Stress and Anxiety Wreak Havoc on Hormones

By David Naum –

Most of us would like to believe that we live and experience life through our intellect, but this is not so. Our lives are experienced through our emotions and their centers. If our reality does not reflect our beliefs, conflict is created emotionally and becomes what is called stress.

Worrying about a future event is anxiety. Both of these when persistent or ongoing can cause serious hormonal problems.

Generally,the first glands to be affected adversely by ongoing emotional stress are the adrenal glands. These glands sit over each kidney and among other things give us energy when we are active. As they weaken we get tired easily and by mid afternoon can become downright fatigued.

As the glands are weakened the thyroid gland compensates by also weakening, taking you towards a state of hypothyroidism. The thyroid is responsible for your base metabolic rate at rest. As both the adrenals and thyroid weaken, fatigue, irritability, and weight gain may be noticed.

Prolonged stress will increase the amount of insulin put out by the pancreas which over time can result in the desensitization of the insulin receptors on the cells which can lead to the condition of type II diabetes.

As you can see, the entire endocrine system comprised of the adrenals, the thyroid gland, the ovaries, the testes. the pancreas, the pituitary, and the hypothalmus all work together.

As the adrenals and thyroid deregulate, it can cause the pituitary to weaken causing problems like added weight, lessened thyroid function, fatigue, menstrual difficulties, fluid retention, and sleep difficulties.

Added weight can cause a host of other problems including the production of more estrogen leading to a state of estrogen dominance. As some of you ladies may know, this may result in heavy bleeding and clotting, irritability, depression, headaches, insomnia, mental fog, breast lumpiness, fibrocystic breasts, blood sugar instability, weight gain, uterine fibroids, polycystic ovaries, and gall bladder dysfunction.
Too much estrogen has also been associated with an increase risk of cancer.

One very important note. Any excess hormone has the potential to cause deregulation throughout the endocrine system. One of the worst offenders is the birth control pills. Women are told the pill regulates the cycle but this is not true. The pill suppresses the cycle by keeping you in estrogen dominance.

Retraining the endocrine system is possible using specific natural supplementation.

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