Hormones – Life’s Symphony

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Hormone Balance, Nutrition | 4 comments

DeannaOsborn_FB1cIt is very important for any woman considering the use of bioidentical hormones to maintain or achieve balance in her life to know or learn how her body works. Our bodies send many “signals” which can be recognized, if we pay attention, but most of us either don’t see the signals or don’t understand what our bodies are saying to us.  Since hormones fluctuate minute by minute in our system based upon stress, emotion, physical condition, etc., it is important that we learn to recognize those signals and respond appropriately. For example, there are times when a woman’s body may only need to be supplemented with 20mg of USP Progesterone and there are stressful times when she will need 40mg of USP Progesterone per day. The woman who is tuned in and listening to her body can recognize the signals more effectively and better manage hormonal imbalances. The doctor’s advice is that you need to know your body better than anyone else.

Hormones get out of balance through a variety of factors including dietary consumption of estrogens, lifestyle, medications, and even environment. Diet plays a big role.  A diet high in carbohydrates or simple sugars will make hormonal imbalance worse. When you are consuming a diet high in carbohydrates your body’s response is to have high circulating insulin levels. High insulin levels can be deleterious because insulin is a growth hormone and it is the only hormone in the body that causes us to store fat in fat cells. Estrogen can be made in fat cells.  A high carbohydrate diet will make you pack on weight around the waist, in particular, further contributing to hormone imbalance.

Life style is another big factor. Most of us are constantly on the go, trying feverishly to meet deadlines, pick up kids, run errands, and literally hold it all together! A person under a lot of stress will generally produce a lot of cortisol hormone made by the adrenal glands. One of the building blocks of cortisol is progesterone. If you allow yourself to remain in a constant state of stress requiring high levels of cortisol, it can force your body to use up progesterone stores to make cortisol.  Important to note is that the body’s hormones are all interrelated and best work in a symphony all balanced together.

Learn how to balance your body in Dr. Deanna’s Healing Handbookhttp://deannaholdren.com/healing-handbook/


  1. Thanks for the blog and for your new book. I have sent my son the link to your recent talk in Louisville I believe where you mentioned that Omega 3’s are good for concussion prevention and to take if you have had a concussion. Is it possible for you to send me the source you might have used for this information or is it from personal/family experience? Again thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family. Maureen

  2. Hi Deanna! Thank you for this great information! I started working shifts in August and ever since then It seems that my body has been catapulted into some sort of hormonal nightmare. I am 44 and since starting to work the shifts I have not had a menstrual cycle… well, not in the normal sense. I’ve also had hot flashes. Before this I was experiencing weird periods, which are probably normal during this time in my life but now… nothing! 🙂 I have been using Arbonne’s Phyto Prolief. Do you think that the shift work could have made a change in my body so quickly?

  3. Thanks for sharing this! I watched your video on healing through nutrition on YouTube.

    I’d love any feedback on a guy’s hormones and how they’re affected.

    I have sarcoidosis and I’m 27 years old – a bit overweight, but I’m finding that in one month the Arbonne products are helping some weight loss including me going gluten free for two months.

    Thanks for the great content, and hope to hear from you!


    Josh Beaty – ind. Arbonne consultant

    • I recommend the section on Hormone Balance for Men in chapter 2 of Dr. Deanna’s Healing Handbook!

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