This phase incorporates some of those foods back into your diet while paying attention to how your body responds to them. However, the diet recommends an ongoing avoidance of “hormone-hindering” foods. These include high fructose corn syrup, fish with high mercury levels, non-organic meats, non-organic coffee, raisins, dates, and peanuts. The full list is in the book “The Hormone Diet.”
You kick-start the diet with a two-week detox designed to clear excess hormones such as estrogen and cortisol and reduce inflammation. During the initial four weeks, when you’re determining which foods you need to cut from your diet, Natasha Turner, a naturopathic doctor and founder of the Supercharged Hormone Diet recommends you take supplements. Taking supplements will improve the breakdown of hormones, increase your metabolism and reduce cravings. These include a probiotic, an herbal cleanse for the liver, a bowel cleanser with fiber and vitamin D3. The supplements are optional, however, and are not recommended for pregnant women.
Just recently, I saw three different patients who felt desperate and didn’t know what was wrong with them. One, a single high-school English teacher, was experiencing premenstrual syndrome (PMS) for the very first time at the age of thirty-nine. She complained of cramps, headaches, and other symptoms, and she felt bewildered by this new turn of events. Another patient, forty-two years old, felt guilty about how often she kept “losing her cool,” after priding herself on being a patient, calm wife and mother. “This isn’t me,” she insisted. The third woman, forty-five, a successful business executive, was experiencing profound fatigue for no plausible reason. “I used to be a ball of energy. I don’t understand what’s happened to me,” she said.
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
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.
EPSTEIN: We're on the cusp of really understanding hormones and behavior. So one of the more recent findings is hunger and hormones. Among people that have a rare hormone defect that they cannot stop eating, there are some drugs in the pipeline that takes away this compulsion to eat. The fascinating thing in terms of basic science and understanding our bodies is it's not hormones and obesity here. It's not so much that you have a mucked up metabolism that you gain weight easily. It's that because of your hormone defect, you feel compelled to keep eating. So a lot of the doctors that are unraveling that basic science are saying, well, now we're at this cusp of trying to see what other behaviors can we link to hormones or hormones gone awry.
Menopause: According to projections by consumer reports in the Unites States, 25 million women will hit menopause within the next decade. Contrary to popular belief, menopause, which can begin as early as 40 years of age, is not just about estrogen decline. Supplies of other hormones such as progesterone, testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) also tend to dry up, right along with the skin, hair, eyes and libido. So many women come to my office intensely frustrated with the unwelcome changes in their body during this phase of life, especially an annoying thickening of the waistline. Other common symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, headaches, heart palpitations, poor memory and concentration, urinary urgency or incontinence, vaginal dryness, changes in the appearance of skin and hair and emotional changes including depression, anxiety and irritability.
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!!
The pace of life just seems to get more and more hectic. Between work, family and other obligations, we're all finding ourselves stretched--and stressed. Unfortunately, this busy lifestyle often leads us to place our health at the bottom of the priority list. Without realizing it, we find ourselves beholden to a host of poor habits--eating on the run, skipping workouts, grabbing too few hours of sleep and dismissing everyday symptoms that are often red flags for something more serious. These habits leave us carrying excess £ds, looking drained and feeling just plain bad. Often we respond by seeking a quick fix to lose weight. But when our bodies are so out of balance, long-term weight loss is next to impossible. This book is about all the aspects of your lifestyle that come together to make--or break--your weight-loss success. It's about taking the time and some simple steps to make yourself, your health and your overall well-being a top priority again.

I love, love, love this book. Although it was written by a doctor, the style of writing was easy to follow and understand by any lay person. I am a 44 year old woman who has been experiencing difficulties with my body every since I turned 40. I thought, "well it's down hill from now." However, I didn't believe it was necessary to live like I was dying. I visited one doctor to the next seeking help. Each doctor told me the same thing. "your facing premenopause and that's just the way it is." After searching on the internet and finding this book, I have finally found something that makes since. I followed the advice given and thanks be to God, I am feeling much better and young again. I feel like I am living instead of dying a slow death to old age.
Progesterone also affects menstruation, balances the effects of estrogen, is a natural diuretic, and helps normalize blood-sugar levels. It stimulates cells called osteoblasts, which make new bone. In our younger years, progesterone is the hormone of pregnancy. The same progesterone is focused on its function during pregnancy—“pro” meaning in favor of “gest,” as in gestation (pregnancy). Progesterone is produced by the ovaries, by the placenta during pregnancy, and by the adrenal glands. After the childbearing years, it is metabolized through the liver and must be produced solely by our poor, overworked adrenal glands (along with testosterone and certain other hormones).
Think about the average woman you know. Is she overworked? Short on time? Spread too thin? Zapped of energy? Frazzled and stressed? Missing her libido? Tired of feeling tired all the time? It’s no surprise that, being in this state day in and day out, most women reach for a quick fix diet, energy boost, or drugs that our doctors promise us will solve our problems.
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]

Progesterone plays a role in embryo implantation, too. People think miscarriages and an inability to conceive are very mysterious and complicated. In medical school, I was taught that the most common reason for miscarriages is chromosomal abnormalities, and that it’s nature’s way of taking care of business. In fact, it turns out that miscarriages are usually caused by progesterone deficiency. When progesterone is prescribed, women are able to get pregnant and stay pregnant. It’s also reassuring to know that progesterone is safe to take when you’re trying to get pregnant and during pregnancy. Women who wait until their thirties to get pregnant may be surprised to learn they may have a progesterone deficiency.

Estrogen, with a hat tip to a small handful of other hormones that are directly linked to a woman's cycle, is the only hormone explored in this book. It's an easy and quick read sprinkled with humor. What it does discuss could be much more concise. I did learn a few interesting things from the read, but this is only one cog in the wheel of an elaborate network of hormones.
At the time, I was a student and I assumed that the diet and exercise program I was following wasn't strict enough, long enough, or strenuous enough. Naturally I decided that I simply needed to do them both--harder. So, in desperation I added more cardio sessions and further reduced my food intake. The result? I gained another 5 £ds on top of the 20 I had already piled on. How could this be?
Surgical menopause, also known as a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) and an oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries), causes an immediate jolt to women’s lives as levels of estrogen and other hormones plummet overnight. Studies show that hysterectomy shoves women into full-blown menopause earlier, even if they retain their ovaries. Depression and sexual problems, such as low libido and vaginal dryness leading to discomfort during sex, are common.

I start my day with a steamy mug of green tea. My current favorite is genmaicha, a combination of green tea and brown rice. I steep organic loose tea for 4 minutes and then add a fresh squeeze of Meyer lemon. Occasionally, I’ll whip up matcha tea, but most days that feels way too high maintenance. I encourage my patients to replace their coffee with tea to decrease the amount of caffeine they are drinking, which can make you feel stressed or disrupt your sleep if you metabolize caffeine slowly like I do (along with 51% of Americans).
Estrogen and progesterone are the backup players in the symphony. But testosterone is the star, because adequate levels improve almost every aspect of your health, your figure and general appearance, how you function at home and at work, and your zest for life. Sometimes testosterone is even called the personality hormone, because a healthy level actually correlates with assertiveness, motivation, and a sense of power and well-being.
Think about the average woman you know. Is she overworked? Short on time? Spread too thin? Zapped of energy? Frazzled and stressed? Missing her libido? Tired of feeling tired all the time? It’s no surprise that, being in this state day in and day out, most women reach for a quick fix diet, energy boost, or drugs that our doctors promise us will solve our problems.
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