General Considerations of Hormones. Steroid Hormones: Chemistry, Biosynthesis, and Metabolism. Hypothalamic Releasing Hormones. Posterior Pituitary Hormones. Anterior Pituitary Hormones. Thyroid Hormones. Pancreatic Hormones: Insulin and Glucagon. Gastrointestinal Hormones. Calcium-Regulating Hormones: Vitamin D, Parathyroid Hormone, Calcitonin. Adrenal Corticoids. Hormones of the Adrenal Medulla. Androgens. Estrogens and Progestins. Hormones of Pregnancy and Lactation. Hormones Related to the Kidney and Cardiovascular System. Prostaglandins. Thymus Hormones. Pineal Hormones. Cell Growth Factors. Hormones and Cancer. Appendices.
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Adequate estrogen levels are also essential for thinking and memory. Memory loss is a normal fact of life as the brain ages, but the loss is magnified when estrogen declines. A University of Rochester study published in 2013, in the journal Menopause, sheds light on the effect of menopause on cognitive functioning. Researchers followed 117 women, ages forty to sixty, in various stages of menopause and found that those who were in their first year of postmenopause experienced far greater cognitive decline and memory loss than those in perimenopause. Hormone loss was seen as the probable cause.
As women grow older, many struggle to lose weight. Unlike men their age, women more often suffer from sleep problems, osteoporosis, and depression. Some even feel as though they age faster and less gracefully than their male counterparts. While there is ample discussion in the medical community about the effects of estrogen loss, more than ninety percent of women over age forty-five suffer from low testosterone levels. Dr. Tami Meraglia wants women to know that a healthy dose of testosterone can help you slim down, improve your moods, lower your risk for cardiac disease, increase energy and libido, prevent osteoporosis, enhance skin tone and texture, and possibly even prevent cognitive decline.
Dr. Erika Schwartz is an internationally renowned thought leader and pioneer in the field of prevention, patient centered healthcare, hormone balance, lifestyles, and supplements. Her work integrates body and mind treatments using all modalities. Dr. Erika’s groundbreaking book Don’t Let Your Doctor Kill You exposed the truth about our flawed health care system and empowered patients to take control over their own healthcare.
I enjoyed reading Dr. Hotze's book: Hormones, Health, and Happiness. What a wealth of information when I needed it. I have been having many health issues discussed in the book, with no success at the doctors office. After reading the book, I located a doctor who runs his practice like the book. I am on the road to recovery using natural supplements recommended in the book. I think that natural supplements should be taught to all people working in the medical field. I am not against doctors, they are a wealth of knowledge. (I really like my doctor's) I believe that their knowledge should be extended to incorporate natural supplements,promote healthy diets, and exercise. Dr. Hotze book inspired me to make changes in my life.
In Dr. Turner’s previous bestselling books, she taught you how to identify and solve hormonal imbalances. In The Hormone Boost, she focuses on optimizing what’s right and includes a revolutionary plan that has been proven effective for everyone, not just those experiencing symptoms of hormone disruption. With more than 60 recipes and a simple Pick-4 guide to creating meals, smoothies, and salads, the book makes getting the right balance of carbs, fat, and protein easy.
Cooking for hormone balance. The founder of the popular Hormones Balance online community, holistic nutrition coach, Magdalena Wszelaki knows this firsthand. Developing hyperthyroidism and then Hashimoto’s, adrenal fatigue and estrogen dominance propelled her to leave a high-pressured advertising career and develop a new way of eating that would repair and keep her hormones working smoothly.
Supercharged Hormone Diet is easy to follow. The diet is convenient for your time and budget. You can eat out, and you can have one "cheat meal" during the week, in which you are allowed to eat the foods you do not regularly eat as part of the diet and also consume more carbohydrates and calories. This makes you happy, and boosts your metabolism, Turner says.
Depression or Anxiety: Serotonin exerts powerful influence over mood, emotions, memory, cravings (especially for carbohydrates), self-esteem, pain tolerance, sleep habits, appetite, digestion and body temperature regulation. When we're feeling down or depressed, we naturally crave more sugars and starches to stimulate the production of serotonin. The World Health Organization (WHO) projects that depression and anxiety will soon be the number-one disability experienced by adults. For adequate serotonin production, all of the following are crucial: plenty of sunlight; a healthy diet rich in protein, minerals and vitamins; regular exercise and good sleep. When we measure our current lifestyle against all the elements necessary for the body's natural production of serotonin, the wide-ranging epidemic of low serotonin is certainly not surprising. Add in chronic stress and out-of-control multitasking--two of the main causes of serotonin depletion--and it's no wonder many of us suffer from depleted serotonin.
A must-read for all women, Dr. Gottfried is brilliant, relatable and tells it like it is. Even women in their 20s can benefit from the wisdom here about how to listen to our bodies and address imbalances (stress, low sex drive, acne, etc) in a natural way without running straight to pills or prescriptions. What I love about this book is the way Gottfried absolves women of what many feel might be personal shortcomings or genetic life-sentences: Am I doomed to have low sex drive forever? Will I al ...more
Fortunately, between my own training and self-education, I’ve learned how I can manage my imbalance naturally without the aid of medications and other treatments. Many people are not that fortunate and require medications and treatments and while this post isn’t specifically for you, these books may still help you learn some new ways you can help take care of yourself in a way that promotes healthy hormone levels. This post is mostly for those who think they have an imbalance but haven’t been able to be diagnosed, and for those women who are tired of feeling “off” and not knowing what is wrong with them. Chances are regardless of what other issues you might be dealing with, wonky hormones are not helping the situation.
This is a new revolution in weight loss called "intermittent fasting." Studies have clearly shown that our body responds to the fasting by boosting growth hormone, the hormone that helps build muscle. It involves the avoidance of food intake for one day per week. Now this might seem to counter my viewpoint on cutting calories, but if done properly it will not cause muscle deterioration and can actually help greatly in the treatment of chronic pain and metabolic syndromes.  During your cleanse day you should drink at least 4 liters of warm or cold herbal teas to support the cleansing process. I recommend a combination of herbs with anti-inflammatory and diuretic benefits such as ginger, lemon, blueberry, hibiscus, dandelion, green tea and parsley.  You can consume one or two hard-boiled eggs in the morning or a serving of nuts in the afternoon if you feel overly hungry. 
I came across this book after hours of research. I am 32 years old and have endometriosis. After my second child was born I had been having a hard time loosing weight-it was coming off but very slowly. I was also exhausted, cranky, and many other things that endometriosis brings on. Knowing all that I know about having this disease is that it causes various hormone imbalances. I am a firm believer in using diet to regulate and that is how I found this book. I started 3 weeks ago and I noticed immediate changes. I lost 6 lbs and only now have 3 to go to make it to my pre-baby weight, although I have to say that is just the added bonus. I feel so much better, I can get out of bed in the morning without feeling sluggish and I am not nearly as moody. I definitely recommend this book to people with any of the hormone imbalances that Natasha talks about. Endometriosis is something I'll have for the next 20 years and I feel like I've found a way to manage it.
On the other hand, too much estrogen can be a major problem as well. Studies have shown that there is a link between excess estrogen and cancer. We also know that it is not just excess estrogen but an imbalanced excess estrogen that seems to be the cause. Which age group has the highest levels of estrogen? Teenagers. Yet breast cancer is virtually unheard of until later in life, because teenage girls have all their hormones in balance, including estrogen.
Hormones regulate our bodies and run our lives—when they’re in balance we feel great, look beautiful, are fertile and sexual, and enjoy every moment of our existence. When they’re out of balance, whether during adolescence, pregnancy, menopause, or from medication or surgically induced, it can lead to devastating conditions like infertility, postpartum depression, insomnia, weight gain, loss of libido, memory loss, and unnecessary tests and surgeries.
Adiponectin is naturally released when we exercise. It is produced by our fat cells and is proven to increase metabolism, improve insulin sensitivity, reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of heart disease. It appears blueberries are the only fruit to stimulate the release of this hormone due to phytonutrients in the blueberries’ skin. The chlorogenic acid in blueberries also assist in controlling blood-glucose levels, therefore helping fat loss by improving insulin balance. A recent study showed obese people who drank one blueberry smoothie a day, for six weeks, had a 22% improvement in insulin sensitivity, which ultimately equates to better fat metabolism. Just a half a cup a day will do the trick. 
This hormone is available over the counter, and I have put some patients on it. It’s one of the “mother hormones,” meaning that many other hormones are made from it. In the list of hormones and what each one comes from, cholesterol is at the top and pregnenolone is next in line. I find that my healthy young patients can correct their hormone imbalances by increasing this raw ingredient.
Going through menopause doesn’t mean you stop being sexy. Author Staness Jonekos, who has gone through it herself, wants women to know they can fight the belly bulge and loss in libido. It may take some work with diet and exercise, but it’s still possible to wear what you want and feel good in your skin. “The Menopause Makeover” provides diet and exercise tips specifically designed for your needs during menopause.

For many of us, simply learning about what is actually supposed to happening down there can help us figure out what is going wrong. It’s somewhat shocking and embarrassing how many women have no idea what the stages of their cycle are, what happens during each one, and why it’s important to have a regular cycle (if you are not on a birth control medication or have an IUD or something that may alter the naturally occurring cycle).

This is a really good book and explains all the bioidentical hormones in detail. It was definitely worth reading. The only thing I didn't like was that she seemed to endorse the bioidentical pellets and she didn't like the creams. The pellets are very expensive and out of reach for some women. I have tried the pellets and I prefer the creams so I was a little discouraged when she said they don't work really well and the creams turn into estrone. My doctor disagrees with this and she also uses the creams.
We live in a culture of partial truths when it comes to food and alcohol. We tend to exaggerate our assets and minimize our liabilities. I used to do it too. I would go out on a Friday night and feel like a rock star after a few drinks, and not be honest about the bad behaviors and experiences that followed: the munchies and overeating, the unkind comments that I made … [Read More...]