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Why Is Estrogen Dominance On The Rise?

Why Is Estrogen Dominance On The Rise?

You may not know this, but Estrogen dominance is on the rise.

Part of my role as a health and wellness coach is to look at hormone tests every day. And everyday, I see more and more estrogen dominance when I start investigating my clients’ hormone imbalance.

Many times, this imbalance gets overlooked on a standard blood test. It’s not only the cause of irregular menstrual cycles and PMS symptoms, but it can be related to issues like weight gain, decreased sleep, increased appetite, low energy, insulin resistance, low libido, and even mood disorders like depression in both men and women.

When my husband and I first started investigating our hormone health, we discovered we both were estrogen dominant.

And we’re not alone in that!

So many people experience this same type of hormonal imbalance.

For me, I knew my hormones were out of sync. It started when I got on birth control at the age of 11 to manage my debilitating cycles. Although birth control seemed to help, I wish I had known about the negative impact that daily pill had on my health long-term.

So why are you hearing more about estrogen dominance in the health sphere? And how do you manage it before it results in permanent damage? I’m covering all that in this blog.

What Is Estrogen Dominance?

In general, estrogen dominance means that your estrogen levels are high relative to other sex hormones. We particularly look at the estrogen to progesterone ratio in women and compare to testosterone in men. It’s a delicate balance between having too much or too little estrogen. And this is true for all the hormones!

The great news is, it doesn’t happen overnight.

And in most cases, it is preventable and reversible.

If you don’t get your estrogen dominance under control, it can contribute to a variety of health issues, such as the following:

  • Hormone driven cancers like breast cancer
  • Tumor-like growths like fibroids
  • Autoimmune conditions like hashimotos
  • Yeast and bacteria overgrowth and drive conditions like candida

Do you know if you have estrogen dominance? If not, let’s run a lab to evaluate your hormones.

Why Is Estrogen Dominance On The Rise?

Simply put, the reason why estrogen dominance is one the rise is because of our environment.

We’re exposed to numerous hormone disruptors in our everyday environment. These are known as xenoestrogens. These xenoestrogens lead to estrogen toxicity and disrupt our natural hormone production.

You can most commonly find these xenoestrogens in plastics, chemicals, pesticides, and our water systems.

Take a moment to look around in your environment.

Start with your kitchen. The foods we eat are either processed with chemicals or coated in pesticides. Our tupperware that reheats our meals are made of plastics.

Evaluate your cleaning products. A few chemicals to look out for include cyclosiloxanes, phthalates, and parabens.

Then survey your medicine cabinet. Certain medications can impact your estrogen levels – especially hormone therapy drugs.

All of these small things make a great impact on our health.

If we don’t control our home environment starting now, we’ll continue to see a rise of estrogen over our progesterone levels. Ready to take control of your health? Let’s chat about how to redirect your course here.

How Do You Treat Estrogen Dominance

So, how do you treat this hormone imbalance? I’ve put together a couple of tips that you can start to implement today.

Decrease Your Exposure

It’s nearly impossible to totally eliminate our exposure to these hormone disruptors, but you can take small action steps to help. Try any of the following to decrease your exposure:

  • Opt for Pyrex dishes and glass containers instead of plastic food containers (i.e. tupperware).
  • Make the switch to non-toxic beauty products. Unfortunately, a lot of the makeup and body lotions that women are using today have hormone disruptors in them – especially those plumpers. They are filled with these fake estrogens.
  • Use non-toxic cleaners for your home instead of toxic chemicals. They not only smell better, but they’re safer for your home.
  • Use a water purifier so you limit the exposure to toxic metals and chemicals in your drinking water. Our body is about 70% water. It’s vital that you care about what you’re putting in your body – starting with your water.

 

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Detox Your Body

Depending on the severity of your estrogen dominance, I may recommend a complete detox protocol where we strategically remove all the toxins impacting your body’s balance. If you’d like to explore what a detox would look like for you, schedule a discovery call here.

Love Your Liver

When you’re cleaning up these toxins, it’s also important to address the health of your liver. One of the liver’s jobs is to get rid of excess estrogen. If you fully support the liver by making sure its drainage pathways are open, then you’ll more easily eliminate the toxins you’re exposed to on a regular basis that could otherwise raise your estrogen levels.

To support healthy estrogen levels by loving your liver, you can:

  • Take daily liver support supplements; ask me about what you should take for your body.
  • Eat naturally detoxifying foods that support your liver, like lemons, beets, and grapefruit.
  • Consume foods that regulate estrogen levels, like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts, and arugula.
  • Use castor oil packs to naturally detox the body. It helps you sleep better, improves bowel movements (which helps you release old estrogen), helps with digestion, and reduces stress by activating that rest/digest state in the body. It has so many benefits.

Experiencing Estrogen Dominance?

If you’re experiencing hormone imbalance and it appears that you have estrogen dominance, these tips will not be enough (at least with my experience working with dozens of clients).

If you suspect you may have a hormonal imbalance and you want to gain access to the right lab tests and resources to help you get it under control, then take the time to schedule an appointment with me today. This could mean the difference between living a life traveling from appointment to appointment and experiencing freedom.


 

 

What Areas Should You Focus On When Healing Your Thyroid Health?

What Areas Should You Focus On When Healing Your Thyroid Health?

Are you dealing with a metabolism issue?
That may not be easy to answer at face value.
If you’re experiencing low energy, fatigue, brain fog, poor memory, and digestive symptoms, that may be an indicator for something more.
The symptoms above paired with cold hands/feet, dry skin, and hair loss could be signs of a hypoactive thyroid. Many clients don’t seem to be getting better with their medications.
Others experience the symptoms of a hypoactive thyroid, but their labs fall into normal ranges – indicating a normal thyroid.
Then a few are masking each symptom separately with medications and supplements.
We’re quick to blame the thyroid here, but it’s usually not the only piece to the puzzle – even if there is damage to the thyroid or an underlying autoimmune condition destroying the thyroid.
If you’re searching for out-of-the-box therapies or want more for your life than pills and medications, discover where you should put your focus to heal your thyroid.

Find The Root Of Your Problem To Address Your Thyroid Issues

Our thyroid is the master of our metabolism; however, the symptoms we’re experiencing may not be caused by the thyroid alone.
Instead of investigating the underlying causes – an imbalance of the gut, brain, adrenal glands, and/or cellular health within the body – we may be left with lingering symptoms.
When we see a metabolism issue, we often blame the thyroid and treat those symptoms alone. When that doesn’t work, we typically get referred out to someone who “specializes in” a specific organ or condition.
Unfortunately the root of the problem is never addressed.
This is why people believe we must get sick before we die and that disease is inevitable. The truth is… If we address the underlying cause of our issues, then we can have a much healthier life.

Studying Your Thyroid From A Holistic Standpoint

Addressing the thyroid, or any other organ for that matter, from a holistic standpoint allows us to look at the person as a whole (instead of treating symptoms). When we approach the body in this way, it allows us to uncover imbalances that are leading to dysfunction in these organs.
A thyroid problem is not always a thyroid problem.
If we look at all the organ systems like the immune system, digestion, detoxification pathways, the nervous system, and even emotional health, we will uncover the stress that is actually leading to disease. When we uncover this stress and work to bring healing in those weak areas, we bring balance into the body. This balance gives us the results we are looking for as a side effect of good health.
Of course, there’s a systematic process to accomplish this. That’s why so many people fail when they try to do it on their own. Most people I talk to have spent thousands of dollars trying to figure out their health on their own, when they could have hired a mentor to guide them through the process instead. Skip the heartache and empty wallet that comes with DIYing your health. Schedule some time to chat about your health with me today.

 

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Why Is Thyroid Health Vital?

Your thyroid health regulates metabolism and energy production in the cells. It’s important for tissue repair, cardiovascular health, bone density, cholesterol levels, temperature regulation, and energy levels.

Two Types of Thyroid Conditions

When it comes to thyroid health, there are two different types of conditions – primary and secondary.

Primary Thyroid Condition

A primary thyroid condition is when the gland itself is not functioning at optimal levels. In these cases, medical supervision is required. When you include healthy lifestyle factors through nutrition, proper supplementation, the reduction of deficiencies, the use of stress reduction techniques, and gut healing strategies, you will improve your primary thyroid condition.

Secondary Thyroid Condition

A secondary thyroid condition is caused by toxicity from other areas in the body. This can also be due to chronic stress and inflammation in the body. Since this type of thyroid condition is caused by poor lifestyle habits or toxicity, medications typically will not bring the thyroid into balance because the thyroid isn’t the problem. The key here is bringing balance into all the organ systems of the body so you can experience health. When you address this from a holistic standpoint, medication may not be needed.

What Areas Should You Focus On When Healing Your Thyroid Health?

When someone comes to me with thyroid, metabolism, energy, or even autoimmunity, these are my biggest areas of focus:

  • Brain
  • Adrenal glands
  • Liver
  • Gut

Your Brain

Thyroid communication starts in the brain. The hypothalamus responds to the low thyroid hormone in the body and secretes thyrotropin releasing hormones (TRH). It sends a message to the pituitary gland to secrete thyroid stimulating hormones (TSH). TSH stimulates the thyroid to release more thyroid hormones into the bloodstream to bring the levels up.
Keep in mind, TSH is a pituitary marker – not a thyroid marker. If your doctor is only looking at TSH to measure the health of your thyroid, you will not receive accurate results as to whether or not your thyroid is making enough hormones. Looking at TSH alone is a shot in the dark and does not give an accurate picture of thyroid health.
Instead, acquire a full thyroid panel, and work with someone who understands how to interpret it to help you function optimally.
You can see the type of results this type of investigation will give someone by reading Tina’s story here .

Your Adrenal Glands

Your adrenal glands play a big role here as well; they also get their messages from the hypothalamus and pituitary. They not only help to manage stress, but they also help regulate blood sugar and control mineral levels.
Our adrenal glands are taking a toll due to the chronic state of stress we are in.
Everything from mental and emotional stress to physical stress to environmental stress to internal stress inside the body… The adrenals are responsible for keeping the body in balance.
Right now, they are overstressed – releasing large amounts of cortisol. The body then begins to break down. It will cause your thyroid gland to slow down so it can conserve energy.
Your big takeaway here is that you must address your stress and your adrenal health if you want your thyroid to respond fully.
Unfortunately, you may miss this point because you may not feel stressed. That doesn’t mean your adrenals aren’t stressed.
The body wants to maintain balance; help it by addressing those disease processes from a holistic standpoint.

Your Liver

The liver is responsible for the conversion of T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) to your active form of thyroid T3. If there’s a problem with this conversion, then the T3 will remain low – leading to symptoms related to a hypoactive thyroid. This hormone gives your body fuel. When it’s low, you feel sluggish.
The liver also produces a substance called thyroid binding globulin – which prevents thyroid hormones from being immediately absorbed into the cells surrounding the thyroid gland. In addition, the liver distributes and transports thyroid binding globulin into other areas of the body. When there’s a malfunction in this area, it can cause the T3 levels to appear high or low.
Thankfully, there’s a sweet spot when it comes to your hormones. You don’t want them too high or too low. When the liver is doing its job, these thyroid hormones will come into balance. Utilize functional lab tests to discover if you have a liver issue and map out a healing plan with me.

Your Gut

My favorite area to talk about is the gut because as Hippocrates said, “it is the window to disease”.
This is foundational when it comes to thyroid health. 20% of the free T3 that is used by the body is produced in the gut. Your good friendly bacteria play a huge role in the conversion of your active T3.
Your gut is made up of billions of bacteria; they can either help us or harm us.
The good bacteria helps to nourish us.
On the other hand, bad bacteria produce toxins that make us sick. Poor diet, inflammation, medications, toxicity, food sensitivities, and low stomach acid can stress the gut. It leads to a condition called leaky gut – which allows toxins and other unwanted particles to pass into circulation. This puts stress on the immune system and causes an inflammatory response throughout the body.
When food proteins spill into circulation where they don’t belong, the body begins to elicit an attack. Many of these food proteins look very similar to our organs, so the body may begin to attack specific organ systems. This leads to autoimmunity. And autoimmunity does not go away. While you can live symptom-free with autoimmunity, it is a condition you must work on to remain healthy.

My Recommendations For Healing Your Thyroid Health

If you want to start healing your thyroid health, here’s what I recommend:

  1. Work with someone to access the right lab tests. Your doctor orders a lab test as a way to diagnose and treat a specific symptom or condition. Those lab tests do not address underlying causes of disease. Functional practitioners, like myself, use lab tests to see a clear picture of what may be causing a disease or condition. You want to make sure you address your brain, adrenals, liver, and gut.
  2. Throw out the processed foods and focus on nutrient-dense foods that heal the organs. Try to include more good healthy grass-fed meats, organ meats, wild-caught fish, healthy fats (like ghee, coconut oil, avocado), dark leafy greens, and colorful vegetables into your diet.
  3. Get your ZZZ’s. Get in bed by 10pm. The first half of the night is when the body is repaired, and the second half is for the brain. Don’t skip this!
  4. Eliminate stress – not just emotional stress. Make sure you’re addressing physical stress as well as internal stress. The internal stress will require that you invest in yourself by hiring a guide.
    If you’ve been spinning your wheels for years trying to figure out how to get healthy on your own, and you’re still stuck in the same place you were years ago, it’s time to address your health in a holistic way.
    What is your other option?
    Are you going to spend the next five years doing the very same things that get you nowhere?
    What would your life look like if you actually reached your health goals?
    If you’re ready to tackle your thyroid, metabolism issues, autoimmunity, or any other chronic condition head-on, schedule a discovery call with me to strategize a game plan.

     

 

3 Things Your Metabolism Needs From You To Lose Weight Faster

3 Things Your Metabolism Needs From You To Lose Weight Faster

The obesity epidemic continues to climb, week after week, year after year. If you’ve been searching the Internet for ways to increase your metabolism lately, you are not alone.

Most people I meet are not happy with their current weight. As a matter of fact, research tells us that over 50% of Americans are looking to lose weight. Unfortunately, about half of those people are not doing anything about it. How does that happen? It’s easy to lose hope if you feel like you’ve tried everything and nothing worked.

What is metabolism?

It’s the breakdown and transformation of food into energy.

In this blog, we’ll look at 3 metabolism myths to avoid, how to redirect your metabolism, and what your metabolism needs from you to help you lose weight.

3 Myths About Your Metabolism

One of the reasons so many people struggle is because they don’t understand why they carry excess body fat in the first place. We hear the word metabolism thrown around in everyday conversation, but there is very little understanding about its meaning.

The problem with this is the metabolism myths will lead you astray. When you have the right information, you can be successful in reaching your goal weight. Let’s take a look at 3 myths.

Myth #1: Slow Metabolism Results in Weight Gain

People believe they need a fast metabolism to be thin and if they have a slow metabolism, they’re doomed to be overweight.

Facts:

  • Every living organism has its own metabolism, even bacteria. Your metabolic rate determines how much fuel you need to carry out basic activities like standing up, walking around, or going about your daily activities.
  • Your basal metabolic rate is responsible for using about 70% of the calories you burn every single day. This happens as you go about your normal daily activities.
  • The best thing you can do to improve your metabolic rate is to increase muscle mass. This is why weightlifting is one of the best exercises you can do to lose weight, and why pounding it out on the treadmill is not the best bang for your buck. Movement does not always equal weight loss.

Myth #2: Extreme Diets Will Course Correct Your Metabolism and Help You Lose Weight

If you are juice fasting, drinking cabbage soup, or doing anything extreme from a dietary standpoint to lose weight, you could be doing yourself more harm than good. These foods are not going to help you burn more calories. And these unhealthy habits may actually slow down your metabolic rate.

Facts:

  • Including a variety of whole foods in a well-balanced diet is better for managing weight and metabolism.
  • Extreme diets are not sustainable for long periods of time and will sabotage your weight loss efforts.

Myth #3: Eat More Often

Some people swear they have to eat six meals per day to keep their metabolism going.

Facts:

  • This is poor advice; some doctors even falsely recommend this practice to their diabetic patients. Truth is, this negatively impacts blood glucose, causing your body to rely on sugar for energy.
  • When you’re constantly putting food in our mouth, you never allow your body to rest. The body doesn’t have time to use its own reserves for fuel, meaning the extra fuel is stored as fat.
  • The body learns to depend on an external source of glucose for energy when it has a constant supply coming in. This naturally drives up the blood sugar in the body and negatively impacts every organ system.

What Your Metabolism Needs From You

My client Cheryl struggled with her weight for over 20 years. She tried every new fad diet, pill, and potion out there.

She had zero luck.

We did two major things that shifted her in the right direction.

  1. Developed and implemented an appropriate detox for her specific body’s needs
  2. Used functional lab tests to evaluate her gut and hormone health

 

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If you’re looking to repair your metabolism for weight loss, here’s what you need to know:

  • The goal is to use your own body to fuel your metabolism and not rely so heavily on constant intake of food to fuel your metabolism. When you learn to balance your plate appropriately, you’ll be able to go longer between meals.

This is why I teach my clients how to eat intuitively based on their metabolic type. If we eat intuitively, we never ask questions like, “is breakfast the healthiest meal of the day?” I could write an entire post on that, but the short answer is, it depends.

If you are grabbing onto the next fad diet, hoping that will be your answer, you’re likely sadly mistaken. Even with the latest keto craze, there are downfalls to attempting to use fad diets as a sustainable way to live.

As you’ve probably learned, especially if you’ve tried many diets, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. These Band-Aid solutions are not focused on revving up your metabolism so it fits your body’s specific needs.

(Want to start eating intuitively? In this free resource, I teach you how to balance your plate so you’re eating the right combinations of foods to give you fuel for your metabolism. Access it here!)

Increase Your Amino Acids

One of the best things you can do to help your metabolism is increase your amino acids in the body. This will help improve your own muscle mass, and muscle burns fat. Most people are safe eating one gram of protein for every pound of lean body mass they carry.

Learn more about measuring lean body mass by investigating body measurement tools like a bioimpedance analysis or a dexa scan (watch a video on my results last year).

Adjust Your Plate

Protein is great for your metabolism, but it tends to be more difficult for the body to digest. To digest it, our core temperature and metabolism must rise, resulting in a high thermic effect in the body – which is a good thing for weight loss.

I work with my clients to help them find their metabolic type, which helps them understand exactly how much protein they need for their specific body type.

You’ll hear me say frequently… It’s all about balancing your plate.

With all my clients, I encourage balanced meals. That includes carbs, fats, and proteins with each meal to help sustain you for at least 3 hours.

After a meal, your goal should be to feel satisfied, have a stable mood, and have plenty of energy to carry you for several hours.

Focus on Your Hormone & Gut Health

Your hormones drive your health.

Thyroid Hormones. Your thyroid is your master when it comes to metabolism. When it slows down, not only will you feel sluggish, but you’ll also have a hard time losing weight.

Liver and gut health also play a major role in metabolism. They are involved in the conversion of the inactive thyroid hormone T4 to the active hormone in your body, T3.

Estrogen and Progesterone. When it comes to these sex hormones, if you have too much estrogen on board or if your estrogen to progesterone ratio is high, you’ll notice yourself holding on to that puffy-looking body fat.

The liver is also responsible for metabolizing estrogen, which prevents old estrogen from being recycled back into the system. When this system gets backed up, you’ll see weight gain as a side effect..

Adrenal Hormones. The little glands on top of your kidneys are responsible for cortisol production. This is your stress hormone. Stress-related fat tends to make up that spare tire you see around your waist.

The gut also plays a major role because it’s the first point of entry – where things from our external environment enter our internal environment.

If the gut becomes compromised, it can lead to other health issues (including a sluggish metabolism). This happens when things like medications, pathogens, toxins, pesticides, and herbicides enter our internal environment and begin to destroy the gut lining.

How do you know what your hormones and your gut look like?

Functional lab tests, of course.

Partnering with someone like me helps give you the information you need to lose weight instead of throwing every pill and potion you come across at it, hoping to put the fire out.

The Journey Towards Sustainable Weight Loss

If you’ve tried everything out there and you still feel stuck, you don’t need another meal plan. You need to start balancing your plate for you. I’ve created a free guide to help you get rid of your cravings, improve your overall mood, and improve your hormone balance by eating the right combination of foods for your body. Take authority over your health and your life – starting with this guide.