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Melatonin: Beyond Fall Asleep Faster

Melatonin is sleeping hormone release by pineal gland inside our brain. Melatonin is a potent antioxidant with powerful anti-cancer activity.

Cancer patient commonly prescribed melatonin for few years to help improve immunity to fight cancer. About sixty percent those above 60 year olds are lacking melatonin, worsening by the year.

That explain why elderly people tend to have difficulty to fall asleep and to maintain sleep. Those who maintain ability to have very good sleep live longer live. Melatonin is known for helping some people achieve a better night’s sleep, hence its nickname as “the sleep hormone.”

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The Danger of Adrenal Fatigue or Adrenal Exhaustion

The Danger of Adrenal Fatigue or Adrenal Exhaustion

Many people suffer in silence low functioning adrenal gland due to chronic stress. Our body has two adrenal glands, located just above each of your kidneys. Adrenal gland produces more than 100 hormones and it is control partly from the hypothalamus in the brain.

Your hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis is the system responsible for one of the most important functions in your body — the management of stress. This includes stress from every conceivable source, be it injury or disease, work or relationship problems.

Exposure to chronic stress from overwork, chronic inflammation or long-term illness, for example, can result in HPA axis dysfunction, also referred to as “adrenal fatigue” or “adrenal exhaustion.” In reaction to mental stress, adrenal glands produce cortisol hormones. Chronic stressful life can taxed the adrenal gland and lose their ability to make cortisol due to overwork.

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Thyroid Function less than optimum in 80% of people screened

The American Thyroid Association estimates that 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and up to 60 percent of these people are unaware of their condition. One in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime. As of 2014, levothyroxine, a synthetic form of thyroid hormone, was the highest-selling drug in the United States. Most individuals who take thyroid hormone will never get off the medication.

What’s so important about the thyroid, anyway?

Every cell in the body has receptors for thyroid hormone. It is responsible for the most basic aspects of our body’s function, impacting all major systems. Thyroid hormone directly acts on the brain, the GI tract, the cardiovascular system, bone metabolism, red blood cell metabolism, gallbladder and liver function, steroid hormone production, glucose metabolism, lipid and cholesterol metabolism, protein metabolism, and body temperature regulation.

The conventional medical approach to thyroid disorders

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Relation of Hypothyroidism and Iodine

Those screen for thyroid function in USA, 90% of them are normal. 10% not normal, usually inadequate thyroid hormone. Out of that 90%, 80% do not have enough thyroid hormone and require supplementation. In order to help thyroid hormone production, Iodine is the mineral required. Despite all the focus today on the importance of vitamins and minerals in your diet, I’m often surprised how essential ones are frequently overlooked.

We should be aware of thyroid. According Michael Platt Bio-identical hormone practitioner in Rancho Mirage, California, he rely on Thyroid Stimulation (TSH) only and the figure should be 1 mIU/L, anything above 1 mIU/L indicate “pituitary in the brain is saying, not enough thyroid!”

In practice, I usually recommend sea iodine when TSH above 1.5 mIU/L.

There’s one such mineral I think you should be more aware of. It is vitally important to your optimal health.* See the table.

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Dangers of Declining DHEA

What is DHEA? DHEA (short for dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone produced mostly in the adrenal glands. DHEA is a critical hormones that influences several other important hormones, including serotonin, testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen, and it has the ability to be transformed into almost any other hormones as the body needs it.

Every tissue of the human body has enzymes necessary for the metabolism of DHEA, and DHEA is produced in the adrenals, ovaries, testicles, and the brain which contains xix times the amount of any other tissue and organ.

Supplementation with DHEA rapidly raises levels of DHEA in the blood come in two forms, oral or cream/topical that absorb through skin.

The tremendous amount of DHEA present during youth and the fact that DHEA drops to near zero in all people just prior to death, has intrigued longevity reseachers for a long time. Will we prolong life an additional ten or twenty years if we take supplements of DHEA to maintain youthful levels? It could be possible, since studies show that an increase in blood levels of DHEA sulfate is associated with a 36% lower mortality rate from any cause.

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