I had the pleasure of recently being interviewed by a well known author, speaker, and spiritual mentor- Sunny Dawn Johnston, (or “SDJ”).
During an hour-long interview, I answered the most common hormone questions and discussed three natural ways to balance hormones, increase energy, and improve healthy aging. These powerful tools that I shared will help you improve any of the following that you are currently experiencing:
Difficulty falling (or staying) asleep
For some reason, most doctors are afraid of discussing not only estrogen, but hormones in general. Is estrogen really that bad? Not really…Everyone, including men, need estrogen for:
Lowering the risk of heart disease
Reducing the risk of insulin resistance or diabetes
Developing strong and healthy bones
Preventing brain damage- even dementia
In fact, estrogen is essential for the health of all the body parts! Ranging from your eyes, to your heart, brain, and even muscles, it is vital!
If estrogen is healthy for you, then why are most people afraid of it? Well…It’s the balance between estrogen levels and progesterone that matters the most. For instance, if you have too much estrogen, and too little progesterone, the body no longer functions properly! Hence the higher the risk for breast, uterine and ovarian cancer. Yet too many times I’ve seen postmenopausal women placed on estrogen or progesterone alone. This is too dangerous, and frankly…idiotic!
As a scientist and a natural doctor, I’ve dedicated my life to studying and testing the outcome of hormones first in animals, and then in humans during clinical trials. What I’ve learned from my experiences is that too much estrogen and/or too little progesterone can stimulate cancer in men and women. Also too much progesterone, and too little estrogen in menopausal or postmenopausal women is also dangerous, especially if the uterus is intact. This is the reason why some cancers are estrogen dominant and some are progesterone dominant.
So, what’s the best way to balance your estrogen levels? First, you have to know your hormone numbers… There are three types of estrogen and you want to know how they’re functioning in your body at this time.
E1, also known as estrone: too much can potentially cause tumor growth in the breast.
E2, also known as estradiol: too much without opposing progesterone can turn into E1 and potentially induce tumor growth.
E3, also known as estriol, is the most protective with keeping your bones, heart, and brain healthy.
So, what’s the recipe to balancing hormones successfully? Once again, know your numbers of estrogen and progesterone.
In fact, everyone should have a complete hormonal check up on a regular basis, even if you’re in your 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s…You get my point! This is not something to keep off for too long.
I personally have my hormones checked every 2 to 3 months for prevention! And the most common question I’ve been getting is: Are bio identical hormones safe for me? My answer to you would be to know your numbers first, then have a doctor (like myself) who truly understands hormones evaluate them for you.
Don’t take a cookie cutter approach, this is NOT something to mess around with! And, it is important to understand that the same two people DO NOT have the same amount of estrogen. So just like anything else, you need an individualized protocol on board to balance hormones correctly.
In addition to estrogens, you need to balance other adrenal hormones such as progesterone, pregnenolone, DHEA, testosterone, and cortisol. It’s not safe to grab an over-the-counter progesterone or estrogen cream thinking that this will take care of your hormones and your overall body health! In fact, this action can cost you your life… so STOP it now if you’re already doing this! And if you’re currently in menopause or post menopausal years, don’t be fooled to take progesterone without an estrogen opponent and vice versa.
I hope this was helpful to get you started on a healthy journey to regulate your precious adrenal hormones, and improve your overall health. Comment #replay when you watch the video so I can hop in there to answer your questions and give you a big shout out.
Keep up the good work! 🙂
Dr. Lena Fernandez