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DHEA

DHEA is the master hormone in your body. When your supplies are plentiful, your body uses it to make any other hormones it needs. When stress or a high carbohydrate diet raises cortisol levels, DHEA levels fall. DHEA has anti-aging properties, because it counteracts these stress hormones.

Cortisol is the main stress hormone that cannibalizes our body and causes destruction of tissues causing rapid aging. High cortisol levels are exemplified in many ill health conditions, from osteoporosis to heart disease – raising your DHEA levels can provide many health benefits. Lupus can improve drastically. DHEA levels fall with increased age, thus DHEA supplements can make a significant improvement in how you feel, improving your health as you get older.

Health Benefits of DHEA 

WEIGHT CONTROL

  • Stimulates fat burning, reduces abdominal fat storage
  • Increases metabolic rate through the stimulation of thermogenesis and by supporting the lean body mass.
  • Reduces insulin resistance

STRESS SUPPORT

  • Reduces the stress hormone cortisol and reduces some of its catabolic effects on bone and muscle

DRUG TREATMENT SUPPORT

  • Reduces the side-effects from corticosteroid therapy

SEXUAL HEALTH

  • Enhances female libido
  • Supports erectile function through improved nitric oxide levels and facilitated testosterone binding to albumin

SKIN HEALTH

  • Increases epidermal thickness and hydration, sebum production, decreases facial skin pigmentation

IMMUNE FUNCTION

  • Improves immune response to infections and reverses its age-related decline
  • May reduce the severity of auto-immune diseases such as lupus, arthritis, psoriasis
  • Alleviates allergies

BRAIN

  • Improves the sense of well being and reduces certain types of depressions
  • Has a mental stimulating effect (counteracts the inhibitory effects of GABA neurotransmitter)

MENOPAUSE/PERIMENOPAUSE

  • Reduces hot flashes, supports vaginal tissue
  • Supports bone health
  • Improves sense of well being, libido

AGE-RELATED CHANGES

  • Restores declining IGF-1 levels
  • Corrects age related changes in immune system, skin, bone & muscle strength and sexual health.

OTHER CONDITIONS

  • May alleviate chronic fatigue
  • Has a mild blood thinning effect

Dr. Family Talks About Cortisol Control

Lifestyle Recommendations:
1. Control stress and avoid extra obligations. Take Stress Quiz to identify areas to work on.
2. Avoid caffeine and caffeine containing medications including aspirin and other analgesics.
3. Avoid weight loss products containing stimulants even if they are naturally from plants.
4. Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption.
5. Exercise daily to improve the body’s response to stress. Participate in a regular balanced exercise
program that includes wearing a pedometer to ensure that you collect steps and move more. High
intensity short bursts (20-60 seconds) of activity during the day is recommended to enhance growth
hormone release. Also engage in resistance training that works all major muscle groups (work each
group at least 2 times a week).
6. Practice good sleep habits and get between 8-9 hours of sleep a night. Use the Insomnia Nutritional
Support Protocol if necessary.
Dietary Recommendations:
1. Eat protein at every meal to stabilize blood sugar levels.
2. Avoid sugar, refined carbohydrates and hydrogenated vegetable oils.
3. Replace sugar with the polyol sugar xylitol.
4. Avoid known food allergens.
5. Eat a diet high in omega 3 fats including fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines.
6. Drink plenty of water daily and eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
7. Avoid fried foods.
8. Eat 5-9 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily OR add one heaping tablespoon of PaleoGreens and PaleoReds to your favorite drink.
9. Carry PaleoMeal Packets and/or PaleoBars with you throughout the day to prevent missing meals or snacks.
Supplement Recommendations:
In addition to the core nutrient program recommended by your Health Care Professional and/or from the results of your most recent Designs for Health Metabolic Profile:
Adrenotone Plus: 1 capsule with each meal, 3 per day
Phosphatidyl Serine: 1 capsule with each meal, 3 per day
StressArrest: 1 capsule with each meal, 3 per day
C+Bio Fizz: 1 tsp or per Vitamin C Flush needs