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Finding Balance for Women

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The endocrine system is a complex interconnection of hormonal signals and active hormones that trigger each other. In a past article, we referred to the endocrine system as the conductor of an orchestra, who directs musicians to play louder or softer in order to make beautiful music. The endocrine system uses hormones to signal organs to work efficiently together. But instead of making music, the endocrine system coordinates mood, energy level, metabolism, and more.

When women have low thyroid hormone, it often impacts the hormones related to their ovarian cycle, causing infertility or irregular periods. A recent study

Stress: A one-two punch to the thyroid

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Last month I wrote about the endocrine system and how adrenal overload can cause fatigue, weight gain, and eventually affect the thyroid. This month, I’d like to focus on how life’s stresses impede the production and utilization of thyroid hormone and what you can do about it.

You already know that long term, chronic stress is one of the most common factors for adrenal dysfunction. When adrenals suffer, it influences other related endocrine organs, such as pituitary and hypothalamus. Collectively, this is called the “HPA” axis, or the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis, which works on a feedback system. The