Many of us experience signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance every day. Do you have trouble dragging yourself out of bed in the morning? Ever have an uncontrollable sugar craving at 3 p.m.? Chronic headaches? Lack of energy? Do you get stressed just sitting in your office? Our bodies are wired to send us signals when something isn't right, but often we're too busy to hear them. Compound ing the problem is a lack of understanding about the consequences if these symptoms are left unaddressed. Without hormonal balances, we are more likely to succumb to many diseases and illnesses.
My second (smaller) complaint is about his "ideal diet." He does admit that Americans eat too many carbs and sugar, which is great (and true), but he still mentions eating lean meats and small amounts of healthy fats. Again, there is nothing inherently evil or unhealthy about most fats. Yes, some forms of saturated fat are bad for you, but some are absolutely healthy and should be eaten regularly. Also, eating fats with carbs causes problems of it's own, but it's not the fat alone that is causing the problem. This has been very well documented in various books (Good Calories, Bad Calories, Primal Body, Primal Mind, etc).
Dr. Sara Gottfried refuses to accept the traditional medical thinking that feeling cranky, asexual, tapped out, and sleep-deprived is just part of being female and aging, and that prescription medication will fix all problems. Offering solutions in nonjudgmental and thoughtful language, Dr. Gottfried provides a novel plan based on solid scientific research. She believes you don’t find a cure at the bottom of a pill bottle. A specialist in functional and integrative therapies, Dr. Gottfried bases her three-step treatment strategy on 10 years’ study of cutting-edge techniques and ancient treatments validated by current medical research. The plan includes supplements and targeted lifestyle changes that address underlying deficiencies, herbal therapies, and bio-identical hormones - most available without a prescription.
When it comes to weight loss, most people don’t think about hormones. But when you develop resistance to your seven major metabolic hormones—cortisol, thyroid, testosterone, growth hormone, leptin, insulin, and estrogen—your body adjusts by increasingly raising your hormone levels and ultimately slowing down your metabolism. And a slower metabolism leads to weight gain and difficulty losing weight. The solution, Dr. Sara Gottfried contends, is to reset the efficiency of your hormones by repairing and growing new hormone receptors.
Just one conversation with this whimsical woman can touch your heart and nourish your body in equal measures – what a talent! ‘Michele’s new book is a refreshing way to get your head around the often confusing subject of hormones and how ,at any age , male or female, they affect our weight, mood, sleep, and energy and how we can reset just with our fork!

As nutritional ketosis or “keto” grows in popularity, I see more women struggle with it. Certainly, there are some people who go on the ketogenic diet, see all the benefits of mental acuity and fat loss, and none of the problems. More men than women experience this level of keto success. Then there are the rest of us. My anecdotal observation in my medical office … [Read More...]
While I'm not a big advocate of hormone therapy, Nisha Jackson has a very intrigueing view on this type of therapy and why it would benefit women going through Perimenopause. She gives concise reasons on why our bodies react the way they do during this time in our lives. The book was very interesting and eye-opening. Alot of what she says makes sense. She also gives you tools needed to get through this time.
For instance, if you are someone who routinely gets PMS, pre-period acne, bloating, crankiness, etc., those are all symptoms of a hormone imbalance. When our bodies are working at 100% discomfort prior to and during your period should be almost non-existent. If you have really heavy periods, flows with a lot of clots, a really short or long cycle, or mid-cycle bleeding there is something a bit off. Your first course of action should be to go to the doctor. Get examined to be sure there isn’t another underlying cause for your symptoms. But most women will get “normal” test results or nothing found that is of concern, and you’ll be told your problems are just that, “normal”. Normal might be “normal” but that doesn’t mean it’s good. It doesn’t mean you have to live with those symptoms and problems, and I hope that through the experts I’m going to introduce you to in this post, you can find your solution.
This is yet another diet that tells people to avoid things that can have serious long-term health effects, such as processed foods and sugars. The hormone diet’s focus on natural, healthy foods as well as both cardiovascular and strength training exercises makes a great addition to any lifestyle. Even without following the hormone diet specifically, eating healthy foods and getting regular exercise will help you lose weight not only in the immediate future, but for the long haul as well. Though phase 1 has many food rules, it doesn’t necessarily classify as an extreme detox program. It can be viewed more as a clean-eating plan since many whole, fresh, nutrient-dense foods are encouraged.
So between turning 40 and 42 (in a month and a bit) I feel like my whole mind and body has completely broken down. I can't keep a thought in my head for 2 minutes and my desire to exercise is constantly being derailed by injuries. This book was recommended to me by a couple of different people whose opinions I respect. It is pretty much telling me things I have been feeling before reading this, eat more whole foods, do more yoga, etc. But it is a nice affirmation of the changes I have been conte ...more
The newly revised and updated Hormones, Second Edition provides a comprehensive treatment of human hormones, viewed in light of modern theories of hormone action and in the context of current understanding of subcellular and cellular architecture and classical organ physiology. Each chapter presents a physiological description of the hormone system under consideration, followed by a listing of the mode-of-action of the hormone. This book includes significant advances in the molecular biology of receptors, hormones, and studies of hormone action that have transpired over the past five years. The text updates the material on enzymes related to steroid metabolism and new hormone systems, as well as providing a new chapter on hormones and cancer.
For those of you that are already on the hormonal balancing journey, the new paperback version of my book has nearly 50 pages of brand new content, crafted in response to all the great follow-up questions I’ve received from readers. Throughout the book, you’ll find additional protocols, more on perimenopause and menopause, and even specifics on how to improve your hormonal situation naturally and safely after breast cancer.

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.
The idea behind the Supercharged Hormone Diet is to remove allergenic and inflammatory food from your system, which includes all sources of caffeine, sugar and alcohol. You also cut out gluten, dairy, corn, potatoes, oils, peanut products, oranges, tangerines and grapefruit. During the third week, you introduce foods one by one to identify those that you may be intolerant of. For example, if you eat yogurt and it gives you tummy bloat, you might need to cut yogurt out of your diet. By the end of four weeks, you should know which foods need to go from your diet.
Now symptom free, Magdalena shares her practical, proven knowledge so other women may benefit. In Cooking for Hormone Balance, she draws on current research to explain the essential role food plays in keeping our hormones in harmony, and offers easy, flavorful recipes to help us eat our way to good health. She also offers clear, concise action plans for what to remove and add to our daily diet to regain hormonal balance, including guides for specific conditions.
In this provocative and paradigm-shattering book, Martie Haselton, the world's leading researcher on sexuality and the ovulation cycle, takes a deep, revealing look at the biological processes that so profoundly influence our behavior and sets forth a radical new understanding of women's bodies, minds, and sexual relationships, one that embraces hormonal cycles as adaptive solutions to genuine biological challenges. At the core of Hasleton's new Darwinian feminism is her remarkable discovery that humans, like our animal cousins, possess a special phase of sexuality, called estrus, which comes with a host of physiological and behavioral changes.
Millions of women suffer from the life-altering, often debilitating symptoms resulting from hormonal imbalances: stubborn weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, depression, insomnia, digestive issues, and more. The good news is that most of these conditions are reversible. Integrative hormone and nutrition expert Magdalena Wszelaki knows this first-hand. 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. Now symptom free, Magdalena shares her practical, proven knowledge so other women may benefit.

The concept of eating your carbs early in the day, with the intention that you will have a better chance of burning them off, could actually be setting you up for cravings all day long. Eating a starchy carb, like potatoes or beans early in the day will cause more cravings later in the day, so I suggest you only eat one carb in your last meal. Eating carbs later in the day is proven to raise our serotonin levels, a "feel-good chemical" in our brain, which helps us sleep, and sleep is one of the most important fat-burning activities.
Some patients are nervous about taking a hormone, and I always tell them, “Let’s start with progesterone. It’s the one that doesn’t have any worrisome side effects, and it can have such a large impact on your life.” I think progesterone is No. 2 in significance for women, after testosterone. I always say that if there’s a fire in my house I would grab my children and my progesterone. My husband was a fireman, and he can run for himself.
Erika Schwartz, MD, is the leading authority on hormone supplementation in wellness and disease prevention. In The New Hormone Solution Dr. Erika shares her successful, proven program to help women (and men) of all ages prevent and eliminate the symptoms of hormone imbalance in an integrated and caring approach. Learn what hundreds of thousands of healthy men and women have learned from following Dr. Erika’s unique and caring programs.
She also has a really great plan for reducing stress, naturally cleansing the body of toxins, and exercising better, not harder. All in all, I have found this book to be very, very helpful and supportive for my needs. Although I am now on Armour Thyroid medication which has helped so much (my hair is finally shiny and soft again!), I was still searching for a good, healthy all around diet to follow that is not going to starve me and put me back into dealing with the slow metabolism issue I caused, but will still allow me to lose weight and balance my body and that is in this book.
What do sleep, sex, insulin, mood and hunger have in common? Well, they're all controlled by hormones. But just a century ago, the power of our chemical messengers was barely understood. A new book by Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein called "Aroused" tells the stories of the scientists who work to explore and explain our hormones. Dr. Epstein joins us now from our New York bureau. Welcome to the program.
I'm a huge believer that a pill doesn't cure everything (and often not even that much) and Dr Gottfried backs up this intuition but with a huge wealth of actual data and recommendations. It's like the Getting Our Bodies Back for the new millenium. Women who aren't satisfied with the answers (or in most cases non-answers) they are getting from their doctors are looking for real ways to feel better, more energized, sexier, lose weight and even handle peri-menopause. And that's what Dr Gottfried gi ...more
Dining out won’t be a problem under the Supercharged Hormone Diet. Eating out is not difficult on this diet because it essentially mirrors the Mediterranean diet – so ordering chicken and fish-based entrees and plenty of salads is fair game. You are also advised to have one meal a week that is a "cheat meal," which allows you to eat the foods you cut out.

Erika Schwartz, MD, is the leading authority on hormone supplementation in wellness and disease prevention. In The New Hormone Solution Dr. Erika shares her successful, proven program to help women (and men) of all ages prevent and eliminate the symptoms of hormone imbalance in an integrated and caring approach. Learn what hundreds of thousands of healthy men and women have learned from following Dr. Erika’s unique and caring programs.

Turner gives a good basic background on endocrine imbalances and even helps the reader pinpoint what hormones their body is producing in excess or not enough of. I found some of her suggestion very helpful and she shed some new light on inflammation in the body, but over all the book wasn't well put together. It could be better formatted for easier understanding and flow. She doesn't make certain things clear, e.g. She clearly states to avoid caffeine yet a chapter or so later she encourages rea ...more
On top of all the testosterone advantages I’ve already mentioned, study after study shows that testosterone is literally a lifeline for women who undergo hysterectomy. One particular research article published in 2000, in the Journal of Women’s Health & Gender-Based Medicine, sums up the ordeal patients face. The author states that estrogen is not enough after hysterectomy, because many women also suffer undiagnosed testosterone deficiency. Symptoms of that deficiency, such as loss of libido, sexual pleasure, and a sense of well-being, go untreated. Adding testosterone to estrogen supplementation also helps prevent osteoporosis and may protect the heart.
This book is great for those who are aware of their hormone imbalance, and would like to take a naturopathic approach to balancing hormones. I went to an endocrinologist, and found that my sex hormones are completely out of whack. I found myself suffering from hormonal acne, stress and weight gain despite my healthy lifestyle. The Hormone Diet, helped put everything into perspective for me. It provides great information about hormones and their functions, supplements necessary to achieve balance ...more
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
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.
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Don't waste your money. I was very excited about reading this book, because I have been struggling with my weight since entering menopause. Although I eat mainly vegetables and protein in the form of chicken and fish (with very little red meat) I have been unable to lose any weight. This diet plan is something I am already doing and it is not working for me.
"Gottfried takes a comprehensive look at the most common physical and emotional ailments affecting women and explains why a hormone imbalance may be at their root. Her premise is simple: when a woman’s hormones are in sync, she’s a powerhouse, but when they’re out of whack, they wreak havoc on her body and mind. The book is both fun and an informative read [and] Gottfried’s take on the female body is eye-opening and empowering."
Erika Schwartz, MD, is the leading authority on hormone supplementation in wellness and disease prevention. In The New Hormone Solution Dr. Erika shares her successful, proven program to help women (and men) of all ages prevent and eliminate the symptoms of hormone imbalance in an integrated and caring approach. Learn what hundreds of thousands of healthy men and women have learned from following Dr. Erika’s unique and caring programs.

In fact, Dr. Erika confirms without a doubt—there is no norm. The Intimacy Solution walks us through the “seasons” of our continuous sexual development, helping readers view sexuality through the lenses of biology, learned behaviors, personal truth, and culture. Moving beyond Masters and Johnson’s unilateral approach to sexuality, Dr. Erika takes a broad leap forward to explain and shine a light on the impact of the myriad factors such as our delicate hormone balance, life experiences and trauma, and societal expectations as they come together to affect our personal belief systems in what sex and intimacy are at various points in our lives. In The Intimacy Solution, Dr. Erika uncovers the mystery behind the driving forces of sexuality and their impact at every stage in our lives.
When you think that all diets already exist, Valerie Childs came with a great and innovative alternative, explaining the hormones present in our body and how they interact with the food we ingest. The recipes are great and very well-documented with the exact amounts. I recommend this as a diet alternative to lose weight and balance your ingest of food.
After being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and high cholesterol several years ago I've struggled to find a balance. When I started having hot flashes and increased fatigue, I went to Nisha Jackson's Southern Oregon clinic. It was there that I first glanced at "The Hormone Survival Guide for Perimenopause: Balance Your Hormones Naturally". The book offered what I thought was a common sense approach to women's health and positiive suggestions for how to feel good. Soon afterwards I ordered the book from Amazon and had my hormones tested.

When it comes to metabolism, energy, immunity, memory, mood, and strength, who doesn’t need a boost now and then? The Hormone Boost is the first book to provide an extensive, scientific overview of the six hormones that influence weight loss. Although it is widely accepted that the thyroid hormones control weight loss efforts, Dr. Turner reveals how the impact of five other hormones—testosterone and DHEAs, adiponectin, growth hormone, adrenaline, and glucagon—are equally important when trying to lose weight.
I avoid eating at restaurants as much as possible because of “Restaurant Syndrome” – the phenomenon of overeating in response to the convivial atmosphere, drinking alcohol and less inhibition, the yummy sights and smells, and large serving sizes – all of which contribute to a documented increased risk of blood sugar problems and weight gain. In fact, in a study of 99,000 men and women followed over 30 years, people who average two homemade meals per day have a 13% lower chance of diabetes than people who have fewer than six homemade meals per week.1 You lose weight over time, because out-of-home eating is associated with becoming overweight and obesity.2 When you dine with friends and are distracted, you eat as much as 35 percent more.3 Yes, it sucks. The carbs and industrial seed oils, gluten, dairy, and additives make it tough on the body to reduce inflammation, and it can show up in your skin and bathroom scale. So when I’m on the road, I take my food with me in a cute glass container when I need to eat outside my home.
OBESITY IS A GROWING health concern in the United States and abroad. Recent surveys indicate that approxi- mately 30% of Americans are obese (body mass index 30), with the prevalence of obesity having increased by approx- imately 60% over the last several decades (1). Obesity is associated with an increase in morbidity and mortality from a variety of health concerns including diabetes,... [Show full abstract]

Earlier this year in January (2012) I suffered from incurable, painful headaches and no pill could cure them or make them feel better. I had a horrible headache every single day in January. I also began to have intense hot flashes and could not sleep at all. I was physically exhausted and miserable because I was in so much pain. I knew my problem was hormonal and so I did what every American does with a computer, I googled it.
Helped me understand what is going on with my body during this strange menopausal phase. However, I hate it when I get a good book with great information and it ends up with a suggestion to buy some product from the author.... to be it deducts some of the author's legitimacy as their premise is weakened as the book ends up to be a sales promotion tool instead of a knowledge tool.
Progesterone is the valium that bathes the female mind and helps reduce anxiety. Remember, it is the peaceful hormone. When I had hormone trouble in my early forties, progesterone deficiency was my biggest issue. Progesterone is the culprit when women balancing work and home responsibilities experience increased frustration with the details of life, and need to exert more control to keep their cool. That’s what happened to me.
"This book is an extraordinary textbook describing the biochemistry, physiology, cell biology, and molecular biology of hormones... The book is written primarily for graduate students in biochemistry and first year medical students of endocrinology, but it will be invaluable to clinicians wishing to understand the pathogenesis of endocrine disorders as well as researchers in the field of endocrinology... [The book displays] uniform style and consistently high quality and clarity among chapters with no repetition of material... This second edition comes 11 years after the first edition and is as up-to-date as textbooks can get. I would recommend the use of this textbook in all medical school courses in endocrinology and it should at least be available on the bookshelves of all medical school libraries, clinicians, and researchers of hormones." --Roy E. Weiss, MD, PhD, University of Chicago Medical Center, for DOODY'S PUBLISHING REVIEWS
Update: So, I've had less luck with the recommendations in this book than I would have liked. I've had to give up the yoga, which I enjoyed, because it badly aggravated an old back injury to the point where I've had to get physical therapy on it. The chaste berry extract didn't seem to help my PMS much either - though I haven't been able to find the exact tincture Gottfried recommends, either. Overall, I would say that this book is a good introduction to hormone imbalances, but I think you reall ...more