DHEA and Natural Stress Management Tips

Ever felt like your anxiety, worry, irritation and nagging fatigue just won’t go away? That feeling of being “overwhelmed” is often due to the overtaxing of your adrenal glands.

But you don’t need drugs to overcome low energy and constant fatigue. Today I’ll give you some insight into the problem and show you how your body’s “feel good hormone” may help. Plus I’ll go over some natural stress management tips.

Is Your Body Stuck in “Fight or Flight” Mode?

In our modern world, you are constantly bombarded by sirens, stereos, televisions, street noise, telephones, and crowds of busy people, sometimes yelling and screaming – not to mention the challenge of making money, raising children, managing your career and enduring the violence-filled evening news.

In physiological terms, these stresses cause changes in your body.

The adrenal glands, which make adrenaline and cortisol, get to the point where they are constantly excited and distressed. Your bloodstream becomes flooded with adrenalin from short-term stress, AND cortisol from long-term stress.

Cortisol is your body’s chronic stress hormone. It gives your body the chance to pool all of its resources to deal with a crisis. And adrenaline gives you short bursts of energy to help get yourself out of trouble. The two of these hormones together create your “fight or flight” response.

Under these conditions, your body is not focused on long-term health and maintenance. It’s only concerned with the crisis in front of you. But when your body gets stuck in fight or flight mode, it drains your energy and eliminates your natural balance and ability to adapt to change.

Hormones like adrenaline and cortisol are extremely powerful. A little goes a long way. And when your adrenal glands get stuck in the “on” position, it can literally wipe you out.

You see, your body simply isn’t equipped to be stressed all the time. It prevents your body from performing other vital functions like building your immune system or laying down new bone or muscle.

At any given moment, your body is performing thousands of tasks and carrying out all sorts of remarkable feats. This is all part of its daily maintenance. But when the alarm bells sound, all energies are diverted into dealing with the crisis at hand.

If you’re like this all the time your body can’t sustain optimal health and fitness for very long. Sickness, depression and disease are right around the corner.

Get Your Energy Back by Following these Simple Steps

You can take action right away. First, you can go to your local health food store and pick up a bottle of low-dose DHEA. The leading anti-aging doctors call DHEA the “anti-stress hormone.”

DHEA stands for dehydroepiandrosterone. It’s the most abundant product of the adrenal glands when your health is stable.

DHEA is the precursor used by your body in producing sex hormones like testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. It’s produced in large quantities when you’re young, but dwindles with age. DHEA is the natural counter to cortisol.

Some of the other benefits of DHEA include:

  1. Less stress
  2. Enhanced energy
  3. A boost in immune system function
  4. Reduced body fat
  5. Increased libido
  6. Sharper memory
  7. Prevention of wrinkles and the signs of physical aging

 

You secrete DHEA when you’re well fed, secure and free of stress. But when you are under stress, you suppress DHEA and secrete adrenaline and cortisol from the adrenals instead.

This combined action puts off all long-term repair and maintenance. Every problem or injury goes unhealed and unaddressed.

One of the problems with over-the-counter DHEA is finding doses that are low enough. Most people make the mistake of taking too much. And this can be a problem. As I said earlier, hormones are very powerful. Having too much can be as problematic as not having enough.

Research suggests you should start with just 5-mg a day. See how you feel. If you need to, you can bump it up to 10-mg a day. If you feel like you could benefit from more, have a blood test to check your levels.

Do NOT take more than 10-mg a day without consulting a doctor and having your levels checked first.

Additionally, you can raise your levels of DHEA with lifestyle stress relievers. These can be helpful in lowering your levels of cortisol. Here are a few of my favorite forms of stress-reduction that will help:

  • Martial Arts
  • Meditation
  • Acupuncture
  • Yoga
  • Massage

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