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ESTROGEN DOMINANT? There is help!

Category: Hormone Balance  |  Permalink

Published: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A supplement exists that can "detox" your body from excess estrogens

DIM (di-indolylmethane) for Protection against

Estrogen Dominance

Here are the symptoms of estrogen dominance.  Take a look:

IS THIS YOU?

  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia, restless sleep
  • Headache, including migraines
  • Fatigue
  • Heavy periods
  • Memory loss
  • Fibrocystic breast disease
  • Irritability
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Acne
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Infertility
  • Irregular menstrual flow
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Depression
  • Urinary frequency
  • Anxiety / Panic attacks
  • Dry eyes
  • Osteoporosis, osteopenia
  • Increased body fat
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Decreased mental sharpness
  • Breast tenderness
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Hair loss
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Thyroid imbalance / hypothyroid
  • Blood clots
  • Increased breast cancer risk
  • Bloating / fluid retention

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.

  1. Perimenopause - In the few years before menopause, known as perimenopause, many women experience faltering estrogen metabolism. This is characterized by abnormally high levels of estrogen and low levels of progesterone.
  2. Middle-aged men - Rising estrogen levels are often a problem for men over 45. In overweight men especially, testosterone is increasingly converted into estrogen and can accumulate in the prostate gland.
  3. Acquired estrogen imbalance - Acquired estrogen imbalance affects both men and women by stimulating the growth of too much "bad" estrogen and too little "good" estrogen.

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

  • Stimulates detoxification enzyme systems
  • DIM appears to have anti-proliferative effects in prostate cancer cells
  • May reduce production of 2 proteins needed for breast and ovarian cancer to spread
  • May promote a beneficial shift in the balance of the sex hormones, estrogen & testosterone
  • Can promote fat loss by reducing levels of unhealthy estrogens that can cause excess weight to  be deposited around the abdomen, thighs & hips of both men and women.

Taking DIM can help with these disorders:

  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroid tumors
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Irregular periods
  • Chronic, recurring breast pain
  • PCOS ( Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

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

 

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Prevent Brain Aging

Category: General Health Information  |  Permalink

Published: Monday, January 05, 2015

 6 SUPER WAYS TO...

 

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!

Love, Barbara

 

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Thickened Uterine Lining

Category: Hormone Balance  |  Permalink

Published: Thursday, December 18, 2014

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.

 

Symptoms:

 

  

  • The most common is abnormal uterine bleeding such as heavy or longer bleeding, continuous, often with clots.
  • Short menstrual cycles (less than 21 days)
  • Bleeding after menopause

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.

 

PREVENTION:

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 "Normal" periods.

 

During perimenopause when estrogen and progesterone are fluctuating 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.

Although bleeding after menopause is often harmless, postmenopausal bleeding can sometimes be a sign of cancer. So, if it persists monthly, you would wisely make a doctor's appointment.  If it is determined that your bleeding is due to cancer, treatment depends on the type and stage.  Common treatment for endometrial cancer includes surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation.

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“Peri” Doesn’t Need to be Scary

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Published: Thursday, December 04, 2014

"Peri" doesn't need to be scary! You can actually have an enjoyable perimenopause...

 

During perimenopause, hormones are fluctuating; sometimes wildly. This can make you feel like you're going crazy. Symptoms are cropping up, sometimes ones you do not associate with hormone imbalance. You don't recognize yourself anymore and you can't rely on feeling good every day. Anxiety often accompanies this stage.  When will it all end, you wonder?

 

Perimenopause is the transitional stage from normal menstrual periods to no periods at all. It can actually start in your thirties or forties and continue until you reach the final stage, menopause, probably sometime in your fifties. During this time, hormone imbalance generally occurs. Perimenopause is a natural phase of life, but in many cases it's a difficult transition because it can unleash a multitude of symptoms. But you can manage them and sail through it... just  like I did!  By the way, the average age you will reach your menopause is 51. You will probably enter menopause around the same age that your mother did.

 

 "First, let's look at the SYMPTOMS..."

 

35 most common symptoms of hormone imbalance:

  1. Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling  
  2. Irregular heart beat 
  3. Irritability 
  4. Mood swings, sudden tears 
  5. Trouble sleeping through the night (with or without night sweats) 
  6. Irregular periods; shorter, lighter periods; heavier periods, flooding; shorter cycles, longer cycles 
  7. Loss of libido 
  8. Dry vagina  
  9. Crashing fatigue 
  10. Anxiety, feeling ill at ease 
  11. Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom  
  12. Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion 
  13. Disturbing memory lapses 
  14. Incontinence, especially upon sneezing, laughing 
  15. Itchy, crawly skin   
  16. Aching, sore joints, muscles and tendons  
  17. Increased tension in muscles 
  18. Breast tenderness  
  19. Headache change: increase or decrease 
  20. Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea 
  21. Sudden bouts of bloat 
  22. Depression
  23. Exacerbation of existing conditions 
  24. Increase in allergies 
  25. Weight gain  
  26. Hair loss of thinning, head, pubic, or whole body; increase in facial hair  
  27. Dizziness, light-headedness, episodes of loss of balance 
  28. Changes in body odor 
  29. Electric shock sensation under the skin and in the head
  30. Tingling in the extremities  
  31. Gum problems, increased bleeding 
  32. Burning tongue, burning roof of mouth, bad taste in mouth, change in breath odor 
  33. Osteoporosis (after several years) 
  34. Changed in fingernails: softer, crack or break easier 
  35. Tinnitus: ringing in ears, bells, 'whooshing,' buzzing etc.

 

Now, repeat after me:

"I was not designed to suffer! I can conquer this imbalance!"

 

 

WEIGHT: Let's address one of the most common complaints of perimenopause:  unexplained weight gain. You start getting "thick," especially around the middle. Your belly bloats and you retain water, even though you never did before. You may eat less and exercise more, yet still be unable to lose weight-instead, you may even GAIN weight. Estrogen dominance is usually the culprit. When your progesterone and estrogen are unbalanced, you don't metabolize food effectively and the calories you consume turn into fat instead of being used for energy. Exercising and dieting help a little, but you just can't achieve the weight loss you desire. Progesterone helps support the thyroid and counterbalance estrogen dominance and also supports your thyroid (which controls your metabolism) to operate at its optimal level. 

 

MEMORY: Another common problem women face is foggy thinking and forgetfulness. You might secretly harbor a fear that this is the first stage of Alzheimer's, but there are many, many progesterone receptor sites in the brain, so this also can be due to estrogen dominance and a lack of progesterone.  For the foggy thinking and "fuzzy brain" syndrome, I love progesterone.  For plain old forgetfulness, adding  Phosphatidyl serine is an excellent support.  I was amazed at the difference when I added Phosphatidylserine, 100 mg per day to my regimen.  I actually remembered the outfit I was wearing on my first day of Kindergarten! Wow!

 

DEPRESSED? ANXIOUS? This is quite common in perimenopause. Serotonin profoundly affects the brain-it is essential for a relaxed and happy brain, and serotonin is the neurotransmitter that many women become deficient in during "peri." Other neurotransmitters that become depleted as women age are dopamine and GABA. If a woman's levels are deficient or low, she will experience depression, anxiety, insomnia, and food cravings. Most women at this point feel the need for something to take anxiety, worry, and depression away. So they go to prescription drugs like Prozac, Oxycontin, or Xanax, which are readily handed out by doctors. I have even heard of birth control pills being given out for anxiety.  Yikes!  You have better choices... bio-identical hormones, my friends.

 

HEADACHES:  Yes, headaches are part of the perimenopausal experience for many women. Women suffer migraines about 3 times more frequently than men, affecting up to 60% of all women at some point AND they occur more frequently during perimenopause. When the levels of estrogen and progesterone change, women are more vulnerable to migraine headaches. Too much estrogen causes blood vessels to dilate. If your progesterone is too low to balance your estrogen, leaving you estrogen dominant, the swelling blood vessel dilation caused by unchallenged estrogen can bring on those migraines. Also, insufficient magnesium levels make arteries more susceptible to spasm. Again, a reason for this deficiency in magnesium is an imbalance of estrogen to progesterone. By the way, this imbalance is also a dangerous setup for breast or reproductive cancer.

 

What can you do?

If you are not with a qualified doctor, he or she may prescribe synthetic estrogen and possibly a progestin drug. In other cases, your doctor may not recognize that your symptoms are hormone related and instead prescribe side-effect-laden antidepressant drugs, addictive anti-anxiety drugs, or sleeping pills.  OR, they know that synthetic hormones are harmful so they  prescribe these other drugs instead. 

No, no, no... Bio-identical hormones are the answer. 

A simple jar of over-the-counter progesterone crème can help with all 35 of the symptoms listed above.  To see some really good testimonials, go to http://bhnformulas.com and look on the right hand side at the bottom of the page.

 

 

Okay, so now you have the scoop..."Peri needn't be scary" because Perimenopause is a passage... a passage into the next part of your life called menopause... it does not require harmful drugs because it is not a disease!

 

Call me if you need more help!

Blessings,

Barbara

(877) 880-0170

 

 

 

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SKIRT STEAK WITH APPLE-WATERCRESS SALAD

Category: Recipes  |  Permalink

Published: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 1 ½- pound skirt steak, cut into 5 -inch pieces
  • ½ seedless cucumber
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 1 bunch watercress or arugula
  • 2 oz. blue cheese, broken into large pieces

Instructions  

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, mustard, honey, 2 Tbsp. oil, ½ tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. pepper. Add the shallot and toss to coat.

 

 

2. Heat the remaining 2 tsp. of olive oil in a large skillet over

medium-high heat. Season the steak with ½ tsp. each of salt and pepper and cook for desired length (3-5 minutes for medium-rare). Transfer meat to a cutting board and let rest for at least 5 minutes.

 

 

3. While steak is cooling, cut the cucumber and apple into thin slices and toss both with the shallot mixture. Fold in the watercress and blue cheese and serve with the steak.

 

Nutrition

  • 482 calories, 41 g protein, 8 g net carbs, 2 g fiber

 

 

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