Depending on how the media is marketing to you (yes, they track what you say and search in Google doctor)…
…you may have a different thought process on what hormones do.
They do much more than help you…
- get a period
- stop hot flashes and night sweats
- have a libido
- keep looking youthful
Estradiol, one of the three estrogens has over 400 functions in the body!
Yes, there are 3 estrogens and guys have them too.
1) Estradiol – supports your brain, memory, nerve health, heart, blood vessels, skin elasticity, gut lining, sleep, bladder health, muscle health and libido, to name a few!
2) Estrone – inflammatory estrogen that when elevated can lead to breast tenderness, PMS, cramps, puffiness due to it’s slow detox through cells and liver.
3) Estriol – supports vaginal tissue health and prevents vaginal dryness
Progesterone, this hormone is your chill, calm and rest inducing hormone.
It’s often used for…
- Calming anxiety, agitation, irritability that has you wanting to leave your partner once a month and escape to a deserted island to get away from everyone
- Mellowing out histamine reactions – hives, rashes, increased eczema/psoriasis flare ups, increased food allergies/sensitivities
- Chronic nerve pain and neuropathy
- Triggering ovulation or periods to start
Testosterone, is often thought of for libido in women, when in fact estradiol is better.
I find testosterone useful for women who are very fatigued, depleted and unable to workout on their own.
I believe women can boost their testosterone naturally with exercise.
Hair loss is a big side effect with testosterone replacement.
I’ve seen it too often lately and I can’t help but wonder if the toxins in the environment might be messing with women who are supplementing with even 1 mg, a small dose of testosterone.
I recommend testing hormone metabolism before trying testosterone replacement.
If you’re looking to boost your libido, I often recommend using estradiol or DHEA.
DHEA helps your body to naturally make testosterone and convert it to estrogens.
It also has the potential to drive the body to make more androgens.
Androgens are your adrenaline and cortisol hormones.
If you’re already in a hyper stressed state DHEA isn’t for you.
Pregnenolone is the “mother hormone” to all of the hormones and it can be converted into progesterone or DHEA.
I tend to use this when someone is very tired, has been through a stressful or traumatic experience, and all their hormones are low.
For all your hormones to operate optimally there are vitamins and minerals that help.
Here’s a list to help you determine if you’re getting in these as well…
- Magnesium – helps facilitate hormone detox and creation
- Vitamin B12 and Folate – help the body to detox hormones from the cells
- Vitamin B6 – helps with hormone formation and detox
- Glutathione – an antioxidant you make in your liver to keep it & your nerves de-inflamed and healthy
- Inositol – an antioxidant to help detox estrogen and testosterone from the liver effectively
- Iodine – in the iodide form it helps to offset estrogen excess by binding estrogen receptors as well as facilitates liver detox
- Vitamin D – serves as a pre-cursor hormone to help with hormone formation.
Your hormones hang out in your cells and liver, this is why having the vitamins and minerals above dialed in helps you to create and detox them effectively.
Prior to menopause the ovaries are the main source of hormone release.
After menopause the adrenal glands take over.
This is why I mention taking care of your adrenal glands aka “stress glands”.
The adrenals are connected to your vagus nerve, the fight or flight nerve.
Keeping your energetic vibe happy and charged up will keep the vagus nerve and adrenals healthy.
Healthy adrenals, a chill nervous system and de-inflamed liver = happy hormones!
On Friday I’ll be talking about how to keep your vibe high and body charged up!
Here’s to your health,