TLC 7: Balancing Hormones
Balance hormones, naturally. While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) used to be the gold standard when a woman entered menopause, many recent studies are now waving a red flag when it comes to introducing foreign hormones into the body. Not only do prescriptive hormones increase your risk of breast and uterine cancer, we now know that women who have heart disease may further increase their risk of a second heart attack by taking HRT. Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women, so this is a topic we all must take seriously.
In The 24-Hour Turnaround, TLC 7, I help you to understand the hormone fluctuations of perimenopause, a normal period of change leading up to menopause that usually lasts 4 to 5 years, as well as the decline of estrogen during menopause and how this can affect your physical and emotional state. I will give you some natural remedies, including hormone-friendly whole foods, increased cellular hydration, anti-aging exercise, and natural hormone balancers that can give you amazing relief from perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms. I will give you the opportunity to feel young and alive again—each and every 24 hours of your life.
“I’m here to tell you that
you can make it through
menopause feeling and
Many of the problems women experience with premenstrual syndrome, perimenopause, and menopause are associated with poor diet. The Definition Diet will give you plenty of healthy food choices to balance your hormones so you that feel healthy and active.
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Wear your heart rate monitor and exercise. I promise you that working out at a high heart rate can negatively alter the hormone environment in your body no matter what age you are! Staying in your Zone One when you exercise keeps your hormones in balance AND helps you loose the fat that is associated with hormone imbalance. Put on your heart rate monitor and get moving.
Eat soy foods to balance hormones. New research continues to point to soy foods high in phytoestrogens to reduce or erase the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. Phytoestrogens occur naturally in plants and mimic the effect of estrogen in the body without the harmful side effects (see TLC 7). Include one or two servings of soy in your daily diet—it is inexpensive, dairy free, and low in saturated fat. But even more, soy is a complete protein source, and can help to keep your hormones stable and help to relieve the intrusive symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. Soy helps reduce your rate of heart disease, breast cancer, and osteoporosis, according to new studies. The rates of these diseases are much lower for Asian women, who traditionally have a diet high in soy, than for Americans.
Avoid Environmental Estrogens (Xenoestrogens). We live in a world of petrochemicals, and come in contact with hundreds if not thousands of these products in our everyday lives. Our homes are heated with petroleum oil, and our cars run on petroleum fuel. Plastics, medicines, and food containers all contain petroleum byproducts. The problem is that some of these petrochemicals, called “xenobiotics,” can mimic and or interfere with our female steroid hormones, altering the way we grow and producing an epidemic of reproductive abnormalities, including increasing numbers of cancers of the reproductive organs, infertility, and low sperm counts. There are about 100,000 registered chemicals in the world that have hormonal effects in the body, as well as carcinogenic and toxic effects. The bad news? Many of the harmful hormone-like substances that we absorb from the environment are hard to avoid.
Xenoestrogens, in addition to being highly estrogenic, are fat-soluble and non-biodegradable. That means they are here to stay; you can’t get them out of your body (or off the planet Earth). Fact is, the major source of xenoestrogens is red meat and dairy products. Xenoestrogens accumulate in our fatty tissues (breast, brain, and liver) and cause “estrogen dominance”, with all its symptoms and diseases. Billions of pounds of these substances are applied to our fruits and vegetables every year in the form of chemical fertilizers and sprays. Because xenoestrogens do not go away, when you eat the fruit or vegetable you generally get a small amount of these substances. This is why I suggest everyone eat organic fruits and vegetables as often as possible. Due to the bombardment of xenoestrogens, we are seeing earlier menstruation in our daughters. As you know, the long-term consequences of early menstruation are a lengthy lifetime exposure to estrogen, with an increased risk of hormone-driven cancers such as breast and uterine cancer.
One Dartmouth University Study showed that plastic wrap (a petrochemical product containing xenoestrogens) heated in a microwave oven with vegetable oil had 500,000 times the minimum amount of xenoestrogens needed to stimulate breast cancer cells to grow in a test tube.
Use a natural progesterone cream. If you are considering Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) or you are already on it, please read TLC 7 in The 24-Hour Turnaround. Consider using a natural progesterone cream which can produce incredible results and has no side effects. I use it daily.