Women's Health: Physiological State and Hormonal Balance.
This site is devoted to those women who deeply believe that health is not simply the absence of sickness, but a combination of things like happiness, prosperity, blossoming and continuous growth as a woman.
Two of the most important components of women’s health and women’s personal blossoming are:
These two tangible items contribute to everything: a women’s health, her mental state, and her relationship and career, what we call a holistic approach to health.
To fully understand the concept of women’s health, let’s look at this as a triangle where each side represents a part of a woman’s health: Emotional, Physical and Mental.
If one of these sides is not functioning very well—all sides of the triangle collapse.
Physical side of health is all about the mechanical functioning of the body’s organs and its systems. Mental side is related to the knowledge you have regarding your health, body and its functions. It is also about your thought patterns - or what you commonly think about yourself, health and the world around you.
Emotional side is about your feelings, emotions, ingrained beliefs and your connection to your higher self (and God). Women’s intuition is closely related to a woman’s emotional health as well.
What is the most important component of women’s health?
One of the most important components of a woman’s health is her physiological state. Physiological state is about how the body and organs work.
This is the foundation that supports a woman throughout her life. A physiological state, which is calm, connected and loving, brings prosperity; while a physiological state of anxiety, fear and fighting brings diseases, bad conditions, relationship breakdown and financial turmoil.
When you want to improve your health or anything else in your life, start by improving your physiological state first.
A physiological state is not equal to an emotional state. There are some differences between the two. The emotional state is all about the emotions you experience in a particular moment. The physiological state is how your body is operating and reacting to these emotions.
You may think that the physiological state is just about eating healthy, exercising, losing weight and looking better. All of those functions are important, but the physiological state of being that I’m talking about is the way that your body is functioning on the inside. Most importantly, it’s the way that your autonomic nervous system is functioning. It is either supporting what you are doing or it is getting in the way, because you’re in a state of conflict or hyperactivity.
The autonomic nervous system does not refer to the brain. It refers to the body.
Autonomic nervous system is divided into sympathetic and parasympathetic parts.
The sympathetic part of autonomic nervous system is responsible for the ‘fight or flight’ mechanism and it is activated when we are in a survival state. Hormones released during sympathetic activation are adrenalin and cortisol (stress-related hormones).
The parasympathetic part of nervous system is responsible for a calm, relaxed and connected state. Parasympathetic system activation is associated with the release of a hormone called Oxytocin. Also, the Vagus nerve plays a big role in parasympathetic activation.
When do women start to have problems?
Illnesses and bad conditions start to arise when women become over-adrenalized (sympathetic part becomes overactive). Adrenalin in women causes more stress. It raises cortisol, your stress hormone. It gives you adrenal burnout. You lose that sense of connection with meaning, with joy and with purpose in your life. Then, if the stress continues, diseases and unhealthy conditions arise.
You see, ‘fight or flight’ is important only if we are in a survival state. If we need to lift a car off something or someone that is important to us, if we need to break the windows out of that car, or if we need to run away from actual danger, fight or flight is a great thing. It is a very primitive emotional response and was part of our species survival mechanism in the prehistoric past. If something jumped out to try and eat us, we would either have to fight or run away; if we had to fight, then cortisol gave us the strength to defend ourselves. But what we’ve done is activate the ‘fight or flight’ system so often that it becomes kind of a default mechanism.
It gets activated in the wrong places, in the wrong times, and with people we love or want to be friends with, not with a real threat. It is also overactive when we think about our passion and the things we need to do to achieve something.
Even when we think about the pursuit of happiness, we go into “fight or flight” because we think that we actually haven’t achieved it yet, and that we need to do something to get it.
Our “fight-flight” or “freeze” response gets activated when we are in front of a group of people, when we pick up the phone to make a phone call, and when we’re asked a question and we’re afraid of the answer we are going to be giving.
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