In order to slow aging as much as possible it is essential you learn about your body. Knowing how these perfect machines function is the first step to fine tuning your habits in order to maximize potential. We are responsible for how our bodies decay and how fast. In a perfect environment we can dramatically slow the aging process. The body functions well enough until we stop pummeling it with toxins and fake substances (processed food – perfume etc.). The closest I ever got to God was the first time I witnessed a human dissection. Every organ, gland, vein – you name it – has meaning. Seeing the blackened lungs of a smoker up close made me realize how responsible we are for our body’s condition.
Boosting the production of good hormones is critical to the anti-aging process. DHEA is one such hormone.
DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, is known as the ‘fountain of youth.’ It is made from cholesterol by the adrenal glands, which sit on top of your kidneys. Estrogen and then testosterone are both made from this steroid hormone. Someone who lacks essential levels of DHEA really can benefit from taking a supplement and they can be easily found in your local health food store. But before you supplement with DHEA capsules, first check with your health care practitioner to make sure that you are in fact deficient in this hormone.
A number of factors can strip the body of DHEA
Exposure to massive amounts of electricity
Consumption of too much vitamin C
A sedentary lifestyle
Vitamin / deficiencies
Diseases like diabetes, cancer, kidney failure, anorexia
Excessive consumption of medicines like insulin, steroids and danazol
DHEA is used by the body to produce cortisol and adrenalin, the hormones that are released during stress, depression, and fear. So, whenever these hormones are produced, DHEA levels are significantly lowered. It is a fact that excessive or chronic stress leads to depression. Levels of this important hormone are continuously lowered during stressful situations. Studies show that low DHEA and depression go hand in hand. So, by increasing its levels, you can get rid of the symptoms of depression. Increased levels of DHEA help cancel the adverse effects of stress hormones.
Symptoms of Low DHEA
Various health problems
Reduced underarm or pubic hair growth
Disappearance of hair on lower legs
Unidentified weight gain
Loss of memory
Low energy, low stamina
Mood swings during menstruation cycles
Low sex drive
Functions of DHEA
As DHEA helps in most of the physiological functions, we won’t be able to survive without it. DHEA works great for age-related disorders and it helps prevent aging. That is why it is often referred to as the “fountain of youth hormone”.
It helps improve memory.
It strengthens the immune system.
It gives more energy.
It offers you glowing skin.
It is also helpful in maintaining cardiovascular health.
It aids in weight loss.
It increases your HDL (good cholesterol) levels and thus, it helps prevent obesity.
It promotes sound sleep and boosts your mood so that you feel more relaxed and stress-free.
Improved DHEA levels help reduce fear and stress.
DHEA can block the growth of carcinogens.
Naturally increase DHEA levels with diet and some simple lifestyle changes:
- Eat good fats with plenty of omega 3 fatty acids. DHEA is made from cholesterol, and your body makes cholesterol from healthy fats. You can get essential fatty acids from a variety of oils like ghee, raw butter, cod liver, coconut oil, red palm oil, flax seed oil, evening primrose oil, pumpkin seed and olive oils.
- De-stress your life. Stress increases levels of two hormones: insulin and cortisol. These two hormones are sometimes called “the death hormones” because when blood levels of cortisol and insulin remain high, they suppress the youth hormone, DHEA. Stress also depletes the vitality of your adrenal glands that produce DHEA. So take time to breathe deeply, meditate, and spend time with friends and family. One of the most effective ways to immediately boost your DHEA levels is to be touched (as in having a great hand, foot, body or head massage). Enjoy outdoor activities, leisurely walk, etc. at list for an hour every day. Join a laughter club. Laughing out loudly helps lower the stress. It promotes release of essential hormones. Enjoying sex also helps raise the levels of the master hormone.
- Feed your thyroid and your adrenals by eating plenty of mineral-rich sea vegetables. Always cook or culture cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale and cabbage because they suppress the thyroid when they are eaten raw. Your thyroid is an active partner with the adrenals that produce DHEA so make sure it too is hearty. These two organs are tiny, but they are real workhorses in your body. Take special care to feed them right.
- Diet that is rich in animal fat can lower DHEA levels. Those who are obese are likely to suffer from scarcity of DHEA. It has been observed that restricted intake of carbohydrates and fats helps raise blood DHEA. You should include complex carbs (fruits and vegetables) and good fat (lean chicken, fish, olive oil, canola oil, etc.) in your diet. A diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids can increase the levels of this hormone significantly.
- Lack of physical activity and DHEA deficiency go hand in hand. Regular exercise plays an important role in increasing DHEA production in the body.
- Get a Good Night’s SLEEP! Your adrenal glands not only create energy, they also manufacture DHEA. If you suffer from adrenal fatigue as most people do today, you may have trouble sleeping AND your adrenals will not be able to produce adequate levels of too little DHEA to support your daily activities! Read more about how sleep affects your adrenals and how to nourish them.
- Cut out sugar. Sugar creates acidic blood. To be healthy, your blood should be slightly alkaline. When your blood becomes acidic this sets the stage for fungal, viral and bacterial infections and also for imbalances like cancer and diabetes.
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