This Week on The Health Hub…Estrogen Dominance with Dr. Carrie Jones

Dr. Carrie Jones is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator on the topic of women’s health and hormones. She graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), School of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon where she also completed her 2-year residency in women’s health, hormones and endocrinology.  Later she graduated from Grand Canyon University’s Master of Public Health program with a goal of doing more international education. She was adjunct faculty for many years at NUNM teaching gynecology and advanced endocrinology/fertility and has been the Medical Director for 2 large integrative clinics in Portland. She is the Medical Director for Precision Analytical, Inc, creators of the DUTCH hormone test.

Learning Points:

  • What are normal functions of Estrogen?
  • What are symptoms of estrogen dominance?
  • How can we remedy estrogen dominance?

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The Upside of Estrogen

Although we tend to defer to women when speaking of it, estrogen’s importance and functions extend to men as well.

But many of us have a limited understanding of estrogen.  In fact, as someone who has had an estrogen positive breast cancer, it was an easy jump for me to arrive at the incorrect conclusion that estrogen had no benefit for me and at all and was only detrimental for my best health.

So I want to take some space here to look at important functions of estrogen to broaden the concept that it is responsible only for the development of female secondary sexual characteristics and estrogen dominant conditions such as Endometriosis, PMS and breast cancer.

In women estrogen is produced in the ovaries, adrenal glands and fat tissue.  It circulates through the blood stream and locks on to estrogen receptors located throughout the body including the breasts, uterus, brain, bone, liver and heart. The mere fact that there are so many receptors throughout the body for estrogen underscores its importance.

In men, estrogen is produced through an enzymatic process in which the enzyme aromatase transforms testosterone into estrodial.  For men, it is important that a proper balance between estrogen and testosterone is maintained for prostate health as men with higher blood levels of estrogen may be at a higher risk for enlarged prostate or prostate cancer.

So let’s take a look at some key beneficial roles that estrogen plays.

Heart Health

Estrogen increases the ‘good’ cholesterol, HDL and decreases the ‘bad’ cholesterol, LDL. Estrogen has a positive effect on the inner layer of artery walls, helping to keep blood vessels flexible and estrogen dilates blood vessels to aid increased blood flow.

 

 

Bone Health

Estrogen is extremely important for bone health. It helps the bones to retain calcium as well as other important minerals needed to keep bones strong. Estrogen reduces bone resorption, the breakdown of bone, and increases bone formation.

Insulin Resistance

A critical role of estrogen is to optimize the action of another hormone, insulin. Insulin regulates bloodsugar levels. Low levels of estrogen can lead to increased insulin resistance.

Vaginal Dryness

Estrogen helps to keep the tissue of the vagina healthy and lubricated. Estrogen helps to prevent vaginal thinning and dryness.

Estrogen and skin

Estrogen is important for healthy skin. It helps our skin to retain collagen, increase skin thickness and improve blood supply to the skin.

 

References

http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2010/5/Why-Estrogen-Balance-is-Critical-to-Aging-Men

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/16979-estrogen–hormones

https://www.livestrong.com/article/412793-insulin-resistance-estrogen

https://www.news-medical.net/health/What-Does-Estrogen-Do.aspx

https://prostate.net/articles/why-is-estrogen-important-for-men

This Week on TheHealthHub…Women’s Hormonal Health Through Menopause with Dr. Ginger Nash

 

Dr. Ginger Nash graduated from The National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998. After graduating, she worked in the field of women’s health, speaking with and lecturing to hundreds of women interested in hormonal health throughout the U.S.

Dr. Nash moved to the East Coast in 1999 and has had a thriving practice in Connecticut since that year. She studied complex homeopathy for 10 years with Dr. Gerard Gueniot and for 3 years Dr. Nash worked alongside Dr. Peter D’Adamo at The Center for Personalized Medicine in Wilton, CT. Both complex herbal medicine and nutri-genomics are the cornerstones of her practice.

Dr. Nash taught at the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine clinic for 6 years and has taught seminars for health care practitioners throughout the U.S. and Canada for over a decade. She is currently working on a book about women’s health. 

Learning Points:

  • What is a healthy transition to menopause?
  • Should women use bio identical hormones?
  • How does our Lymphatic system influence hormonal health?

 

 Listen live or catch the podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud!

 


Every Tuesday from 11am -12pm I host The Health Hub, an interactive, forward thinking talk show on Radio Maria Canada.   Call, tweet or email your questions as together we explore health issues that are relevant to you from new and innovative points of view.

TheHealthHub is now on iTunes!

Subscribe and don’t miss a single episode!

 

 


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If you have a health topic that you would like us to discuss or are a health care specialist who wants to be a guest on our show let us know!

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thh@radiomaria.ca

 

 

 

 

Sleeping…A Cancer Fighting Powerhouse

The science of sleep is fascinating.

Sleep is, or at least should, be a part of our daily lives yet we’re just beginning to understand all of the ways it affects our health.

Lack of sleep can effect our mind and our body. People who get less sleep tend to be at higher risk for health issues like diabetes and heart disease not to mention effects like slower metabolism, weight gain, hormone imbalance and inflammation. Lack of sleep can effect our mood, our memory and decision-making skills.

And how well we sleep may also have a vital role in how well our body fights certain cancers.  Studies have shown that sleeping irregularities may suppress our immune system decreasing our ability to fight cancer.  As well, inadequate or irregular sleep can result in a deficiency of melatonin. Melatonin has been shown to have anti-proliferative effects in certain cancers like breast and colorectal cancers.

It is clear that getting a good night’s sleep needs to be a priority.  As adults we should strive to get 7 – 9 hours of sleep per night.

Tips for better sleep

  • The biggest tip is definitely to try to get yourself into a consistent sleep schedule. Make it a priority and you’re more likely to achieve it. Go to bed at the same time each evening.  Get a routine going.  It signals to your body that it’s sleep time.
  • Balance your blood sugar throughout the day. Eat less refined and processed foods and more whole foods full of blood-sugar-balancing fiber.  Make sure you’re getting some protein every time you eat.
  • During the day get some sunshine and exercise. These things tell your body it’s daytime; time for being productive, active and alert. By doing this during the day it will help you wind down more easily in the evening.
  • Sleep in a dark, cool room and keep your electronics out of the bedroom!

Make your bedroom a sanctuary.  A place of peace and calm where you can retreat and sleep for your better health.

 

Additional References

http://www.thepaleomom.com/gotobed/

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/hacking-sleep

 

 

 

 

Balancing Hormones: 3 Tips to Get You on Your Way

Hormones are chemical messengers that affect many different aspects of our health.  When in proper balance things move along tickety-boo.  But if our hormones become imbalanced a cascade of symptoms such as weight gain, cravings, mood swings, hot flashes and night sweats, to name but a few, can be experienced.  Trying to regain hormone balance can be complicated and may even require the help of someone experienced in the field.  But it is important that you start somewhere.  Here are three tips that you can start implementing yourself to help with balancing your hormones.

Lower Your Stress Level

When we are stressed, the adrenals work overtime to protect us from what they consider physical stress (even though we are not really in danger). This is our fight or flight response. It causes the adrenals to produce higher levels of adrenaline and cortisol.

Because we can only produce adrenaline for a few seconds, our fight or flight response is dependent on excess cortisol, and this is where the havoc begins. Excess cortisol has been linked to depression, blood sugar problems, reproductive issues, anxiety and weight gain around the middle.

The key is to support the health of the adrenals with foods rich in B vitamins, vitamin C and potassium. Practising meditation or deep breathing helps lower cortisol.

Focus on Your Liver

Excess hormones like cortisol, estrogen and testosterone all need to be detoxed out of the body. This is a key process that the liver performs to make sure we do not suffer from the excess of these hormones. Supporting the health of the liver, therefore is critical. A milk thistle supplement helps liver function more optimally. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and kale, apples, grapefruit, garlic, onions, Jerusalem artichokes, lemons, limes and berries are just a few foods that help support the liver.

We also need good gut health to help make sure the toxins leave the body so supporting gut health is also important. This is easier said than done but it starts with adding probiotics and fermented foods such as kefir, yogurt, kimchi or sauerkraut. Prebiotic foods such as garlic, onion, potatoes, wheat, broccoli, berries and apples, just to name a few, feed our good bacteria and help keep our gut healthy.

Balance Your Blood Sugar

Bad eating habits and stress can cause our blood sugar to swing up and down throughout the day. When our blood sugar drops, we can experience anger, fatigue, weakness and depression. Normally, we then receive a signal to do something such as a sugar craving or a desire for a coffee or a beer. If we respond to the craving, and consume something, this will bring our blood sugar back up. Caffeine, sugar and alcohol all cause the blood sugar to swing up high. This causes a high insulin release. And too much insulin can affect other hormones.

If we do not respond to the craving, then our adrenals send a signal to tell the liver to release stored glucose and bring up blood sugar. Again, it tends to be a lot of glucose since adrenaline is a powerful hormone. Blood sugar swings high and again, large amounts of insulin are released.

To keep blood sugar stable, eat small meals throughout the day with fiber and/or protein. Blood sugar stabilizing foods such as Jerusalem artichokes, cinnamon and legumes can be very helpful. Lowering stress also helps keep blood sugar stable.

These are just three simple steps. Give them a try and see the difference they can make.