Why Can’t My Hormones Play Nice Together?

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There seems to be an almost epidemic of ladies who are suffering from hormonal imbalance.   PMS, to Endometriosis, Menopause seem to be plaguing ladies of all ages. These hormonal imbalances can also contribute to some of the female cancers too.

When you get a hormone panel done what are they looking for?
Estradio (E2): there needs to be a correct balance between estrogen and progesterone. It is one of the critical factors for maintaining hormonal health.  Estradiol is needed for proper function of progesterone receptors.  High estradiol levels may also compete with T3, a thyroid hormone at the T3 responsive gene sites and interfere with the tissue activity of T3 contributing to hypothyroidism.  High estradiol levels can also increase Thyroid Binding  Globulin levels, which bind up free T3 and T4 hormone, resulting in decreased tissue action of T3.  Having low estradiol levels post-menopause may be because of adrenal dysfunction since post-menopausal production of estradiol comes by conversion from the adrenal hormone DHEA.

Progesterone: enhances the sensitivty of estrogen receptors.  Even with normal E2 levels progesterone deficiency contributes to, or exacerbates, estrogen deficiency symptoms.

  • Estradiol & progesterone, put the two ratio levels together for an index of their balance.  IF there is an overload of estradiol, over progesterone, this can explain a whole bunch of symptoms in reproductive age ladies like endometrial hyperplasia, pre-menstrual syndrome, fibrocystic breasts, and uterine fibroids.  When estrogen supplements are prescribed without the balancing effects of progesterone, a deficiency in progesterone can result.  Some of the symptoms of estronge dominance include:
    weight gain in the hips and thighs
    fibrocystic & tender breasts
    uterine fibroids
    irritability
    water retention
    thyroid imbalance
  • Estrogen dominance can lead to cancers of the uterus and breasts and insulin resistance.  Low estradiol levels happening at the onset of menopause can trigger a host of symptoms including:
    hot flashes
    night sweats
    vaginal dryness
    sleep disturbances
    foggy thinking
    rapid skin aging and bone loss
    It is important to maintain proper levels of estradiol balanced with progesterone at any age for optimal hormonal health

What about “testosterone?  Unbalanced testosterone can lead to hormonal disrution whether levels are deficient or excessive.  If the testosterone is elevated:
ovarian cysts
polycystic ovarian syndrome
excessive facial hair
acne
oily skin and hair
These symptoms are usually an indicator that you may be rocking elevated testosterone levels.
Low testosterone can be brought on by excessive stress, certain medications, contraceptives, and surgical removal of ovaries.  Some of the symptoms of testosterone deficiency include:
low sex drive
thinning skin
vaginal dryness
bone loss (osteoporosis)
loss of muscle tone
depression
memory issues
What is the Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)?  It is a protein produced by the liver when exposed to any type of estrogen.  This exposure can include estrogen produces naturally by the body or consumed as a synthetic like oral contraceptive estrogen, estrogen therapy, or as foods , also referred to as xenoestrogens.  The Sex Hormone Binding Globulin binds tightly to circulating estradiol and testosterone.  This prevents rapid metabolism and clearance and limits their bioavailability to tissues.  SHBG gives a good index of the extent of the body’s overall exposure to estrogens.
DHEA sulphate is produced by the adrenal glands and generally reflects the adrenal gland function.  DHEA is usually present in larger amounts than all the other steroid hormones as it is the precursor for estrogen and testosterone production. DHEA levels peak in late teens to early 20’s and then naturally decline as we age.  Cortisol and DHEA have opposite effects on immune function and insulin regulation.  When cortisol levels are increased, more DHEA is required to be released to balance the effects of elevated cortisol.  Thus, chronically elevated cortisol levels can result in a lack of DHEA.  Low DHEA can bring out a decrease in sex drive and feeling sluggish, where as high DHEA can have a masculinizing effect because it metabolizes into testosterone.
Low DHEA levels can be connected:
hypothyroidism
lupus
rheumatoid arthritis
Cortisol levels portray overall adrenal function and indicate exposure to stressors.  Healthy adrenal cortisol production is highest early in the morning, soon after waking and then falls to lower levels at mid-day and continues to decrease into the evening.  Low cortisol levels can indicate adrenal fatigue (meaning your ability to respond to stress is reduced), it can leave the body more vulnerable to poor blood sugar regulation and immune system weakness.  Chronically high cortisol is a result of constant exposure to stressors, and can pose a serious long-term effect on the quality of one’s health including:
higher cancer risk
osteoporosis
Alzheimer’s disease
Elevated cortisol levels can also interfere with the action of progesterone and testosterone at gene regulatory sites.  Which long story short, can lead to estrogen dominance.  Excess cortisol can cause significant bone loss, depression, exhaustion, muscle wasting, brain fog, impaired thyroid function.
When you go for a Female Hormone panel these are the elements they will be checking for.  Saliva testing is one of the most accurate as far as I am concerned professionally.  Contact me and I can put you in touch with a lab that offers this form of testing, or check with your OBGYN and see if they work with a lab that offers Saliva testing, it will also fall under the label of bioidentical hormone testing.

Realizing these hormones need to be in balance is important.  So ladies, reading stuff that are marketed for female hormone disorders and taking “ONE” thing, i.e. hot flashes, means you are not dealing with the issue, just trying to get rid of the hotflashes isn’t going to fix the imbalance, there is a nutritional deficiency going on and you need to address the whole picture not just one sentence on the proverbial page. Rather than feel like you are spitting in the wind, put the whole sequence back into balance.

Hormones are chemical messengers in the body, they have to work together in tandem.  If one is trying to over-power the other you will exhibit unpleasant symptoms.

If any of the symptoms I’ve shared describes what you may be dealing with, and if you’d like to approach this from a nutritional/natural perspective, I’d be honored to work with you.  You can go to http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc and sign up for a 1 hr. consult which can be done in my office, or via e-mail consultation, or phone consultation.  If you are local and want an in office consultation we can also do a QFA Analysis where we work with your (urine & saliva) to paint a clearer picture of what is going on nutritionally to achieve better balance.

Hope this was able to shed some light.
Healthfully yours,
Jodi Barnett N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathy)
QFA Clinician, Orthomolecular Nutritionist

Harvested Health LLC

http://www.harvestedhealth.mynsp.com (high quality whole food herbs/supplements)

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Emotional Support – Using Flower Essence Remedies

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Dr. Bach was an English medical doctor who also practiced homeopathy. He was dissatisfied with how medicine treated symptoms, while ignoring the welfare of the patient as a whole. In his search to find a gentler method of healing he developed Bach Flower Remedies, in 1930. He believed illness resulted in a conflict between the emotions and that this “internal war” leads to negative moods and energy blocking, which causes a lack of “harmony” and leads to physical diseases.

THE BEAUTY OF PLANTS:

Plants have been used fro medicinal purposes from the beginning. Bach, however, makes distinction between plants that relieve symptoms  and those that contain genuine healing ability.

The flower, in which all the essential energies of the plant have concentrated, is picked at the point of full maturity or perfection, that is, when it is about to drop.

Flower remedies are vibrational (homeopathic-like) remedies made from the flowers of plants. Most are made by soaking flowers in water in the sunlight, then preserving the water with brandy to make a mother tincture. The mother tincture is then diluted to create the final remedy.

  • The beauty of these Flower Essence Remedies is they work on vibrational like energy.  Don’t think vibrational energy is “real”, well when you are angry, or scared does your body “feel” calm?  For most people that answer would be “NO”, their hands may shake, or it feels like their inners are shaking or vibrating.  That IS vibrational energy, the ones that love to cause “short-circuit” issues within our bodies are; FEAR, WORRY, ANGER, ANXIETY, GRIEF, these do not do a body good, but using these flower remedies can from a homeopathic perspective assist your body in balancing those negative nellies.
  • These work for pets too, so if you have a pet that suffers from separation anxiety, or doesn’t like being crated, or travel etc.  Give Distress Remedy a try. I used to have a Congo African Gray parrot who would pluck her feathers when we would leave the house, I would put the Distress Remedy in her water dish (these are virtually tasteless by the way), and it really WORKED! I have also used this remedy on our dogs especially when they were puppies and stressed out over being left home alone in their crates.
  • If you are dealing with the grief of losing a loved one, Release it, and Open Heart may be helpful, none of these flower remedies cause any side-effects, so no drowsiness, tiredness, and non-habit forming.  Safe to give to children as well.
    Natures Sunshine offers a line of these flower essence remedies which include:

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Distress Remedy

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Benefits:
Supports emotional balance.
May assist the body with occasional emotional distress and emotional balance.
How It Works:
Flower Essences are liquid extracts developed for modern issues of emotional and physical stress.
Ingredients:
Arnica (Arnica mollis), Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum), Rock Rose (Helianthemum nummularium), Impatiens (Impatiens glandulifera), Clematis (Clematis vitalba), Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera) Red Clover (Trifolium pratense), vegetable glycerin and purified water.
Recommended Use:
Take 10–15 drops under the tongue every 10–15 minutes or as needed until symptoms improve. Then decrease to every 1–2 hours, then to four times daily until symptoms are relieved. Avoid any contact with dropper to eliminate product contamination. For children under 12, consult your health care professional

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Keep Cool

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Benefits:
May assist the body with feelings of anger and irritability.
May also assist with empathy and communication
How It Works:
Flower Essences are liquid extracts developed for modern issues of emotional and physical stress.
Ingredients:
Calendula (Calendula officinalis), Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus), Impatiens (Impatiens glandulifera), Grape Vine (Vitis vinifera), Willow (Salix vitellina), Holly (Ilex aquifolium), Tiger Lily (Triteleia ixiodides), vegetable glycerin and purified water.
Recommended Use:
Take 10–15 drops under the tongue every 10–15 minutes or as needed until symptoms improve. Then decrease to every 1–2 hours, then to four times daily until symptoms are relieved. For children under 4, consult your health care professional. Avoid any contact with dropper to eliminate product contamination.

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Find Strength

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Benefits:
May assist with feelings of unworthiness.
May help the body with emotional strength and help deal with occasional emotional stress.
How It Works:
Flower Essences are liquid extracts developed for modern issues of emotional and physical stress.
Ingredients:
Mariposa Lily (Calochortus leichtlinii), Pine (Pinus sylvestrus), Scarlet Monkeyflower (Mimulus cardinalis), Centaury (Centaurium erythraea), Fuschia (Fuschia magellanica), Pink Yarrow (Achillea millefolium var. rubra), Goldenrod (Solidago californica), vegetable glycerin and purified water.
Recommended Use:
Take 10–15 drops under the tongue every 10–15 minutes or as needed until symptoms improve. Then decrease to every 1–2 hours, then to four times daily until symptoms are relieved. For children under 4, consult your health care professional. Avoid any contact with dropper to eliminate product contamination.

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Release It

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Benefits:
May assist the body with the grieving process.
May help in letting go of the past.
May assist with emotional distress.
How It Works:
Flower Essences are liquid extracts developed for modern issues of emotional and physical stress.
Ingredients:
Self-Heal (Prunella vulgaris), Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus caudaius), Chicory (Cichorium intybus), Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa), Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium), Borage (Borago officinalis), Star Thistle (Centauria solstitialis), vegetable glycerin and purified water.
Recommended Use:
Take 10–15 drops under the tongue every 10–15 minutes or as needed until symptoms improve. Then decrease to every 1–2 hours, then to four times daily until symptoms are relieved. For children under 4, consult your health care professional. Avoid any contact with dropper to eliminate product contamination.

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Open Heart

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Benefits:
May assist with the ability to love.
May help release suppressed emotion.
May help increase empathy and compassion.
How It Works:
Flower Essences are liquid extracts developed for modern issues of emotional and physical stress.
Ingredients:
California Wild Rose (Rosa californica), Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii), Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon californicum), Star Tulip (Calochortus tolmici), Evening Primrose (Oenothera elata), Pink Monkeyflower (Mimulus lewisii), Golden Ear Drops (Dicentra chrysantha), vegetable glycerin and purified water.
Recommended Use:
Take 10–15 drops under the tongue every 10–15 minutes or as needed until symptoms improve. Then decrease to every 1–2 hours, then to four times daily until symptoms are relieved. For children under 4, consult your health care professional. Avoid any contact with dropper to eliminate product contamination.

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Be Responsible-Able

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Benefits:
May assist the body with promoting self honesty.
May help encourage self-responsibility.
May help with self-defeating behavior.
How It Works:
Flower Essences are liquid extracts developed for modern issues of emotional and physical stress.
Ingredients:
Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa), Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hurta), Milkweed (Asclepias cordifolia), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia), Mullein (Verbascum thaspus), vegetable glycerin and purified water.
Recommended Use:
Take 10–15 drops under the tongue every 10–15 minutes or as needed until symptoms improve. Then decrease to every 1–2 hours, then to four times daily until symptoms are relieved. For children under 4, consult your health care professional. Avoid any contact with dropper to eliminate product contamination.

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So Many folks struggle to manage their emotional highs & lows, and for some they may believe these flower essence remedies sound too simple.  However, physical and emotional support doesn’t always have to be complicated.  I have personally used these, when my mother passed away the Distress Remedy and Release It, worked beautifully to help me through the grieving process.  To try something that offers ZERO side effects, and ZERO addictive properties.  I highly recommend giving the Flower Remedies a fair try.

If you’d like some assistance with managing your health using a more natural approach, understand I do NOT diagnose disease or prescribe prescription medicines.  What I do is help you support the body nutritionally using plants and herbs so the body can initiate it’s own inner healing support and balance.bleeding_heart-1024x285

Healthfully yours,
Jodi Barnett N.D.
QFA Clinician, Orthomolecular Nutritional Coach
Harvested Health LLC
http://www.harvestedhealth.mynsp.com (product website)
http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc (service link)