Your Future: It’s in your body’s chemistry.
(Or Cha…Cha..Cha Changes – Your heath is a moving target.)
by Dr. Keli Samuelson ND
The chemistry of our bodies is constantly changing. Each change can make a huge difference in how your body functions and its ability to maintain a health trajectory.
High cholesterol, hypertension, increased blood sugar, stiffing of the arteries and failing muscle flexibility can all lead to serious health consequences. Tracking your hormone and nutrition levels and the presence of inflammatory markers can help you stay on track for a happy and healthy future.
There are over 200 hormones in our bodies including melatonin, insulin and adrenaline. Arguably none is more powerful nor has more impact on our bodies, whether female or male, than estrogen.
Almost every tissue and organ system is effected by estrogen. The very hormone that helps bring life into the world is also the hormone that, when it declines, brings on significant changes.
The lack of estrogen actually contributes to the stiffening of the arteries that can affect the blood flow and increase blood pressure. Estrogen also plays an important role in the total cholesterol. It helps to reduce the LDL (light density lipoprotein, the bad cholesterol) and increase the HDL (heavy density lipoprotein, the good cholesterol).
Cholesterol can vary just based on hormones with absolutely no life style change.
Cortisol and other stress hormones can trigger changes that cause blood sugar levels to raise and lead to inflammation. These hormones can also cause the body to produce more cholesterol and triglycerides.
The levels of nutrients in the body also play a huge role in keeping your body healthy.
– Magnesium helps in the smooth muscle contractility.
– Coenzyme Q 10 is an antioxidant that plays a supportive role in cardiovascular health and can effect blood pressure. Your body produces less of it as you age.
– Potassium is another essential mineral that is needed by the tissues in our bodies. People who have diets containing foods with high potassium have lower incidence of hypertension.
– Other nutrients such as vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids, and calcium also impact your own personal sustainability.
The good news: Almost all symptoms brought on by natural physiologic decline in hormones and nutrients can be prevented or treated with naturopathic therapies.
If you are concerned about the future of your health, we have a unique and successful approach to accessing and treating imbalances in the body.
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