Hormonal Health PART II: Treatment Recommendations
Now that you have completed the Hormonal Health Questionnaire let’s use your results to create your road map to hormonal balance.
Here is this list of hormones that corresponds to each group in the questionnaire:
Hormone Group A – Inflammation (warning score greater than 11)
Hormone Group B – Excess Insulin (warning score greater than 9)
Hormone Group C – Low Dopamine (warning score greater than 4)
Hormone Group D – Low Serotonin (warning score greater than 7)
Hormone Group E – Excess Cortisol (warning score greater than 8)
Hormone Group F – Excess Estrogen (warning score greater than 6)
Hormone Group G – Low Estrogen (warning score greater than 8)
Hormone Group H – Low Thyroid (warning score greater than 8)
If your scores revealed ONLY ONE high score, go ahead and address it now with one of the listed options below in the treatments recommendations section.
If you have MORE THAN ONE high score, start with whichever one appears lowest. Your goal is to work your way up to the highest imbalance over time. This method is important because correcting a lower-level imbalance may be enough to correct or improve other imbalances noted in the higher levels.
Carefully read the list of natural treatment recommendations below and choose the recommendation that best suits your needs. You can also call Mark Kibyuk directly at 709-743-7168 to discuss a customized treatment/supplement plan or join our Perfect Diet Program for 10 Weeks of personalized support.
Stick with the treatment suggestion for each specific imbalance until you feel your symptoms have improved. The length of time you will need to treat each imbalance will depend on the severity and duration of the imbalance and, of course your body’s response to the treatment steps.
I recommend revisiting the Hormonal Health Questionnaire at least once or twice a year.
Inflammation – Hormone Group A
Turmeric: Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiaging, immune-enhancing and hormone-balancing effects. It works naturally to cut inflammation, pain and swelling. Turmeric also supports liver function and detoxification. Take 500-1,500 mg per day away from food.
Foods or Specific Habits to Decrease Inflammation:
Include plenty of these anti-inflammatory foods in your diet such as tomatoes, olive oil, green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards. Nuts like almonds and walnuts, fatty fish like salmon, mackerel or tuna, and fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges.
Excess Insulin – Hormone Group B
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA): CLA is naturally present in dairy projects and beef. It has anticancer and antidiabetic properties. A paper entitled “Dietary Fat Intake, Supplements and Weight Loss”, published in the Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology, reported that CLA is one of only a few supplements proven to reduce body fat and assist in increasing lean muscle mass without a change in caloric intake. These powerful effects are due to its insulin-sensitizing properties. CLA also shows anti-inflammatory benefits and seems to reduce fat storage in the fat cells while also increasing fat-burning activity in the muscles. The minimum dosage is 1,500mg twice daily with food for at least 3 months.
Foods or Specific Habits To Decrease Insulin:
- On top of eating a low-carb, grain-free diet, limit Omega-6 fats (nuts and seeds) and eat plenty of Omega-3s (fish and seafood)
- Get plenty of sleep
- Manage your stress
- If necessary, lose visceral fat. Carrying a little extra jiggle in your hips isn’t a risk for insulin resistance: that’s subcutaneous fat. But an apple shape indicates that you have some visceral fat to lose.
Low Dopamine – Hormone Group C
I-Tyrosine: The amino acid tyrosine is a building block of dopamine, so supplements can definitely help perk up production of this important mood-influencing hormone. Take 500-1000mg on rising, away from food. Another does may be added later in the day, but because tyrosine is a stimulating supplement, it should not be taken after 3pm, not by anyone with high blood pressure. This product should be taken for at least 4-6 weeks to reach its full effectiveness. Tyrosine is the best choice if low thyroid hormone or underactive thyroid is also suspected.
Foods or Specific Habits to Increase Dopamine:
- All proteins (meat, fish, beans, nuts)
- Food sources of tyrosine are almonds, avocadoes, bananas, lima beans, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds.
Low Serotonin – Hormone Group D
5-HTP: A derivative to tryptophan and one step closer towards becoming serotonin, 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) has been found to be more effective than typtophan for treating sleepiness, depression, and anxiety. Take 50 to 400mg per day, divided 1-2 doses throughout the day or all at once before bed. This supplement should be taken for at least 406 weeks to reach its full effectiveness. Mark feels this is your best choice, often combined with St. John’s wort.
Foods or Specific Habits to Increase Dopamine:
- Eating carbohydrates will boost your serotonin. Choose slow-release, complex carbs like quinoa or sweet potatoes to keep you sustained, energized and balanced. Simple carbs such as white breads or sweets will only give you a momentary boost followed by a crash. Plus they pack on the pounds.
- The best food sources of serotonin-boosting typtophan are turkey, brown rice, cottage cheese, meat, sesame seeds, and chia seeds.
- Sun exposure
- Staying warm
Excess Cortisol – Hormone Group E
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is naturally highest in our stress glands (adrenal glands), so no wonder stress can deplete our vitamin C stores. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, essential for healthy immune system function and collagen formation in the skin, tendons and ligaments. Take 2000-6000 mg spread throughout the day or stress protection and immune support. Ensure your vitamin C contains bioflavonoids, which enhance the activity of vitamin C in the body.
Foods or Specific Habits to Decrease Cortisol:
Here are 9 of my favorite foods to reduce high cortisol levels naturally…
- Wild Salmon
- Black Tea
- Dark Chocolate
- Chamomile Tea
- Olive Oil
Excess Estrogen – Hormone Group F
Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C): Formulated from extracts of broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, I3C is known to increase the breakdown and excretion of harmful estrogen metabolites. It may be useful in the treatment and prevention of breast and prostate cancer. Take 200 mg twice a day for 1-3 months.
Foods or Specific Habits to Decrease Estrogen:
- Consume weak phytoestrogenic foods such as pomegranate, flax seds, pears, apples, berries, organic non GM fermented soy, oats and barley
- Choose organic dairy and meat products to reduce your exposure to hormone additives.
- Add plenty of detoxifying foods to your diet, including broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage, beets, carrots, apples, ginger, onions and celery.
- Use infrared sauna treatments
Low Estrogen – Hormone Group G
BI-EST Bioidentical Cream: This topical cream is a mix of 80% estriol and 20% estradiol. See your MD or compounding pharmacy. The dosage will depend on your specific condition.
Sage: Sage is an excellent choice to support healthy estrogen balance, especially if sweating and hot flashes are your predominant menopause systems. Take 400 mg once a day, away from food.
Foods or Specific Habits to Decrease Estrogen:
Phytoestrogenic foods such has soy products, flax seeds, fennel, and pomegranate.
Low Thyroid – Hormone Group H
L-Tyrosine: The amino acid tyrosine is necessary for the production of thyroid hormone in the body. Recommended dose if 1,000 mg upon rising, before breakfast. Do not take if you have high blood pressure. Tyrosine is one of Mark’s favourite choices for low thyroid, especially when low motivation, fatigue or depression is a concern.
Foods or Specific Habits to Increase Thyroid:
- Exercise – but to not over exercise!
- Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation decrease thyroid hormone and your metabolic rate.
- Eat regularly and avoid excessive caloric restriction
- Consume foods that contain the nutrients necessary for the production of thyroid hormone, such as almonds, avocados, bananas, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds.
There you have it! Just a few of the natural treatment recommendations you can start to implement right away to help improve your hormonal imbalance.
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