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The Pregnenolone Steal aka Low Libido

Is stress a part of your daily life? Has it become chronic……the body does not know the difference between a stressful event such as reading an email containing bad news, running late or running from the sabertooth tiger. The same response occurs: releasing of stress hormone.  Do you eat in front of a computer, thus putting your body into “fight or flight” instead of digesting in parasympathetic (calm and meditative) state? The body prioritizes survival over reproduction…….could this be why you have low libido, infertility or ED?

Hormones are cell messengers that carry important signals to different cells in the body. There can be a lot of things that go wrong in their communication and these problems can be due to a multitude of factors including: nutritional deficiencies, stress and toxicity. 

Pregnenolone is the precursor from which nearly all other steroid hormones are made, i.e. your sex and stress hormones. Once pregnenolone is synthesized, it is converted into other hormones and follows one of two pathways: sex (testosterone and estrogen) or stress (cortisol and adrenaline). 

The pregnenolone steal occurs when pregnenolone is taken from the sex pathway and diverted to the stress pathway. DHEA (sex hormone) production suffers when this occurs. When the body needs DHEA to make cortisol to deal with stress, sex hormone production suffers. Adrogenic hormones such as DHEA and testosterone are critical for libido, as well as maintaining bone density. Studies have shown that low levels of DHEA correlate with poor bone density and osteoporosis. DHEA is also critical for memory and anti-aging. 

The pregnenolone steal takes place when pregnenolone is preferentially taken away from the sex hormone pathway to the stress hormone pathway; the body prioritizes survival over libido and fertility. If the body makes DHEA from pregnenolone and that’s being “stolen” for survival, sex hormone production is going to suffer. 

Restoring viability to hormone pathways can be achieved through individualized diet, hydration and mineralization, detox, rest, stress reduction and exercise. Going to bed by 11pm and and getting a minimum of 7.5 hours sleep is critical as well. 

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Is Inflammation in the Gut the Cause of Weight Gain?

Have you tried losing weight with the calories in, calories approach? Have you tried low calorie, low glycemic, high protein, vegan, paleo and evey other diet under the sun.......and it's still NOT working? Consider that inflammation in the gut and insulin resistance may be the cause. I offer labs from SpectraCell Labratories in order to better assess my client's inability to lose weight and keep it off. 

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Acid Reflux

Acid reflux affects 50% of Americans. The hallmark symptom of acid reflux is heartburn. Acid reflux is not a disease caused by excessive acid production in your stomach; your stomach makes hydrochloric acid for many reasons including digestion of protein and uptake of calcium. Acid reflux frequently occurs because of low stomach acid which is why proton pump inhibitors typically just perpetuate the problem, hide the symptoms but cause a cascade of dysfunction over time.

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Do Prescription Drugs Deplete Nutrients

Do the prescriptions you take deplete your nutritional status.....the answer is almost always yes! Does your doctor inform you of this....likely no. It's important to know the cascade of dysfunction that can occur with nutritional deficiencies so they can be corrected when medication is necessary.

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Sugar and Dessert

Sugary sweets are the curse of the civilized world, wreaking havoc on the health of young and old alike. Sweets purchased at the supermarket contain not only refined sweeteners, devoid of nutrients, but also white flour and hydrogenated oils. They are worse than empty calories.

The irony of this is that it is possible to satisfy our "sweet tooth" with desserts that are loaded with nutrient dense ingredients such as: eggs, butter, cream, fruit, nuts and whole grains that have been properly soaked or fermented. Learning to cook this way may seem daunting at first, but once you give up your "frankenfood" sweets purchased on the aisles of Safeway, Raleys, Wallmart, Costco and even Whole Foods, you realize just how delicious "real" dessert is!

Natural sweeteners contain high amounts of minerals and other nutrients. Acceptable sweeteners have been concentrated through boiling or dehydration rather than stripped away, as in white and brown table sugar, corn syrup or fructose......with sugar being so inexpensive and plentiful, we have lost the tradition of dessert being a special occasion instead of a daily or multi-daily event.

Avoiding sugar and especially keeping it away from children is not easy; it is a discipline that requires planning and creative alternatives.....and trust this mother of 3, it is a never ending battle! However, once you discover how to satisfy the "sweet tooth" of your family members, they will go for it.

How about start with ice cream? It's a favorite in most homes, so why not make it healthy and is the recipe I use:

  • 3 cups organic cream or raw cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup maple syrup

Blend all ingredients and place in an ice cream maker for aprox 15 minutes.........seriously good stuff!

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Kristy Corah, NTP

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