Episode Fourteen: Show Notes
Topics covered in this episode:
How environmental chemical carcinogens impact our hormonal health
Why saliva is the most accurate and stress-free way to test for hormone imbalance
What test results can tell us about our hormonal status quo
How testing hormone levels can identify specific imbalances
What happens to hormone levels as you move into menopause and andropause (male menopause).
Hormone test results can pinpoint hidden imbalances and match them up with troublesome, persistent symptoms
Why estrogen is called “the Angel of Life”, and “the Angel of Death”
Why both men and women need estrogen.
Supplementation with small amounts of bioidentical estrogen can make a woman feel like herself again.
Perimenopause (the decades long transition to menopause) with its characteristic hormone fluctuations cause roller coaster symptoms
Hot flashes, serotonin, individual differences in women
Low estrogen levels during menopause and risks for increased cardiovascular disease and bone loss require action – supplementation as needed and taking better care of yourself
Women are afraid to use hormones b/c of breast cancer, but heart disease is more frequent in women
Progesterone, the menstrual cycle and ovulation
Buildup of estrogen increases risk of breast cancer (BC) supplementing with Progesterone reduces BC risk significantly
- Flat lined cortisol levels increase risk for BC
- Melatonin levels typically very low in BC patients
How cortisol, the master stress hormone amplifies or suppresses the Immune system
Adrenal fatigue and chronic stress:
Adrenals get exhausted from lack of sleep, too much stress, OVERexercise, environmental toxins, etc.
What is the cortisol awakening response
Stress and adrenalin, the fight or flight feeling it in your body,
Melatonin and saliva levels – Seasonal Affective Disorder
Cortisol and Thyroid – the King and Queen of hormones.
The importance of knowing your symptoms of hormone imbalance
Aim of supplementing with bioidenticals to keep hormone levels within a healthy range
The importance of testing and monitoring while supplementing with hormones. Never guess and treat.
Why saliva testing is more accurate than serum blood tests for measuring and monitoring topical hormones.
Published in Menopause 2013; 20(11):1169-1175.
Not all hormone testing is equal – Make sure you’re testing with a reputable lab.
- ZRT is the only laboratory assessing proficiency standards (SPIT testing) across the industry