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December 21th, 2016

DHEA and Cortisol - tug-o-war!



DHEA and cortisol  - “the emotional tug-of-war”

DHEA (dehydroepiendosterone) is an adrenal hormone released from the adrenal gland that our body can convert into some of the most important hormones for maintaining optimal health.

DHEA is a very powerful precursor to all of your major sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. (Its molecular structure is closely related to testosterone). It is also known as the “mother hormone”- the source that fuels the body’s metabolic pathway.

DHEA levels are at their highest when we are in our 20’s, and can drop to only 20% of those levels when we are in our 70’s.

Adrenal glands not only produce DHEA but they also produce the stress hormone cortisol. Physical, emotional, psychological, and biochemical stress can cause our bodies to release large levels of cortisol to help cope with stress. Cortisol can provide the body with the fortitude to fight back when stressed or run away from stress, the survival flight response better known as the fight or flight response! However, when our bodies are continually fighting stress and producing cortisol the ability to synthesize DHEA is suppressed - which is where most people realize too late - now we have a problem!

Our ability to manufacture adequate or optimal levels of essential sex hormones can be compromised due to stress, the end result is you can feel tired and exhausted both physically and mentally. I have patients in our clinic who complain of poor energy, focus, clarity, and concentration. They also may have poor sleep habits, anxiety, depression, poor libido and mood swings.

Physical disease processes such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, decreased muscle mass, bone density, poor immunity, and even cancers have been suggested to be linked to low DHEA levels. One thing we do know is that adequate levels of DHEA are needed to ensure your body can produce the hormones it needs when it needs them. I often see patients in our clinics who have what appears to be stress related issues which is why preform a dry urine adrenal evaluation.

We routinely demonstrate an inverse correlation between high stress and high cortisol to low DHEA levels. It is with this type of evaluation we can recommend treatments to optimize DHEA levels either through nutraceutical treatments, dietary changes, and/or combination of life style changes, or we can do a more targeted DHEA supplement treatment. Unfortunately, Naturopathic doctors can not prescribe DHEA in Canada.

We do know when your DHEA is in a balanced state your mood is stable and you feel clear-headed, joyful and vigorous.

DHEA is the best “feel-good” hormone we know of, it works quickly and effectively when taken with the right combination of support. Always remember to seek the advice of a Licensed Professional Doctor to help you understand the delicate balance between DHEA and cortisol. So again remember to educate, evaluate and empower yourself!



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As most of us have noticed over these last few decades modern science and technology have been advancing exponentially. Even in my short time here we have come from getting up off the sofa to turn a knob in order to change the channels on the TV. To lying on the sofa using a smart phone to operate and surf all 500 hundred channels! I believe in many ways people just take it for granted that new science is automatically the best science!

There is no doubt about the numerous benefits of newly discovered science and technology, however, we need to respect and understand the past and the science behind what we once thought of as just a simple life style and simple health practices! Practices our parents, grandparents and great grandparents used even though they didn't fully understand the science behind the benefits. They just knew these practices were beneficial, they just did not know the how and why. But now we know that our intuition was correct all along, and we have the science to prove it!

At that time experience and observation, empirical evidence, was the key factor in these older practices. Many of which were passed down from generation to generation with absolute conviction and trust. Remember these practices would have been stopped if their safety and effectiveness were in doubt. It was clearly defined over the years with no bias.

Unfortunately, as the generations passed these pearls of wisdom were forgotten, discredited and eventually lost. These pearls of wisdom are what refer to as lost wisdom!

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