correcting hormonal imbalance

Correcting Hormonal Imbalance with Dr. Marilyn Glenville

In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest  Dr. Marilyn Glenville explains a natural way of correcting hormonal imbalance.

Marilyn Glenville is the UK’s leading nutritionist, specializing in women’s health. She is an inspiring public speaker – easy to listen to and very practical in her approach.  She is the award winning author of fifteen internationally bestselling books including “Natural Solutions to Menopause” and “Natural Solutions for Dementia and Alzheimer’s”.

Main Questions Asked About Correcting Hormonal Imbalance:

  • What are some of the common symptoms that a woman can experience if her hormones are out of balance?
  • What is the estrogen window and how does it impact women’s health?
  • What is considered normal blood work for different hormones in menopause?
  • Why is it a struggle for some women to transition from perimenopause to menopause?
  • Can you speak about diet, nutrition, toxins and stress as factors affecting hormonal imbalance in menopause?
  • Is eating soy and other foods with phytoestrogens good or bad for us?
  • How do beneficial bacteria help to balance hormones?
  • How does zinc affect your hormones?
  • What lifestyle recommendations would help with menopause transition?

Key Points made by Marilyn about Correcting Hormonal Imbalance:

  • Women undergo many different stages of hormone composition throughout their lives.
  • Hormone imbalances can manifest in different ways for different women and affect different parts of the menstrual cycle, impacting physical and emotional health.
  • Perimenopausal women are quite often not aware that their anxiety and irritability, leading to other symptoms could possibly be due to the oncoming menopause.
  • Though some women may not experience any perimenopausal symptoms, but it is more common in the western world to go through these symptoms.
  • Menopausal women have a high risk of osteoporosis due to estrogen decline, impacting one in two women over 50 in the UK.
  • Estrogen decline affects cognitive function (memory and concentration) and bone health, though it can be revived with appropriate prevention methods.
  • The estrogen window is the seven years following the start of menopause, and women need to be supported with prevention methods in this period to make transition easier and get the best benefits from treatments correcting hormonal imbalance.
  • It’s important to educate and prepare women in their early 40s about menopause so they can start correcting hormonal imbalance through self-care to prevent the severity of menopause.
  • Using herbal and natural remedies is safe and the transition to menopause is very gradual and smooth, and does not increase hormonal levels in blood tests.
  • When using bioidentical hormones, the blood panel shows a significant shift of hormones to mimic optimal hormonal health which is closer to premenopausal levels.
  • Women can have a variety of experiences during the shift from perimenopause to menopause based on many factors, including stress.
  • Women with higher stress levels will see severe symptoms during menopause stages.
  • Our body pulls outs estrogen from different parts of the body including adrenal glands, which react severely for women in high stress.
  • Stress can be reduced by improving the diet and reducing blood sugar which releases more stress hormones.
  • In order to smooth the transition to menopause, we have to think about nutritional deficiencies, lifestyle, and loss of bone density leading to osteoporosis.
  • Compared to previous generations, menopausal woman today are dealing with a lot more toxins as pesticides, plastics with endocrine disruptive chemicals, technology, foods grown in depleted soils, more stress and less physical activity, all which have made the transition to menopause and correcting hormonal imbalance harder now.
  • Women have estrogen receptors in the brain, bowel, bladder, ovaries, breasts and womb.
  • Phytoestrogens in soy, chickpeas, tofu, black beans, lentils and flaxseeds stimulate the receptors in menopause to keep our brain active, bones strong, while blocking them in breasts, ovary and womb.
  • Phytoestrogens can help us through menopause by correcting hormonal imbalance and reduce risk of breast cancer by only stimulating receptors that are required in menopause.
  • Phytoestrogens have a balancing effect on hormones rather than “boosting” or “stimulating” estrogen.
  • Ancient cultures consume soy as tofu, miso and tempeh in organic and fermented form.
  • It’s best to consume non-GMO, organic, fermented varieties of soy without modifying them.
  • Use a variety of fruits, vegetables and foods to get benefit of other forms of phytoestrogens, as in legumes, lentils, chickpeas, flaxseeds.
  • We can get omega-3 from oily fish, egg yolks, flax seeds, because it cannot be made in our body and is neededit at menopause.
  • Beneficial bacteria help manufacture vitamins B and K, which are important in menopause.
  • When the body lacks good bacteria, estrogen gets recirculated instead of being eliminated.
  • During menopause it’s recommended to take a good multivitamin and minerals like calcium citrate, magnesium, ascorbate (vitamin C), and omega-3 in organic forms.
  • It’s important to supplement with vitamin C to manufacture collagen that helps with skin elasticity and bone strength and D3 in organic form.
  • Zinc is important for fertility, cognitive ability and insulin balance.
  • There is a high incidence of zinc and magnesium depletion among women.
  • It’s important to maintain an active lifestyle with sugar balancing foods, low caffeine in order to avoid waking up at night and hot flashes.

Resources Mentioned for Correcting Hormonal Imbalance:

Book – Natural Solutions for Dementia and Alzheimer’s: The Ultimate Guide To Prevent Short Term Memory Loss

Book – Natural Solutions to Menopause

Podcast Interview – Natural Treatments for Dementia and Alzheimer’s with Marilyn Glenville

Marilyn’s website

Book – Reclaim Your Energy and Feel Normal Again

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