How to Balance your Hormones Naturally




By Jordan Miller;

Hormones are an integral part to many of our bodily functions. They are considered key messengers in directing cells to perform many important tasks and to stimulate the right chemicals so that our body can respond to the various external and internal stimuli. A healthy hormone system is one of the most important things to consider for good health. Many of us do not realize how the lack of a healthy, proper functioning hormone system can be attributed to many illnesses and diseases we face as a culture today - particularly cancer of the breast and of the prostate. Essentially, the reason why we are facing an ever increasing rate of disease these days is because our bodies our exposed to more than 77 000 known chemicals that have been introduced to our environment since the early 1940's. These include, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, larvacides, food additives, synthetic estrogens, and the list goes on. These are present virtually everywhere today; in the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breath.
  
There is Hope

Fortunately, there is hope beyond this bombardment of chemicals and their accumulative health effects. Essentially, we know very little about our bodies and how they function. Most of us are completely left in the dark, or find it hard to reference a good source in order to point us in the right direction. Kyla and I do our very best (often times struggling with the conflicting information) with what we find, to keep our bodies functioning optimally. When in doubt, however, we simply listen to our bodies, and how certain foods and supplements work with them - as everyone is different. The good news is we have discovered some important information about hormones, and the keys to balancing them in our bodies. We came across a video from Longevity Warehouse, presented by David Wolfe at the last Longevity Now Conference in California, and we discovered some mind blowing information we have been looking for and we are very excited to have this opportunity to share it with you. We are beginning to unlock the secrets of health, and rediscover how our ancestors had been able to live so long and healthy. In summary, we have provided (below) 5 key elements to better hormone health from the video.

Understanding Estrogen

The term "estrogen" is used to collectively describe the female hormones, the most potent of which is estradiol. The other important-but less powerful-estrogens are estrone and estriol. Estrogens affect the growth, differentiation, and function of diverse target tissues throughout the body-not just those involved in the reproductive process. Estrogens play an important role in bone formation and maintenance, exert cardioprotective effects, and influence behaviour and mood. Estrogens also have important actions in male tissues, such as the prostate and testes.

Improving Estrogen Metabolism

It is now well known that one of the most prominent causes of breast cancer, as well as many other hormone related health problems in both men and women, is excessive estrogen exposure. Improving estrogen metabolism can be of benefit in women with various conditions and family histories, including a family history of breast, uterine, or ovarian cancer, and conditions such as endometriosis, premenstrual syndrome, and uterine fibroid tumours. Beneficial modulation of estrogen metabolism can be accomplished through dietary and lifestyle modifications such as increasing fibre and reducing fat, increasing phytoestrogen intake, losing weight, and increasing exercise. In addition, many nutrients effectively reduce estrogen load by supporting preferred pathways of estrogen metabolism and detoxification. These include isoflavones, indole-3-carbinol, B vitamins, magnesium, limonene, calcium D-glucarate, and antioxidants. The influences of these nutrients on estrogen metabolism may have profound significance for diseases and conditions in which estrogen plays a role in clinical expression.

Metabolism of estrogen within the body is a complex subject. Estrone and estradiol are biochemically interconvertible and yield the same family of estrogen metabolites. Because these metabolites vary greatly in biological activity, the ultimate biologic effect of estrogen depends on how it is metabolized. The metabolism of estrogen takes place primarily in the liver through various processes - including methylation.

1. Methyl "Donors"

Essentially, certain metabolites (catechol estrogens) can damage DNA and promote carcinogenesis directly or indirectly. This can be minimized through detoxification and excretion of the catechol estrogens via methylation. Therefore, supporting the methylation pathways promotes detoxification of estrogens and provides for more beneficial metabolites of estrogen. Some important substances to ingest include:
  • Beet Juice (which contain Betaine)
  • MSM powder (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane)
  • SAMe 
  • Vitamin B6, B9, and B12 (Methyl-cobalamin)
  • Goji berries

2. "Bad" Estrogen Removers

Next, we want to ensure we are helping our bodies remove excess estrone and estradiol. Some of the foods that we want to ingest that help remove these "bad" estrogens include:
  • Button mushrooms
  • Berries
  • Calcium D Glucarate (fibres in apples and brussel sprouts)
  • Citrus essential oil
  • Citrus peel (lemon or lime; not orange)
  • Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower)
  • De-fatted flax
  • Diindolylmethane (DIM)
  • Indole 3 Carbinol (I-3-C; substance found in broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts)
  • Iodine
  • Lignan rich foods and extracts (tree bark, tree fibres, flaxseeds, and bran layer of grains, beans, and seeds
  • Melatonin (hormone)
  • Oats

3. Natural Aromatase Inhibitors

Aromatase inhibitors work by inhibiting the action of the enzyme aromatase, which converts androgens (progesterone and pestosterone) into estrogens by a process called aromatization. In order to inhibit this conversion, we can take conventional pharmaceutical drugs or we can approach it naturally through foods and supplementation. Essentially, we can inhibit the conversion of androgens to estrogens by ingesting the following:
  • Passionflower (best taken sublingually from a tincture)
  • Chamomile
  • Nettle root (men)
  • Soy extracts (genestein, daidzein)
  • Lignan rich foods and extracts (tree bark, tree fibres, flaxseeds, and bran layer of grains, beans, and seeds
  • Resveratrol (Grape derived; also found in raw peanuts)
  • Oleuropin (all parts of the olive tree)
  • Quercitin (onions, apple skin, berries, cruciferous vegetables)

4. Natural Hormone Builders

It is important to note that the building block of all hormones is cholesterol. Contrary to popular belief, cholesterol is an important co-factor for your body's endocrine system. The true cause of a heart attack is primarily due to elevated Homo-cysteine levels because there is a missing methyl group. Some foods to take in order to build your androgens (progesterone for women and testosterone for men) include:
  • Bee pollen (both men and women)
  • Pine pollen (men; contains bio identical testosterone)
  • Chaste berry (women: contains bio identical progesterone)
  • Coconut Oil (pregnenolone - precursor to progesterone)
  • Colostrum
  • Deer Antler
  • DHA
  • Fennel plants (dill fennel, star anise; helps produce breast milk)
  • Maca (both men and women; adaptogen)
  • Royal jelly (both men and women)
  • Saturated fat
  • Tongkat Ali (herb for men: increases testosterone by 3-4 times)
  • Tribulus (herb for men; also increases testosterone)
  • Yam/Sweet Potato

5. Herbal Hormone "Helpers"

Further to some of the hormone builders listed above, we have listed below certain herbs that can help boost your androgens:
  • Ashawagenda (men)
  • Catuaba
  • Dong Quai (women)
  • Ginseng (men)
  • Goji berries
  • Gynostemma (women)
  • Epimedium (horny goat weed) 
  • Eucommia (jing herb: a great teleromase activator combined with Epimedium)
  • Kelp
  • Poria (spleen activated; important for those who eat a strict raw diet)
  • Red clover
  • Red raspberry leaf (women)
  • Rehmannia root (spleen activated: also important for those who eat a strict raw diet)
  • Sarsaparilla
  • Saw Palmetto (men)
  • Suma
  • Sasha Jergon
  • Tulsi (women)
  • Yohimbe (men)
  • Muira puama

As you can see, the best "medicine" is prevention. Tuning in to the many natural substances that mother earth provides us through her genuine love, can help us ward off many unnecessary diseases and sickness.

Your question: What other things do you do to balance your hormones? (post your comments below)

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About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for the info! :)

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  2. Thank you for your support Letticia! ~ with love

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