hormone fluctuation

The Vagus Nerve – the self-help key to beating stress

The Vagus nerve is one of the 12 pairs of cranial nerves. Unlike almost all our other nerves that emerge from the spine (hence chiropractic's fascination for spinal manipulation), cranial nerves emerge directly out of the brain to travel to their target tissues. The job of cranial nerves is usually of critical importance to survival. In the case of the Vagus Nerve, we have our primary mechanism for dealing with stress and its long term destructive effects.

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Agave Nectar- to eat or not to eat…

Among the many natural sweeteners gaining in popularity nowadays is Agave nectar. The Agave plant is a spiky desert succulent related to the Yucca, whose sap has been boiled down into a sweet edible syrup by Native American peoples for millennia. In recent decades, industrial processing has enabled the manufacture of stable Agave syrup for commercial production, but this process is rather more complicated than traditional methods, with the resulting product being neither natural, nor particularly healthy.

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Addressing Menopause

Women are increasingly concerned about the potential dangers of fluctuating hormone levels during and following menopause – but synthetic hormone replacement therapy has come under fire for its potential risks.  What’s a woman to do? Consider natural alternatives.   In the past 40 years, menopause, once unmentioned and borne in silence in Western society, has come to be regarded as one of the key life events that can compromise women’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. With the increase in women’s life expectancy and their expectation of retaining vitality and vigor far longer than their mothers, women initially were offered a solution in the form of hormone replacement therapy. However, HRT is a fairly crude attempt to offset the decrease in natural hormone levels occurring at menopause by introducing a variety of synthetic or animal estrogenic compounds and/or progesterone, at various levels, with dosage largely adjusted by a process of trial and error.

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