When I talk about the hormone testosterone, clients often think the topic only applies to men, however testosterone plays an equally important role in women. Common symptoms of low testosterone in women can look like depression and mood swings, low libido, muscle loss or an inability to put on muscle. How does testosterone get made? This is a good question, because men and women make testosterone in different parts of the body. But the signaling system for both men and women starts in the brain. The brain, specifically the hypothalamus and pituitary gland sends a message down to the ovaries (if you’re a woman) and the testes (if you're a male) to tell those organs to produce testosterone. However,
Let’s talk progesterone….my favorite hormone, because progesterone has a calming effect on the body and is the hormone that keeps estrogen in check. Progesterone is mainly produced in a woman’s ovaries and it’s levels naturally fluctuate around a woman's menstrual cycle. So, How to use fasting to support Progesterone? As we approach midlife, progesterone begins to decline. So women over 40 or going through their menopause years will inevitably experience an up and down roller coaster and subsequent decline in progesterone as you go into postmenopausal years. If this might be you, I also recommend grabbing my new book, The Menopause Reset for tips and tricks on how to navigate menopause years with grace and ease. If not due
Let's talk about how to naturally balance estrogen. So many men and women reach out to me with questions regarding how to naturally balance their sex hormones, which is what I have been addressing on my Youtube channel the past couple of weeks. Part 2 of my new youtube series on balancing hormones came out this week. If you haven’t watched Part 1, you can go back and do that here: How fasting can help balance hormones. Estrogen is one of the important sex hormones for both women and men. For women, estrogen helps control the menstrual cycle, specifically ovulation, but estrogen also has other functions in both men and women, such as regulating cholesterol, protecting bone health, and
The key to balancing your hormones lies within the concept of the hormonal hierarchy. I know, who knew that hormones had a hierarchy? What I mean by this is that certain hormones have more power over others. So, if you want to influence sex hormones (at the bottom of the hierarchy), you need to work on your oxytocin, cortisol and insulin levels. So, if you’re struggling with fasting or balancing your hormones (PCOS, mood swings, menopause, etc), there are a few things that you should understand... Let's start by understanding the hormonal hierarchy. Oxytocin Oxytocin is at the top of the hormone hierarchy, thus the most influential hormone. It’s known as the "cuddle hormone" or the "love hormone," because
I'm dispelling all the women and fasting myths today in my new youtube video, and talking about how women of every age group should be fasting...because when it comes to fasting, age does matter! Some of the common women and fasting myths include: Fasting isn't safe for women. False. If you’re not convinced, watch Why every woman should be fasting. Fasting will tank women's hormones. False. Fasting actually helps balance hormones through the mechanisms of the Hormonal Hierarchy. Certain hormones have more power over others. So if you want to influence sex hormones, which are at the bottom of the hierarchy, you need to work on your oxytocin, cortisol and insulin levels. Women need to fast differently than men.
Let me say this loud and clear, women should be fasting. There are a lot of myths and misunderstandings about how fasting affects women, so I wanted to dive in today into the science and research around women and fasting. In a meta analysis of over 44 peer reviewed studies done on fasting and women, the study concluded that “fasting can be prescribed as a safe medical intervention, as well as a lifestyle regimen which can improve women’s health in many folds.” Read that again! Specifically, they found 5 different categories where fasting helps women. Cancer This meta analysis looked at 3 different types of fasts and how they affected cancer. The first was the fast mimicking diet, made