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.
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:
*Strains of Clostridia, which are part of dysbiosis in the gut
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 wholehealthyhappylife.com or on social media @wholehealthyhappylife.
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!
**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.
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!
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.
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 TED.com. 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.
In today's episode, Christine dives into everything the Summit will cover from A-Z.
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See you at the Summit!
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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 fibrouniversity.com and drmicheleross.com. 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.
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.
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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.
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.
*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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thriveandconceivewithendometriosis/.
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
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] gmail.com. You can also find her at her website.
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] christinegarvin.com.
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 christinegarvin.com.
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.
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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, drmariza.com, for women’s hormone tips, including recipes and remedies.
Find Dr. Mariza on FB, Twitter: @drmariza, IG: @drmariza, YouTube: and Pinterest.
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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.
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!
“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, Adventure.com 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: https://akinmade.com/.
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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!
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 @ https://www.sarahpoet.com/watch-my-tedx, and connect with her at her website, https://www.sarahpoet.com/.
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!
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.
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.
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, cancerwarrioress.com, or on IG at https://www.instagram.com/taracoyote/.
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.**
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.
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!
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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!
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.
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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, https://www.steamychick.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/steamychick/, or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/steamychick/.
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: http://rebeccajoywellness.com/, or on IG @rebecca5joy.
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 -
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 https://www.instagram.com/rooted.feminine/.
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: https://www.nourishedwithnina.com/
Listen to her podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/healing-hormones/id1160965218
Follow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nourishedwithnina/
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 Lara.Thieme@med.uni-jena.de.
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 https://greenpapayahealth.com/.
Here are links to articles she mentioned in the interview:
-Non Toxic Cleaners: https://greenpapayahealth.com/non-toxic-cleaners/
-Eco (and Body) Friendly Menstrual Products: https://greenpapayahealth.com/menstrual-products/
-Great Ways to Detox Your Home: https://greenpapayahealth.com/5-ways-to-detox-your-home/
In the final interview of the 2019 Hormone Summit, you'll hear from someone close to my heart...
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: https://christinegarvin.com/get-your-hormones-right
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.
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, https://healthygutgirl.com/, on FB at https://www.facebook.com/healthygutgirl/ or the Estrogen Dominance Support Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1426024567689906/, or on IG at https://www.instagram.com/healthygutgirl_/.
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, https://robinrandisi.com/, on FB at https://www.facebook.com/RobinRandisiNTP/, or on IG at https://www.instagram.com/robinrandisi/.
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, https://www.drannagarrett.com/, on FB at https://www.facebook.com/drannagarrett, and on IG at https://www.instagram.com/drannagarrett/.
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 https://nicolejardim.com/, through her FB at https://www.facebook.com/nicolemjardim/, or her IG at https://www.instagram.com/nicolemjardim/.
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, https://katiebeecher.com/, on FB at https://www.facebook.com/beechermedicalintuitive/, and on IG at https://www.instagram.com/katiebeecher_medical_intuitive/.
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, https://www.pelvicforward.com/, on FB at https://www.facebook.com/pelvicforward/, and on IG at https://www.instagram.com/pelvicforward/
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 https://www.clearskincoach.co/. You can also follow her success skin stories at www.instagram.com/clear_skin_coach/.