Rap: Hormone Facts Adults Don't Always
by Dr. Loretta Lanphier, ND, CN,
Are you wondering how to handle
your body’s changes, acne, mood
swings, anger, or just plain stress?
Here’s the scoop—there’s
a possible solution to these symptoms
of hormonal problems that is simple to
determine and inexpensive, too.
Teens today experience many hormonal imbalance symptoms as a result of the
pressures of being a teen today. Too often you’re exposed to chemicals
in foods and in the environment from pesticides, plastics, beauty products,
cleaners, and lawn and garden chemicals, just to name a few sources. Water
alone can contain hormones. You’re exposed to so much junk food, fast
food, and soda. Dairy products and farmed fish have added hormones and antibiotics.
Antibiotics to control yeast and acne also stress the body. Your body can
be overloaded by the time you enter your teen years.
of you are being put on birth control
pills to control premenstrual syndrome
(PMS)— symptoms that occur before
or at the beginning of your period--or
to prevent pregnancy. Or maybe you’re
on medication for ADD or depression.
there’s all the stress that a typical
teenager today is under with school work,
social life, dating, sports, expectations
to “be the best,” high achievement
pressure, summer school, get into college,
etc. Your home environment might be stressing
you with sibling arguments, disagreements
with parents, a death in the family,
alcoholism, an unexpected divorce, or
a parent running off. Or you’re
helping a friend going through some of
these issues and share their pain. The
list is endless.
Happens to the Body
Adrenal glands, which regulate the hormones in your body, do a good job under
normal circumstances. But too much stress creates hormonal imbalances, which
then creates emotional instability. Your adrenals can get exhausted, then
can cause hormone imbalances, or hormone imbalances can cause adrenal exhaustion.
Regardless of the cause, the results are the same.
to handle all of the stress, your adrenals
produce a large amount of a steroid called
cortisol. This over production leads
to a huge reduction of the hormone progesterone.
When this happens, another hormone estrogen
takes over. So now two hormones are affected.
They have become unbalanced.
of Hormone Imbalance
Below are symptoms of this imbalance. These can occur anytime:
proneness, coordination difficulties
irritability, suicidal thoughts
swelling and pain
withdrawal from others, emotional
of preexisting conditions (lupus,
arthritis, ulcers, herpes, etc.)
sleep patterns, fatigue, lethargy
binges, salt cravings, sweet cravings
swelling and pain
Can Be Done
Progesterone can greatly improve overall hormone balance. Natural progesterone
is safe and non-toxic. It’s a natural hormone to the body with no undesirable
side effects, when used as directed. It can be bought over the counter, so
no prescription is needed. Progesterone helps to balance the effects of hormone
imbalances, and has a calming effect on the nervous system. Some teens notice
a leveling off of their emotions when they get their progesterone levels
up to where they should be. Many of the symptoms listed above disappear quickly
within the first couple of weeks of use.
Advanced Wellness we offer hormone
saliva testing kits that allow you to
test yourself within the comfort of your
own home. With test results, you can
determine your need for natural HRT.
The use of natural progesterone in combination
with lifestyle changes often improves
symptoms and general health and well
being. Progesterone administered to most
teens is about 1/4 teaspoon morning and
night depending on the severity of symptoms.
never too early to learn how to take
care of your body. Education allows you
to understand and take control of your
health. Prevention is always the best
Lanphier, ND, CN, HHP is a Doctor of
Naturopath, Clinical Nutritionist and
Holistic Health Practitioner in the Houston,
TX area and CEO/President of Oasis Advanced
Wellness. A teacher, educator and author,
she counsels Oasis Advanced Wellness
clients on the aspects of getting the
body healthy and keeping the body healthy.
As a cancer survivor, she is able to
relate extensively, both as a patient
and a practitioner, to clients suffering
from disease. Dr. Lanphier has been privileged
to share her cancer survival story with
hundreds of people during seminars and
lectures. Her passionate style of truth
and straight-forwardnessin an easy-to-understand
format is very refreshing to even the
most discerning of audiences. Dr. Lanphier
is the author of two books and many articles
on health conditions written from a natural/alternative
medicine viewpoint. Dr. Lanphier is dedicated
to helping people create lasting changes
in their health and enhancing well-being
through whole body nutritional balancing
including physician strength supplementation.
Dr. Lanphier is Editor and contributor
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