ESTROGEN DOMINANT? There is help!
Published: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
A supplement exists that can "detox" your body from excess estrogens
DIM (di-indolylmethane) for Protection against
Here are the symptoms of estrogen dominance. Take a look: IS THIS YOU?
Here are the symptoms of estrogen dominance. Take a look:
IS THIS YOU?
These symptoms may sound common to some of you, but they are not normal. If you have any of these symptoms, it is essential to get your hormones back in balance as soon as you can.
Estrogen is the common factor among perimenopause, PMS, enlarged prostate, and early heart attacks. Luckily, new studies have shown that certain phytonutrients found in cruciferous vegetables offer a natural approach to resolving estrogen imbalance. Taking dietary supplements that contain these phytonutrients, called di-indoly methane (DIM), helps promote healthy estrogen metabolism.
What is DIM, and how can it help hormones?
DIM is a phytonutrient found in cabbage, broccoli, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, rutabaga, and turnip. When consumed in food or absorbable supplements, DIM's metabolic pathway overlaps precisely with the pathway needed for healthy estrogen metabolism. Simply put, DIM supplements help restore healthy estrogen balance.
What is estrogen dominance?
Middle-aged women (and men) often experience changes in hormone production that result in an excess of estrogen. There are three basic forms of this imbalance.
What benefits can DIM offer?
Supplementing with DIM helps to shift the production of estrogen away from the "bad" kind and towards the "good" kind. This improves estrogen metabolism and helps resolve all three forms of estrogen dominance.
Why not just eat more cruciferous vegetables?
Although higher intake of cruciferous vegetables is associated with lower rates of prostate cancer, you would have to consume at least two pounds per day of raw or lightly cooked cruciferous vegetables to achieve the same results as two capsules of DIM would. Supplementing with DIM is equivalent to eating 3 pounds of broccoli, cauliflower or brussel spouts per day and can effectively & positively shift the balance of hormones
What are the effects of DIM on premenstrual syndrome?
PMS symptoms, which include irritability, aggression, tension, depression, mood swings, water retention, and breast pain, have been shown to improve with DIM supplementation. This may be due to the fact that DIM helps correct the estrogen imbalance that can occur during the 2 weeks leading up to the menstrual cycle. Pregnenolone levels are also elevated during PMS, which can cause anxiety, but DIM supplementation keeps levels balanced and promotes healthy metabolism.
How can proper estrogen metabolism promoted by DIM benefit men?
Many men also experience estrogen dominance as a result of midlife changes such as weight gain around the middle, hair loss, and prostate enlargement. Thus, DIM plays a role in helping to intervene with excess estrogen and offset these conditions.
Can DIM help improve the safety of synthetic hormone replacement therapy?
I do not think synthetic hormones are safe. In my view, the negative side effects are unacceptable. These include an increased risk of breast cancer, uterine cancer, and life-threatening blood clots. However, if you are taking HRT (synthetic), studies have shown that supplementing with DIM will increase the level of protective estrogen and may reduce the risk of cancer and the risk of blood clot formation.
So, in a nutshell... here is what DIM can do:
Regulates & Promotes healthy estrogen metabolism and balance
Taking DIM can help with these disorders:
The product I really like to supply you with DIM is called IndoleGard or you can look for a product that supplies 300 mg of DIM per day. It is also known as Indole-3-carbinol.
Find IndoleGard here: http://www.bhnformulas.com/indolegard.html
What is the best way to take DIM?
Take 300 mg per day. DIM can be on the pricey side, but a 3 month course of DIM can be all you need to restore proper estrogen levels.
"Optimal estrogen balance is key to cancer prevention, losing weight and feeling great in both men and women. A 3 month course of indolegard can be all you need." - Barbara Hoffman
Prevent Brain Aging
Published: Monday, January 05, 2015
1. Nourish your brain with phosphatidylserine
Phosphatidylserine is essential to support memory functions and maintain the brain's ability to replace damaged neurons and generate new ones. These functions are crucial to preventing age-related cognitive decline and can also alleviate stress and anxiety. Studies show that in just 15 weeks, taking 300-400 mg of phosphatidylserine per day significantly improved memory and restored essential mental skills such as concentration, learning, and vocabulary in men and women between 67 and 80 years of age.
2. Protect your memory by walking
Taking a brisk 20-minute walk every day can cut your risk of dementia and Alzheimer's in half, according to a new study. Without regular exercise, your brain's memory center begins to shrink by 1% every year after you turn 50. But with exercise, your memory center can actually grow by 2% every year, keeping its long and short-term memory intact. This is because exercise stimulates the release of a chemical that is essential for healthy new brain cells to grow.
3. Avoid trouble with more seafood
Preventing cellular inflammation is as easy as loading up your plate with shrimp, tuna, salmon, or orange roughy at least twice a week. The omega-3 oils found in seafood are one of the biggest brain agers ever discovered. It's never too late to reap these protective benefits-in one study, seniors who ate fish every week reduced their risk of Alzheimer's by 60%! And don't worry if you aren't big on seafood. Instead, you can take 1,000 mg. of fish oil every day to achieve these same results.
4. Improve your focus with popcorn
Popcorn is a whole grain, which makes it a super healthy snack. New studies revealed that popcorn can boost focus, concentration, and memory by 16% and even cut your risk of Alzheimer's by 31% if eaten in place of chips and other junk food. Popcorn has this effect because whole grains are absorbed much more slowly than white flour products and thus produce smaller, more well-controlled changes in blood sugar. This helps your brain function at its peak and prevents the erratic surges in blood sugar levels that can damage brain cells.
5. Cut your Alzheimer's risk with nuts
Enjoying a handful of nuts every day can slow brain aging and protect cells against the minor damage that can snowball into Alzheimer's disease. Research suggests that adding this quick snack to your daily diet can cut your risk of the disease by at least 68% due to the healthy plant fats found in nuts. Another option would be to have a peanut butter sandwich for lunch or each 2 tablespoons of sugar-free peanut butter every day.
6. Think faster with dried fruits
Dried fruit is nature's most concentrated source of boron, a mineral that stimulates electrical activity in the front half of the brain to improve alertness, thinking ability, and long-term memory by at least 10% in as little as three months. Eating a modest ¼ cup of any dried fruits (such as raisins, prunes, etc.) every day does the trick.
Weren't these EASY?? And FUN?? Take care of your fabulous brain and it will take care of you... for the rest of your days!
I've been told I have a Thickened Uterine Lining. What is it?
This is called Endometrial hyperplasia which means the lining of the uterus has become abnormally thick. It most often is caused by excess estrogen without enough progesterone to balance it.
It usually presents as abnormal vaginal bleeding.
Here is the mechanism of how the uterine lining "works". During menses, the hormone estrogen causes the lining to grow & thicken in preparation for pregnancy. Progesterone is made during the second half of the cycle and when progesterone levels drop, the lining is shed.
If ovulation does not occur, progesterone is not made and the lining is not shed properly. The endometrium may continue to grow in response to estrogen. This is not an optimal condition. It has the potential to lead to cancer in some women as the lining is allowed to keep building and building. This is because the cells that make up the lining may crowd together and become abnormal.
Endometrial hyperplasia usually occurs after menopause when ovulation ceases and sufficient progesterone is no longer made. It can also occur in perimenopause when ovulation is often irregular. Also in cases of PCOS which is associated with irregular menstrual cycles.
Another cause: Taking estrogen after menopause without balancing it with progesterone.
Endometrial Hyperplasia is classified as simple or complex. Simple is a thickened lining without cellular changes. Complex is a little thicker than simple, with more crowding of the cells.
If abnormal cell changes are present, it is called atypical.
Hyperplasia is diagnosed by endometrial biopsy, transvaginal ultrasound, D & C, and hysteroscopy
Conventional treatment: Progestin (synthetic progesterone). Natural progesterone can help without the negative side effects.
Do not take estrogen alone... you need progesterone.
"They go together like two peas in a pod!"
Many of you are experiencing heavy bleeding in perimenopause and you are concerned because you always had "
During wildly, but you are still getting a monthly period, progesterone levels drop much lower than they would during a normal cycle. This allows for estrogen levels to remain considerably higher in ratio to progesterone so it leads to a heavy build up of the endometrial lining this accounts for why the periods are unusually heavy, and often contain large blood clots.
Bioidentical Progesterone Helps with Heavy, Flooding Periods
Many women say that within the first month of using progesterone they noticed an immediate change in their periods. They became much lighter and no longer contained blood clots.
What about bleeding after Menopause?
Bleeding can occur in postmenopausal women for several reasons. For example, women who take hormone replacement therapy may have vaginal bleeding for a few months after starting the hormones. It is also possible a woman who was believed to be in menopause may ovulate. If this occurs, bleeding may also occur.