The adrenals, thyroid and menopause mess our hormones radically. Pregnancy, for some reason, improves the wellbeing of the mother but after delivery there’s another story.
Personally I had to reboot the adrenals, and pre-menopause began in 2017 during my mercury fillings removal procedures. Another can of worms opened as pre-menopause settled in and later on in 2019, menopause.
“Adrenals sit on top of the kidneys, one for each kidney. The middle portion of the gland secrets the hormone epinephrine, better knows as adrenaline. The outer portion of the adrenal gland secrets cortisol. These two stress hormones define how you will react to stress of any sort. “*
I was operating in the sympathetic response only, the fight and flight response, unable to relax any longer and let the body heal. This was not intentionally done. I was severely fatigued all the time without the ability to rest, as I’ve previously mentioned. This is very typical in Lyme patients. I’m being tested in March for Addison’s disease since the latest blood test looking at the levels of cortisol in the morning came back low.
Hormones influence our emotions, and depression, anxiety, moodiness and other similar emotions are the results. My adrenals are fatigued and among Lyme patients this is a prominent finding.
This area is so in- depth I would only bore you to death talking about it and there are lots of youtube videos which do a better job at it than I would, so I’ll leave it at that.
How can you help your hormones and stress level?
Slow down your activities and try to slow down your mind, it’s very difficult I know because I’m still trying. Meditate, do yoga, watch non-violent shows and movies, choose non-violent subjects in your daily communications, walk barefoot on the grass and dirt outside, stay in the sun as much as possible.
Ashwagandha, Licorice and Asian Ginseng (panax ginseng) are good herbs to take. Avoid Licorice if you have insomnia and high blood pressure.
If you have a thyroid disfunction there are prescription drugs the doctor will prescribe for you. Ashwagandha, iodine or L-tyrosine are a natural route for supporting the Thyroid gland.
Menopause, a natural tornado as I call it, brings along with it too many imbalances and for those fighting Lyme, chronic Lyme, and other serious illnesses and diseases it’s a very unpleasant layer of crap on top of all the other layers of crap they have to deal with already. Ashwagandha helps to reduce the hot flashes, the herb VITEX restores progesterone secretion and normalizes the menstrual cycle and abstinence from sugar helps reduce the hot flashes (something nearly impossible to do with all the cravings that come along with menopause).
I hope some of this info can help someone, and chin up, the cure is coming.