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.
Meet Dr. Sara Gottfried: SARA GOTTFRIED, M.D. is the New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure. After graduating from the physician-scientist training program at 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 feel great. Dr. Gottfried lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and two daughters. Visit her online at www.SaraGottfriedMD.com.
Dr. Epstein's book is the one I wish I'd read in school and (perhaps the first time anyone has ever said this) also made for excellent beach reading. I came away with knowledge that will allow me to cast a more suspiciously curious eye over the hormone "industry". Which is in part Epstein's main point--endocrinology is partially an industry of supreme marketing, and it always has been.
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.
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. 
Twelve years ago when I still worked in the trenches of conventional medicine (before I spun off to start my own integrative and functional medicine practice), I figured there had to be a better way to fill the gaps that patients encounter between what they struggle with and what mainstream medicine offers. Not everyone can see these gaps, but one helpful illustration … [Read More...]
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?
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
I had seen a Facebook (FB) post by the Food Babe regarding it as I had been doing some research into estrogen dominance and progesterone cream. I was hesitant to buy the book, based off of some of the reviews here on Amazon (see below for money on negative reviews), so I posted in several FB groups related to hormones and overwhelmingly women recommended the book.
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