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Hormonally Speaking

Hormonally Speaking

By Christine Garvin
As women, we’ve been taught SO LITTLE about our hormones, and yet they are the captain controlling the ship that is our bodies!

Not only do our hormones impact us physically, but they are the deciding factor in our mental health. And there are far too many of us currently suffering with debilitating stress, anxiety, and depression.

I’ve been lucky to meet some of the leading, cutting-edge hormonal experts in the game, and I decided it was time to gather them together to give you an incredible overview of your hormones, from head to soul.

Cover photo: Kim Forman
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Season 2, Episode 21: Utilizing The Organic Acid Test (OAT) To Support Your Gut And Hormones w/Christine Garvin
What is the OAT test? OAT stands for Organic Acid Test, and are compounds that show up in the urine that are byproducts of metabolism. Everything we eat, all the toxins we take in, all the supplements we take are metabolized through processes in the gut, liver, and kidneys so that what is no longer needed can be excreted via our sweat, urine, and stool. What’s particularly useful about a test like this is that it can show levels of some of the baddest guys out there, including: *Mold *Yeast *Strains of Clostridia, which are part of dysbiosis in the gut *Oxalates It also shows you: *How well our detox mechanisms are working when it comes to glutathione and B vitamins *Levels of neurotransmitters *What your mitochondria are up to  So yes, it tells us a LOT.  What does this have to do with hormones? I cover this and more in the episode: -Dysbiosis, inflammation and hormones: how they are all connected -Markers on the OAT that show you how you are detoxing, which can help guide you on dealing with estrogen dominance -How oxalates might be impacting you, and why that green smoothie might be the *worst* thing for your hormones I also get real about some of the health issues I'm facing at the moment, and how the OAT results are helping me to deal with them.  It's a slam-packed episode! I recommend grabbing some tea and pen and paper to take some good notes, especially if you have already done an OAT. And if you want to see what the test looks like, as well as seeing the markers I'm referring to, head over to my Youtube channel.
April 28, 2021
Season 2, Episode 20: The Connection Between Your Thyroid and Your Hormones with Nicole Jardim
In today's episode, Nicole Jardim, The Period Girl (and my biggest hormone mentor) breaks down exactly the way your thyroid is impacting your hormones - and how your hormones are impacting your thyroid.  This is essential information for many women because low thyroid function, along with the autoimmune disorder Hashimotos, runs rampant in society today.  I recommend getting out your notebook for this one - Nicole covers all the major points, and you may want to take this information to your healthcare practitioner! Want to learn more from Nicole? Take her free period quiz to find out what is going on with your cycle. Then dive into the answers in her new bestselling book, Fix Your Period: Six Weeks to Banish Bloating, Conquer Cramps, Manage Moodiness, and Ignite Lasting Hormone Balance.  Want to gain access to the whole 2020 Hormone Summit, with information that covers everything from fertility to hormone testing, breath work to dealing with trauma? Click here to purchase the Summit for only $39! Nicole is a Certified Women’s Health Coach, writer, speaker, mentor, and the creator of Fix Your Period,  a series of programs that empower women and menstruators to reclaim  their hormone health using a method that combines evidence-based  information with simplicity and sass. Her work has impacted the  lives of tens of thousands of people around the world, and as a result,  she’s earned the nicknames “Period Girl” and “Professional Period  Fixer”.
April 23, 2021
Season 2, Episode 19: The Unique Art of Health Coaching And How It Helps You Achieve Your Goals w/Ken Kiser
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard about  coaching. Life coaches, business coaches, career coaches...the list goes  on.  But health coaching is something that is unique. It provides a space and support for moving through the sometimes tough changes we have to make to improve our overall health and well-being.    On today's episode, I talk with certified ADAPT Functional Health Coach  Ken Kiser to breakdown exactly what health coaching is, and how he works with clients. We even jump into a "mini-session" with me in the hot  seat.    As a functional nutritionist, I'm finding how helpful it is to offer coaches to some of my clients who need extra support. So while I sit down and assess their health history and utilize testing, creating  nutritional protocols based off of these factors, Ken helps clients get  to the heart of what may be impeding change.    If you know what health changes you need to make but are struggling with  the "doing" part, a health coach may be just what you need to get you  over the hump.    Listen to the end for a special offer from Ken!   Ken Kiser is a certified ADAPT Functional Health Coach that specializes  in working with patients who suffer from digestive health issues. He supports gut healing through empowering clients to make diet and  lifestyle changes that build health and vitality while minimizing flare  ups. Although Ken is very well trained, his greatest asset is his own health journey.  He too suffered from digestive health issues and was  able to heal himself through diet and lifestyle change.  It is through  his own struggles that motivates Ken to help others. Find him at his website.
April 12, 2021
Season 2, Episode 18: How Mold Can Wreck Havoc On Your Hormones & Health, And What To Do About It w/Ellen Lovelace
Do you experience brain fog, memory problems, and headaches that you just can’t get rid of no matter what you try? What about numbness and tingling in your arms or legs? Digestive issues not getting any better even after trying every change of diet, supplement, and lifestyle approach possible? Then there may be something deeper at play. And that thing is mold. I’m so excited to share this episode with you, because mold is an  underlying health issue that isn’t getting the coverage that it  deserves. I dive deep with Functional Nutritionist Ellen Lovelace into one of her areas of expertise, mold toxicity. We talk about how  mold gets into our bodies, the most common place where mold comes from,  and signs and symptoms of this often debilitating illness. I ask  her about how mold impacts hormone health (yep, unfortunately it does),  as well as other ways it shows up in our system (spoiler alert – it can  get into our brain and also cross the placenta!). She shares her own story of dealing with mold toxicity, and what it took to get her life back on track. Though  it’s not an easy road to get rid of mold toxicity, Ellen explains the  best ways to test for mold both in your house and inside your body. She  talks about some of the approaches to getting rid of mold, and the  timeline you are looking at for the process. In my opinion, this  is required listening because it’s something that is being overlooked in  much of the medical community. It may be the hidden key for what ails  you.
March 18, 2021
Season 2, Episode 17: Synching Your Workout With Your Menstrual Cycle w/Jenni Hulburt
What does fitness mean to you? Is it pushing your body to the limit in order to make gains, or is it pushing yourself to get off the couch to do anything at all? The truth is, neither of these options are the best for your overall health and well-being. And, there is a different way.  In today's episode, I chat with fitness specialist Jenni Hulburt about how to tap into your own body's cycle in order to move in a way that feels best to you.  We talk about how your body needs different movement depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle (and also, where you are in the cycle of the year, as well as your life). Jenni breaks down what types of movement are best during your follicular phase, and then what supports you best during your luteal phase, and finally, your period.  We also discuss how to use your intuition when you’re not motivated or consistent with moving your body. This is a big one for many women who just aren't inclined to move their body because of previous harm from fitness or society's pressures, as well as those who have never felt called to do much movement.  I love Jenni's spiritual and cyclical approach to movement, and I know you will too! Jenni Hulburt is a fitness specialist teaching movement that’s part cyclical, seasonal, sweaty, and spiritual. She has a Bachelor of Science and Masters degree in Exercise Physiology and Sport Psychology.  As a student of nature, and wellness advocate with doTERRA, she works with plant allies in the form of essential oils to teach others about the gifts of the earth for our well-being and our connection to life. Find out more at her website, or follow her on IG. Also check out her podcast, Wild Wellness. 
March 8, 2021
Season 2, Episode 16: The Power of Traditional Chinese Medicine To Help Hormone Issues w/Ashley Kuper
In today's episode, I sit down with Chinese Medicine practitioner Ashley Kuper to talk about acupuncture, herbs, hormones, and everything in-between. If you've never quite understood how acupuncture works, you'll totally get it by the end of this interview.  We also talk about what it means when practitioners look at your tongue, take your pulse, and assess your body in ways that are so different from the Western medical approach.  Best of all, we dive deep into how Chinese Medicine views hormonal imbalances and approaches to healing (including a fascinating explanation of the yin and the yang). We find spots where functional health and TCM intersect, as well as how they differ.  If you deal with: -Fibroids -PMS -Endometriosis  then tune in to this episode to learn how TCM can help with these painful hormone issues.  Ashley Kuper L.Ac., Dipl.OM practice is located in Asheville, NC and focuses on fertility/women’s health, acute and chronic pain, digestive disorders, psycho-emotional issues, preventative medicine, Cosmetic Acupuncture and overall health maintenance and stress relief.  She brings her intellect, experience and my compassion to every session,  ensuring a comfortable, non-judgmental healing space for all. She incorporates many modalities into each treatment including acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, essential oils, gua sha, and cupping. She is grateful for this medicine and believes in its power! She is committed to using the tools she has learned to make her community a happier and healthier place. Learn more at her website. 
February 22, 2021
Season 2, Episode 15: Getting and Staying Pregnant After Multiple Miscarriages w/Ashley Looft
Have you struggled to get pregnant, or experienced miscarriages?   Do you have a diagnosed (or suspected) underlying hormonal issue such as  PCOS or endometriosis?   If *any* of that is part of your experience, today's inspiring episode  is for you.    I'm talking to my friend and colleague, Ashley Looft, about her  incredible journey towards a viable pregnancy after dealing with  multiple miscarriages and hormone imbalances.    You are GUARANTEED to learn something new (at least I did!) about what  you can do when nothing else works. Ashley covers:   1) The importance of "cleaning up your gut" when you are trying to get  and stay pregnant  2) The need for bioidentical progesterone for much longer in a pregnancy  than most doctors are going to admit if you've previously had  miscarriages  3) The fascinating and scientifically-supported option available if you  are at your wits-end, that you more-than-likely have never heard of  before   Ashley bravely shares her experiences to help you find your way to  carrying your dream baby to term.    Ashley Looft is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who helps  women experiencing fertility and cycle struggles dig deep to find the  root of their struggles and uses nutrition, supplements, and lifestyle  to support their bodies in healing so that they can live their most  healthy, happy, and fertile life. She came to this work through her own  struggles with PCOS, Endometriosis, and 4 pregnancy losses.    Ashley was tired of going to the doctor and being told that her only  options were the pill or to get pregnant so she decided to take matters  into her own hands and apprenticed with Nicole Jardim to become a  Women's Health Coach and then continued on to go to school for  Nutritional Therapy. When Ashley is not working to help others she loves  to spend time with her husband and two dogs traveling, reading,  cooking, running, and hiking in the beautiful Arizona desert. You can  find her online at or on social media  @wholehealthyhappylife.
February 11, 2021
Season 2, Episode 14: Christine's Biggest Health "Ahas" From 2020
It was a BIG year on many levels. In today's episode, Christine shares what her biggest realizations around health were this year, including getting to the deeper underlying issues that are at play for nearly every one of us.  If you want to think about what part of your health you'd like to focus on next in 2021, this episode is a great place to start!
December 31, 2020
Season 2, Episode 13: Overcoming Trauma And Autoimmunity By Utilizing Yoga+Meditation w/Amber Kleid
**Trigger warning** There is a discussion about sexual assault.  This is a powerful episode about what we can accomplish as human beings.  I talk a lot about trauma on this podcast because it is something literally everyone of us has experienced, and it is something that plays a massive role in our health (and hormones!). On today's episode, I sat down with Yoga Practitioner Amber Kleid to talk about how she transformed sexual trauma into a deep reverence for her body and health by using yoga and meditation.  She continues to use these practices to manage Lupus to this day. It may sound simple to use these practices (and probably something you've heard before), but it's more complex than that. It takes commitment, dedication, and support, and we dive into the hows and whys during our conversation. Transformation is possible, and though we all have our own path of getting there, you'll learn some of the key parts that bring healing into your life.  Amber Kleid is a yoga practitioner who loves to help others find ways to feel good in their own bodies by movement, breath, fun exploration and lots of encouragement. In 2013 she was diagnosed with Lupus and needed to make some serious lifestyle changes. Instead of going to the gym she turned to a consistent yoga practice. You can find her at her website, as well as on Youtube, Facebook and Instagram for online classes and personal sessions. Don't forget to sign up for her amazing free Masterclass! And if you're interested in learning more about my Get Your Hormones Right program, click here.   
December 11, 2020
Season 2, Episode 12: How Does Your LIver Impact Your Hormones? w/Christine Garvin
In this episode, Christine breaks down for you exactly how your liver impacts your hormones through everything from cholesterol production to estrogen detoxification.  You'll learn about Phase 1 and Phase 2 liver detox, nutrients necessary for each process, how blood sugar impacts the whole shebang, and the tie-in to your adrenal and gut health.  She also includes daily, monthly, and yearly practices from food to lifestyle that will get your liver humming along wonderfully.  Good liver function is ESSENTIAL to balancing your hormones, and may be the main thing you are missing when working on your hormone health.  Head over to Get Your Hormones Right to learn more about this life-changing program beginning in January!
November 30, 2020
Season 2, Episode 11: The Changing Landscape of Sexual Health In Medicine w/Dr. Heather Quaile
Sexual pain, postpardum, perimenopause and menopause care, post-cancer survivorship.    These are all powerful areas that impact so many women's lives, and yet  we don't have spaces of support in the medical industry or society at  large.   Dr. Heather Quaile aims to change that.   Sexual health is an area that needs to opened up on multiple levels,  from healthcare to legislation, and this is where Heather does her work.  Viewing sexual pain from a bio/psycho/social approach, she believes in  trauma-informed care that comes from a multitude of providers, including  allopathic doctors and functional practitioners.    We talk about specific instances of pain, including in menopause and  with vulvodynia, and how we need to take a multi-pronged approach is  supporting healing.    We also chat about how important it is to educate girls on their bodies  to change the whole paradigm, so that when they are women, they will  experience less pain.   Learn about Heather's work in legislation around women's health  happening in Georgia (which mirrors a lot of what is going on nationwide  in the US), and well as educating about trans rights.   We also dive into the $150 billion sex trafficking industry, what  Heather is doing to fight it, and how each of us can, too.   This interview covers SO MUCH of what is important in women's health  today. It'll connect some major dots for you in your own sexual health  journey.   Dr. Heather Quaile (She/Her/Hers) is a board certified, women’s health  nurse practitioner with specialty training in female sexual medicine and  vulvoscopy, from San Diego Sexual Medicine with renowned sexual  medicine physician Dr. Irwin Goldstein. She has focused her training  specifically in Integrative Gynecology to include: menopause, female  sexual dysfunction, sexuality and cancer, sex and pregnancy, and  integrative/functional medicine. Dr. Quaile is also trained as a sexual  assault nurse examiner and a sex counselor, providing sexual health  education, information and personalized counseling to patients of all  ages. Dr. Quaile has been working in all aspects of women’s healthcare  for over 20 years caring for women of all ages across the health-illness  continuum. Her expertise includes peri/menopausal concerns, pelvic  floor dysfunction, urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, low libido in  women, interstitial cystitis, effects of cancer and cancer treatments on  sexuality, pregnancy/postpartum sexuality, and female sexual health.  You can find her at her website.
November 19, 2020
Season 2, Episode 10: How Money Impacts Your Hormones and What To Do About It w/Jen Aly
Have you ever thought about money impacting your hormone health? After today's episode, you won't miss the connections ever again.  Money has a huge impact on our nervous system, as I discuss with Prosperity & Business Coach Jen Aly. Whether we are entrepreneurs, take care of the family finances, or *don't* want to look at money, it can cause physiological, emotional, and energetic stress that in turn affects our hormones.  As a creative, Jen knows all-too-well the pitfalls of not facing money head-on. She shares her story with us, and how she ended up becoming a money coach because of those experiences.  The energy of money is so integral to our overall well-being, and whether we choose to shun it or hold on too tight to it, it will show itself in our physical health.  Jen teaches us how to take a different approach, and how this cause major shifts in our overall well-being.  For creative and holistic entrepreneurs, Jen Aly is a bridge to the  world of finance & business. She started her first of 7 businesses  15 years ago, has learned a lot the hard way, has filed bankruptcy, and  has more than tripled her income within 3 years. In 2013 she  bootstrapped an Asheville, NC based handmade jewelry business and grew  it successfully. As a coach and facilitator, Jen empowers creative and  holistic entrepreneurs in money and business.  A coach since 2003, she  is a certified coach through both Martha Beck & Best Year Yet. Her  TEDx Talk, "Harness Creativity as Your Greatest Business Asset" was  among the 10% of TEDx talks to be chosen for You can find her at her website, on IG, FB, and LinkedIn.  **Get your free gift, the Money Makeover Kit, here.** Check out information about Jen's upcoming Money Mastery Intensive.
October 27, 2020
Season 2, Episode 9: It's Nearly Here! Sneak Peek at the 2020 Hormone Summit (and All the Good Stuff You're Going to Learn)
In today's episode, Christine dives into everything the Summit will cover from A-Z.  Haven't signed up for the Summit yet? Head over to to grab your FREE spot! Wanna win the Daysy Fertility Tracker? Be sure to follow us on Instagram at, and, and sign up for the Summit. Are you looking to get pregnant soon and need some help getting there? Win Dr. Cleopatra’s "Get Pregnant in No Time Formula” (worth $479!!) by following us at and, as well as sign up for the Summit. See you at the Summit!
September 18, 2020
Season 2, Episode 8: From Fibromyalgia to Menopause, How Cannabis Can Help You w/Dr. Michele Ross
**Ready to sign-up for the 2020 Hormone Summit? You can do so here** Without a doubt, you've heard about the many benefits of CBD,  considering it's everywhere these days.    But do you know how supportive CBD or THC, or best yet, the  *combination* of the two can be for reproductive and autoimmune issues?   In today's interview, I sat down with Dr. Michele Ross, a neuroscientist  that studied addiction who fell into using cannabis after debilitating  illness struck her and nothing else would help.  Once wheelchair bound  and on oxygen after surviving deadly bloodclots, Dr. Ross found her way  to plant medicine after deciding she couldn't live a life using opiods  to just get through.    She found her way to thriving.    We have a powerful discussion about how the proper use of cannabis can not only help the extreme pain of fibromyalgia, but also period pain,  menopause, and chemically-induced menopause. We dive into how cannabis  suppositories may even help with fibroids and ovarian cysts, plus other  issues in the uterus.    I was blown-away with what I learned, and I'm sure you will be too. This  is information that *everyone* should be aware of.    And we definitely chat about her time on Big Brother 11!   Dr. Michele Ross holds a doctorate in Neuroscience and an Executive MBA.  As both a patient with multiple chronic illnesses including  fibromyalgia and a scientist, she has been a leader in drug policy  reform, patient advocacy, and cannabis education.  Dr. Ross is the author of five books including Vitamin Weed: A 4-Step  Plan to Prevent and Reverse Endocannabinoid Deficiency and the upcoming  CBD Oil For Health.  She has created educational courses on multiple  platforms including the Holistic Cannabis Academy, Green Flower Media,  and her own sites including and  Dr. Ross is known for breaking boundaries as the first scientist to star  on a reality television series in the world, finishing 4th place on the  hit CBS series Big Brother 11. She has been featured on the Today Show,  the Doctors, Vice, and many other media outlets, and now lives in Las  Vegas. Find her at her website, or grab her book, Vitamin Weed: A 4-Step Plan to Prevent and Reverse Endocannabinoid Deficiency.
August 25, 2020
Season 2, Episode 7: Opening Up The Lines of Healthcare Communication w/Sexual Health Pharmacist Tara Thompson
Are you able to talk to your doctor about your sexual health concerns? Are you aware of the myriad of ways you can deal with everything from bacterial vaginosis to vulvodynia to STDs to hormone issues? If not, today's episode is here to rescue you. I sat down with Sexual Health Pharmacist Tara Thompson and we discussed all the ways that you can be supported when it comes to your sexual health, from traditional medications and therapies to over-the-counter options, pelvic floor health, and functional approaches from supplements to herbs.  Tara's mission is to educate both patients and doctors on all the options available for women's and men's reproductive health, sexual concerns, and life transitions. She is working with doctor's offices to create protocols around supporting transgender healthcare, and we chat about specific ways healthcare practitioners can be more inclusive in their practices.  We also talk about "bridging" the two worlds of allopathic and functional medicine, which is a strong suit of pharmacists because they have been trained on herbs just as much as medications.  If you've been dealing with something "down there" and haven't felt safe to turn to your healthcare provider or anyone else about it, this episode will give you hope! There is help. Tara offers a list of resources that range from the Sexual Medicine Society of America to the Pelvic Guru at her website.  Tara Thompson is a pharmacist and patient advocate in the field of sexual health. She recognized the lack of pharmacist education, as the drug experts, in the field of sexual medicine and knew she could make a difference. She created her website, as well as her Facebook and Instagram pages with the same name, in order to bring education to the public surrounding sexual medicine and the drugs involved in a patient's pathway of care. Her passion is treating, counseling, and educating patients and providers alike about men's and women's sexual health conditions ranging from vulvodynia and interstitial cystitis to erectile dysfunction and Peyronie's disease. Tara has been a practicing compounding pharmacist for 8 years in the field of sexual medicine, developing and designing pharmaceutical drug combinations for various sexual health conditions. She collaborates with providers nationwide who practice sexual medicine.  She is working toward her sex educator certification through AASECT, which she hopes to complete by 2021. She also co-developed an advocacy panel called "justASK!" which hosts different sexual health experts on a monthly basis to encourage patients to ask any questions surrounding sexual health. She is a supporter of the LGBTQ community and also an advocate of mental health and the fight against sexual trauma and trafficking. Tara is currently researching and gathering evidence for drug treatment protocols in the field of transgender medicine. As a pharmacist, Tara feels like she brings another element of care to the healthcare team, in terms of drug decisions, strengths, and dosing. In her spare time, she love to cheer on the Atlanta Braves, kayak the Etowah River, and build forts with her kids.
August 13, 2020
Season 2, Episode 6: What Does True Nourishment Do For Your Body? And Why You Need It Now More Than Ever w/Ellie Thomas
**As I mentioned in the intro, YOU CAN VOTE FOR THIS PODCAST in the WEGO Health Awards here: If it asks you to put in a web address for the podcast, this is the one you want to use: THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking the time to vote!!** This week's episode is with Ellie Thomas, Holistic Nutrition Consultant & Deep Transformational Coach, and it's all about nourishment. Ellie focuses on teaching women how to properly nourish their bodies in order to support not only hormonal health, but overall vitality.  I love this approach, since most women need nourishment in their lives - it's a BIG missing piece.  Particularly during Covid times, women put themselves last - and sometimes, what they focus on for themselves is pretty far away from being  truly nourishing.   In this interview we cover:   -What the heck is nourishment, and what does it actually look like?  -Why it's not just about WHAT you eat, but what your body does with it  -How nourishing yourself reconnects you to your body, helping with a plethora of issues from PMS to disordered eating  -How food is just as important to your community as it is to your hormones  -What kicked off her personal health journey (there's probably some similarities to yours!)  -Freebies! And how you can connect with Ellie  Sink into the wisdom that Ellie has to share! As a Holistic Nutrition Consultant & Deep Transformational Coach, Ellie helps her clients nourish, step into, and love the extraordinary people  they were created to be.  Through her journey of learning to nourish  and love her full self, on the mind, body, and soul levels, she has come  to believe that stabilizing and nourishing the body allows us to visit  and heal deeper aspects of our being, and that true health goes beyond  the food. Ellie is the host of the Deeply  Nourished for Life podcast, the creator of the Well Woman Reset Program,  the co-founder of the Well Together Collective, a speaker and mentor for women aspiring to impact others on their health and wellness  journey. You can find her at her website. 
July 29, 2020
Season 2, Episode 5: Finding Your Fertility When You Have Endometriosis w/Lizzie Alexander, PhD
Fertility issues are very common for women these days, but what happens if you have the added layer of endometriosis?   For those that don't know, endometriosis is a condition where the  uterine lining grows outside of the uterus (when it should only be  inside of the uterus) and causes an incredible amount of pain both  during a woman's period and ovulation, and for some women, throughout  the month.    In today's interview, I chat with Lizzie Alexander, PhD, who is The Endo Fertility Specialist. She works with  women who have endometriosis who have struggled to get pregnant by  getting to the root issues at play.    We cover:   *How to get diagnosed with endometriosis (it often takes YEARS, and  Lizzie shares with us how to cut that time way down)  *Exactly how endo inhibits fertility  *How inflammation is at the center of endometriosis, and what you can do  about it  *What hormones are at play, and what hormone testing can help  *She shares her story of successfully getting pregnant after waiting  over 25 years to get diagnosed with endo   This is a powerful discussion that really breaks down exactly why it's  hard to conceive if you have endometriosis. Not to mention the fact that  there are women who are having trouble conceiving that don't even realize they have endo.   Lizzie Alexander, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), is a Certified Integrative  Nutrition Health Coach and Holistic Massage Therapist. Lizzie  specializes as a Women's Health Coach for women with Endometriosis  wanting to get pregnant. She is an Entrepeneur and a mother of one. She  used to be a Marine Biologist, a scientific researcher and environmental  consultant, but she is now a certified Coach with a love for health,  hormones, nutrition and cooking – in particular Endometriosis and  fertility. You can find her at her website or on her FB group for women who struggle to conceive:
July 23, 2020
Season 2, Episode 4: Supporting Your Immune System During Covid (And All The Time) w/Ellen Syversen
There has been a ton of focus on mask-wearing, social distancing, and staying-at-home since Covid became a pandemic. While  all of these approaches are necessary in slowing down the spread of the  virus, on the whole, we are not talking about what is necessary to  diminish the impact of the virus on individuals: a healthy immune  system. Today, I’m talking with my colleague Ellen Syversen, Holistic Nutritional Counseling and Therapy,  about what we need to do to support our immune systems to both tackle  this virus, and the many others that come our way at any given time. Both  Ellen and I utilize a stool test in our practice that provides an  immune function marker, so we see on the daily how depressed so many  people’s immune systems are. This is true for a variety of reasons, and  we cover many of them, including: –Diet, including the impact of sugar and alcohol on our immunity –Gut Health –Lifestyle choices –Stress levels and more. We  also talk about some of the nutrients that the latest research is  telling us will help support your body to have a better fighting chance  against Covid. Now is the perfect time to work on cleaning up your  “inner” house as well as protecting yourself out in the world. This  episode is a great guide on how to do just that! Ellen Syversen, MPH, CHES, NTP, has  a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University School of  Public Health and over 20 years of experience as a certified health  educator. Her passion for nutrition started as a Peace Corps Volunteer  in Niger, West Africa where she worked on maternal and child health  issues as a Nutritionist in a rural village for two years. Prior to  starting a nutritional therapy practice, Ellen managed and directed the  OSU Lane County Extension Nutrition Education Program and conducted  numerous seminars county wide. Combining her background as a  health educator with her training as a Nutritional Therapist &  Restorative Wellness Practitioner, Ellen offers clients holistic,  functional nutrition counseling, therapy, and education with the goal of  correcting imbalances in body chemistry and achieving optimal wellness  naturally. Some of her areas of expertise include chronic fatigue,  food sensitivities, digestive dysfunction, hormonal balance through  diet and blood sugar issues. Ellen loves to practice what she preaches  and enjoys getting people excited about expanding their food horizons  and using natural supplements, diet, and lifestyle approaches to restore  health and wellness. Ellen offers a free, confidential, no  obligation, 20 minute phone consultation for potential clients, and she  also offers long distance consultations via Skype, Zoom and phone. Ellen  is available for speaking engagements and workshops and can be reached  pathwaysforhealth [at] You can also find her at her website.
July 16, 2020
Season 2, Episode 3: How Do Your Adrenals Impact Your Hormones? w/Christine Garvin
In today's episode, I ride solo to talk about one of the three major things that underlies your hormone health: your adrenals.  Often overlooked when it comes to hormones, how your adrenals are functioning is actually at the root of how your menstrual cycle is doing.  When I run hormone labs on clients, I look to their adrenal health first (as measured by a 4-point cortisol test) before we begin to tackle estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.  Why? I tell you the exact reasons in this episode. And hint: it's not about "adrenal fatigue" (and I explain why).  What I cover: -The hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis - what each part is and its function, and how they "talk" to each other -Why your lowered adrenal function has more to do with the brain than the adrenals -How both cortisol - the stress hormone - and DHEA - the precursor hormone to estrogen and testosterone - are produced in the adrenals and their relationship to one another - Why when your cortisol goes up, your sex hormone output goes down  - The 5 Basic Things you absolutely NEED to be doing to take care of your adrenals (and by extension, your sex hormones) Questions? Comments? Let me know what you think! Please leave us a review if you enjoyed the episode, or shoot me an email @christinegarvin [at] Christine Garvin, MA, NE, RWS is a Functional Health Coach based in Asheville, NC. She weaves together her personal health journey - including a fibroid surgery that nearly killed her - with her training in functional health, nutrition, and hormones to help women heal their gut and achieve hormonal balance. She is the host of the podcast, Hormonally Speaking, sees clients all over the world via Zoom, and offers self-guided healing programs at her website. Find out more at
July 9, 2020
Season 2, Episode 2: Astrological Outlook For The Second Half Of 2020 w/Diotima Mantineia
Today, we’re headed a bit off track from the usual hormone and gut talk as I sit down with Astrologer Diotima Mantineia. But don’t get me wrong – this episode is about health – our own, our community’s, and our planet’s – just as much as any other. Diotima takes us into a journey of what the stars (and planets) are  telling us about the rest of 2020 – and into 2021. We talk Covid, the  protests, the precipice where America finds itself – and we talk about  how to use astrology to support your OWN health and immune system. Here are some of the highlights: *Learn about the 200-year cycle that kicks off this December, and what that means for humanity *We  talk about Pluto’s return to where it was originally stationed when  America was born, and what that means for everything we are experiencing  now (and in the coming years) *Come to understand how past-life  experiences can help each of us tune more deeply into empathy and  connection to oppressed people *See how different consciousnesses  beyond human form can support us in transitioning to a fairer, just  world AND can help us with our own health issues *Learn how astrology can help you in your healing process We cover so, so much more that will help you weather these intense times, which you can watch below. Be sure to check out Diotima’s book for even more help. Diotima Mantineia has been a professional astrologer  and tarot reader for almost thirty years. She is the author of Touch  the Earth, Kiss the Sky: Allowing the Rational Mind to Welcome Magic and  Spirituality. Her passion for science led to a degree in crop and  soil science as well as graduate work in the field. She has broad,  multicultural training in various styles of magic and shamanism. Her  spiritual path is rooted in the Western Mystery Traditions, the  principles of Yoga, and a profound connection with the natural world.  Learn more at her website. Also, find her on FB. We SO APPRECIATE reviews, because it is the biggest way to  help us grow! If you enjoyed this episode or others, an iTunes review goes a long way and is the perfect exchange for the time, attention, and work that went into creating this episode. 
July 1, 2020
Season 2, Episode 1: Are You Addicted To Stress? How To Get Over It And Heal Your Hormones w/Dr. Mariza Synder
Welcome to Season 2 of the Hormonally Speaking podcast! We’re kicking off this season with an amazing guest and topic. Stress  has become such a big part of nearly every woman’s life that many of us  wear it as a badge of honor. Being busy makes us feel good on some  level, even as it begins to impact our sleep, mood, and hormones. But did you know that you might actually be ADDICTED to stress? In today’s episode, I dive deep into this topic with the wonderful Dr. Mariza Synder, a Functional Practitioner, Women’s Health Expert, and bestselling author. She understands this topic so well because she’s experienced it herself. We  cover specifically how stress impacts our health, hormones, and brain  function, and the ways we can become truly addicted to our stress  chemicals. She also shares her own experiences of noticing and  overcoming her stress addiction, as well as ways to begin to unwind  these patterns. She shows us a wonderful thing you can do to instantaneously get out of stress-mode, and it takes about 30 seconds! Every  woman with hormonal issues needs to listen to this episode, because the  hormone situation will never get better without tackling stress. Here’s where you can grab the special free gift from Dr. Mariza mentioned in the show! Dr. Mariza Snyder is a functional practitioner, women’s health expert and the author of  seven books: The #1 National Bestselling book, The Essential Oils  Hormone Solution, focuses on balancing hormones with the power of  essential oils. Other bestselling books are: The Smart Mom’s Guide to  Essential Oils and The DASH Diet Cookbook. For the past ten years,  she has lectured at wellness centers, conferences, and corporations on  hormone health, essential oils, nutrition, and detoxification. She has  been featured on Dr. Oz, Oprah Magazine, Fox News Health, MindBodyGreen  and many publications. Dr. Mariza is also the host of the top rated  Essentially You Podcast, designed to empower women to become the CEO of  their health. Check out her website,, for women’s hormone  tips, including recipes and remedies. Find Dr. Mariza on FB, Twitter: @drmariza, IG: @drmariza, YouTube: and Pinterest. Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast so you never miss an episode. 
June 24, 2020
Season 1, Episode 26: Understanding the GI-Map, MRT Food Sensitivities, and Other Functional GI Labs w/Andrea Dahlman
Do you have digestive issues that just don't get better, no matter how much you change your diet?   Are you bogged down by joint pain, allergies, or fatigue, and just can't  seem to figure out why?   Hormones out-of-whack no matter how many supplements you take?   Symptoms can give us some information, but unfortunately they don't tell  us exactly what is going on in our gut. Luckily, we now have access to  lab testing that DOES tell us what's happening deep in our  gastrointestinal tract.    Functional nutritionists utilize these lab tests to see what pathogens,  opportunistic bacteria, and beneficial bacteria are at play in order to  figure out how to re-balance our gut "garden", as Functional Nutritional  Therapy Practitioner Andrea Dahlman explains in today's episode.    We also get a chance to see how a person is absorbing fat (important for  the body's usage of fat-soluble vitamins), if they are releasing enough  pancreatic enzymes, if gluten is an issue, and inflammation and immune  system markers that provide the whole picture.    Adding in the knowledge of specific food sensitivities leads to  customized protocols that are bioindividual and lead to deep healing in  the gut.   We also talk mold testing and other options for stool testing in this  super-informative episode.  Dive in and get ready to learn a ton!   Andrea Dahlman is Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who  specializes in Digestive health and IBS. She has been in practice  for 9  years.  Her friends call her the poop talker.   Andrea helps clients identify the root causes of their digestive  imbalances and helps them restore health by addressing the underlying  issues.  Her work focuses on the digestive process from the first fork  full of food to the last flush of the toilet.   She educates,  empowers and partners with clients so they can make life  long sustainable changes. It is her goal to return to them to a life  they love free of digestive challenges.  You can find Andrea at her website or on social media as Redeeming Nutrition. She has a  virtual practice and sees clients from all over US.
May 21, 2020
Season 1, Episode 25: Healing PMDD with Rebecca Sairs
One of the most popular episodes on Hormonally Speaking is with Rebecca Sairs about PMDD. We didn't have a chance to cover her story during that episode, so I thought I'd bring her back to find out how she first discovered she had PMDD and the ups and downs of healing it over the years. If you haven't heard about PMDD, it stands for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, and is even classified in the DSM-5. Think of it as PMS on steroids. It can include intense mood swings, marked irritability or anger, depression and anxiety in the week leading up to your period (and sometimes longer). Rebecca's story of how she has conquered this condition is both educational and inspirational. Give it a listen if this is something you currently suffer from, or think might be an issue. Rebecca Sairs is a registered yoga teacher and certified health coach who specializes in helping women ditch their PMDD symptoms naturally. She does this by empowering women to make lasting food and lifestyle changes so that they can feel happy and like themselves all month long. Rebecca believes that a woman should be the PMDD Boss of her wellbeing, and she strives to help her clients keep their power when making decisions around their health. Rebecca is certified through the Integrative Women’s Health Institute, studied under Nicole Jardim in her Fix Your Period Apprenticeship, and is currently working on her National Board Certification in health and wellness coaching. You can find Rebecca at her website, or on Instagram. Can you help me with 3 minutes of your time? As I mentioned at the beginning of the episode, we are conducting a survey to determine if there's a link between different Enneagram types and hormone imbalances. The more women who take the survey, the better info I can return to you! Click here to fill it out. Thank you so much!
May 15, 2020
Season 1, Episode 24: Passion, Focus, & Success: A Conversation With Award Winning Writer & Photographer Lola Akinmade
“If you go into something just for the money, then when  times get really tough, emotionally, it’s going to drain you. But if you  go into something because you are passionate about it, you’re going to  be a lot more resilient. So that when it does dip, you’re still going to  have that passion, because this is what you want to do, it’s just life  is taking you a different route right now.” A message for our times! In this episode of Hormonally Speaking, I talk with my old friend Lola Akinmade, who has become a famous travel writer and photographer during the decade I’ve known her. I  was so interested to hear her story and thoughts, because she juggles a  successful career with being a mom, as well as being a Nigerian-born  woman in a field full of white, mostly American men. She’s always  inspired me, and I know she will inspire you too. Listening to Lola, we  begin to see it is our self-limitations that hinder us the most, because  she’s got gender, race, and motherhood working “against” her, yet she’s  still been able to go further than I think even *she* dreamed. Particularly  during this time in history, when many of us are reassessing what is  important in life, and what we really want our future to look like,  Lola’s points about passion and determination are truer than ever. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did! Award-winning writer and photographer Lola (Akinmade) Åkerström has photographed and dispatched from 70+ countries for various publications. She is the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year Bill Muster Award recipient. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Travel Channel, Magazine, AFAR, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, several in-flight magazines, amongst others. She has collaborated with high profile commercial brands from Mercedes-Benz and Dove to Intrepid Travel and National Geographic Channel. In addition to contributing to several books, she is the author of the following books – 2018 Lowell Thomas Award winner for best travel book, DUE NORTH, & bestselling LAGOM: Swedish Secret of Living Well available in 18 foreign language editions. She has been recognized with multiple awards and nominations for her work, including a Pushcart Prize nomination, and was honoured with a MIPAD 100 (Most Influential People of African Descent) Award within media and culture in 2018. She was in South Africa on a photography assignment for National Geographic Channel and was featured in a vignette called “Through The Lens” which airs on Nat Geo channel across the globe. She also owns and runs Geotraveler Media – a multimedia and travel consulting agency providing a spectrum of travel media-related services. Her photography is represented by National Geographic Image Collection and Wonderful Machine. She is editor-in-chief of Slow Travel Stockholm – an editorial site which encourages travelers to explore Stockholm deeper and slowly. She is also a founder of the NordicTB which provides digital marketing, content creation, and social media collaboration with travel brands and destinations. Connect with her at her website:  We SO APPRECIATE reviews, because it is the biggest way to help us grow! If you enjoyed this episode or others, an iTunes review goes a long way. 
May 4, 2020
Season 1, Episode 23: How To Know You Have PCOS And What To Do About It w/Robyn Srigley, aka The Hormone Diva
What’s a far-too-common menstrual issue that’s not talked about nearly enough? Well, there’s more than a few, but this one impacts an estimated 1 in 10 women: Polycystic ovary syndrome, aka PCOS. This common condition was something I had yet to cover on Hormonally  Speaking, so I was truly excited to bring on PCOS expert Robyn Srigley, aka The Hormone Diva. During  our lively chat, we got down to exactly what classifies a woman as  having PCOS (which can unfortunately be tough to get diagnosed, even  with lab tests). We also dive into Robyn’s four step method to  naturally level out your hormones, which includes addressing blood-sugar  balancing, mindset&stress, inflammation, and sex hormones  themselves (hint – birth control unfortunately will not regulate your hormones). You’ll also get to hear Robyn’s powerful story, as she has faced all the ups and downs of PCOS since she was a teenager. This  is interview is packed full of great information and tips if this is  something you currently deal with or think might be an issue. Robyn Srigley is a Holistic Nutritionist and The  Hormone Diva. Robyn is the creator of Hormone Diva Society, an online  membership community for women with PCOS and Endometriosis to fix their  cycles and end fatigue without more drugs, surgeries or restrictive  diets. Robyn’s signature 4-Root Method used inside Hormone Diva Society  has not only reversed her own PCOS symptoms but has helped hundreds of  PCOS & Endo Divas around the world. You can find out more about her  work at her website. Wanna join us for our virtual class at 6pm EST on Thursday, April 23rd? Email me for the Zoom link!
April 22, 2020
Season 1, Episode 22: A Sacred Pause: Women, Breath, and Hormones In The Time Of Corona w/Sarah Poet
I've got a special episode for you this week that is wildly pertinent for the time we are living in.    Many of us are stressed to the gills due to the lockdown's impact on our economy and our paychecks, having to keep kids at home all day and teach them, and missing out on physical, in-person connection.    But even with all of the negatives we are experiencing, there's something deeper and profoundly healing bubbling under the surface.    What if the way we were living before Corona was unsustainable not only for the Earth, but for each of us as women?    What if we couldn't ever truly heal our adrenals or hormones because of the continuous stress and fast-paced life before CV?   What if this virus is really a reprieve, one that is paving the way for the feminine timeline? For a more balanced world on the other side?   Sarah and I dive deep into these questions and vision the light at the end of the tunnel. If you've felt into more spaciousness despite the fear of what is happening and what is to come, this episode provides a roadmap for the future.    Sarah Poet, M.Ed, helps women to remember the sacred truth that lies within them, the truths we often spend many years looking for outside of ourselves. Sarah is the host of the Sacred Remembering podcast for “Modern women waking up to the truth of who they are,” which includes leading conversations on modern feminine leadership through our grounded awakenings. Sarah is the founder & creator of Embodied Breath, where she is a presence-based teacher, healer, mentor, & coach for women & conscious couples building sacred relationships. What makes Sarah unique is that she doesn’t bypass the difficult stuff on the way to awakening, rather we need to go through it all. Sarah is also an expert on the feminine & masculine archetypes, and how to heal & balance them, within all bodies & relationships. See her TEDx @, and connect with her at her website, Want to be a part of the class I mentioned at the beginning of the podcast? Email me here and I send you the Zoom link!
April 8, 2020
BONUS SHORT: EFT To Connect To and Trust Your Higher Self
Last week, I led a class via Zoom where we used movement medicine (a little something I like to call "Metamorphosis Ritual Groove") combined with a spontaneous EFT session on connecting to and trusting your higher self, and finished off with a 20-minute meditation session.  I believe in times like these, we need to use all the tools and magic possible to stay in our bodies, stay safe, and rise above the noise. Movement grounds the body, EFT clears and processes gunked up energy and emotions, and meditation turns down the noise.  A few of the people who were in the class asked afterward to access the spontaneous EFT session once again since it had impacted them so much. So it gave me the idea to share it with you! I want everyone to have as much access to grounding tools as possible.  We're doing the class once again this Thursday from 6-6:50pm EST for those of you who are interested. Here's the Zoom link, and shoot me an email for the password. I'm asking for a $5-7 donation for the class, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Hope you get some relief from this EFT session! Be sure to check out and subscribe to my Youtube channel for more guided EFT sessions if you aren't already on there. 
April 6, 2020
Season 1, Episode 21: An Integrative Approach to Healing Vulvodynia w/Hannah Matluck of the V Hive
Do you experience vaginal symptoms that didn't go away after being  treated for yeast or vaginosis? Or do you deal with vaginal burning and  itching in the absence of an infection?    Then it just may be Vulvodynia.   In this episode, I dive in with Hannah Matluck, who founded the podcast  and website V Hive, after her own battle and journey with this  not-talked-about-enough painful condition.    You'll learn about the many different approaches that Hannah took to  heal her condition, what worked and what didn't, and how it takes a  multi-pronged approach - including pelvic floor therapy, gut health, and  something that might surprise you (it did me!) - to get to a place of  living pain free.    Hannah decided to share her wisdom by starting a podcast about pelvic  floor issues, interviewing some of the top experts in the field on the topic. As she notes:  "2 Billion Women Worldwide will experience a pelvic floor disorder at  some point — so why aren’t we talking about it? Why do 40% of women still shy away from asking their doctors questions about their intimate  health? The only way to share a message of meaning today is to open your  mouth and hit the record button. This is how The V Hive came to be.   The V Hive is a platform that offers serviceable content from top  medical experts to unapologetically bold women, proudly taking their  intimate health into their own hands.  The V Hive is a community - no matter where she is on her intimate  health journey, no matter the topic. If she’s thought about it, we’ll be  here to talk about it, openly & honesty, free of judgment and of  stigma."   Hannah Matluck is the founder, producer and host of the podcast and is a  certified holistic health and wellness coach. The V Hive was born as a  result of her own challenges with chronic pelvic pain. After figuring  out how to navigate these complicated issues, she realized how common  they are and how infrequently they are discussed, and was eager to bring  these topics to the forefront. Hannah thrives on having open  conversations about taboo topics that all women should have knowledge on  and access to. Listen to the podcast here. Learn  more about the V Hive here. Looking to support your immune system in the ways I mentioned in the podcast? Head over to my website to learn more about my Immune Defense program.
March 31, 2020
Season 1, Episode 20: The Battle Of A Lifetime: Learning To Live With Stage 4 Breast Cancer w/Tara Coyote
When you get the worst diagnosis you possibly can in your mid-40s, what do you do?  Well, if you are Tara Coyote, you take it on full-speed ahead.  For the last 3.5 years, she has gone toe-to-toe with breast cancer, dealing with it both holistically and eventually, after her life got turned upside down, with chemo. She has had many "aha"s along the way that made her drop all pretenses, and she is no longer tethered to the "right way" with her health choices.  She follows that which allows her to keep living. And by living, I mean living every single day to its fullest.  Her inspirational story will provide solace in these turbulent times. Because if she can handle her illness with such reverence, respect, and action, we can take on a virus that is changing everything we have depended on until this moment. Listen to what gifts Tara has to share, whether you yourself are facing a cancer diagnosis or not. It's a beautiful story that will leave you more connected to your own humanity! You can find Tara at her blog,, or on IG at  Tara Coyote was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer 3.5 ago and chose an exclusive natural path of healing for 2.5 years. After her life was turned upside down, she was forced to sell the horse ranch and retreat center she owned and the cancer spread. At that point, she moved back to her native home of Kauai. Facing death and recommendations for hospice, she had to face fear of allopathic medicine and chemotherapy. Nine months of intense chemo later, her last test scores said cancer-free, though she still has cancer in her body. **Christine's Note: As I mentioned in the podcast, I released an Immune Defense program to help aid your body through this viral outbreak. It covers the gamut of things you can do to both support your immune system AND fight the virus with natural antivirals. You have two program options: one with supplements, and one without.**
March 18, 2020
Episode 19: "You Want Me To Put That Where?" The Power Of Coffee Enemas & Liver Flushes w/Kitty Martone
Time to get dirty, y'all. Actually, we're getting super clean in this episode, since it's all about coffee enemas and liver flushes! I'm excited to have Ms. Kitty Martone, aka Healthy Gut Girl, back on the podcast talking about something that makes a lot of people squeamish. But this age-old remedy is making the rounds once again beyond just the "alternative" health community as a powerful way to upregulate your liver function and jump-start your hormonal healing. We talk (and laugh) about the different reasons you would want to do a coffee enema, as well as going through the somewhat daunting - but incredibly effective and life-changing - liver flush. Kitty talks about the right ways to do both, and how they impact everything from skin health to energy to hormones to mental clarity to joy. And I get comfortable with the idea of bringing them back into my life post-colon surgeries. Fair warning - we also dive into a bit of sex talk about halfway through, so if that's not something you want to listen to, you can skip right over that section! Kitty has a great new program coming out detailing how to do both the liver flush and enemas, so be sure to check out her store to grab one when it goes on sale. In the meantime, check out her super cute video to get a glimpse in to what coffee enema-ing is all about. Kitty Martone, aka Healthy Gut Girl, is the creator of The Total Gut Makeover, Author of “The Gut Health Diet for Beginners” & “The 4-Week Gut Health Plan” and host of the podcast, ‘Stuff Your Doctor should Know’. Kitty is a holistic health educator and investigative health journalist. She has a background as a nutritional consultant and chef, working alongside nutritional giants such as Dr. Robert Marshall and author Donna Gates. Find her at Healthy Gut Girl.
March 11, 2020
Episode 18: Functional Coaches Chat! Hair Mineral Analysis, Heavy Metals+Hormones, and More!
In this episode, I chat with my colleague, Angie Plackis, about a MULTITUDE of cool functional stuff, including: -Hair mineral analysis - What it is, how you read it, and how it can help regulate your hormones, thyroid, and adrenals  -The difference between blood tests and hair mineral analysis and where blood tests fail us, especially when it comes to our thyroid -How heavy metals negatively impact our body and hormone health  -Why minerals are so important to our overall health and why most of us are deficient in multiple ones -Why functional lab testing is SO important and necessary -Our microbiome, genes, and figuring out what we *should* be eating based on those -The power of Fecal Matter Transplants (FMT) and what they are! -The problem with gluten-free products We geek out on all this stuff and more!  Thoughts, questions? Want a free copy of the Potassium Broth recipe mentioned in the show? Leave us a review on iTunes and then email me and I'll send it to you!
March 5, 2020
Episode 17: A Queen's Approach to Dealing With Fibroids w/Phyllis Frempong
In this episode of Hormonally Speaking, I talk with Phyllis Frempong,  otherwise known as "Fibroid Queen," about what it means to holistically  approach dealing with with fibroids.    Phyllis has a unique view as she is both a registered nurse AND holistic  coach. She understands the best of both worlds, but teaches women how  to take care of themselves so that yes, their fibroids can actually  shrink, even from a large size.    If you have fibroids and are debating using estrogen blocking drugs or  going the surgical route, I highly recommend listening to this episode  to learn how diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices have a major impact  on fibroids. And yes, even if they are 10cm or more in size, you have  choices!   As most of you who know me by now understand that I wish I had given  myself time to work on shrinking my fibroids before going the surgical  route and almost losing my life.    Phyllis Frempong, “Fibroid Queen” is a Speaker, Registered Nurse,  Fibroids Advocate, Certified Fitness & Yoga Coach. She develops  programs that focus on hormonal issues and concerns women face everyday,  using a holistic approach to Wellness, and personal growth using a  proven system that combines Yoga, Fitness and Nutrition.. Phyllis is one  of the 90% of women affected by fibroids by the age of 50. She knew her  calling was to empower and educate women suffering fibroids  holistically as a Fibroid Queen. She reserves her quarterly Womb  Wellness events in efforts spread fibroid awareness. Phyllis has gained  attention in VoyageHouston mag; inspiring stories as a Hidden Gem and a  few local radio show appearances. Phyllis was raised in Bolingbrook, IL,  and currently lives in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Governor  State University with a Bachelor in Nursing. She has a passion for  serving as a mentor and coaching others to live the life they are  destined for.    Find her at her website, or on Instagram. Do you have a hormone question for our upcoming "Hormone Coaches' Corner" episode? Submit it here.  And if you have thoughts on a monthly hormone coaching program that I discussed at the beginning of this episode, please email me! 
February 20, 2020
Episode 16: Surviving The Transition From Perimenopause To Menopause with Maria Claps
For so long, it seemed like there was just this time of life  women would suddenly hit – menopause – and everything went dark. There  was really nothing you could do about it. What a  disservice to women! Not only is it not-as-simple as just hitting  menopause (a little thing called perimenopause lasts much longer than  menopause for many women), it’s also a lie that there’s nothing we can  do to ease the transition. Plus, hitting menopause doesn’t mean your  life has to be over – you can be just as a vital post-menopause as you  are pre-menopause if you know the steps to take care of your body. In this interview with Maria Claps, we cover it all: What perimenopause is all about How you know when you are transitioning into menopause How certain foods and supplements can change the whole game The biggest factor that impacts hormones, and What the real deal is with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). If you are over 40, you don’t want to miss this episode! Maria Claps is a certified health coach, Functional Diagnostic  Nutrition practitioner and mom to 4 grown boys. After receiving  inadequate healthcare that did nothing to address her perimenopause  problems, Maria enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition  (IIN) in order to help herself. After that, Maria pursued several  hormone-centric trainings including Dr. Sara Gottfried’s practitioner  hormone training program, the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition program  and she also has been mentored by hormone scholar and scientist Dr.  Lindsey Berkson. Maria helps women all over the world as a  perimenopause and menopause mentor via her Thrive Over 45 program. She  is a DUTCH hormone test expert. She also teaches health coaches and  other wellness practitioners in a mentorship program called Midlife  Hormone Mastery. When she’s not working with clients, Maria can be  found trekking through Italy, at farmer’s markets locally or in the  kitchen creating recipes. Find Maria at her website, on Instagram, or at her FB page. You can listen at iTunes or Spotify, or a variety of other places.   And  we SO APPRECIATE reviews, because it is the biggest way to help us  grow! If you enjoyed this episode or others, an iTunes review goes a  long way ❤️
January 30, 2020
Episode 15: Vaginal Steaming Can Change Your Menstrual Cycle with Keli Garza
I've known about vaginal steaming (sometimes referred to as "yoni steaming") for a while now. In fact, I probably learned about it the  same way you may have - when Gwyneth Paltrow introduced it to the wider  western world in 2015 via her online magazine, Goop.   There's been a ton of negative press about vaginal steaming since that  time, probably because of Paltrow's assertions of its healing  properties. What is rarely talked about is that vaginal steaming has  been used for thousands of years by nearly all cultures, which Garza  shares on her Vaginal Steam World Map.  And despite all the OB/GYNs that are interviewed for articles condemning  vaginal steaming, Garza lists a few of the US doctors that use steaming  in their practice.  As we talk about in the interview, some of these OB/GYNs have found steaming particularly good for bacterial vaginosis,  which has a high recurrence rate when using prescribed medications.   I was particularly intrigued about using vaginal steaming for fibroids,  which of course I asked Keli about (listen in to hear what she has to  say!).   One other aspect of the "uproar" about vaginal steaming that I want to  point out. Negative articles will often point out that vaginal steaming  has not been shown to offer any benefits, and in fact can be damaging.  But the problem is, there has been no research conducted in this country  to point either way. Yet studies have been conducted in other  countries, including Korea, where steaming is like "getting a manicure,"  it's done so often. So the underlying racism at play - the idea that  other non-white countries science isn't valid - is typical when it comes  to discussions about natural techniques used by indigenous cultures for  most of human time.   And since none of the "experts" claiming vaginal steaming is harmful are  doing any studies to back these claims, Garza decided to commission a  small study called, Fourth Trimester Vaginal Steaming: A Foundational  Study.  The study concluded that: "vaginal steaming has a positive impact on  many of the indicators of postpartum recovery, particularly in the areas  of lowering blood pressure and pulse, uterine restoration, initiating  and expediting waist girth and weight loss, labia healing, the quicker  cessation of uterine bleeding through drawing out lochia, alleviating  suture discomfort, promoting bowel regularity and hemorrhoid reduction."    There are so many hardships women face with their cycle - from excessive  bleeding to no period at all - that vaginal steaming can help with, and  Keli and I discuss these in-depth.    Keli Garza has a Masters degree in International Development graduating  cum laude. Garza is the owner of Steamy Chick the largest distributor of  vaginal steam supplies in the United States. To further vaginal steam  education Garza founded a branch of her company called the Peristeam  Hydrotherapy Institute to train practitioners in the use of vaginal  steam for menstrual and reproductive health and to further research on  the gynecological benefits reported by hundreds of customer case  studies. Find her at her website,, on  Facebook at, or on Instagram at
January 23, 2020
Episode 14: This Explains Everything! What PMDD Is, And What To Do About It With Rebecca Sairs
Most of us know all too well about the dreaded PMS, but have you heard of PMDD? If you suffer from extreme PMS symptoms that last much longer than the typical few days before your period, you may actually have PMDD, or premenstrual dysphoric disorder. This disorder is even classified in the DSM-5, the psychiatric diagnostic manual.  Today's guest, Rebecca Sairs, knows about this disorder intimately. Through both her education and personal experience, she has learned how to tackle PMDD from a holistic perspective, which we dive into in this episode. How do you determine if you have PMDD? What are root causes? What ways should you support your body? What can make PMDD worse? We cover all this and more.  Rebecca is a registered yoga teacher and certified health coach who specializes in  helping women ditch their PMDD symptoms naturally. She does this by  empowering women to make lasting food and lifestyle changes so that they  can feel happy and like themselves all month long.   Rebecca believes  that a woman should be the PMDD Boss of her wellbeing, and she strives  to help her clients keep their power when making decisions around their  health.   Rebecca is certified through the Integrative Women’s Health  Institute, studied under Nicole Jardim in her Fix Your Period  Apprenticeship, and is currently working on her National Board  Certification in health and wellness coaching.  You can find Rebecca at her website:, or on IG @rebecca5joy. 
January 15, 2020
Episode 13: Excruciating PMS, Hormone Balance After 40, And Missing Libido: Christine Answers Your Questions
In this episode of Hormonally Speaking, Christine runs a solo show to answer some hormone-related questions from listeners. These include: -What's the first thing I should do to deal with my excruciating PMS? -I read that you balanced out your hormones at age 40 after all of your surgeries. How did you do that? - I miss my libido! What can I do? She also dives more into her own story about her fibroid-surgery gone wrong, and ways to approach surgery that take into account what complications can look like, and what to do about them. If you are going to have a gyno surgery, these can save your life, so listen in. She also discusses the underlying issues when it comes to fibroids, and why surgeries aren't the holy grail when it comes to reproductive issues. To learn more about Christine, check out her - Website: IG:
December 20, 2019
Episode 12: How Abdominal Massage & Fertility Awareness Method Can Change Your Life with Ashley Marie
What can *really* change your reproductive life? Two things we talk about in today's episode of Hormonally Speaking. I absolutely loved having this conversation with Ashley Marie, who is a licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist specializing in Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. And if you've never heard of Maya Abdominal Therapy, you are about to learn something EVERY woman should know about. You probably know by now that I'm into doing just about anything to help women with their fibroids, and this is one technique that can help tremendously. It also supports every part of your reproductive health, and can be particularly helpful with bringing back periods, easing period pain, and normalizing your cycle. We also dive into the other arena I want every woman to be educated on - FAM (Fertility Awareness Method). As Ashley mentions, it's 99.4% effective when done correctly. And even beyond fertility or birth control, FAM does SO much to connect you to your body and overall health. I wish I would've known about it as a teen, which Ashley and I also talk about. Being empowered with FAM at a younger age could help with so many issues that come up around sex and body autonomy. Ashley Marie is a  Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist specializing in Arvigo  Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy and Intuitive Bodywork.  After  suffering from irregular and painful menstrual cycles for most of her  life and getting no help in understanding them from her medical  providers, she decided to trust that the healing was in her own hands.  With a combination of herbs, massage and dietary changes she now has a  regular, pain free cycle that she looks forward to each month. She is  passionate about creating a space for women to transform their menstrual  realities with womb work, reproductive health education and practical  self~care rituals. She lives in an forested community in the Mountains  near Asheville, NC with her husband and 4 children. Follow Ashley on IG at
December 11, 2019
Episode 11: The Connection Between Anxiety and Hormones with Nina Boyce of "Nourished With Nina"
Do you struggle with anxiety? Your hormones may be the culprit.    In this interview with Nina Boyce of "Nourished with Nina" fame, we  cover how anxiety and hormones are connected, and what you can do about  it.   We also dive into the four phases of your menstrual cycle, what they  mean, and ways you can physically and emotionally support yourself  through each individual phase.    A topic near and dear to my own heart is the necessity of advocating for  yourself and your health, and Nina and I talk about the whys and hows  of doing this, and how this impacts your well-being for the long run.    Sit back, relax, and enjoy this lively interview!   Nina Boyce is a certified holistic health coach and hormone expert based  in Columbus, OH. After years of struggling with chronic anxiety and  hormone imbalance, she turned towards an all natural lifestyle to heal  her body. Nina is passionate about women’s health and the philosophy  that all bodies are self-healing and resilient. Her coaching programs  focus on total hormonal wellness -- mind, body, and soul. Incorporating  both nutritional and stress reduction techniques, with a blend of reiki  and tarot, deeper healing can be achieved. She is also the host of the  Healing Hormones Podcast, where she interviews leading women in the  world of menstrual health.    Find out more at her website:  Listen to her podcast: Follow her on Instagram:
December 4, 2019
Episode 10: Tackling Endometriosis From A Scientific Perspective w/Lara Thieme
Today I chat with Lara Thieme, a PhD Candidate at the Institute for Infectious Diseases and Infection Control at Jena University Hospital, Germany. She is an incredibly knowledgeable scientist who I met in Nicole Jardim's Fix Your Period Apprenticeship. She's also on her own journey to heal endometriosis with food, supplements, and lifestyle approaches.  In this interview we cover: - Her area of expertise: biofilms (very important for those of you who face candida or antibiotic resistance!)  -The underlying issues that cause or activate endometriosis  -New testing on the horizon for endo  -Why your microbiome and genes are so important when it comes to endometriosis and autoimmune issues  -Why scientific research has not caught up with nutraceuticals and food as medicine  This interview is packed full of amazing information for any of you ladies who suffer from endometriosis or want to help someone in your life that does. Feel free to contact Lara at
November 6, 2019
Episode 9: Facing Lyme, Xenoestrogens, and Other Toxins with Vashti Kanehele
This super informative interview with Vashti is all about her own crazy  and intense experience of being diagnosed with Lyme (and other co-infections), how this impacted both her hormonal and total health,  and how she fought her way back. I learned a LOT about what to do to treat Lyme. We also dive into xenoestrogens and how they impact our hormones, as  well as something that's just starting to gain attention: breast implant illness. You'll want to settle in for this incredible one!   Vashti Kanahele is a certified Integrative Women's Health Coach, Hormone  Specialist, and Environmental Toxins Educator.  In her practice, she supports women in hormone imbalance, perimenopause, chronic diseases  like Lyme, and breast implant illness. She holds a Master’s Degree in Health Science and is a certified Integrative Women's Health Coach, and  she has earned certificates in IWHI Hormones 101, Functional Nutrition Lab Digestive Intensive, a certificate in Environmental Health from Lara  Adler, and Nicole Jardim's Fix Your Period Apprenticeship.      Want to work with Vashti? Contact her at Here are links to articles she mentioned in the interview: -Non Toxic Cleaners: -Eco (and Body) Friendly Menstrual Products: -Great Ways to Detox Your Home:
October 30, 2019
Episode 8: 2019 Hormone Summit: Estrogen Dominance, Fibroids, and Ovarian Cysts, Oh My! with Christine Garvin
In the final interview of the 2019 Hormone Summit, you'll hear from someone close to my heart... ...Me :) I tell you all about the "why* I created this Summit, and the tragedy that led to my obsession with all things hormones. I explain estrogen dominance, and how to deal with possible effect including fibroids, cysts, extreme PMS symptoms, and more.  I share with you my most recent DUTCH test so you can see what it looks like and why it is so helpful in figuring out what's happening for YOU.  I also announce something very special at the end (I even got dressed up for it!), so make sure to listen all the way through! Here's the link to learn more about it: Christine Garvin, MA, NE, is a Functional Health Coach based in Asheville, NC. She weaves together her personal health journey – including a fibroid surgery that went terribly wrong – with her training in holistic health, nutrition, and hormones to help women heal their gut and achieve hormonal balance. She sees clients all over the world via Zoom, and she offers self-guided healing programs at her website.
September 28, 2019
Episode 7: 2019 Hormone Summit: Understanding How and When to Use Bioidentical Progesterone with Kitty Martone, Healthy Gut Girl
It’s Day 5 of the 2019 Hormone Summit, and you’ve learned what to do about PMS, skin issues, hormone testing and perimenopause. Now it’s time to learn about when to use bioidentical progesterone with the Healthy Gut Girl herself, Kitty Martone. Kitty has a wealth of knowledge – both professional and personal – when it comes to this aspect of hormonal balance. You’re going to be blown away and understand this approach so much better by the end of the interview. Enjoy! Kitty is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner, a certified Nutritional Counselor and certified Master Herbalist. She is known as “Healthy Gut Girl,” hosts the popular podcast, “Stuff Your Doctor Should Know,” and oversees the large FB group, Estrogen Dominance Support Group. She serves adults, children, infants and the special needs community, offering full QRA nutritional testing, detox programs and urban retreats for education and application to help you implement good habits! Connect with Kitty at her website,, on FB at or the Estrogen Dominance Support Group at, or on IG at 
September 27, 2019
Episode 6: 2019 Hormone Summit: Hormone Lab Testing with Robin Randisi
It's Day 4 of the 2019 Hormone Summit, and today we're talking about how to test those hormones with Functional Nutritionist Robin Randisi! This is a SUPER important area of hormones that is often overlooked, or aren't tested until the last possible moment. Understanding the different tests available out there empowers YOU to know how to talk to your doctor. Plus, Robin fills us in on the easiest, least-expensive, and tried-and-true test of all!  Robin is a functional nutritionist specializing in helping women in their 20’s and 30’s with period problems, pelvic pain, and autoimmune conditions. She uses a root-cause, bio-individualized approach that blends the principles of functional medicine with nutritional therapy and health coaching. Her passion for nutrition and holistic healthcare stems from her own experience battling interstitial cystitis almost a decade ago. Robin lives in Brooklyn, NY, and works with clients from around the country through her online private practice. You can find her at her website,, on FB at, or on IG at
September 26, 2019
Episode 5: 2019 Hormone Summit: What Do I Do About Perimenopause? With Dr. Anna Garrett
It's the interview many of you have been waiting for - let's talk perimenopause! Every menstruating woman will eventually get there, and some women are hitting it earlier in their mid-late 30s. So it's important to understand what's happening and what you can do about it. Luckily, we have an expert on tap today: Dr. Anna Garrett, who is not only a Certified Coach, but also a Doctor of Pharmacy, so her expertise straddles the two worlds of healthcare approaches. She wants you to feel empowered as you approach and find yourself in perimenopause, so listen closely to this one! Dr. Anna Garrett has been a clinical pharmacist for over 20 years and has worked in a variety of practice settings. While traveling her career path, she discovered that working with women in midlife is her true passion. She offers a variety of services including hormone balancing, weight loss and health coaching designed to help women in perimenopause and menopause escape from hormone hell and feel amazing in their bodies so they can rock their mojo through midlife and beyond. Dr. Anna received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. She is also a Certified Intrinsic Coach®, and has studied through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Anna is the author of Perimenopause: The Savvy Sisters Guide to Hormone Harmony which was published in April of 2019. Dr. Anna works with her clients virtually and locally. Find Dr. Anna at her website,, on FB at, and on IG at
September 26, 2019
Episode 4: 2019 Hormone Summit: Tackling PMS (And Other Period Issues) With Nicole Jardim, The Period Girl
Day 3 of the 2019 Hormone Summit brings us an interview with one of my favorite people, The Period Girl herself, Nicole Jardim. We chat all things PMS, and Nicole goes in-depth about what is happening in your body when PMS strikes. It's a multilayered process, but luckily Nicole tells you where to begin to help banish this bane of many women's existence. And she somehow makes the whole process seem fun and easy! Nicole is a Certified Women’s Health Coach and the creator of Fix Your Period, a series of programs that empower women to reclaim their hormone health using a method that combines simplicity and sass. Her incredible work has impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of women around the world in effectively addressing a wide variety of period problems, including PMS, irregular periods, PCOS, painful periods, amenorrhea, and many more. Nicole is also the co-host of The Period Party, a top-rated podcast on iTunes—be sure to tune into that if you want to learn more about how to fix your period—and she’s the creator of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s hormone health continuing education course. Connect with Nicole via her website at, through her FB at, or her IG at
September 25, 2019
Episode 3: 2019 Hormone Summit: Using Intuition to Balance Your Hormones with Katie Beecher, Medical Intuitive
The next interview of Day 2 of the 2019 Hormone Summit is all  about how your hormones and intuition are connected. And I called upon  the woman I knew would be perfect to talk about this area: Medical  Intuitive Katie Beecher. Katie combines her training as a Licensed  Professional Counselor with her innate gift for intuition to help people  figure out what is happening with their health. But even better, she  teaches YOU how to connect to your intuition to set you on the right  healing path. You might want to pull out a pen and some paper for this one! Katie Beecher, MS, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and  Medical and Emotional Intuitive with over thirty years of experience.  She has a unique way of working with clients, creating a detailed,  extremely accurate, four page physical, emotional and spiritual report  and symbolic painting, before ever seeing them, talking with them or  seeing a photograph, using only their name and age. Katie’s  practice is international. Her clients include CEOs and CFOs of national  and international companies, State Supreme Court Judges, celebrities,  physicians, attorneys, scientists and psychologists. She has been featured in the Goop articles “A Road Map to Your Intuition”, “Using  Intuition to Find Self Acceptance” and “We All Have Medical Intuition,  Now Here’s How To Use It” and was featured in the Goop Guide to Energy  Healers, Intuitives and Mediums, being called “eerily accurate”. She is  also a contributor to Kourtney Kardashian’s Poosh. Connect with Katie at her website,, on FB at, and on IG at
September 24, 2019
Episode 2: 2019 Hormone Summit: "Bringing the Downstairs UpFront” with Amanda Hayes Fugate, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist
Welcome back to day 2 of the 2019 Hormone Summit! It’s time to “Bring  the Downstairs UpFront” with Amanda Hayes Fugate (her awesome  catchphrase!). Amanda is a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist, and today  we’re talking about how important this area is to our hormones, sexual  health, and emotional well-being. If you don’t know anything about your  pelvic floor, you’re about to fall in love with this rarely-talked about  body part. Sit back, relax, and enjoy some incredible pelvic floor  knowledge!   Amanda went to Western Carolina University in 2007 with the unique goal  of being a pelvic health therapist – she even won a national scholarship  because of her passion in this area. Upon graduation she dove head  first into creating a pelvic health program from the ground up for an  outpatient physical therapy practice in the Asheville, NC area (please  note, I introduced her as creating the *first* pelvic health program in  Asheville, which was incorrect).    Continuing to expand her expertise over the past 10 years has been an  amazing journey which led her to teach for the Herman & Wallace  Pelvic Rehab Institute and open her own pelvic health practice: Pelvic  Forward PT. Her goal is to provide comprehensive and patient directed  care in the changing medical climate.  Connect with Amanda via her website,, on FB at, and on IG at
September 24, 2019
Episode 1: 2019 Hormone Summit: Skin and Hormone Health with Naturopath Brooke Venables
Get ready to learn all about how your hormones have been impacting your skin. If you have acne, psoriasis, or eczema, you definitely want to tune in! Brooke graduated from the Australian Institute of holistic medicine in 2005 and has been specializing in skin and hormones for the past 8 years. She has experience working in technical support for fellow practitioners, creating protocols in some of Perth’s prestigious multi-disciplinary clinics and overseas alongside doctors and dermatologists. Brooke is committed to ongoing professional development and is passionate about empowering and educating women in their skin and hormone health so they can achieve confidence and vitality and change their lives for the better. Want to work with Brooke? She sees clients all over the world. Contact her at You can also follow her success skin stories at 
September 23, 2019