Episode Ten: Show Notes

Kyle and Candace are once again frustrated by the lack of information linking mental health issues such as anxiety and depression to hormonal imbalances. 

We review the statistics and discuss the many impacts of life’s stressors on women and why women are more likely to seek help and to be on medications for these issues.

  • How are hormones related to neurotransmitters?
  • A review of estrogen and how it affects your mood.
  • What about progesterone? 
  • Let’s not forget testosterone’s role; oh yes, DHEA too.
  • What are some of the plusses and minuses of each of these reproductive hormones?
  • A look at cortisol’s role in terms of mental health: too much/too little
  • Melatonin is a hormone: what is its role in our emotional health and well being?
  • Last but definitely not least: a look at the thyroid hormones, a very direct link to mental health.

What do we recommend in terms of lab tests that can help us uncover any hormonal imbalances?

  • Salivary tests: estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA-S, cortisol
  • Serum tests: TSH, FT3, FT3, thyroid antibodies, B12, D, ferritin

Supplements to consider: 

  • L-theanine
  • 5 HTP
  • melatonin
  • D3
  • thyroid support
  • ashwaganda
  • rhodiola rosea
  • L tyrosine
  • chasteberry
  • DIM

Activities to support your mental health:

  • take care of you.
  • try meditation/yoga/hiking/healthy diet/social support.
  • Find a provider you can work with.

Hormonal truth: You may have a hormonal imbalance and not know it.