By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND Your adrenal glands are your stress organs, producing hormones such as adrenalin, cortisol and DHEA. They are extremely important for overall hormonal health, and from my clinical experience are often at the source of many health issues ranging from: PMS, infertility, digestive complaints, headaches, fatigue, insomnia and anxiety. Stress can also worsen or aggravate many other health conditions such as
By Cora Tomowich, MScPT, HON.BKIN “I have so much trouble getting to sleep.” “I wake up 10 times a night, I can never get comfortable, and I just can’t get back to sleep.” “Since I had my kids, I forget what it’s like to get a good night’s sleep.” How many of you have either heard or uttered sentences like these? Well, you are not
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND This is the first article in a series called “You’re not alone…” Every day in my practice, I hear from women who feel very alone in their struggle either physically or emotionally. My intention is to normalize some of these things, and provide you with insight and resources. Upcoming posts will deal with issues such as miscarriage, postpartum anxiety, recurrent
Many women I have spoken with over the years list irritability as one of the complaints that brings them to a naturopathic consult. First of all, this is a common response to being overwhelmed in life – too many demands and not enough time for self-care. Building in some regular time for yourself can make a big impact on day to day irritability. There are however, many physiological imbalances that can also lead to more irritability.
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND Fatigue, or tiredness is the number one complaint that brings people in for naturopathic care. There are many underlying factors to investigate in determining the cause of tiredness. Below is my top 10 list of factors that YOU should look into. Many of these are missed in a conventional medical work-up. 1. Adrenal gland function: We live in a world
We live in a culture that is very adrenalin and testosterone driven. Adrenalin is what we turn on to fight traffic, to make a deadline, to deal with the constant rushing of life, to get to work on time, to push through a boot camp workout or a spin class, etc. You probably know the feeling of internal overdrive when you’re pushing hard on adrenalin. Testosterone is hormone associated with being driven, ambitious, competitive, aggressive, and dominant, which is highly valued in most businesses and is seen to be a positive trait for success in life. But what happens to women’s hormones in a culture that values us to be in this adrenalin / testosterone state?
One of the consequences of being under a prolonged period of high stress is that our brain forgets how to turn off and reset. We’re constantly on alert with poor sleep, sensitivity to stress, poor digestion, hormone imbalance, impaired fertility, weight gain and blood sugar imbalances. This is what I call ‘stress overdrive’. It’s where you can’t relax, even when you have time off to recover, and your mind is constantly going.
By Dr. Hilary Booth, ND I recently wrote about high cortisol levels, and today I want to continue that conversation by discussing what happens to the body when we can no longer cope with long-term, high stress levels. Eventually our adrenal glands crash, and they stop producing enough cortisol. This state of abnormally low cortisol is referred to as adrenal fatigue. A reminder of our
By: Dr. Hilary Booth, ND Cortisol is commonly referred to as the “stress hormone”, as it is released in response to stressful situations, but is also a normal and healthy part of our hormone system. However, when people experience high stress on a daily basis their cortisol levels become chronically increased and we see negative impacts on their health. What does a NORMAL cortisol rhythm
By Dr. Hilary Booth, ND I spend a lot of time talking with my patients about the dangers of stress. Stress increases your risk of the flu, cancer, heart disease, obesity, and insomnia, just to name a few. However, my mind was recently blown by a study that found that the experience of stress is actually relatively harmless. Instead, our belief about stress is what