“Once We Know Our Hormones, We Know How to Take Better Care of Our Mental Health”
This episode is about how hormones and neurotransmitters can synergize together to improve our mental health.
In this podcast, The Link Between Hormones and Mental Health, we cover:
- The four things we need in life to bring us more joy
- The signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalances
- Tools to improve hormonal imbalances and mental health
- Ketamine and its effects on the brain and mental health
- The impact of hormones and mental health on women
The Four Things We Need in Life to Bring Us More Joy
It would help if you had a good dose of amino acids to support dopamine and serotonin production. Plus, you also need estrogen. So there is a synergy of four things that need to come together to bring you joy. The reason menopause is so tricky is because we are losing estrogen, we lose dopamine, and we lose serotonin, so amino acids become even more critical. There are many ways we can look at building your amino acids. If you want to stay committed to a vegetarian diet, you must ensure you’re supplementing with amino acids. PerfectAmino contains the eight essential amino acids the body needs to support and maintain its muscular, skeletal, enzymatic, and hormonal systems. Learn more about PerfectAmino here.
The Signs and Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalances
For perimenopause women, we have to use symptoms to be able to tell us what hormone wants our attention. For progesterone, the simple symptom is that we start spotting. If you’re feeling anxious as a perimenopausal woman, this is your body telling you that you need more progesterone. You need more estrogen if you are not handling stress right. A 30-day fasting reset is great for perimenopausal women who need balance in their hormones. We want to see women go into menopause somewhere between 52 and 55; that’s the healthiest time to go in. Dr. Mindy intends to help these women regain control of their health by fasting, which she says is the quickest path back to better health. Learn more about Dr. Mindy’s latest book, Fast Like A Girl.
Tools to Improve Hormonal Imbalances and Mental Health
It would help if you started fasting at the right time to balance your hormones and improve your mental health. Fast Like A Girl is an incredible resource for women to understand how to use fasting to balance these hormones out and, in that, be able to balance these neurotransmitters out. Also, if you want better mental health, you may need to start to backfill in with amino acids. Another thing to consider is your alcohol consumption. How clean is the alcohol that you are consuming? If you’re a wine drinker, you must consume natural, biodynamic, organic, and pure wine. Check out Dry Farm Wines; they are all-natural, additive-free, mold-free, and lab-tested for purity, low sugar, and sulfates.
Ketamine and Its Effects on the Brain and Mental Health
If you’re not following Dr. Sarah Gottfried right now, she’s bravely speaking out and talking about the power of ketamine. After speaking with Dr. Gottfried about helping women with trauma stored in their tissues, we learned that ketamine-assisted therapy could be life-changing. Ketamine calms the excitatory neurons in our brain. If you are constantly anxious with a looping state of thoughts, you need to calm down your glutamate receptor sites. Ketamine will assist with calming those receptor sites and lowering your cortisol. Field Trip Health offers an immersive ketamine-assisted psychotherapy program that supports your emotional health and personal growth if you’re curious about learning more. Check them out here.
The Impact of Hormones and Mental Health on Women
Dr. Mindy sees a world where we start to not only as women understand our hormones, but we’re able to articulate where we are in our cycle and where we are in our life with everybody around us. Dr. Mindy sees a world where we no longer, as women are given a one size fits all approach to anything. In the future, we should start talking about our hormones in all of our relationships. Once we know everything about our hormones, we know how to better care for our mental health and tell others how to take care of us. The DUTCH Test is the most advanced hormone test, offering an extensive profile of sex and adrenal hormones and melatonin, along with their metabolites, to identify symptoms of hormonal imbalances. Learn more about the test here.
Now let’s dive into the neurotransmitters.
So here’s how,
here’s how this looks. I’m going to do it in a in a, in a 30 day menstrual cycle, I feel like that’s the best way for me to articulate neurotransmitters and moods. So from the day you start your period, what I want you to know is that from day one to day 10, estrogen is coming in. And in that time period, those first 10 days estrogen is building. So it’s not like it, you know, hormones pulse, they come in for a few seconds, and then they stop and then they come in, and they stop. And there’s a rhythm to this pulsing, little bit like a metronome. So in day one through five, the pulsing may be sort of slow of estrogen may be slow and methodical. But as you get closer to day 10, the poll seen, it gets faster and faster and faster, and more and more estrogen comes in. In that 10 day period,
you’re going to want to keep insulin and glucose down. So the ketogenic diet shines in this moment, you’re gonna want to fast more. So if you want to go into longer fast, do it in this 10 day period, because you will assist estrogen in her production, or think of it I think of it like, she’s kind of coming out of the, and ready to shine and show all her glory. And those 10 days is where she’s going to build. Now, what you might notice in those first 10 days, mood wise women is, you might notice that you are more, you feel more social. So whereas you’ll see as we get to the back half our cycle, we don’t feel as social. So when estrogen is coming in, you should feel more outward with your mental, you want it you want to be more stimulated by people by learning by, by experiences, you’re going to feel like you want to be out in the world, you’re gonna want to be in conversations. Now, that happens from one through 10, day one through 10. At that same time, as estrogen is building. You are also you also need estrogen, to be able to make dopamine and serotonin. Now let’s talk about those two hormones for a moment. Dopamine is the molecule of more. I think what’s interesting about dopamine is that we have really gotten into this dopamine saturated world, we’re often chasing dopamine. And yet Dopamine is a big liar. Dopamine should be looked at as a motivator, not as a happiness molecule. So when we get dopamine, we it moves us and propels us towards something. And when we get that something, something will and we achieve that thing, then dopamine should stop it actually does stop. And then serotonin should come in and serotonin comes in and says, Okay, you did a good job. You should be proud. And serotonin is the I call it kind of a yummy neurotransmitter. It’s that neurotransmitter that just makes you feel warm inside and makes you feel good. And makes you feel accomplished. If you’ve ever hit a goal. And you are sit back and you’re like, Whoa, wow, that was a lot. I’m really proud of my work. I’m proud of what I just did. I’m excited for the results I just got and you walk around throughout the day, cherishing some gold that you just hit that serotonin. Dopamine got you to be able to put the action into be able to get the goal serotonin comes in to tell you good job, so they both are necessary for joy. The most important part I want to bring into this conversation right now is that you need estrogen to be in her full glory in order to get dopamine and serotonin. And for a cycling woman you are getting this from day one to day 10. Now this is where it’s really rough for the menopausal woman and for the peri menopausal woman is it we are supposed to lose estrogen that’s part of the natural process. So as we lose estrogen, we’re also losing dopamine and serotonin. So one of the key things that is emerging in the work that I’ve been doing with patients but also the work that we’re doing in my reset Academy and we have a health coaching program called thought thrive, is we’ve been back filling in with amino acids and for dopamine and serotonin, some of the amino acids that are very key are things like five HTP, tryptophan, or both of these are really important amino acids. But in general, all amino acids have an impact. Choline is really important for the neurotransmitter production. Choline, you get it in eggs is really important for brain production or brain health. So if you haven’t dabbled in understanding amino acids, please start to open your brain to educating you on educating yourself on this, I will be bringing more amino acid specialists on to
the resetter podcast so we can understand this a little bit better. I have done some YouTube videos on meno acids. So go look at those resources. If you need more help with amino acid production, we are teaching this in my reset Academy. For the sake of this conversation, I want you to understand that you have to have a good dose of amino acids to support dopamine and serotonin production, you also need estrogen. So there is a synergy of four things that need to come together to bring you joy, you got to have your aminos in check, you got to have estrogen that helps support estrogen at its age appropriate spot, and you need to have dopamine and serotonin. Why menopause is so tricky is because we are losing estrogen. Therefore we lose dopamine, therefore we lose serotonin, so amino acids become even more important. So there are a lot of ways that we can look at building aminos in so if you want to stay committed to a vegetarian diet, then you’re going to want to add in more, or make sure you’re supplementing with aminos. Okay, so that’s the first 10 days, you should start to feel more outwardly gregarious, you should have better mental clarity, you should be feeling more joy. And you should be feeling like you can start to multitask because estrogen does that for us. When we go into the ovulation time, this is about day 10, you know, day 11 To day 15, it’s a short four to five day window now are, we’re getting estrogen at her peak, we also have a big surge of testosterone coming in, and you get a little bit of progesterone. In fast like a girl, I actually gave this a name because one of the things that I like to do with health, I think health should be fun. So and hormones should be really fun. And we’ve been villainizing hormones for too long. So what I want you to know is that in so I renamed everything and the fast like a girl you’re gonna see it, I just gave them all fun names, day one through day 10. When when hormones are low, and we’re building estrogen, I call it the power phase. I’ll share with you that I put another power phase because in in the second half of your cycle, because you can power up on ketones you can power up on on your on more fasting to get these hormones in the ovulation phase, this five day window, I
call it the manifestation phase. Because the manifestation phase is where you can manifest so many cool things. Because you’ve got estrogen at its peak testosterone is peak and you’ve got a little bit of progesterone. So during ovulation, you should feel like a Wonder Woman. And if you’re not, then we got to go figure out why not. And I’ll talk about that in a moment some of the tools to go in and figuring that out. But if you were to ask for a raise, you would do it during the manifestation phase. If you have a conflict you want to resolve do it during the manifestation phase. If you have like a big project that requires a lot of mental cognition, do it during this five day period, because you have all these hormones working to your advantage. I recently had a conversation with this beautiful dad, who is in his his late 40s, early 50s. And he was talking about how he wanted to try to understand his teenage daughter a little bit better. And so one of the questions I asked him was, okay, tell me what, when you get the best conversations with her? Do you get great conversations with her all the time? Or do they come in in just small little blurbs of a few here at a few there? And he’s like, yeah, they kind of come and go I get connected to her and then I and then I feel like she shuts my wife and I out and we can’t reach her. And so I said what if you look at Do you know her hormonal schedule. Do you know when she ovulates because really the best time for you to connect with her. Let’s say you want to talk to her about her grades. Let’s say you need you have something really big you need to talk to her about Talk to her during her ovulation window because she has the hormones then to be able to have a really good constructive conversation with you. Whereas the week before her period, she’s going to, as you’ll see here in a moment, she’s going to want to go inner, and she’s not going to want to talk to you as much and she might not have enough of the hormones needed to keep her calm. So your a tough conversation is going to be the hardest then. And we even went on to say, and I’ll tell you, this is where my geeky hormone brain goes, is that if we could get hormonal tests on on families, we could all understand each other a lot more if we understood our hormones, I call it hormonal astrology. It’s like how do we bring together two different hormonal profiles and help people understand their hormones. But I say this with the manifestation phase because I what I want you all to realize is if you are a woman who’s ovulating still, you kick some butt that’s during those five days because you can do your your crazy powerful, and not only testosterone doesn’t just give you libido. And man, if you’re listening, you have this five day period where her libido if you’re with a woman, her libido is going to be at its peak during these five days. But you’re also women, your motivation is going to be the highest. So if you want to start a a project started during your ovulation window, you’re gonna get the most momentum that way. So start a workout plan there up your workouts during this time because you’re gonna have all of this testosterone. So wait more heavier weights with your with your exercise is gonna be great during this time. So we’ve got this incredible mental clarity from estrogen, this desire to multitask and detox from estrogen is coming in during this five day period, you’re motivated, you have drive, your libido goes up, and then you get a little bit of progesterone at this moment, you get a little blurb of progesterone to keep you calm. This is why you can manifest anything in this ovulation window. Then after about day 15, we dip down into this period where our hormones come crashing down again. And this is where we can go back into more ketogenic, we can do more cardio, we can do some longer fasts. Usually this goes from about day 16 To around day 19. For some of you that have high toxic loads, you might not feel great in ovulation. In fact, if you don’t feel good during the manifestation phase, go run a Dutch test. I’ll talk about that in a moment, it’s really important to understand your hormones. Because your toxic level can be really high, your liver may not be breaking down those hormones properly during ovulation. So make sure you understand that but for most women, we come out of ovulation and those hormones come down and we go okay, feel a little bit better trying to kind of get some a little more rhythm with hormones that are a little more steady. They’re not as coming up and down as quickly. So during that five day four day period, after ovulation, you can go into some more fasting, go into some more keto. And then after that about de 19. This is really, really important. This is when progesterone is coming in. And progesterone really needs GABA. And it makes GABA progesterone I also heard recently, progesterone can actually fulfill the GABA receptors in our brain. And so it calms the brain. And so that week before our period, we are going to feel more Inner Inner, we’re not going to feel like we want to socialize a lot. This is really hard if you have big social engagements or you’re a high performer that has to go you know compete or go give a talk or go do some kind of performance and it’s the week before your period. I just want to say have compassion for yourself because you’re you’re not necessarily hormonally equipped to be able to show to be as outwardly focused as you might need to be. Which would mean that that week before your cycle, you would need to maybe then if you have a let’s say you have a big performance, go do the performance. But then the next day you’re going to need to go inner and rest and relax. Progesterone when it comes in around day 19 Not only makes us feel inner not only makes us feel like we want to sit on the couch, but it makes us crave carbs. And the reason it makes us crave carbs is because we need more glucose we need more insulin to be able to make progesterone. So if you’re doing the ketogenic diet, if you’re fasting during this week, you there’s a good chance that anxiety is going to go up and you’re going to lose your cycle. You may even lose hair. That’s a huge reason I started to get out into the world talking about this is because so many women Men flooded my youtube channel telling me how they were suffering she was suffering using these tools because too many women were not minding that week before. But progesterone and GABA are really, really important. There are neurotransmitters you need to be able to make progesterone, progesterone. One is D LPA. It’s known as El fena. phenol, alanine, you can find it in a really good, that is amino acid, you need to make progesterone, you can find that in a really good mult, multi supplement for aminos. Personally, right now, my favorite, I will leave a link for it in here is perfect aminos. I do them as liquid sometimes. And sometimes I just take them. And again, we’re doing more customization of amino acids in my reset Academy. So if you want to know more about that come into the academy. But that week before, you need to chill out, you need to raise glucose. And you it’s okay if your inner. So you’re this is why I said this to this dad is that we need to remember that going in or the week before is exactly what your daughter should be doing. So how do we support her in that? If my daughter right now is 22. If she was still living at home, and I had known this in her teenage years, I would have been talking to her more about, you know, it’s the week before your period. What can you do to nurture nurture yourself, which is why I call this in fast like a girl. I call this the nurture phase. So when we don’t mind progesterone and GABA during this time, we struggle with premenstrual challenges, there’s a new term that everybody’s throwing around in the health world. Again, another fancy term that doesn’t mean much other than you didn’t live in accordance with your hormones. And it’s called PMDD, which is premenstrual dysfunction. And it’s it’s insane PMS symptoms, if your PMS symptoms are insane. It’s because you haven’t minded, this hormonal in lifestyle that I’m teaching you today, and one of the key pieces of this is day 19. We got to slow down, yoga is great going out and up for a hike is great. But don’t train for a marathon during that time, don’t up your workouts, don’t overcrowd your schedule, this is a time to go within. And you probably already feel it. Those of you that are fasting, I just want to remind you that if you’re more hungry during that time, this is key for it just progesterone telling you give me some food. So make sure you honor that. And then a couple of days before you bleed progesterone goes way up. And then it just crashes down. And that quick crash down is what will cause the uterine lining to start to bleed. And you’ll start the cycle all over again.
You will know you did the cycle, right? If on day one and day two, when those when when you start that part of your cycle, you’re starting to feel better, you’re like, Okay, I feel like talking to people now. Okay, I feel like fasting a little longer. I feel like exercising a little more, you’ll know that it really within those first two days, you should feel that you’ll know that you minded your hormonal cycle. Well, if you get to that those first two days and you’re struggling, it takes about five days to get yourself into that gregarious energized state, then go back and work the principles. Again, this is what fast like a girl is, and I and it will be the go to manual for you guys so that you have that resource to be able to do that. So that’s cycling women. Now let’s go to the peri menopausal woman for a second. Because here’s the challenge is that we don’t really have sometimes we have a cycle coming every 60 days, sometimes it’s every 90 We don’t really know when it’s coming and going. So we have to use symptoms to be able to tell us what hormone is wanting our attention. And for progesterone, the simple symptom is that we start spotting this happened to me, where all of a sudden I started to notice that I would spot this in my late forward 40s And then maybe a week or two later, my cycle would would start and at that time, it was actually maybe my mid 40s I was so in love with keto and fasting. I just started fasting and doing keto all the time. I didn’t know the mind mind these hormones. Once I started stepping out of ketosis the week before my cycle, then I noticed that I the spot in went away. And actually, I thought I might be going into menopause in like when I was at 47 And then I realized no I actually just wasn’t minding my hormones and if I mind my hormones and and live a life start like this, I actually started getting a cycle more regular from 47. Till now, we’ll see what happens. I’m 90 days we’ll see it’s kind of comes and goes the most for menopause, that the later you go into menopause, the healthier, we really want to see women go into menopause somewhere between 52 and 55, that’s the healthiest way time to go in. So that gives you kind of a gauge there. So you can use pre menopausal women you can use, I’m feeling really anxious today, you can use and to me for the peri menopausal anxiety when progesterone is low is a body anxiety. So it’s your body not you can’t relax in your body. I know I need more progesterone, when I’m sitting on the couch, and I’m my my body is like, not comfortable there. It’s just sitting. That’s because of a lack of estrogen. We also know you need more estrogen, if if you are not handling stress, right? If stress hits you and you fall apart, it’s because you don’t have the GABA that progesterone can stimulate, to be able to calm the brain. So those can be some signs that you need to make sure that you variant in fast like a girl, I have a 30 day fasting reset that Peri menopausal and well everybody will be able to do but Peri menopausal and postmenopausal women that don’t have a cycle to really accurately time to will be able to do this and bring some some balance back to those hormones. So stay tuned on that it is available for pre order, by the way, right now you
can go to fast like a girl.com and go and get that. So there’s that. Okay, that’s my pre menopausal postmenopausal women. What I want you to know is that it once you get on the other side, the brain has started to recalibrate. And if you’re 10 years after menopause, and you’re still feeling like your mental health is not where you want it to be, I encourage you to go back and work those five principles I wrote in the in the menopause reset. But then I really want to encourage you to look at your amino acid profile, you might even do a neurotransmitter test or a Dutch test, so that you can start to understand what you need to focus on those resources you can find on our website. But no, you’re not going crazy, that it’s just as you move through menopause, you have your body in adapting to the loss of hormones may have used your amino acid resources. And now you need to come back in with some more amino acids, combined with making sure that you’re following the five principles from the menopause reset. So that’s a lifetime view, looking at hormones and mental health, that is a monthly view. So I hope that part helps. I do want to finish this up with talking about some tools that and some conversations I’ve been in all around how we can make sure we get proper hormone production doesn’t matter what age you’re at, and proper neurotransmitter transmitter production. So let’s start with the tools. Some of them I’ve talked about. The first tool is fasting at the right time. So this is why I’ve written books on it, I do tons of of videos on it, I really hope that fast like a girl becomes this incredible resource for women to understand how to use fasting as a tool to balance these hormones out and in that be able to balance these neurotransmitters out. So fasting is amazing. We talked about aminos. So amino acids, you’re going to hear more from me. So know that if you want better mental health, you may need to start to backfill in with aminos a great starting point, if you’re hearing this for the first time is to go get yourself some perfect aminos always, there are discounts for our community. So you can go into the show notes here and find those discounts. Revelation health.com is where you can find perfect aminos and as always, if you use my last name PLC, they’ll give you 10% off so that’s that’s an option for you there. So aminos are great. Okay, another one is a conversation I just had with Dr. Laura Bryden. Who I had this on Instagram you can go watch this was a beautiful conversation recently on Instagram. And we talked about the difference between alcohol and THC. So I want to talk about this for a moment because one of the conversations out there that is really frustrating me is this and make it makes it sad is that we need to give up alcohol in order to get our hormones in in check. Now I do not disagree with this statement. But I also want to reach out to my perimenopause. Hello women reach out to my postmenopausal women. And I want to say I get you, I know that you are not managing stress like you used to at 25. And alcohol, a glass of wine at night is incredibly helpful tool to calm you down. I’ve even had multiple conversations with Dr. Carrie Jones, one of my hormones hormone heroines, you can follow her on Instagram. And I said, I put a glucose monitor on, I’d had a glass of wine and my glucose went down. So if my glucose goes down, that means my insulin is going down, which means my sex hormones are going to be more balanced. So how can you tell me that alcohol is not a great tool in that moment?
And we that conversation went on to really emphasize that the challenge with alcohol in our system is that when alcohol is on the scene, the liver doesn’t do anything else. It doesn’t burn fat, and it doesn’t break down estrogen. So a lot of women will say, Well, when I drink, I have more hot flashes. Yes, because you’re not breaking down estrogen. Because the through the liver and you need good liver health to break estrogen down. So I even got to this point where I was thinking, you know, I think the worst time to drink alcohol would be during ovulation, because you have these three different hormones that are coming into play, and they need to be metabolized. They need to be broken down. And if you’re drinking alcohol, you’re you’re impairing the liver affecting the livers ability to do that. So I was like, Oh, we’re gonna start timing alcohol to a woman’s hormonal cycle. But for the peri menopausal woman, I want to come back to this concept of alcohol. I think it’s we’re back at the age old challenge with almost everything, which is How clean is the food or the drink or the substance you’re using and dosage. So if you’re a wine drinker, to me, there is only natural, biodynamic, chemical free wines to drink after 40. I’m a huge fan of dry farm wines. And we’ll leave a link for that in the show notes. So when I drink wine, that’s all I drink. If I go out to a restaurant, I asked for biodynamic natural wines. If they don’t know or ask for low alcohol wines, I look for something under 12%. Or I ask for wine that comes from France, or Austria or Italy because those countries typically have more stringent rules around pesticides, glyphosate and spraying the chemicals onto the grapes. So there’s my there’s my wine talk. Now, other alcohols, you know, tequila tends to be a little bit cleaner, and more women tend to do okay with tequila, it comes from the you got to look at where the fermentation process comes from. It comes from the from Cactus from agave, which is lower on the glycemic index. Vodka comes from potatoes a little bit lower on the glycemic index, but still, you know, potatoes are going to or not as low as as a cactus that Gavai. So if you were going to go into hard alcohol, you would want to go into more of the Tila or a natural wine. And then of course, never put it with a mixer. Those are full of sugar. Now I say all this to say I’m not advocating for alcohol, I really want to point that out. I’m just saying if you’re going to do it know the potential hormonal side effects, and make sure it’s clean and make sure that it’s not every day, make sure that you’re dosing with it in small doses, and that you’re not on this path all the time. Now, this conversation with Laura Bryden, a hormone expert, who I admire, she actually brought up a really good point that research is now being done on THC. Now this and the benefits of THC for the menopausal woman, I’m in California, marijuana is legal. You also want to make sure that if you’re going to lean into THC that it’s clean and organic and the marijuana plant will pick up toxins from whatever soils it’s been in. So you would want to know that the quality of the soil if it’s been tested for heavy metals, but having said all of that the research is now showing that THC may be a better tool for relaxation for a menopausal woman than alcohol because it doesn’t affect the livers ability to break down estrogen. And when you’re doing THC, you’re stimulating to CBD receptor sites in your body Rain that cause you to be more in a parasympathetic state, which is why you’re relaxed. And women over 40 need to practice parasympathetic strategies as much as possible. THC, the other CBD receptor site improves immunity. As estrogen goes down, your immune system can be more compromised. So THC is an interesting tool for being able to manage stress. Again,
I’m just bringing you some of the information I don’t the research is not there yet. To be able to bring you the science. This is just a conversation to open this up. I want to just say right now, if those of you are listening to this and reject everything that I just said, I, the goal of this podcast and all of my platform is to think for yourself. So if that doesn’t sit right with you, then then don’t drink. Don’t do don’t do marijuana. I’m a big I’m a big fan if you are going to venture into TC THC that tinctures gummies those kinds of things are way better than smoking it. So there’s always a different way of looking at what we used to think was toxic you looking at it in a cleaner way. Now that leads me to the last couple things I want to talk about with managing mental health hormones and neurotransmitters. So recently, I’ve been in some interviews you guys can go back and listen to last year last season’s interview with Dr. Sarah Godfried. And the interview I did with Dr. Austin Perlmutter. Both of them opened my mind to plant medicine opened my mind to psychedelics and the impact that it has on our hormones. If you’re not following Dr. Sarah Godfried right now she’s bravely speaking out talking about the power of ketamine. When I interviewed her I asked her a question last summer of how do we help women who have trauma that stored in their tissues like emotional trauma, physical trauma from maybe they’re younger her younger years, and are still affecting her hormonally? How do we help her and her her response to me was ketamine assisted therapy. And it shocked me, I did not think that that was going to be the case. And I’ve since learned that what ketamine does is it calms the excitatory neurons in our brain. Those are called glutamate receptors that we have or NMDA receptors is what they call it. And so those of you that are in a constant state of anxiety with the looping thoughts, which often happens to the menopausal woman, and the peri menopausal woman, because we don’t have enough GABA, we don’t have the same amount of progesterone. So those looping thoughts can and where we can’t unhook ourselves from the thought that keeps raising our cortisol keeps giving us more suffering, if I can, if we can get the NMDA receptor sites, glutamate receptor sites to calm down, then those thoughts start to stop their looping. And ketamine is a door into that. Now, this isn’t like, you know, the ketamine that your wad that people are doing at rock concerts or, you know, doing for a drug trip. This is therapy, assisting ketamine, I will tell you that I just had a firsthand experience with this, I wanted to test it for myself. So I went to a place called Field Trip health. You can Google them, they are a franchise, I went through an extensive screening process, and did two ketamine assisted sash sessions with a therapist in the room working with me. And it was a beautiful experience. And this was six weeks ago and I will tell you that my brain is 100% made probably even 1,000% calmer things that normally trigger me or not triggering me. The research on ketamine says that you want to do you want to do it once a week for six weeks and that it will be it is a looked at as an incredible solution for drug resistant depression and anxiety. I chose to just do two and see where I was at but field trip health is a great resource. Dr. Sarah Godfrey is a great research for you. Now the other psychedelic that’s really look at the and by the way, I’m just it was a game changer. For me. It was a brain reset. So I am a huge fan of ketamine where I sit right now done in the right dose in the right environment. Now the second part of this Dr. Austin Perlmutter told me about and this is the idea that of psilocybin and some psychedelics. Now, if you’re listening to this, and you’re like, oh my god, Dr. Mindy has lost her mind. For sure, a year ago, if you had come to me, and if you if I had heard my own podcast right now I would be like, Oh my god, I’m crazy. But I’ve been deep in the research over the last year, I’ve been in conversations with some very intelligent people. And I’m very clear that these are great tools that we need to help women learn how to use in a responsible way.
So I’m also going to take all this information and figure out what their impact is on our Hormonal Health, so stay tuned. But I can tell you mental health wise, what Austin Perlmutter said to me, and I asked him go listen to the podcasts, I asked him, what he what his stance was on plant medicine and psychedelics and his response to me, he actually flipped it on me. And he said, I’m gonna ask you what, what you think of it. And I said, this is last summer, I said, I think it’s just an excuse to do drugs. And he challenged me and said, I’m going to ask you to rethink that, because the research is so impressive. Well, I did, I did challenge myself to rethink it. And he’s right. Things like psilocybin, what psilocybin can do for mental health is on believable, the biggest thing that psilocybin can do is grow your more neurons in your brain, just like ketamine does the same thing. It’s not just the experience in the moment, it’s the change, it makes the lasting change it makes on your brain over time, again, done in the right dosage, psilocybin can grow new neurons, and these new neurons can actually start to especially when they’re in the prefrontal cortex, they’ll pull you out of anxiety, they will give you more neurons to put your positive thoughts on to, so that you can start to change the way your brain is seen, maybe a certain situation, a person or life. So we with, we can calm with some of these things, the NMD da receptors, we can calm the excitatory part of the brain, and we can start to grow new neurons that give that we can train to be able to think more positively to come up with more solutions. And so there’s this long term gain that these psychedelics have for our mental health. And I’m not going to go into all of the details. Here, there’s a couple of resources, the most important to the most impressive resources I will share with you right now on psilocybin is Go Go look at what Michael Pollan is saying in his new book, he also has a documentary on Netflix. I can’t remember the name of it right now. But it’s one of the top 10 shows that it was like a brain unchanged, something along those lines, but it’s on Netflix, go watch that. And I’m going to ask you to open up your mind and see that done in a right situation, these tools may be game changers for mental health, as always, you’re going to have to find the one that works best for you. And we need to be responsible without with this. When we look at where we’ve come with psychedelics, one of the interesting pieces is that back in the 60s and the 70s, when Timothy Leary was talking about psychedelics, the messaging that the world got was take psychedelics and check out of society. And then when we moved into the 80s, and 90s, is the messaging change to Don’t do drugs, just say no, this is your brain on drugs. That’s sort of the generation I grew up in. And now there’s a third wave that’s coming with these tools. And and it’s more along the lines of when you do this responsibly, when you integrate these tools in in a responsible way. And you use it as a tool, not as as a cure, you use it as a way to open up your brain so you can now all of your mindfulness techniques can work better. That’s the responsible way. That’s how these tools start to become incredibly effective for you. And I will tell you a story I’ll finish up on this thought that I was flying across country. Many of you know that I’ve been blessed to be in Jesse at slurs be a mentor in his group. Love the man if you don’t follow Jesse, it’s or go find him on Instagram. He’s just a beautiful example of how to live life in a compassionate way, but really still kick butt, in business and in family and in friendships. And so I was flying across the country, and I had a layover in Chicago. On that day. It was on the second day of a water fast.
I was two weeks after ketamine and I get to Chicago My flights canceled and it’s one o’clock in the afternoon and I need to be to New York by 11 o’clock the next day. Now the old brain of mine would have been spinning, I had led this group through a three day water fast. I wanted to be at there at 11 The next morning to help everybody properly break the fast, I did not want to be stuck in Chicago. But what happened because of the ketamine, because of the second day of a water fast is that I was calm, I was clear, and I was patient. And I was able to get myself a flight. The next day, I made the best out of my afternoon going down into Chicago and enjoying the Riverwalk. And it was a really interesting reflection into my mind that in a stressful situation, it was now working differently. So these are all great tools, there is not one tool that is going to be your go to but I wanted to bring this up on a discussion of mental health. I think it’s really important that you that we bring some of these conversations to the surface, and you go do the research yourself. Last thing, I see a world where we start to not only as women understand our hormones, but we’re able to articulate where we are in our cycle where we are in our life. With our with everybody around us. I see a world where we no longer as women are given a one size fits all approach to anything. I see a world where, where relationships, we start talking about hormones, we start having conversations like, Hey, we’ve got some conflict in our relationship right now, how about in two days, when I’m in my ovulation window, we discussed this, or I’m going through menopause right? Now, I might give me some time to think about what you just said. So that I can process this and give you a thorough answer instead of responding and reacting in a in a, in an immediate way with a brain that doesn’t have enough estrogen. Once we know these hormones, we know how to take better care of our mental health. And we know how to turn around and tell others how to take better care of us. So that’s how important this conversation is. Which is why when I when we looked at doing a solo episode, I needed this to be the one that you all heard. So give me a review. Let me know if this was helpful. So that I can know if I’m on the right track with with other women and and men in this conversation tests I would really encourage you to sit to do if you have not done a Dutch test both men and women, I highly recommend you do a Dutch test. So you understand your hormones will leave a link to the one that I like when you do it with us. It comes with our amazing health coach will sit down with you and help you understand your test so you can apply it. And we do both men and women. And we and depending on the age of your teenagers, usually around 1516 We can start to do some of these Dutch tests in the younger generation. We’re also exploring neurotransmitter tests. So stay tuned on that. And understanding cortisol patterns is another thing that we’ll be launching more on our profile on my platform in coming months. So testing is always a great Doron. But as always, I hope this level of conversation just took your knowledge to hormones and neurotransmitters to a deeper level. Please share this out. If you feel like you learned something that you didn’t know, please sit down with your teenage daughter, your granddaughter share this with other women. This is the next level of empowering women to really be who we were truly designed to be. I want to one of the really heartwarming experiences that I have seen this year is how well people are responding to the title fast like a girl. How many women have told me that they never thought of their of being a girl or being a woman as a superpower. And as they’re listening to conversations like this as they’re understanding the principles of fast like a girl, that they are taking their power back by just acknowledging how incredible these hormones are for us and not villainizing them.
So there you go. As always, from the bottom of my heart.
I hope this helps. Let’s keep working at this together. And I really appreciate all of you I appreciate the the sharing of of my information out there. I appreciate you ordering fast like a girl. And we’re in this together. All boats rise together. I see a world where we come together as women and we shine as a community. So I hope you see it that way too. And never give up on yourself.
This is all great info but for those of us that dont have a lot of money to put into all of the things you are relating it is just info that we cant do anything with! So I will try the things that have little cost to me
Great talk…thought provoking and refreshing at the same time. Always appreciate your research and sharing that to empower many of us to not only understand better but to take charge of our own health.
Many thanks, I have the menopause reset book as I’m in post menopause – didn’t think there would be more info to add. But yet again, new nuggets of info to dives onto…🙏☺️
I found the explanations and examples shared by the experts to be incredibly informative and thought-provoking. Thank you for addressing such a crucial aspect of mental health and delivering it in a captivating manner. This podcast episode has deepened my understanding and sparked further interest in exploring this subject. Well done on creating such an engaging and enlightening episode!