renal” means kidney) .

Your adrenals have a responsible job and perform many functions. One of these functions is to release a hormone called cortisol when you have any inflammation. Cortisol is your body’s own anti-inflammatory. That’s right. Your adrenals run a little factory that produces cortisol. So, when you’re under stress, those adrenals are pumping out the cortisol. Sounds good.

Stress

Stress can be defined as any mental or physical condition that causes the destruction of a few or many cells. Even something as basic as missing a meal or having an upset with someone puts stress on your body and your adrenal glands are the ones that respond to the stress.

Those tiny little glands excrete cortisol to deal with the stress. If you have any stress, they will just pump out the cortisol to deal with it.

Inflammation

Now, let’s say you have inflammation in your body and your adrenals start pumping out the cortisol to deal with it, that’s fine.

But, how about when there’s constantly some kind of inflammation caused by undetected viruses, parasites, candida, bacteria, allergies to things in the environment, food sensitivities chemical pollutants, vitamins etc, etc?

Did you know that they cause inflammation in your body? They do. Even vitamins can do this. If you’re doing a hit or miss thing with the vitamins in an attempt to resolve symptoms and you’re using the wrong ones or excessive doses, they add more strain to your adrenals as they have to deal with them too. Strange but true. Read more on What Have Hormones, Stress, Sleep and Weight Got To Do With Each Other?…

More About Calcium’s Balancing Partner, Magnesium
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More About Calcium’s Balancing Partner, Magnesium

Excerpted from the Office of Dietary Supplements, a department of the US Government.

Magnesium: What is it?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone. The other half is found predominantly inside cells of body tissues and organs. Only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, but the body works very hard to keep blood levels of magnesium constant.

Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Read more on More About Calcium’s Balancing Partner, Magnesium…

Are Headaches Stopping You?
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Are Headaches Stopping You?

A lot of attention is placed on vitamins and not enough on minerals. ALL the cells in your body depend on minerals as they are the spark plugs of your body.If you have enough minerals, your body can manufacture most vitamins it needs.

Working, exercizing, playing, walking, even working or driving in air-conditioned spaces cause the burn-up or excretion of minerals which can cause dehydration.

Drinking tons of liquids – even water – and still unable to quench your thirst is a sure sign that you are dehydrated, probably not from lack of liquid but from the lack of minerals.  Read more on Are Headaches Stopping You?…

What Has Calcium Got To Do With Sunstroke?
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What Has Calcium Got To Do With Sunstroke?

Plenty.

Would you believe that tissue calcium starvation is the source of sunstroke?

Here’s how it works. Most people get their vitamin D from the sun. The ultraviolet rays from the sun convert skin oil to vitamin D. When you get too much, you get a condition called hypervitaminosis D.

Should you get vitamin D but no vitamin F (essential fats), your blood calcium level will increase at the expense of the tissue calcium level because vitamin D not only gets calcium from your stomach but, when you have a deficiency of vitamin F, it also draws it out of your tissues and deposits it back into your blood.

That’s why people who are in the sun a lot get thick skin. They’re not getting enough vitamin F which is necessary to pull calcium into the tissues. Read more on What Has Calcium Got To Do With Sunstroke?…

Dead If You Do, Dead If You Don’t
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Dead If You Do, Dead If You Don’t

People are addicted to drugs for many reasons, medical, street, alcohol, but when they try to give up, for many it can become a case of “dead if you do, dead if you don’t”. Giving up can be as much hell as being on them.

But, did you know that drug withdrawal can be made much easier than most people realize?

Using drugs of any sort depletes your body of so many nutrients that life can become very intolerable and this can make it almost impossible for a person to give up their drugs. It really is a case of “dead if you do, dead if you don’t”.  Read more on Dead If You Do, Dead If You Don’t…

Don’t Keep Filling The Cracks, Fix Those Foundations!
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Don’t Keep Filling The Cracks, Fix Those Foundations!

I have been helping people with their health for more than 30 years. In all those years, the common denominator with almost everyone was that the symptoms they were experiencing – be it aches and pains, PMS, menopausal and andropausal (male menopause), hyperactivity in children or even adults, an inability to sleep, stress, headaches, to name a few – were caused either by deficiencies or excesses.

Excesses actually, in most cases, also boiled down to deficiencies as excesses of the wrong things like sugar, refined carbohydrates, medication, chemical exposure, toxins, drugs, alcohol or even imbalanced supplementation create deficiencies. So, when all is said and done, we are mostly dealing with deficiencies.  Read more on Don’t Keep Filling The Cracks, Fix Those Foundations!…