Hi there! Excercise for ya! Please step back from what you’re currently doing right now, you may even want to close your eyes - now….. just IMAGINE:
Imagine if you could live everyday in a sense of calm while having great energy.
You’re able to fall to sleep effortlessly and wake up alert.
Your skin is clear and your hair abundantly grows
Lastly, you have a aweseome labido and can enjoy sex.
This is what it feels like to have balanced hormones. But unfortunately women commonly are left feeling:
Could it be excess or deficiency?
Julie and I break open the hormonal cascade and the top tips to keep them in check to avoid the previously listed symptoms.
Given hormones are your body’s chemical messengers, they work slowly, over time, and affect many different processes, including metabolism, sexual function, reproduction, mood and much more.
Get the 101 on Hormones and their complex process and how to assure we have the building blocks to make them. Toxins containing chemicals that mimic these building blocks or that mimic the hormones (xenoestrogens) themselves are also problematic because the body can attempt to create hormones using the wrong building blocks.
Julie is a certified nurse practitioner who specializes in the management of functional health and hormone imbalances in young women through women entering the menopausal transition and beyond.
With a professional certification in women’s health, Julie is also a certified practitioner with the Institute of Functional Medicine. Her new clinic grew out of a desire to focus on helping women live their best and their healthiest.
Julie intimately understands and empathizes with the plethora of women coming to her office being discouraged and being told that “everything looks normal, leading them to an never ending internet search to find alternative approaches.
Hormones, Nutrition and the Microbiome
A Man's Perspective On Hormones.
Laughter heals! Here’s a joke to share with all the vagina’s you know!
One day a man found an old genie lamp in his yard. After turning it over several times, a genie popped out of the lamp and landed in front of the man. “I’m an old genie,” the genie said, “so I’ll grant you only one wish.” The man thought for a while and said, “I’d like a bridge from my garage to the Bahamas.” “A bridge to the Bahamas!” the genie exclaimed, “I’m old! I can’t make a bridge to the Bahamas!” The man thought for a few more minutes and said, “Ok fine, I’d like to understand women.” The genie deliberated for a long time, floating around and muttering to himself. Finally, he walked up to the men and said, “Ok, you want this bridge to have 2 lanes or 4?”
Show note guide bonus!
The hormone hierarchy- adrenaline, cortisol, insulin, thyroid, and sex steroids.
The sex steroids patterns in mid-life, perimenopause, and menopause.
Mid-life connections are more often related to PCOS types of issues, postpartum depression, cortisol or thyroid related menstrual irregularities affecting fertility.
Perimenopause is the loss of progesterone and estrogen dominance that increases the frequency and flow of cycles; many women get ablations or hysterectomy which fixes the symptom, not the cause. Accelerates the timing of menopause.
Menopause is a natural transition; can be a great time for women, but often cortisol affects production of sex steroids as adrenals take over for production of hormones in ovaries after menopause. And, cortisol always comes first!
HRT or not? When is it needed?
When symptoms affect your life. Estriol is great to use vaginally for dryness and pain with intercourse. Can be used long term. Beneficial for urinary tract health as well.
Sleep, energy, mood, and vasomotor symptoms- can try to use natural methods, but if not working bioidentical hormones are a great option.
The “marketing term” controversy regarding BHRT.
Long term HRT often used for bone health, brain function, and CV risk reduction in some women.
Stress & Adrenals
The body shuts down the hormones healthy metabolism to keep the “running from the zebra” body’s perceived danger. Nearly every woman’s adrenals (hidden stress) steals from their thyroid and sex hormones.
Women experience early menopause, infertility, hair loss, mood swings, lack of sex drive, and all the other “unexplainable symptoms”.
So the question is - How to support your adrenals so all the other symptoms will vanish?
Lifestyle factors that allows us all begin to heal now?
Endocannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome:
The female endocrine system is lined with CB2 receptors. This can be migranes, gut issues, PMS, to hot flashes.
Look for our next podcast with Julie, where we’ll share how other core clinical imbalances affect hormones (gut, immune/inflammation, detox, energy, etc)
If you missed our foundational first episode with Julie, you can find that interview back in Episode 6 where we spoke with Julie about
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