There are approximately 6,000 endocrine disorders that result because of hormone imbalances. Hormones play a vital role for both men and women's health and well being. Hormonal imbalances are experienced at different times during life and in today's modern world where we are being bombarded with chemicals, radiation and processed foods that negatively affect our hormonal health, humans galore unknowingly are showing poor health symptoms that could easily be vanished by balancing their hormones.
Despite the billions if not trillions of dollars spent each year on diet, weight loss and the health care industry and the advancement in technology of modern medicine, people are getting fatter and sicker than ever before. We are witnessing growing rates of diabetes, obesity, cancer, and feeling more fatigued and depressed. Yet few people know that the culprit of so many of these dis-eases are often due to hormonal imbalances.
Ask yourself if you have any of the following symptoms?
hot flashes, weight gain, insomnia, fatigue, low libido, mood swings, constipation,
vaginal dryness, deep feelings of sadness, fibrosis, endometriosis, foggy memory or inflammation.
For men: erectile dysfunction, low libido, night sweats, mood swings or irritability, muscles loss or weakness, sadness or anxiety, increase in body fat, hair loss, fatigue or lack of energy, memory loss, sleep apnea or insomnia, constipation, gynecomastia (development of breast in men).
Ori Hofmekler, author of The Anti-Estrogenic Diet: How Estrogenic Foods and Chemicals Are Making You Fat and Sick says that in the past few decades, men have lost 50% of their sperm count and within only one generation, the average man's sperm count and testosterone have dropped by 20%. Women are no better. Staggering figures show that most women today are suffering from female disorders and three out of ten women between the ages of 35 to 60 will develop breast cancer.
As a healing practitioner and as a certified raw nutritionist with David Wolfe and the BodyMindInstitute I offer a holistic approach to my clients when it comes to their health and well-being. After years of working with countless of men and women I have seen many report hormonal imbalance symptoms over and over again. Often I will ask my clients to get a blood test for their hormones to verify that this is indeed is the culprit behind their symptoms, time and time again it is.
One of the most important things that I learned in my training with David Wolfe was how to balance hormones and help both men and women flush out bad estrogens and restore optimal good estrogens (like progesterone) and testosterone levels. With men the focus is mainly on raising their testosterone, yet for women testosterone is very important as well.
If you have tried "everything" to feel energetic, happy, lose weight and be healthy yet you are getting little or no results at all, then there is a good chance that your hormones are imbalanced. Balancing your hormones can be one of the most vital steps you can take towards optimal health, as research has shown that "sex hormones" are really "health hormones". In order for your body to activate it's own self-healing properties it is required that your endocrine system and it's glands are working properly so that it can secrete the ideal set of hormones to maintain homeostasis in your body.
To balance the hormones women must turn off estrone and estrodial (bad estrogens) and raise estriol, progesterone and testosterone (in the correct zone), Vitamin D3 and DHEA. For men balancing their hormones will happen when they eliminate the bad estrogens and bring testosterone, DHEA and Vitamin D3 up.
There are certain types of estrogens when they are elevated around the age of 50-70 in both women and men can be very dangerous and could trigger or send signals to certain type of harmful cells to multiply.
These are estrone and estrodial. Estrodial is very important when going through puberty as it signals and signifies beauty and creates the female figure. When women are beyond 50 instead of triggering the female form (growth of breast tissue) it could instead trigger the growth of cancer cells.
On the other hand when estriol and progesterone are low and estrone and estrodial are high we will see a tendency for breast, ovarian and reproductive dis-eases. When this occurs we need androgens like progesterone and testosterone (DHEA as well) to counter balance the bad estrogens.
In men progesterone is not present therefor we want high
testosterone levels in men after 40 to counter balance the bad estrogens.
Estrone and estradiol in elevated forms lack metal groups. The methylation process is what is called cydochrome p450 level 1 detoxification process that your liver uses to clear away DDT, DDE or any of the pesticides and larvacides that have a high affinity for the reproductive organs, hormones and toxicity in the human body. They required to be methylated by the liver. This process is inhibited in 10-49% of the population. We have been sprayed with so many chemicals that it has corrupted our methylation process. Therefor estrone is not methylated because we are out of the methyl groups.
1) The first step is to eliminate the most common sources of xenoestrogens (bad estrogens) that mimic the effects of true estrogen and interact with cellular receptor sites. This process is what contributes to an excess of bad estrogen and blocks the effects of true estrogen.
Most common sources of xenoestrogens include:
Plastic and canned foods
Personal care products (make up, lotion and perfumes)
Food additives and preservatives
Laundry and dishwasher detergents
Household cleaners and air fresheners
Pesticides and herbicides
Commercially raised animal products
By choosing more wholefoods, organic produce and organic animal products and replacing your household cleaners and personal care products with more natural options you can avoid massive amounts of xenoestrogens.
2) The second step to shut down the cascade of improper ratio of bad estrogens to good estrogens is to add methyl groups into our diet (best first step to deal with breast, ovarian, testicular, prostate and reproductive dis-eases). Add trimethylglycine (TMG) which is a methylator that you can add to everything as it is odorless and tasteless. Dimethylglycine is also good and both are derived from beets, that is why beet juice is a great methylator. Other good methylators are goji berries and MSM.
3) The third step is to dissolve the bad estrogens. We require to bring down the estrone and estradiol while we bring up the estriol and progesterone and/or testosterone and/or DHEA. The best bad estrogen dissolver is melatonin. Insomnia and the accumulation of bad estrogen are related, so are migranes. Kidney and urinary infections are also related to high levels of estrone. Adding a little bit of progesterone cream and estriol cream right on the kidneys and urinary tract from the exterior will aid the immune system.
Another excellent bad estrogen dissolver is indole-3-carbinol (ic3) compound isolated which is made out of broccoli and sold as broccoli concentrate. Indole-3-carbinol activates RNA messaging and changes the message coming out of the cell to allow the cell how to understand how to break down and dissolve the bad estrogen molecules. Ic3 is a triptomin, with a very similar structure to serotonin, melatonin and DMT. Eating 4-5 servings a week of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale and arugula are excellent to avoid the re-absorption of bad estrogens when they have been pushed out of the lympathic system into the colon because they contain Calcium D-glucarate.
4) The next step for optimal hormonal balance and health are natural aroma-taste inhibitors. Aroma-taste enzymes are present in fat tissue and these will turn progesterone into bad estrogen. Passion flower, one of the most important herbs in balancing your hormones stops the aromatization of progesterone into estrogen. Passion flower allows us to hold our androgen sex hormones which are really health hormones, meaning that if we have testosterone, progesterone, DHEA and Vitamin D3 we are not only sexy but we are HEALTHY. That is why passion flower is known for allowing us to hold our womanhood and manhood longer. Combining bee pollen or pine pollen with passion flower is a phenomenal way to increase our sex and health hormones.
Chamomile contains apigenin which helps to hold in the good progesterone and testosterone. Olive oil and resveratrol are also powerful natural aroma-taste inhibitors.
5) The fifth step is to get the good androgens up. One of the best sources to increase the production of Vitamin D3, testosterone and progesterone is sunlight. Just Vitamin D3 alone turns on more than 3,000 genes involved in healing, so getting plenty of sunlight will not only keep you tanned but also vibrantly healthy. When it comes to food sources that get our androgens up the best ones are deer antler, maca and sweet potatoes. Deer antler’s mammalian growth factor helps build up testosterone and progesterone. Maca is the great hormone builder. Sweet potatoes and yams are hormone builders and precursors.
Avoid consuming soy products and plastics that contain BPA.
6) The final step is to introduce the herbal hormone helpers. Ginseng is able to direct and amplify the effect of all the other things previously mentioned. Ashwaganda can be taken by both men and women as a herbal hormone support, tulsi is recommended for women only. Other herbs that act as hormone helpers are raspberry leaf and tribulus.
2 cups of coconut water with meat or your favorite nut milk
1 ripe banana
1 teaspoon of bee pollen or pine pollen
A splash of passion flower extract or 2 capsules
1 teaspoon of maca
1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder
A handful of goji berries
1 tablespoon of raw unrefined coconut oil
A pinch of cinnamon (optional)