Eat a low sugar, low simple carbohydrate diet, avoid processed foods, limit caffeine (at most 1 cup/day), alcohol (2/glasses wine per week), better yet, if you are having issues with adrenal fatigue and major hormone disturbances, eliminate altogether.
Eat organic – especially meat, dairy, eggs, fruits and vegetables. Use vegetable wash on non-organic produce
Support GI health – consider a detoxification /allergy elimination diet for 4-6 weeks, add probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus daily, good fats such as fish oils and GLA(gamma linoleic) acid
Take high quality vitamin and mineral supplements which support the production, metabolism, and detoxification of hormones [Multivitamin with minerals, Vitamins C, E, B Complex, B12, Calcium/Magnesium, Omega 3, GLA, extra Folic acid – 5MTHF best form. (see supplement recommendations)
Test saliva/blood for hormone balance. ( We use ZRT laboratory, Diagnostechs and Genova labs for saliva, blood and urine testing)
Test blood for thyroid [TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, TPO antibody’s] plus basal body temperature
Support thyroid function with nutrients including: Vitamin A, D Iodine, Selenium, Zinc, and decrease toxins / allergens to balance hormones and support adrenals.
Support adrenal function-(saliva test to measure) detoxify, stress reduction, adequate sleep, good nutrients, meditation, etc. (See adrenal fatigue)
Use only biologically identical hormones if needed, often compounded for you at special pharmacies. Use in small physiologic doses, preferably topically rather than orally (less hormone required for same effect, less for liver to process)
Use herbal approaches: Saw Palmetto, Siberian Rhubarb, Black Cohosh, Dong Quai, Licorice Root, Ginseng, Chaste Berry, Wild Yam, non GMO Soy
Drink clean filtered water and lots of it
Rid your house of toxic cleaners/ chemicals. Use biodegradable products
Pay attention to your intuition and the wisdom of your body! Your hormonal changes/cycles are information your body is trying to convey about your life.
Recycle everything you can as you will be helping our Mother Earth, who herself is suffering from severe menopausal “hot flashes” and “PMS” (Global warming, tsunami’s, floods) because of human toxicity. Your grandchildren’s health and well being will benefit.
Save the date for Women’s Hormonal Harmony workshop on Sat. Sept 21st 1-4 pm, led by Dr. Christensen, along with several members of the Carpathia Collaborative team.