Ovarian Shutdown and Stress
Do you have a tendency to wake up at 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. and find that you are unable to fall back to sleep? Do you suffer from insomnia?
If the answer is “yes” then you should read this article.
Once women are postmenopausal (the stage of our life when you have not had a period for 12 months or more) ovaries slowly cease production of their main hormones, estrogen and progesterone.
As these hormones have protective properties against production of cortisol (stress hormone), low estrogen and progesterone levels in women increases stress sensitivities, depression and anxiety.
As you adapt to the new reality of low estrogen and zero progesterone hormones, you should start thinking of the way to decrease the effects of stress on your brain and body.
There are many steps you can take to help yourself to feel great.
The following are some of the important ones:
1. Identify and eliminate the stressors.
This is the most important step you have to take. First of all, you need to identify internal and external sources of stress. External sources are not only toxic emotions (marital, family, relationship, or financial problems), but the less obvious ones such as food intolerance (inflammatory stress), molds, viruses, GI infections, and oral infections. Internal sources of stress include by-products of oxidative stress, side effects of prescriptive medications, and digestive malabsorption. These should be taken into account when seeking to identify the underlying cause or contributing factors to your symptoms complex.
It is important to go to sleep by 10 p.m. because physical repair takes place between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. when the adrenals (producer of cortisol hormone), work their hardest to repair the body. We should also try to sleep in until 8.30 a.m. or 9 a.m. if possible. Avoid coffee and caffeinated drinks. Coffee and tea act as stimulants and interrupt sleep pattern. Herbal tea is acceptable because it does not contain caffeine.
3. No sugar.
Those with excessive stress often report symptoms such as dizziness and weakness, as the blood sugar level drops below a comfortable level for the body to function normally. To overcome this, the quick fix solution usually is to take food that is high in refined sugar such as cake or sweets, or drinks that are stimulatory to get the adrenal to put out more cortisol, such as coffee or cola drinks. The sugar level tends to increase after each quick fix, but drops after a few hours. If that process is constantly repeated, by the end of the day, the body is totally exhausted. The solution is the diet that contains foods that release sugar slowly to sustain the body during and between meals.
One of the most effective ways to prevent or reverse stress is to balance the amount of carbohydrates and proteins that are eaten with each meal. The proper ratios are approximately 2 parts carbohydrates to 1-part protein by weight. For example, 20 grams of protein with 40 grams of carbohydrates. In addition, 20% of each meal should consist of one or more high quality fats such as olive oil, almonds, avocado or flaxseed oil. Healthy fats play a major role in helping to maintain blood sugar by slowing down the release of glucose (sugar) into the bloodstream.
Do not skip breakfast. If you are low on sugar, the adrenals are instructed to secrete cortisol that help to increase blood sugar level and allow the body to function. It is therefore important to have a healthy breakfast soon after waking and not later than 10 a.m.
The best time for lunch is from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m., then a nutritious snack between 2.00 to 3.00 p.m. will be needed to sustain your body through the dip in cortisol levels that occurs between 3.00 to 4.00 p.m. Evening meals should be around 5.00 to 6.00 p.m.
A small healthy snack should be taken just before the bed time to prevent dropping the blood sugar level during the night. If the level is too low the adrenals start to secrete cortisol. Hence the reason of you waking up in the middle of the night.
Women with ovarian shutdown should not exercise the traditional way that forces you to work out harder if you are not getting results. That can stress the female metabolism, disrupt your sensitive thyroid and adrenal glands and make you feel worse. The answer, instead, is to workout smarter. Intense workout with no breaks will flood your body with cortisol. Too much cortisol can break down muscle, bone and connective tissue. It can also encourage fat storage, especially around the belly. Short burst of intensity, followed by plenty of rest and recovery, then another short burst of intensity is the ideal way for you to get the best results in the shortest time.
Walking is a great exercise but you should walk slow enough that your body doesn’t feel like it’s exercising. That way you produce less cortisol and keep your body’s fat-making hormone in check.
6. Nutritional supplementation.
The use of nutritional supplementation always needs to be individualized, based on each person’s history, background, and body metabolic system. One person’s nutrient may be another person’s toxin.
However, the one medicinal herb I can recommend for everyone that suffer with stress is Ashwagandha. It provides numerous benefits for your body and brain such as boost brain function, lower blood sugar and cortisol levels and help fight symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Daily doses of 125 mg to 5 grams for 1-3 months have shown to lower cortisol levels by 11-32%.
Ref: Insider’s guide Adrenal Stress Index Protocols by Ron Grisanti, D.C. & Dicken Weatherby, N.
Grounding -- A Simple, Pleasurable Way to Reduce Inflammation and Chronic Disease
Did you know that the energy from the Earth can help you live a healthier life? The concept is known as earthing or grounding, which is no more complicated than walking barefoot.
When you're grounded, free electrons from the Earth are transferred into your body, and these free electrons are among the most potent antioxidants known to man.
are negatively charged and free radicals are positively charged, any free radicals encountered in your tissues are electrically neutralized by these free electrons. This is why grounding is so effective against chronic inflammation.
It's important to understand that grounding is not a "treatment" or "cure" for any disease or disorder. Rather, it is one of the key mechanisms by which your body maintains equilibrium and health.
Free radical stress from exposure to pollution, cigarettes, pesticides, processed foods and electromagnetic radiation, just to name a few, continually deplete your body of electrons. The Earth, however is always electron-rich and can serve as a powerful and abundant supply of antioxidant free radical-busting electrons, provided you make an effort to stay grounded.
Without a proper supply of antioxidants, the free radicals can overwhelm your system leading to oxidative stress, inflammation and accelerated aging. "We now know that oxidative stress causes disease.
Again, exercising barefoot outdoors is a wonderful way to incorporate grounding into your daily routine. Alternatively, simply take off your shoes as much as you can when you're outdoors to take advantage of the Earth's natural healing potential.
While it may sound "too easy," the simple pleasure of walking barefoot can be a powerful health-promoting activity. A scientific review published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health in 2012 found that grounding can help:
- Improve quality of sleep and feelings of restfulness upon waking.
- Reduce muscle stiffness and soreness.
- Reduce chronic pain.
- Normalize secretion of the stress hormone cortisol, so that it adheres to a typical cycle of peaking in the morning and dipping lowest at midnight. This in turn helps promote more restful sleep and improve blood sugar regulation and weight control.
- Reduce stress and balance your autonomic nervous system by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system (which rules the "rest and digest" functions of the body) and quieting the sympathetic nervous system (which cues the "fight or flight" response).
- Reduce the severity of the inflammatory response after intense workouts.
- Raise your heart rate variability (your heart's ability to respond to stimuli).
- Speed up wound healing.
- Improve mood.
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Do you want to know what is the best way to get rid of viruses?
As we get older we are more likely to suffer physical effects as our bodies battle viruses, and antibiotics fight only bacterial infections. Therefore, WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO REMOVE A VIRUS? The answer is MONOLAURIN.
Monolaurin is an anti-viral agent found naturally in breast milk and in some foods like butter, heavy cream, but especially in coconut oil.
In recent studies performed at the United States Governments Communicable Diseases Center, CDC, MONOLAURIN has been able to dissolve the protective membrane from 14 types of human viruses. These viruses included measles, flu, herpes simplex, chickenpox, Epstein-Barr Virus, cytomegalovirus virus (a big cause of vascular, brain and heart disease), and SARS-type virus.
MONOLAURIN actually disintegrates the lipid envelope or membrane of viruses, destroying their main defense. By dissolving the viral envelope, monolaurin inhibits the virus from binding to host cells (your body) and grabbing on for dear life in preparation for releasing the virus into your innocent cells. Hence, two mechanisms result from the disintegration of the viral envelope: the virus cannot attach to cells, and it cannot reproduce, since both mechanisms depend upon an intact virus envelope.
At the first sign of infection take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil at breakfast and one at dinner time.
If you are worried about taking too much saturated fat (especially in certain health conditions) take Monolaurin in capsules.
Monolaurin – 300 mg capsules, three times a day.
Vitamin D3 combine with vitamin K2 triggers and arms the immune system.
Vitamin C – 1000 mg, three times a day.
Telomeres a secret to your longevity.
There is a direct link between telomere length and how long a person will live.
Then what are those telomeres that make us age?
Telomeres are protein DNA structure that protect our genetic data. They are involved in cell division and each time a cell divides, telomeres get shorter and shorter, leading to eventual cell death.
However, our genes and our telomeres are not necessarily our fate. Small pilot study shows for the first time that changes in diet, exercise, stress management, and social support may result in longer telomeres and therefore slow down our aging. Nutrition status such as healthy diet, adequate minerals and antioxidants intake stabilize telomeres and slow down their shortening.
Here are a few examples of recent studies which shows the connection of certain nutrients and the length of telomeres:
- Vitamin D, famous for the ability to increase immune function and prevent cancer.
Recent study from the International Journal of Obesity showed vitamin D increased telomerase activity by 19.2%.
(Int J Obes (Lond), 2012 Jun; 36(6): 805-9)
- Folic Acid, one of five nutrients used to get rid of excess homocysteine that builds up in your blood stream when you are antioxidant levels start to drop.
A study from the Journal of Nutrition suggests folic acid stimulates the activation of telomerase.
(J Nutr. 2009 Jul; 139(7): 1273-8)
- Ginkgo Biloba Extract, known as a brain booster because it helps open up blood vessels.
A study published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology shows that Ginkgo helps prevent the loss of the telomere by activating telomerase in the sensitive cells that line your blood vessels known as the endothelium.
(Feb 2007, vol.49, issue 2, pp. 111-115)
- Green Tea Extract
In a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the telomeres of green tea drinkers were about 0.46 kilobases longer, which corresponds to, “approximately a difference of five years of life.”
(Br J Nutr. 2010 Jan; 103(1): 107-13. Epub 2009 Aug 13)
- Resveratrol, well-known anti-aging nutrient from red wine increase the number of endothelial progenitor cell. These vital cells make repairs to damaged blood vessels.
According to the lead researcher from the study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, Resveratrol significantly increased telomerase activity.
(Br J Pharmacol. 2008 October; 155(3): 387-394)
- Gamma Tocotrienol, one of the forms of vitamin E
From their study published in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, the researchers concluded that after being exposed to gamma Tocotrienol for just 24 hours telomere lengths of treated cells appear to have been roughly 16% longer.
(3(1); Jan-Feb 2010)
Published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, researchers discovered that Silymarin increased telomerase activity 3-fold, reduced the number of senescent cells, and increased the activity of endothelial progenitor cells by u to 64%.
(December 2010. Volume 56. Issue 6. Pp 610-618.)