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Real Life Wellness: You’re not going crazy

By Bill Hemmer
I hear people say this over and over. They start their explanation of their problems with “You’re going to think I’m crazy but,” I don’t think they’re crazy at all! I think their body is going through changes they don’t understand, and it makes them feel crazy. Because everybody wants to control their body. But sometimes this doesn’t happen very well, and it will make them feel crazy!

So why can’t people control their body? I can tell you in one word…HORMONES! Especially as you get older your hormone levels drop and you can’t do what you did in the past. For example, all you had to do 10 years ago was not eat chips for a week and you would lose 5 pounds. Now you would have to take to working out everyday for a month and eat only salads to lose 5 pounds. Then if you ate a candy bar the 5 pounds would be back. That’s what makes you crazy!

I also talk to people everyday that are just exhausted. It doesn’t matter how much sleep they get; they still feel tired. They don’t have the patience they used to. They get sick easily. They have a hard time getting back asleep once they wake up in the middle of the night. Then they’re drained when its time to get up in the morning. This lack of restful sleep leads to depression, anxiety and irritability.

All of these symptoms are all related to your hormone levels. There are basically two groups of hormones. The first group is called the major hormones. Without these three major hormones you will eventually die. The first major hormone is insulin. Insulin controls your blood sugar levels. The second major hormone is adrenaline. Adrenaline regulates your heart beat and blood pressure. The last major hormone is called cortisol. Cortisol controls your body’s response to stress. These three hormones are necessary for you to stay alive.

The second group of hormones is called your minor hormones. They are called minor because you will still live without these hormones, but you won’t feel very well. There are many different minor hormones. The most commonly talked about minor hormones are your sex hormones. Your sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are some of the most poorly understood parts of clinical practice today. They have so many different effects and many of these effects overlap each other. This will make the physicians crazy.

When these minor hormones decrease the amount of problems people have start to increase. Menopause and Andropause (male menopause) occur as these minor hormones begin to drop off. These changes in your hormones can truly make you feel crazy, but you’re not. And there is new hope to combat these problems from a natural point of view…more about that next week.

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