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hormone resizedHormonal symptoms are many and hormone driven pathologies on the increase. Environmental factors, stress and an ageing population means that therapists are increasingly 
dealing with distressed couples unable to conceive, men suffering from erectile dysfunction and women tormented by hormonal tidal.

Without a doubt modern life plays a significant part in hormone imbalances because of the direct impact of stress on adrenals and on the Hypothalamus (the master control of hormone production).  However to put everything down to stress and limit understanding to the ratio of one hormone versus another can limit treatment strategies, reduce success and in the long term may cause unwanted side-effects.

To take a wholistic view means that we don’t just look at hormones, their influence and their effects, we also look at how the body will regulate their levels. By supporting regulatory functions alongside hormone production we can ensure that overall health is improved rather than simply get rid of undesirable symptoms or achieve an elusive pregnancy. Typically HRT will get rid of hot flashes but may end up increasing the risk of breast cancer [1]while IVF will often leave a woman feeling battered and increases her chances of post-partum depression[2].

The factors that directly influence hormonal production and are commonly addressed by hormone specialists (medical or otherwise) include:

  • Stress
  • Sleep
  • Exercise
  • Sexual intercourse
  • Fat/protein ration
  • Insulin resistance
  • Diseases such as tumours, hypothyroidism etc.

However the factors that control hormonal levels and significantly influence their ratio are

tofudebeest2We all want to be slim and look attractive. Weight loss is a powerful motivation for making dietary and life-style changes. However focussing on weight-loss and calories can have disastrous consequences and frequently leads to yoyo-dieting and ultimately weight gain. It can be achieved at the detriment of muscle mass, hormonal balance and immune integrity making it a potentially obsessional and non-supportive aim. Fluctuating water retention levels linked to sleep, stress, hormones and hydration can make weight watching positively demoralising.

 

Neurological effects and emotional connections

Scientific evidence is pointing out to an independent influence from our gut to our emotional brain. It follows therefore that realigning abdominal tissues would facilitate the healthy flow of information that create our feelings.

Colonic has a therapeutic influence on how we feel about our bowels which are often the seat of emotional afflictions. Yet our emotional brain and the gut are directly connected. The Vagus nerve continuously mediates from the gut to the brain and neurotransmitters (such as serotonin) produced in the intestines control the behaviour of our Gut and flood our Brain. Colonic has been shown to stimulate gut serotonin and directly affect the Vagus nerve. This undoubtedly accounts for the fact that a colonic generally leaves someone feeling peaceful, uplifted and clearer headed.

Xenoestrogens (also called endocrine disrupters) are chemical compounds that are found in our environment and resemble oestrogen. The most well-known is Bysphenol A (BPA) but all phthalates are endocrine disrupters. They are used in plastics to make them more pliable and are easily absorbed through the skin and alimentary canal.  A BPA free alternative is not always a safe alternative.

My new book "Too Young to Grow Old" is the outcome of my quest for a coherent and comprehensive understanding of human health. It is backed by fascinating and newly emerging science on the microbiota, neurology and the science of happiness.