3 Tips For Women’s Hormone Regulation
We, of course, believe in a natural approach to everything and often find that the body is more capable of healing and balancing than most people believe. Because hormones do so much important work, it’s important that we try to regulate them the as best we can. On this week’s episode Cady shares a few helpful tips for women looking to naturally regulate hormone levels.
Brian Strickland 00:06
Hey everyone, welcome back to Nutrition Made Simple a video series that we created where we take a look at natural health topics. And then we break them down into easy to understand and actionable steps that pretty much anyone can take. And on today's episode here with me, I have Cady Kuhlman, once again. She's the co-owner of Nutrition World, we're excited to be speaking with her once more. And for the month of May, we've been taking a look at women's health essentials. And today, we're talking about hormones. Now, we were just speaking a little bit before we recorded and ladies, I'm so sorry, you guys have it so rough with hormones. It's not even fair. I'm not gonna lie. So with guys, we pretty much stay the same our entire life. And I know that's gonna be shocking to you. But ladies, on the other hand, constant fluctuation through your entire life.
Cady Kuhlman 00:53
Brian Strickland 00:54
So that's what we're going to start out with. Cady, I know very little about this. So I'm leaning on you.
Cady Kuhlman 01:01
Brian Strickland 01:01
Tell me a little bit about what happens like through a woman's life, how this hormones are fluctuating. And what happens when they do fluctuate?
Cady Kuhlman 01:09
Sure. Okay. So as he was mentioning, I mean, females really all we are is a fluctuating ebb and flow of hormones. And so that's how when we're of reproductive age, that's how we are able to ovulate. That's how we're able to have a menstrual cycle is we have these highs of estrogen lows of progesterone highs of progesterone lows of estrogen, and that's what triggers ovulation. That's what triggers a menstrual cycle. That's why we have phases of our, you know, month is because we are literally changing and shifting through all these hormones. And hormones are like our master regulators. So hormones are literally these big communicators, between so many things in our body. And so many different functions require hormones and so, so yeah, it can for some reason, for some women, it can be a little bit of a roller coaster, because if things aren't optimally working, or optimally producing, then you could have some side effects. Or you could feel, you know, you could feel almost at the mercy of your hormones. You know, and I've been there before, so I can say that from a place of experience, but then say that there are some tips that could help you hopefully not feel so at the mercy of those hormones.
Brian Strickland 02:20
Yeah, for sure. Okay, so just as a general guideline, what should women be looking for as far as hormonal balance?
Cady Kuhlman 02:31
Brian Strickland 02:32
I don't know if that's age specific, necessarily. But can you just give some general options?
Cady Kuhlman 02:36
Yes. So this is a big topic. And of course, I would love to meet people one on one to sit down and see what phase of life they're at, to really give exact recommendations. But the best recommendation I can give for all phases of life. for females, whether they were reproductive age, whether they were peri, pre, menopause, is to make sure they're consuming healthy fats. And there's a big reason for that every cell in our body has this phospholipid bylayer that is a fat molecule, fat surrounding that cell. That fat is what allows for hormones to come in and out. That's what allows for toxins to come out of the cell and nutrients to come in. So the structure of your cells depend on healthy fats. Depend on it. And so healthy fats, what are those, those are nuts and seeds and avocados and coconut oil. And these plant based fats are wonderful. But even greater than plant based fats are animal fats, I believe. And this is part of our kind of teachings here within Nutrition World and, and what we're doing. And so salmon is absolutely a superfood with its omega three content. It is unbelievable in its benefit. Salmon, sardines, which are not very popular to be consumed, but they're wonderful for you. And then grass fed and grass finished organic beef. And so I say, when you are consuming an animal, you are consuming what that animal consumed and what that how that animal was treated. And so a cow that was raised on grains and corns and all of these inflammatory foods is yielding a meat that has more inflammation and less healthy fat. So we really need to focus on grass fed and grass finished beef. And then the last fat that I meant to mention, was organic butter. And again, the reason organic is important is not just for a simple reason of oh, it lacks toxins. It does. But let's think about the flip side of if it wasn't organic, fat is is the sponge of all of our body. And so in our fat cells, that's where our toxins are. And the same thing for when it goes to cows. That's where they've accumulated their toxins. And so with that butter, we're literally milking out all of those toxins and all of that fat, so we've got to have it clean, organic butter,
Brian Strickland 04:57
Awesome. Anything else in the diet that should be adhere to I know we mentioned, like sugar and insulin levels may be a factor as well?
Cady Kuhlman 05:06
Yeah. And then one more thing that I did forget to say about the fat is, hormones are synthesized from fat. So that's the last reason that that fat is so key for females is you've got to have that clean fat in order for hormones to optimally produce. No matter what age the female is at. If the female is going into perimenopause and is, is really close to entering into that phase, we want that to be as graceful as possible. And so we want those fats to be present and still able to give them what needs to be to produce that last bit of estrogen that they're producing, that last bit of progesterone, we need it coming from the clean fat. And as you mentioned, insulin. So insulin is basically how our pancreas is functioning. It's a measure of that. And what raises insulin, the simple fact is processed carbohydrates and simple sugars. And that's what causes insulin levels to go like this throughout the day, those ups and downs, create hormone disruption. And so we need our insulin levels to be lower on the scale, and you can get that read by a doctor and and see where your insulin levels are. But if you were going to take a diet tip, it's the sugars and the processed carbohydrates that raise the insulin levels so we want to watch those.
Brian Strickland 06:17
Practically say, I mean, you're eating a lot of refined sugars and carbs, practically what, how do those hormonal changes manifest? Is that something that you can actually feel during the day?
Cady Kuhlman 06:30
Oh, yeah, definitely. Yeah. Really, if you felt that three o'clock, like exhaustion that can come on and it normally could be because that lunch had too many carbohydrates, or maybe it had a sugary drink with it or had something that that actually spiked that blood sugar a little bit, to then have that fall mid day. And that fall mid day was insulin that had to secrete so much to really metabolize that, that lunch you had, which then creates this effect. So we see this up down effect and that wreaks havoc on our endocrine system to have a constant up down effect.
Brian Strickland 07:06
And lastly, let's talk supplements because that's a big part of what we do in case you didn't know. I know there are certain complexes, there are single herbs and plants that are useful as well. Do you have any favorites or, you know, ones that people should be on the lookout for?
Cady Kuhlman 07:24
Sure. So since we're talking about women of all ages, you know, I could really dive into each phase of life and give specific recommendations. But on here and for a quick tip that I would love to give. There's a brand called Lifeseasons that we've spoke about on here before and lifeseasons makes a premense-t is the name of their formula that has herbs, nutrients and minerals in it that help balance the PMS symptoms for females. And PMS symptoms could look like mood swings, it could look like sadness, weapiness, it could look like fatigue, it could look like headaches. I mean, really, it's some sort of dysfunction. because ideally, we don't have to endure PMS. It doesn't have to be a thing. If we can get to a balanced diet and imbalance root cause we can actually balance that out. And PMS can be a very smooth transition into your menstrual cycle. This formula is ideal to take all month long, but it can be taken the week prior to your menstrual cycle. So I like to use things all month to really create the balance. But they do have instructions to use if you need for the week prior. And then lastly would be pausitivi-t by Lifeseasons as well, which is a menopause formula. It's got things like Dong Chi and black cohosh and chaste berry and those things.
Brian Strickland 08:43
Okay, yeah, cool. Any last words?
Cady Kuhlman 08:47
No, you know, I just want women to know that you can gracefully move through these hormonal changes. And you can almost be like an observer of them, rather than have to be in the midst of the chaos of the hormonal changes. And so it takes finding the right, the right plan and the right way for you to move through them. But we're here for you to do that. And we hope we've empowered you somewhat with this video. And so it's definitely possible to not be in the chaos of the hormones.
Brian Strickland 09:18
Yeah, 100 percent. Yeah. And we will be sure to link all the products that we mentioned below so that you can have quick access to them. And of course, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us ask questions in the comments below. You can email us, talk to Cady, come in the store. We're always happy to help in any way that we can. And be sure to please like and subscribe for more content just like this. We're putting these videos out every week. It's really good stuff. And we hope you enjoy it. And on that note, we'll see you next week. Take care everyone.