Along with advice for weight loss, Dr. Natasha Turner provides recommendations for anti-inflammatory detox, nutritional supplements, exercise, sleep, stress management, toxin-free skin care, and natural hormone replacement combined with a diet plan—all incorporated into a 3-step wellness program focused on the essentials of hormone balance for lasting health.
One of the most informative books I’ve read on hormonal imbalances and the countless problems that ensue. There are many quizzes to determine which imbalance(s) are likely, and the proper steps to correct the imbalance(s). Most of it does deal with diet, exercise and supplements, but they are catered to the specific issues that need to be corrected. And the author gives a good explanation on the importance of detoxing before attempting to lose weight. Overall, I think the solutions given are man ...more
My intense efforts failed because they only served to make my hormonal imbalance, the true underlying cause of my weight gain, worse. Unbeknownst to me, I had a deficiency of thyroid hormone going on in the background. The imbalance only grew worse because the physical stress associated with excessive caloric restriction and overexercising actually increased the negative impact on my thyroid hormone deficiency and further slowed my metabolism. After this, three things quickly became very clear to me. First, weight loss is by no means only about calories in versus calories out--hormonal balance needed to be added to the equation. Second, hormones are very powerful substances that influence many aspects of our health and well-being. And third, the level of one hormone impacts another, which established the need to think "big picture" when it comes to weight loss.
Sara Gottfried, MD is the New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet. After graduating from Harvard Medical School and MIT, Dr. Gottfried completed her residency at the University of California at San Francisco. She is a board-certified gynecologist who teaches natural hormone balancing in her novel online programs so that women can lose weight, detoxify, and slow down aging. Dr. Gottfried lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and two daughters.
There is a lot of good information here. Gives you, in detail, things to do. The best is that it doesn't start with medication. I hope that other doctor's read this so they can help others, instead of the old way which doesn't help at all. It also confirms that fact that what you eat as the biggest impact on your health. This is a manual more than just a book. It is something to use over and over, or to pass it on.
I happened to see this lady on Dr. Oz, which I never watch since I work during the day. I have been looking to see why my sense of smell was still so strong and narrowed it down to hormones being off. That is why I got this book. Little did I know it would completely get my IBS under control like nothing, nothing ever has. Yes, it takes while to read it. Then, based off what you get for your scores, you have to create your own plan. But I got my numbers, ordered my supplements off Amazon, and within days I was feeling so much better. It has helped my inflammation, my anxiety, and my IBS. I am off all prescription pills I was on for all those. Not only that, but for the first time in years, I am not cold all the time. I still take my thyroid meds, and will just because it takes so long to find the right dose, but for years, I was cold all the time. Not any more. My metabolism is kicking in. As for losing weight, I really don't care if I do or not since I have gotten all the above. But, I have. Just by being able to deal with my IBS, I can actually get out and run like I used to. This book was life changing for me. If you really want to feel good and think your hormones have anything to do with it, buy this book! It helped my arthritis, my thyroid, my anxiety, and my IBS. If it would have helped only one of those, I would have praised it. Take the time to go through the book and rate yourself. If this could have been rated 100 stars, I would have rated it so. And it did help my sense of smell not be so overwhelming, leading to my IBS acting up.
After knowing "something" wasn't right in my body, and with all blood work for normal panels and the thyroid test showing normal, my only recourse was checking the hormones. My Gyn Dr is very open minded and he actually believed me when I said something's not right. I am 55, very athletic, not overweight, can work circles around most 22 year olds, and when I suddenly put on 8 lbs and gained 2 inches in my waist in spite of rigorous exercise and a 1400 cal diet, he said let's check the testosterone. We did, and I had NONE, zero, "unable to calculate". He was surprised I hadn't put on more weight and didn't feel really bad. Had I not been fighting "it" I would probably have put on 20 lbs!! Reading this book really explained what's going on in my body and I start on pellets in 2 weeks. It will take me 6-8 months to get back to where I was, but knowing I CAN go back is very reassuring and makes the wait worth it. If you are having any of the "usual" postmenopausal problems, I highly recommend having the testosterone checked, even if it means changing doctors!!
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.
Erika Schwartz, MD is the leading authority on hormone supplementation in wellness and disease prevention. In The Hormone Solution, Dr. Erika shares her successful, proven program to help women of all ages prevent, reduce, or even eliminate the symptoms of hormone imbalance naturally. To date more than 100,000 people have read and successfully followed DrErika’s programs.
Hypothyroidism: Without enough thyroid hormone, every system in the body slows down. Those who suffer from hypothyroidism feel tired, tend to sleep a lot, experience constipation and typically experience weight gain. Extremely dry skin, hair loss, slower mental processes, brittle hair, splitting nails, diminished ability to sweat during exercise, infertility, poor memory, depression, decreased libido, feeling cold or an inability to lose weight are also symptoms to watch for. If you suspect you have a thyroid condition, make sure your doctor assesses you and your full range of symptoms, not just your blood work. Even levels of TSH (an indicator of thyroid function) within the normal range have been proven to accelerate weight gain and to interfere with a healthy metabolic rate in both men and women.
All too often women are told that feeling moody, asexual, tapped out, dried up, stressed out, and sleep deprived is just a part of being female. Or they’re led to believe that the answer can be found only at the bottom of a bottle of prescription pills. Dr. Sara Gottfried, a Harvard-educated physician and nationally recognized, board-certified gynecologist, refuses to accept that being a woman means feeling overwhelmed or that popping pills is the new normal. In The Hormone Cure, she shares the unique hormone-balancing program that she has used to help thousands of women reclaim wellness, verve, and optimal health.