Can Acupuncture Help your Hormones?

“Can acupuncture help my hormones?” I get that question a lot in my practice. I do believe as women we are becoming more intuitive in our bodies, and increasingly want a natural solution to hormone symptoms. And the answer to the question is YES, acupuncture can help your hormones! Whether you have hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, depression, PMS, heavy periods or cramping, acupuncture can smooth out, tame or eliminate symptoms.

It’s all about getting to the root of the problem, which is a true specialty of natural medicine, and especially Chinese Medicine. It’s not about covering up the symptoms with drugs.

How does acupuncture work? Acupuncture is energy medicine at it’s finest, working on meridians, or channels of energy that run through the body. Acupuncture is just one part of Chinese Medicine, and works to bring your body energies back into balance which can allow healing to occur.

An example of how acupuncture works with hormones is the liver energy can become “stagnant” (a Chinese Medicine term that the energy is blocked, or like a stagnant pool of water). Your energy, also called Qi, needs to flow smoothly, and if it becomes stagnant it can be a prime cause of symptoms like cramping, PMS, and irritability.

Keeping the energy in your meridians flowing smoothly is a natural and necessary path to health. It can also help you sleep better, and help with stress reduction through relaxation.

Here are some of the benefits I see my women patients getting with acupuncture and their hormones:

  • Relaxation! Acupuncture can be very relaxing during the treatment, but also can have an increase in your feeling of well being afterwards
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved menstrual periods with less cramping and less heavy bleeding or clotting
  • PMS and irritability are reduced and smoothed out
  • Hot flashes and night sweats can lessen in severity, or disappear altogether
  • Improved mood, less depression
  • An alternative for women who want a natural treatment for menopause symptoms, especially if they can’t, or don’t want, to take hormones

These are just a few symptoms that can be treated and helped with acupuncture, but in my experience it can be an extremely helpful treatment to improve your hormones naturally. It is also a treatment that is individualized for your own energy patterns. Any good practitioner will do a thorough work up on you, and should include a history as well as a pulse and tongue exam (Chinese Medicine uses these to evaluate energy). Your energy pattern, as well as treatment, will be unique to you.

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Sleep to Improve your Hormones and Health…….

 

Getting good sleep is so necessary for good health! Never underestimate the healing power of sleep! Many women I see in my practice have difficulty falling asleep, or staying asleep, or both. Hot flashes and night sweats can cause insomnia and discomfort. Stress can cause your adrenal hormones to be out of whack, which can keep you from sleeping well. And some women are too busy to to get good sleep.

Your sleep can suffer if your hormones are out of balance, and if you have poor sleep habits this can cause hormone problems. So today I want to share with you some tips for better sleep:

  • Sleep in a dark room, and eliminate any light sources. This helps boost your melatonin production, a hormone that controls your sleep and wake cycles. This hormone is turned on in your body by darkness and turned off by light.
  • Eliminate electronic stimulation before bed and in the bedroom. This means turn off the TVs, computers, tablets, phones and anything else like that. Glowing screens can over stimulate you and keep you from falling asleep.
  • Caffeine, from coffee, tea and energy drinks can really upset your sleep cycles. Limit caffeine to early in the day to none at all depending on how difficult your sleep is. Did you know that caffeine can take up to 24 hours to pass out of your body? Coffee generally contains the highest levels of caffeine, then black teas and then green teas. Energy drinks are usually very high in caffeine and sugar which can really over stimulate you.
  • There are many supplements that can help improve your sleep including 5HTP, melatonin, magnesium, calcium, Valerian and hops. But how do you know what to take? Many things can influence your sleep such as your sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone) or your adrenal glands (think stress for adrenals). Diet can also affect sleep.The best way to know is to get tested (call me, I can do this for you) to see which systems are out of balance, then balance can be brought back with diet/lifestyle changes as well as knowing what are the right supplements to take (and not wasting money on ones that won’t work for you!)
  • A really common cause of disrupted sleep is when your cortisol is our of balance, usually meaning it’s too high at night. Cortisol is an adrenal hormone that is released due to chronic stress. The best way to know is to take an Adrenal Stress Index test which is a saliva test. If your adrenal hormones are out of balance, diet and lifestyle changes, as well are supplements are usually recommended.  Also sleeping between 10 pm and 2 am is the best time for sleep to heal your adrenals.

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Functional Medicine, Can it Help your Hormones?

Are your hormones screaming at you, or making you crazy? Are you having hot flashes, night sweats, PMS, insomnia, fatigue? Are you irritable or bitchy? You may not think so but maybe others in your life do!

Yes, hormone imbalances can be uncomfortable. They can be mild or not so mild. In my practice I see many women who suffer needlessly and here are some reasons why:

  • They may have been to their primary care doctor who offered them a prescription of synthetic hormones, with no hormone testing  (I see this one all the time, pretty surprising, medicating with no baseline for comparison), and they don’t feel any better
  • They don’t want to take synthetic hormones because they have heard they are toxic, so they do nothing and tough it out
  • They would like to try natural methods but don’t know where to turn to for information
  • Are given other drugs for menopause symptoms, such as antidepressants, when they aren’t depressed

As I said above, I am surprised when women come into my practice and are denied hormone testing by their doctors, BUT, there is good news! for most women it’s just a matter of taking your health into your own hands and directing your care.

So today I wanted to talk about Functional Medicine and how it can help your hormones…………

What is Functional Medicine? It’s a cutting edge way of evaluating and treating you to create optimum health and wellness, and to treat chronic disease and illness naturally with diet, lifestyle and specialized nutritional supplements. And yes, it can help you balance your hormones!

What kind of doctors do this? You can find many types of doctors using FM, such as medical doctors, chiropractors (like myself), naturopathic doctors, and osteopathic doctors. Of course you should find a doctor who is specially trained and certified in functional medicine.

What are the benefits of using Functional Medicine?

  • It is all about getting to the cause of your health problems and not covering it up with drugs.
  • It’s also about helping you not waste money, or time, by self diagnosing and taking supplements or treatment that may not be right for your body!
  • The process is about finding out what your individual body needs by doing the appropriate testing. These tests can tell the nutritional status of your body. By re-testing at a later time you can see results and positive changes in your health.
  • Functional Medicine not only treats illness or diseases that you currently have, but with the testing you can know where you are headed and can help you prevent disease!

What is the process?

  • To start, you should have a comprehensive health history, examination and medical records review taken by which ever doctor you see
  • Then testing is usually recommended, and this could include blood testing, saliva testing, stool testing or urine testing, all individualized to you
  • You should receive a (preferably) written report with the results of your testing, and then the recommendations for diet or lifestyle changes, supplements, and any appropriate referrals to other doctors. As a chiropractor I do not prescribe medication, however if I feel you need certain types of hormones that can only be prescribed I will refer you to the right doctor

I hope this helps you sort out a bit about what Functional Medicine is, the benefits and how it may help you. I love that I can offer natural women’s healthcare and help my women patients feel so much better. Know that there is hope, to live a vibrant healthy life at any age!

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Your Health Deserves Progress, not Perfection

“Progress, not Perfection”. I like that saying, although I certainly didn’t make it up. But I can see how in many areas of life it can apply beautifully. I have usually seen it used in areas of weight loss, and making healthy changes in diet. And I think in terms of women’s hormones it can be a helpful tool.

In my practice I treat patients in many ways, using chiropractic, acupuncture, supplements, diet and lifestyle changes as well as Functional Medicine. I work with women to help them with natural hormone balancing. I love working with my women patients and I hope that I can be a positive force for change in their lives, and yet change needs to be attainable and sustainable.

“Progress, not perfection”………making changes in your health can sometimes be so overwhelming that you don’t do anything! Sometimes its because you don’t know what the right information is. Did you know that your body is a continual work in progress? Your body is a miracle of true perfection, and your cells turnover and create brand new cells continuously. Red blood cells become new again in about 4 months, your skin cells about a month, and your liver cells about 8 to 16 months. Adopting good health habits can truly create a “whole new you”!

How changing your perspective can help change your health……

  • Can you moderate your behavior, or do you need to completely abstain? For example if you are giving up sugar can you allow yourself 1 square of 85% dark chocolate (low sugar and full of healthy anti-oxidants)? or do you eat the whole bar? for some women it is easier to give up an offending or trigger food than it is to try to have a little bit, so find what works best for you. I gained this perspective from an article I read that addressed this, and it makes perfect sense, we are not all the same
  • Are you making positive diet changes that can help your hormones? For example, giving up white flour and white sugar products will help improve your health. These products contribute to weight gain, obesity, blood sugar problems including diabetes, fatigue, insomnia and basically any chronic disease. These products are nutritionally so bad that they also rob you of important vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function. So either start slowly to eliminate these foods, or go cold turkey if that suits your style, and track your progress by journaling food intake, You may be surprised to see in a few months you have made a healthy shift
  • I have talked to many women who have given up on adopting healthier habits because they are not “perfect” with it. Heck, even I have done that myself, but even though changing your habits can be hard, when you look back a few months on where you started you may be amazed at the progress you have made. Stick with it and you will see more good days, with good habits, than bad days, with bad habits. Even Dr. Loren Cordain, who wrote the Paleo Diet and the Paleo Answer, talks about how much you can improve your health with a Paleo diet by being good with about 85% of your meals

What is “perfection” anyways? As women we are bombarded with non-stop images in advertising of the “perfect” body, the “perfect” weight, the “perfect” hair, the “perfect” skin, the “perfect” house…….Aren’t we all unique individuals? why would be want to be air brushed into an attainable image? Let’s make our health, and our selves, our best goal, that is true perfection…….

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Simplify Your Life, Improve Your Health

My mission is to help women improve their health and improve their lives. We all deserve to have the quality of life we choose. While I focus on physical health and women’s hormones in my practice and in my posts, my recent journey with simplicity and minimalism has made me contemplate how these choices can affect our health.

My journey started in January 2015. I was intent on de-cluttering my home to get “un-stuck” and begin writing again (although my home is neat and not cluttered I knew I still had work to do). The idea is that physical clutter can block the flow of energy, as you use your energy to take care of your stuff or you are just surrounded by too much that distracts you.

So in January 2015 I promptly went to Target and got some really pretty colored fabric organizing boxes and basically organized (all over again) the stuff in my closets. I got rid of some stuff, but not much, and not much changed energetically for me either.

Fast forward to June of 2015 and I was still procrastinating and not writing much for my website. I knew I wanted to do more, write more, to inspire women to better health. I knew I needed to clear my physical space to clear my energy and open up more possibilities.

I had recently been engrossed in reading minimalist blogs (see below for my faves) that really got me thinking. Minimalism is not about getting rid of everything and living with nothing. It really is about keeping the things you use, love and bring you joy (even the things you need to have) and discard the things that are weighing you down. These things can be everything from a closet full of clothes that don’t fit (but you are hoping to get into one day), to multiples of the same item, books, papers, or just too many of anything, including items that remind you of the past (and not in a good way).

Minimalism and simplicity changed the way I looked at things. It really is not just about getting rid of the clutter, it’s about owning less stuff. So in June I went on a de-owning binge. In 10 weeks I got rid of at least 1000 items in my house, including about 50% of my wardrobe (shocking number, and that was just stuff I didn’t use, love, or need anymore!). I donated 20 loads to a couple of local charities, and also consigned shoes, clothes and jewelry, and threw out bags of stuff.

I also had boxes of my parents stuff, papers and momentos, and pictures. I moved my parents in with me in August of 2011 and cared for both at end of life, and it took me 2 1/2 years to even open the boxes and go through them. I had lots of tough and emotional choices about what to keep and what to toss, but ultimately I took care of everything in that 10 weeks. My fiance thought I was a woman possessed but I was determined to change my energy, and change the way I lived. When I was done my home felt energetically cleaner and more purposeful.

This process also had me contemplating my shopping habits. Save that for another post (!) but needless to say I knew that the point was not just about de-owning, it was also about not acquiring more stuff (to take the place of the stuff I got rid of). It was a whole new way of being, knowing that I had enough!

So how does this affect your health? Here are a few of the things I realized in getting rid of clutter and owning less:

  • When you own less stuff, you have less clutter
  • When you have less clutter in your physical space, you have less to distract you, physically, mentally and emotionally
  • When you have less stuff to take care of, you have less stress (and stress affects you physically and can affect your hormones, see my post How Stress Can Wreck your Hormones for more details on how stress and your body)
  • When you have less stuff you spend less, and have more time because you don’t have to take care of the stuff
  • When you have more time, you spend less time acquiring stuff, and more time having experiences that you desire
  • And when you acquire less stuff, you can keep more of your money to follow your passions

Overall I feel much better when I open up a closets and cabinets and see empty spaces, knowing that I have enough, and it’s ok to have space. I feel more peace and calm, and less stress about my home and my wardrobe, since I don’t need to acquire anything new, and when I do it will be in a very thoughtful manner.

And most important of all, I have cleared the space to write again. What could clearing your space open up for you?

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and are a couple of my favorite blogs on minimalism and simplicity……..

bemorewithless.com and becomingminimalist.com

 

Healthy Blood Sugar and Your Hormones……….

Do you struggle with your weight, fatigue or insomnia? Do you have food cravings, or are you hungry all the time? These are just a few symptoms of unstable blood sugar, which can lead to pre-diabetes and then diabetes. My wish for you is to have vibrant health, and to feel and look great, and have strategies to create that in your life. Today I wanted to talk about how vital it is to have healthy blood sugar, and how that is a key ingredient in creating vibrant health and hormones…….

Why Healthy Blood Sugar means a Healthy Body and Healthy Hormones

  • One of the things you hear in health news all the time now is how diabetes and obesity are linked to health problems. Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans has either pre-diabetes or diabetes? Pretty shocking, and we can blame it on our highly processed, high sugar diets. Yes, that’s right, it’s the sugar and not the fat that’s the problem.
  • Back in the 1980’s we were told (based on faulty research that became government policy) that fat was the culprit causing heart disease. The result is that 3 decades later that Americans are the heaviest and unhealthiest they have ever been. When fat was removed from the diet it was replaced with sugar, processed foods, high fructose corn syrup and high carbohydrate natural foods, such as bread, rice, corn and potatoes. All off these foods turn to sugar in the body, just as if you ate a candy bar.
  • So what you want is to have even blood sugar levels throughout the day. You also want your blood sugar levels to be within a certain range. Eating too much sugar, refined carbohydrates, grains and fructose can cause your blood sugar to raise and lower, or spike, dramatically, and that’s what causes health problems. That even includes the “healthy” whole grains you are being told to eat, yes, it will turn to sugar in your body.

Here are the benefits of keeping your blood sugar levels even:

  • You will feel better throughout the day, and can avoid the “afternoon slump” that has you reaching for a candy bar or soda
  • You will sleep better
  • You won’t be hungry all the time
  • It can be part of a strategy to normalize your weight
  • You can avoid diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer

How do blood sugar levels affect your hormones? Remember the statistic about 1 in 4 Americans having either pre-diabetes or diabetes?  another shocking statistic is that many of these people don’t even know they have this condition! So if you have unstable blood sugar, pre-diabetes or diabetes then here is how it can affect your hormones:

  • When your blood sugar is unstable it will go up too high, and then maybe too low, or just stay too high. Your body compensates for this by releasing cortisol, from your adrenal glands, which is a stress response hormone. In this condition your body is under stress from unstable blood sugar, and cortisol helps to smooth it out. But if too much cortisol is released for too long you can lose your cortisol reserves
  • Having high cortisol for prolonged periods will deplete hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, since cortisol basically “steals” these hormones to make more cortisol. This means and increase in hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia and low libido
  • Eventually cortisol output can go from high to low, and now your adrenal glands are burning out and not producing enough cortisol. This is when you not only do you have the hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, low libido, but now also chronic fatigue and depression

What to do? Tips on lowering and keeping your blood sugar even:

  • Cut out the things that obviously have sugar and fructose, such as processed and packaged foods, and sweet foods like candy, desserts, and sodas. Read labels, you will be surprised by how much sugar certain foods contain. Yogurt, while seen as a healthy food, is usually very high in sugar (unless you are buying the plain sugarless version which most people are not)
  • Limit grain and wheat products since they can spike blood sugar, including corn, rice, and high sugar vegetables like white potatoes. Remember that even “healthy” whole grains convert to sugar just like a candy bar
  • Low carbohydrate or Paleo type diets are the best way to control blood sugar
  • Exercise is great at lowering insulin levels, so find something you enjoy and move your body every day
  • How do you really know? It’s pretty easy to know by getting the right blood tests. You will want to know your fasting glucose and your HbA1c levels for a start, plus there are other tests that can be run based on your personal and family health history
  • Work with a Functional Medicine specialist to discover and then treat any blood sugar imbalances. In my chiropractic and acupuncture practice I use Functional Medicine to help patients optimize their health with a comprehensive analysis and blood testing, and patients are really happy to get to the root of health problems this way.

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Inflammation and Your Hormones, and how to Tame it…..

“Inflammation” is the new buzzword in the health care world, as it is being mentioned more and more. Have you ever sprained your ankle, and it became swollen and hot, and then bruised? That is a very obvious inflammatory response, and that is exactly what your body is supposed to do when you have an injury.

But there can also be inflammation in your body that you can’t see. This is also a natural response of your body, not to injury like a sprained ankle, but to injury to the cells in your body. How do the cells in your body get injured?

  • Allergies to foods or the environment
  • Toxins from food or the environment
  • Infections, parasites, bacteria in the body
  • Poor diet, again allowing in toxins and allergens
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Stress, can also cause hormone imbalances
  • Impaired gut health, such as leaky gut

These are just a few reasons you can have inflammation but they can also conspire together to wreck your health.

How do you know if you are inflamed? In my practice I treat patients with chiropractic and acupuncture, and I also used Functional Medicine to help people get to the cause of a health problem. People come to me for a variety of reasons but the main one is usually pain, and pain usually involves inflammation. Here are just a few things I see when patients are inflamed

  • Joint pain in one or more joints
  • Aches and pains
  • Belly fat since inflammation disrupts cortisol and cortisol stores fat around your waist
  • Insomnia and disrupted sleep, again since inflammation disrupts cortisol (cortisol is a hormone that if out of balance will keep you up at night)
  • Intestinal symptoms, such as irritable bowel syndrome or leaky gut
  • Inflammation is now being seen at a cause of heart disease

You get the idea, inflammation can really mess with your body. It can also mess with your mind if you happen to see a Dr. who is not open to doing the proper tests for you, and now you think it’s all in your head.

So how do you find out the level of inflammation in your body? A simple blood test called Hs-CRP  which is a easy and low cost.

Once you know your levels, then you can treat it naturally with diet and supplements, and here are some dietary tips on taming the inflammation if you know you have it, or to prevent it:

  • Eliminate sugar, refined and processed foods, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats (hydrogenated oils are in packaged foods), most vegetable oils (except olive oil  and coconut oils which are good oils), and artificial sweeteners
  • Eat the good stuff such as high quality protein (organic, or grassfed), green non starchy veggies, limited starchy veggie such as sweet potatoes, nuts, seeds, oils such as olive and coconut, organic butter, and low sugar fruits such as berries.
  • There are many supplements and herbs that can also assist in lowering inflammation, a few examples being fish oil or Omega 3’s, curcumin and boswellia.

So the bottom line is that if you don’t feel well, have pain, digestive issues, hormone imbalances, weight gain or allergies (just to name a few) get your inflammation levels checked. Find out the cause and you can work for a cure.

 

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How Stress can Wreck your Hormones…..

Has stress taken over your life?  you know what I mean….
over busy, over committed, and overwhelmed can become your normal way of living, and your body and hormones can suffer for it! Chronic low grade stress is an epidemic for women these days, with the operative word being “low grade”.

I have women who come to see me in my Functional Medicine practice for hormone consultations and say they are very busy, but feel minimally stressed. However, when I test their adrenal glands I can clearly see that long term, “low grade” stress has taken it’s toll. I can see very high, or low, cortisol levels which is why they are fatigued, don’t have any energy or sex drive, can’t sleep at night, are depressed, have hot flashes, and suffer weight gain, especially in the belly. (Your adrenal glands are your “fight or flight ” glands are are supposed to help you with the occasional big stress, but now are turned on all the time for everyday stress, and that’s not a good thing)
Why is this so important? and what does stress have to do with your hormones?
The stress that you experience every day has everything to do with the condition of your hormones. If you are thinking about the main hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone (these are the sex hormones), they are a downstream product. The first thing that has to happen is you need cholesterol (at the top of the stream) to make hormones. Cholesterol then makes pregnenolone which is then makes all the rest of the sex hormones.

If you are stressed, the body in all it’s wisdom, deals with the most important thing first, the stress. Your body will pull from the pregnenolone to make cortisol to deal with the stress. When you have less pregnenolone your other hormones can not be made in the right amounts. This is how stress basically steals your hormones from you…..you get the idea, right?

I know you are probably thanking me for the science lesson, but, you really want to know what to do about it, so here are some tips to better manage stress and save your hormones…..

  • Evaluate your stress levels. Even the busiest woman does know if she is out of balance. Do you have mild, moderate or severe stress in your life? Is is short term or will it be long term? What can you change in your circumstances, and what can’t you change? Awareness is key to healing.
  • Make time for sleep. This is super important as sleep helps your body recover. The more stress you have the more sleep you need and don’t skip this! Sleep in a dark room with all electronics off, and make sure you go to sleep by 10pm as the most restorative sleep for your adrenal glands happens between 10pm and 2am.
  • Sugar, caffeine, alcohol and processed chemicalized foods are all culprits in draining your adrenal glands. Stick to whole foods, with good protein and vegetables to help heal your body. There are many, many healing herbs and supplements that can help heal your adrenals and adapt your body to stress, so that will be a subject for another blog….
  • Seek help! Get your hormones tested, especially your adrenal glands and cortisol levels. This is done with an easy saliva test. Find a chiropractor, naturopathic doctor or medical doctor that practices Functional Medicine to get your testing done.

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Depression, Could it be your Hormones?

For anyone who has had or has depression, or has lived with someone with depression, knows it can be a pretty awful way to live. The main thing you need to know is that depression generally comes from imbalances in brain chemicals and nutritional deficiencies. A few things that can cause this is poor diet, stress, hormone imbalances and toxins. While anti-depressant medications can help improve levels of brain chemicals, they come with a wide variety of side effects, and don’t correct the reason for the problem.
An example could be a 48 year old woman who is having very high stress in her life that is ongoing. Stress can cause the adrenal hormones to overproduce and eventually burn out and be too low. Now she is tired and fatigued and has difficulty sleeping. This can affect her hormones (since she is peri-menopausal or menopausal) and now her estrogen and progesterone could be out of balance, so on top of the fatigue and insomnia she now has hot flashes and night sweats. If she continues to spiral out of balance her thyroid could be affected, or may have been borderline low to start with. With all these hormones out of balance depression can develop and now, on top of all the other symptoms, she is depressed, lethargic, unmotivated and has no sex drive. In this example the typical medical approach would be to prescribe anti-depressants.
But did you know that there is a large body of medical peer reviewed research that show that depression can be successfully treated with natural methods by returning balance to the body? The only way she is going to regain her health is to know what systems are out of balance and heal them with changes in diet, lifestyle, stress, and adding in healing supplements and vitamins that her body is lacking.
Tips on Treating Depression Naturally:

  • The adrenal hormones are key hormones in that they affect all the other hormones in the body. If you are tired or burned out, or have been under high or prolonged stress you should have your adrenal glands evaluated with saliva testing.
  • Get your thyroid tested properly! Low thyroid can cause depression, and your primary care doctor may only run 1 test, when you need as many as 6 to properly evaluate the thyroid. To top it off the thyroid and adrenal hormones are intimately related and the thyroid cannot work right if the adrenals are out of balance, so getting both checked can help.
  • Get your Vitamin D levels checked, this is a very important hormone (yes it is a hormone) that if low can cause depression as well as cancer
  • Do you know what your blood sugar levels are? You could be hypoglycemic with low or fluctuating blood sugar levels, or pre-diabetic/insulin resistant with higher blood sugar levels. Both can cause depression as well as fatigue
  • The most profound changes you can make are dietary changes such as eliminating sugar and refined carbohydrates, as well as grains and gluten. Eating protein, healthy fats, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds is the best diet you can be on. I highly recommend Dr. David Perlmutter’s book Grain Brain on diet and your brain

Does this sound confusing? If you are trying to figure it all out on your own it can be! It’s like a puzzle, a mystery to be solved, and you need a good medical detective. That’s why I can’t go into specific treatments because everyone is different and may need a different approach to treatment. This is not cookie-cutter medicine!
A good medical detective can be a chiropractor, naturopath, or medical doctor with Functional Medicine training. I do this in my office with a Comprehensive Health Analysis, a nutritional assessment, and basic to advanced diagnostic testing, and the goal is to get to the root of your health problem once and for all!
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Hormone Testing is not sexy…..or can it help you get your Sexy back?

OK now that I have your attention…..yes sex sells, but really don’t we as women want to be sexy and have sex in ours lives?
If you don’t that’s OK, but if you do and you are not, have you thought that your hormones could be sabotaging you in this area? Stress can cause hormonal imbalances, did you know that? What do you do when your life goes to heck and you give in to stress? Do you drink wine? overexercise? become a couch potato? go on auto-pilot?
Did you know that this can go both ways? Stress can cause hormone problems and hormone imbalances can cause stress……..
So the point of today’s blog is if you are a woman over 40 having health problems you need to get your hormones checked!

Yes REALLY! I talk to many of my women patients who are having health problems, like night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia and sleep problems, weight gain, depression, not feeling good about themselves, low sex drive, and aging stuff, like I’m getting old and I don’t feel sexy anymore and I want to!

So, the first step if you are over 40 is to get your hormones tested. Can your MD do this? yes of course, but many women I have seen have said that (yes even if they have insurance) their Dr. will not test them??????? Sorry, yes I have a problem with this…. but I digress…..Many natural healthcare practitioners can help you with this as well, such as Chiropractors (DC), Naturopathic doctors (ND) or holistic Medical doctor (MD) and Osteopaths (DO).
So I want to give you some tips on how to get your sexy back:

  • See a professional and get evaluated, with history, examination and testing
  • Get your hormones tested with blood tests and/or saliva tests
  • Do your own research
  • Know that you are not alone and that you can find help!
  • In working with women in my practice I will use either blood testing, saliva testing or both
  • The most common hormones I test for are estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol and thyroid, of course depending on the woman’s history and individual needs.
  • If you are chronically tired and fatigued it is helpful to test your adrenal hormones with the saliva test

Please know that there are solutions to hormone problems and you can get your vibrant, sexy self back!

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