If you don't understand how hormones can affect your moods, then I recommend having a nice chat with a woman to learn more (and I mean that in a nice way). Women go through an entire cycle of hormonal changes every single month, and most women can tell exactly where they are within their cycle based off of their moods. As a woman gets closer to menopause, then these hormonal shifts can make some rapid changes to mood, and more.
There seems to be a negative connotations built around women's hormones. When a women is angry, we assume she must be “PMS'ing”; when a women is crying a lot, then she is being “really hormonal”. This doesn't open up a very safe space for anyone to talk about what is really going on, and how to lessen the impact that these hormonal changes have on a woman.
It is time to make a change in the way we talk about health. We should never look down upon any issues that have to do with health. Hormonal changes are not something we can completely control, therefore we should not judge someone for going through them. As a male, I cannot sit here and say exactly how someone should or should not behave while going through a big life change such as menopause (which is why I brought on an expert for this episode), but what I can do is create a safe space for the discussion to begin on how to support a woman through this stage of her life.
In this episode of Preparations for Menopause and Regulating Hormones, Laura Paris L.Ac. discusses ways for women to be empowered through their menopause cycle, and how to prepare the body to lessen the impact of the overall changes. She specializes in female health and now helps many women through this stage of their life.
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8:30 – What made Laura want to specialize in women's health
12:30 – There is something powerful about going through a process in your own life, then teaching others how to go through it as well
15:45 – Functional Medicine is essentially dropping back to the roots of traditional eastern medicine
16:40 – You can use the system of “root causes” to support someone going through a big change in their life, such as menopause
18:25 – What are some areas in someone's life you would look at to prepare them for menopause
21:05 – If looking at the adrenal system, what would you be looking for within this system that may disrupt menopause
23:30 – What tests do you do to check the state of the adrenal glands
26:00 – Does HPA Axis Dysfunction tend to happen more in people in the perimenopausal age range
29:50 – How do you have the conversation with women about lifestyle changes and how to find support
34:15 – If we support the person where they are at, then start to make some changes to these root issues, then we can reduce overall symptoms
38:00 – What are some endocrine disruptors
Sites for to Learn More About Endocrine Disruptors: Environmental Working Group, Dirty Dozen Endocrine Disruptors
42:20 – What are the detoxification pathways of the Liver and how does that impact hormone balancing
45:30 – Why would working on the microbiome help make the hormones work more smoothly
49:45 – All of the symptoms in the body connect back to root causes, and goes to show that one pill cannot fix all issues
51:10 – The testing for microbiome has changed a lot in the past few years and is starting to tell us more and more about the inner workings of the body
54:00 – What do you think about random liver cleanses like the 5 day cleanses and 21 day cleanses
58:20 – You don't want to do any type of cleanse if the elimination pathways (such as stools) are not open
59:15 – What are some solutions to reducing overall symptoms
64:00 – Herbs that can help with Hot Flashes are Black Cohosh, Sage, Maca, and pomegranate seed oil
69:00 – Upcoming Hormone Reset program with Laura and 2 other practitioners
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