My Healthy Hormone Program
If you missed my other post where I talk about HRT and its problems, please read it here.My all-natural hormone support plan involves, the use of several different nutrients that can give you a hormone-like effect from certain foods, nutrients, and herbs—called phytoestrogens—that have been shown to mimic estrogen in terms of their symptom relief. These substances are particularly beneficial in relieving hot flashes and vaginal dryness, insomnia, as well as headaches and irritability.
Finally, certain targeted herbs have been used for centuries to alleviate menopausal symptoms. These herbs work by stimulating receptors in the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus.
The best part of my program is that it's very flexible. These approaches can be used in combination or separately, depending on your own unique needs.
Simply take all the information, I provide and customize it to what feels best for your body. You can even overlapping treatments the different options, you will be sure to find the blend that works for you.
Most of the supplements I'm about to discuss can be purchased individually at your local health food store or on Amazon and Thrive Market. (By the way if you click on the Thrive Market image on the left, you will get 20% off on your first three orders!)
Check to make sure you do not eat any of these harmful foods.
Mother Nature's Answer to HRT--no side effects!
Using these natural options to restore your hormones can help you say "goodbye" to the dark days of conventional HRT and its increased risk of blood clots, heart disease, breast cancer, and other dangerous conditions. Instead,
Mother Nature has provided gentle, safe, and effective solutions.
Melatonin is a hormone that is produced from serotonin and secreted by the pineal gland. This hormone sets and regulates the timing of your body's natural circadian rhythms, such as waking and sleeping.
Unfortunately, as you reach menopausal years, your body produces less and less melatonin.
As I mentioned earlier, low estrogen equates to low serotonin, which results in low melatonin...which means you can't fall asleep or stay asleep easily.
In fact, a study from the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences found that there is a cause-effect relationship between decreased nighttime levels of melatonin and the onset of menopause.
Researchers found that nearly one-third of menopausal women in the study who took 3 mg of melatonin daily for six months experienced a return of normal menstrual cycles. To ensure that you have adequate levels of melatonin, I suggest supplementing with 300 mcg-1 mg at bedtime. If you need more, you can take up to 3 mg, but most women find relief with as little as 300 mcg.
Along with these neurochemicals, I also recommend trying the following hormone-boosting nutrients:► Wheat germ oil is rich in vitamin E, which has mildly estrogenic properties. It has been shown to increase estrogen production and reestablish healthy menstrual cycles in young women. I suggest taking 2,000-4,000 mg a day of wheat germ oil in capsule form, in divided doses.
► Boron is a trace mineral found in apples, grapes, almonds, legumes, and dark green leafy vegetables like kale. According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there is some evidence that boron enhances estrogenic activity.
When women on estrogen therapy supplemented their normally low-boron diets with 3 mg of boron, their blood levels of estrogen, specifically beta-estradiol, were significantly elevated. There is also anecdotal evidence that boron reduces hot flashes. I recommend supplementing with 3 mg of boron every day.
► PABA is a fat-soluble B vitamin necessary for the production of folic acid. Studies indicate that PABA helps to safely and effectively impede the breakdown of estrogen and other hormones in the liver. Higher levels of PABA are also associated with better mood, fuller-looking hair, better vaginal lubrication, and increased sex drive—all of which are indicative of higher estrogen levels. I recommend 400-500 mg per day.
► Cobalt slows down the excretion of estrogen, to avoid the symptoms of hormone deficiency, thus allowing you to better maintain your levels of estrogen, as well as that of supplemental estrogen. It does this by stimulating the production of heme oxidase.
This, in turn, promotes the breakdown of cytochrome 450, a substance that normally metabolizes and detoxifies estrogen. By breaking down this substance, cobalt helps to prevent estrogen metabolism and excretion. Cobalt can significantly reduce night sweats, insomnia, hot flashes, depression, mood swings, and memory loss. I recommend 400-500 mcg a day.
In a few days I will go into detail how my Healthy Hormone Program works.
Until then, take care.
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