What is DHEA?

DHEA is a steroid hormone produced by the liver, brain and gonads.


What is DHEA responsible for?

Skin elasticity, sexual function, bone metabolism, body composition, immunity, mitochondrial function, central nervous system function, and preventing atherosclerosis. It is believed to be the “anti – aging “hormone.


DHEA Highs and Lows –

DHEA levels peak between the ages of 20-30, then begin to decline. Studies have shown that the decline in DHEA levels is a major contributor to the aging process. (osteoporosis, increased cancer risk, high BP, loss of muscle mass, loss of sex drive, diabetes etc.) Malnourishment, certain medications, and adrenal burnout have all be linked to premature depletion of DHEA levels

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Causes of Accelerated DHEA Loss

Blood sugar imbalances, and or high intake of sugar.
Poor sleep patterns.
Nutritional deficiencies through inadequate eating habits or inadequate nutrient absorption.
Stress levels, both physical and emotional.
Gut issues (IBS, Colitis, Leaky gut syndrome etc.)
Medications
Chronic inflammation

Ways to Produce/ Maintain DHEA Levels Naturally

DIET.

  • A diet high in healthy fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
  • Decrease your intake of sugar and refined, processed foods.
  • Increase your intake of Vitamin D.
  • Invest in a food sensitivity test to ensure you are not unknowingly eating foods that stress your system.
  • Try Apoptogenic herbs.  (Rhodiola, Schisandra, ginseng etc.) These are herbs that help our bodies fight stress by restoring balance within your adrenal glands and help in preventing adrenal burnout. Always check with a professional before trying any supplement if you are taking prescribed medications.

EXERCISE DAILY. 

You don’t have to try out for American Gladiator! A one hour walk in the fresh air does wonders for your body! Choose an activity you enjoy and go for it.

MANAGE STRESS.

This is a huge one. Learn your limits and work within them. Learn to say no. It isn’t a bad word. Practice deep breathing, meditation, yoga, or any other stress relieving remedy that is out there. Play around until you find what works for you and incorporate it into your everyday life.

SLEEP.

I know a lot of people out there who rely on cannabis, or prescription meds to get a good night’s sleep, but they struggle with managing stress, and limiting stimulants such as sugar, coffee, and screen time. The long-term use of cannabis has been proven to increase the overall anxiety level in users, and the use of prescription sleep aids can cause dependency.

ESSENTIAL OILS.

These are a great tool and can be used in your office, home, or car. They are used to promote relaxation, while improving your anti-aging hormone function and improving your neurotransmitter function. It is best to purchase these through a knowledgeable vendor who is educated in their proper use.

Supplementation.

There are DHEA supplements on the market, but like most supplements, there are those that support its use and those that don’t. I always recommend incorporating the above-mentioned lifestyle changes first as these are important for much more than the maintenance of DHEA. If trying a supplement, the recommended dosage is 50mg/day for up to one year.  It can be taken with or without food and is best taken in the evening.  Side effects can include increased breast tissue in men and facial hair in women.

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