Ep69: Hormones 101. Part 1

This will be a 3 part series on hormones, with a 2 part series on HRT after that. In this episode, we talk about how we may find ourselves in the hormone jungle (or tundra!) and the role hormones play in various bodily functions. We go over the basics of steroid and nonsteroid hormones. We explain about the importance of ovulation in relation to progesterone and overall health, and explains ways to know if you are ovulating.

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Menstruation in Girls and Adolescents: Using the Menstrual Cycle as a Vital Sign – from ACOG website

Lara Briden – The Period Revolutionary – Great website on hormones from naturopathic doctor and bestselling author Lara Briden. Her books are Period Repair Manual and Hormone Repair Manual. I’ve found her information on hormones helpful to understand the menstrual cycle, perimenopause, and menopause, and how to support our bodies during this time to help with associated symptoms. **However, as for the information on her website about endometriosis, I have seen misinformation there, so take any of that info with a grain of salt.** Having said that though, some of her recommendations may be helpful for some people to manage endometriosis symptoms, but not to suppress the disease, shrink, or remove it. While she links to some studies on how X supplement etc can “reduce lesions” and other claims, these studies have design flaws. Remember – no matter the diet, lifestyle, herbs, supplements, etc, endometriosis still remains and can even progress leading to fused organs, bowel blockages, silent kidney death, etc, even if a person becomes asymptomatic.

Dr Jolene Brighten – Great website on hormones from Dr Brighten, who is a Functional Medicine Naturopathic Physician and author of the book Beyond the Pill – A 30-Day Program to Balance Your Hormones, Reclaim Your Body, and Reverse the Dangerous Side Effects of the Birth Control Pill. If you are on hormonal birth control, this is a helpful book.

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