The endocrine system is vast but for the purposes of our radio show topic this evening we are going to focus on the hormone systems that are regulated through the adrenals, thyroid and pancreas.
Hormones are chemical messengers that travel through the bloodstream to tissues and organs to help them do their work. They tell your body what to do, when to do it, and for how long. Hormones work slowly, over time, and affect many processes including bone growth, metabolism, mood, sexual function, and reproduction. When your hormones are turned on and properly balanced you have a stable cellular environment in which to function but an imbalance can send your entire system into disruption.
When it comes to the thyroid, adrenal, pancreas axis there is an ongoing debate among natural medicine practitioners about what comes first and what do you treat first? Dr. Dean has commented that she thinks it’s a moot point because there is a primary cause to much hormone disruption – mineral deficiency and yeast overgrowth.
Think about that for a minute and really let it sink in because if you have struggled with thyroid issues, adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalance or insulin resistance there is a clear path of recovery before you. It’s likely with proper remineralization your system can regain its balance and poise.
There is much confusion in the natural health community about working with hormone imbalances such as those found in the thyroid and adrenals. For example, many popular and well-respected doctors report:
“Most patients with Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism will have weight gain, acid reflux, nutrient deficiencies, anemia, leaky gut, food allergies and adrenal insufficiency. Symptoms of impaired digestion, absorption, anxiety, chronic-fatigue and environmental allergies may be seen as well.
Conventional medicine only looks at each body system as a separate category, and isn’t concerned with the thyroid’s ability to produce thyroid hormone and doesn’t acknowledge that Hashimoto’s is more than just hypothyroidism.”
While many doctors will agree that the most common reasons for hormone imbalance are poor diet, intense emotional stress, chronic inflammation, and vitamin or mineral deficiencies they don’t typically dig deeper to ask the next question: what deficiencies are causing the inflammation and underactive thyroid and what dietary intake is feeding into the problem?
Investigating the role of minerals in the creation of hormones is a critical step to resolving these imbalances and one that Dr. Carolyn Dean has throughly researched. Once you understand hormones are chemical messengers then it makes sense that if the chemical messengers themselves don’t get the message that minerals and vitamins provide – then how can they do their jobs properly?
The treatment for adrenal fatigue begins with sodium, which is vitally important for proper adrenal function. If your adrenal glands are weak or depleted as indicated by exhaustion, low blood pressure and chronic stress, there is a combined sodium and magnesium depletion. If you start taking large doses of magnesium without replacing sodium, you may feel even worse. Dr. Dean recommends ¼ tsp of sea salt in every quart of drinking water. How much water? Half your body weight in ounces of water.
The best diet for the adrenals is a yeast-free diet avoiding sugar, wheat, and dairy to cut down on the body-wide inflammation that yeast produces. A poor diet of refined sugars, high gluten wheat, and processed dairy feeds yeast. Diet, antibiotics, and cortisol from acute and chronic emotional stress cause yeast overgrowth.
There are 178 different yeast toxins that are produced by yeast in their life cycle. These toxins are absorbed into the bloodstream and lead to a chronic inflammatory state that can cause arthritis, chronic fatigue, and pain. Magnesium and molybdenum help detoxify yeast toxins. Some yeast toxins can directly block thyroid function and possibly adrenal function as well. The best anti-inflammatory agent available to the body is magnesium. When magnesium is depleted because of being overused, adrenal fatigue symptoms continue unabated.
The adrenals are supported with food-based Vitamin C Complex like Whole C ReSet and Vitamin B Complex like ReAline.
Another important aspect of adrenal recovery is to face the cause of your stress, release it and rest. Overload and overwhelm can be balanced with rest and recuperation time. Dr. Dean calls it “Lying Down Therapy.” Please don’t think you can “tough it out” and just “muscle your way through” adrenal fatigue. That’s the worst thing you can do. You may require 8-10 hours of sleep and naps to fully recover. It’s extremely important to take care of your adrenals because they are responsible for the production of more than 50 hormones that are essential for proper body function.
Extra sleep, rest, sea salt and high dose magnesium work to help alleviate adrenal fatigue. ReMyte is also beneficial to support the adrenals and address issues of the pancreas and thyroid. Another requirement for making your own hormones is properly functioning enzyme systems. And we know that in order for enzyme systems to function properly you need lots of bioavailable magnesium.
Some practitioners suggest that you have to take DHEA and pregnenolone for adrenal repair but Dr. Dean has some more simple suggestions. Instead of immediately jumping to hormone replacement, let’s use the proper building blocks to make our own hormones. For example, transdermal magnesium using ReMag Lotion on the skin will stimulate DHEA receptors. You need cholesterol to make hormones like pregnenolone and for cholesterol so you need good fats such as olive oil and coconut oil.
An under active thyroid, as one of the triggers for adrenal fatigue, has its own list of causes that include thyroid receptor blockage due to yeast toxins. So, the diet for an under active thyroid is the same as for adrenal fatigue – avoid sugar, wheat and dairy and being the process of remineralizing your body. Your thyroid needs 9 minerals to make thyroid hormone and they can all be found in ReMyte include iodine, selenium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, boron, copper, magnesium, and zinc.
The sex hormones, are also supported by minerals and the proper function of the thyroid and adrenals. DHEA stimulation by transdermal magnesium will stimulate the production of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
Finally, a little bit about insulin although there is nothing little about insulin as a hormone and major regulator in the body. Insulin is produced by the pancreas and you’ll often hear individuals with thyroid depletion and adrenal insufficiency suffer from insulin resistance as well! Chronically elevated cortisol levels from adrenal stress will cause insulin receptor insensitivity. This basically means that when insulin binds to cell receptors to allow glucose (blood sugar) entry into the cell, the receptors may not respond which leaves sugar floating in the blood stream. Remember that excess sugar will be converted into fat and stored mainly around the abdomen, hips and thighs.
Dr. Dean’s solution to this quagmire is to thoroughly rely on the mineral and nutritional building blocks to balance the hormone systems. Magnesium, and the 12 minerals found in ReMyte including zinc, selenium, and chromium play an important role in regulating insulin production and balance.
So what about you? Now that you’ve taken all the information in we hope you’ve experienced the relief of knowing that this whole host of symptoms may be alleviated by addressing the primary cause of our chemical cascade of discomfort and how remineralizing your body and making a few new food and lifestyle choices will help! Tonight on our weekly radio show we’ll be talking about this topic in even GREATER detail and we’d love to address any questions or concerns you have on the show.
Dr. Carolyn Dean invites you to join us this evening for another wonderful, information packed broadcast. If you yourself are unable to make the show, you have the option to email me [Ginney] and have your question or comment included in our MailBag Segment that is featured in Hour Two. Remember, the valuable information, suggestions, and insights about your health choices can always be discussed with your doctor, should you choose to do so.