Archives for September 2018

Marla Ahlgrimm on Four Hormones You Can Control

Marla AhlgrimmThe endocrine system is tasked with keeping our hormones in check. However, there are a few hormones that everyone can control. Here, Marla Ahlgrimm takes a look at four of these.


According to Marla Ahlgrimm, epinephrine is best known as the “fight-or-flight” hormone.  You may know it by its common name, adrenaline. Epinephrine/adrenaline is released in response to danger. For example, you are driving down the road when an oncoming vehicle suddenly swerves into your lane. They correct their position and you continue driving unharmed. But your heart is racing, your body tingling, and you experience a surge of energy and heightened awareness of the road around you. This is epinephrine at work. Controlled breathing is the best way to regulate secretion of this hormone and help you regain control of your body.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: A Brief (Weird) History of Hormones

Marla AhlgrimmThanks to modern medicine, we understand how the endocrine system works, says Marla Ahlgrimm. We know that the brain stimulates the production of different hormones in response to physical and emotional situations. For example, we know that menopause is triggered by a reduction in the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone and that PMS is also controlled by hormones. But it wasn’t always that way. It wasn’t until the mid-1800s that doctors started to seriously consider that something other than God controlled the human body.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, in 1848 Dr. Arnold Berthold performed what many consider the first scientific experiment relating to hormones. In this simple study, the good doctor castrated a pair of roosters. Soon, their bright red combs, a sign of fertility in the species, became faded and dull.

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Marla Ahlgrimm | Sweet as Honey

Marla AhlgrimmHoney isn’t just a sweet treat. According to women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm, the naturally delicious semi-liquid has a number of health and beauty benefits. Here are just a few:

Honey is moisturizing

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, women with excessively dry but sensitive skin may wish to look at honey as a facial moisturizer. The retired pharmacist explains that the sugars in the sticky syrup are natural humectants that can actually boost the skin’s water content, even after being washed away. As an added bonus, honey enzymes will gently exfoliate skin.

Honey fades scars and may help heal certain types of wounds

Honey was used by Native Americans to help warriors injured in battle or while hunting. It is a natural antioxidant that Marla Ahlgrimm claims may even reduce scarring. Honey, when applied to a skin abrasion, can reduce the chances of infection if used prior to bandaging. Simply add a dab to the wound, rinse, and wrap.

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