Hormone Balance

Functional Medicine

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Functional Medicine, Hormone Balance, Nutrition | 0 comments

Dr. Deanna’s Healing Handbook focuses on the concept and philosophies of functional medicine. So what is functional medicine? Sometimes called “integrative medicine,” it strives to improve total body health by optimizing the functions of the body through the correcting of nutritional deficiencies, reducing oxidative stress, and decreasing inflammation. It’s a more natural approach to disease prevention and reversal, often starting with what is at the end of your fork. When one balances hormones, reduces the body’s toxic load, and corrects the extensive and pervasive nutritional deficiencies by eating a whole food plant-based diet and limiting sugars and simple...

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Chemicals and Infertility

Posted by on Oct 4, 2014 in Fertility, Hormone Balance | 2 comments

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, infertility among women in their 40’s has increased 89 percent over the past three decades.  Studies have suggested that birth control can produce irreversible infertility.  Chlamydia infection is also a factor in both men and women, and the fact that it is often asymptomatic in men means that the damage it does to approximately one third of normal spermatozoa likewise goes undetected, unlike females who suffer from pelvic inflammatory disease and debilitating pain.  Studies suggest that infertility is linked to hormone imbalance, the multitude of new varieties of sexually transmitted disease, chemical water treatment, food...

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Men, Progesterone & Testosterone

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Hormone Balance | 0 comments

Like women, men make all three sex hormones: estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.  Testosterone is the primary androgen that men need for optimal health, and progesterone is the precursor hormone men need to maintain healthy levels of testosterone.  Men experience a natural decline in testosterone beginning as early as their mid-thirties, which can lead to an excess of estrogen.  About half of men will begin experiencing symptoms of testosterone deficiency in their 50’s.  Symptoms of testosterone deficiency include decreased libido, mood disturbances, depression, fatigue, loss of muscle size and strength, osteoporosis, increased body fat, frequent urination and...

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Evaluating a Progesterone Product

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Hormone Balance, Nutrition | 0 comments

There are a few things that are important to look for in finding a progesterone product.  It is important to find progesterone that is bioidentical and USP Progesterone, which means it meets high United States Pharmacopeia standards.  Bioidentical simply means that one molecule of progesterone from the product would look exactly like a molecule of progesterone made in a woman’s body.  USP guarantees that you are actually getting progesterone and not just a soy cream or a wild yam cream.  The product should be in an airtight container, so that it is not being continually oxidized by exposure to the air.  Avoid using progesterone that comes in a jar, because scooping out...

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Finding Balance

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Hormone Balance | 0 comments

It 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...

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“Crunchy” Woman and Birth Control

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Fertility, Hormone Balance | 0 comments

One of the hottest, latest trends in women of all ages is to be ‘crunchy’. This term, though a bit unsettling sounding, refers to those who choose a natural lifestyle; crunchy refers to granola which for decades was the hallmark of a natural lifestyle.  Of course included in the crunchy lifestyle are organic vegetables and fruits, grass-fed, free-range meats (chemical free by all means), raw dairy products (no pasteurization here!), GMO free grains and a strict adherence to homeopathic cures over pharmaceutical. Unless it’s birth control. Then, many of these women opt for The Pill or injection. A recent blog post titled, “The Paradox of Crunchy...

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