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Are You Struggling With Hormone Imbalances?

 

Struggling With Hormone Imbalances?

 

When I ask you to think about hormone issues, what is the first words that come to your mind?

 

Endometriosis, pms, mood swings, weight gain, insomnia, pcos or even hair loss?

 

Those are quite common symptoms of hormone imbalances, but what are some of the other hormone symptoms you can have?

 

Let me name a few….

 

Fatigue – this is more common than you might think, and your hormones have a lot to do with it!

 

Low Libido – a lack of interest in sex, has a lot to do with hormones.  

 

Weight loss Resistance – Hormones definitely contribute to weight gain and weight loss resistance. 

 

Aching muscles and joints – Did you know that your hormones can actually cause you pain when they are imbalanced?

 

Hair loss – Hair thinning all over the head can be a sign of high androgens and other hormone imbalances. 

 

Ovarian Cysts – This is definitely a sign that your hormones are needing some balancing. 

 

Dry Eyes – Yes, dry eyes can also be caused by hormones. 

 

Anxiety and Depression…

 

Hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, water retention, cramps, constant colds, and many, many more…….

 

So, what can you do about it?  

 

First and foremost, I suggest learning the differences between testing your hormones with blood, urine and saliva.  

 

Yes, they are very different.  

 

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BLOOD, URINE AND SALIVA TESTING!

 

BLOOD

 

Blood is an accurate reading of what is happening at one point in the day. It is great for testing the overall picture.  Blood or serum is great for testing peptide hormones and total hormones such as Follicle stimulating hormone, LH, prolactin, insulin and even thyroid hormones (if the free form is included). 

 

But, for sex hormones no distinction is made in blood between bound hormones and free hormones (the hormones your body can use). 

 

Women have three different kinds of estrogen in the body: estradiol, estrone and estriol.  In blood they are only tested as one hormone.  Meaning we can’t tell the difference between the good and bad estrogens in the body by evaluating blood. 

 

This can lead to misleading results!  

 

It can cause hormones to appear completely normal or even high normal. Remember blood is only testing the total of your three estrogens. 

 

But, if the free hormone level is low (your available hormone or usable hormone) you can still feel like a hot hormone mess.  Even if your doctor has told you that your hormones are normal!

 

Serum hormone testing also does not measure estrogen, adrenal or androgen metabolites.  So, it does not show how those hormones are breaking down in the body and how well the liver’s phase one and two detoxification is working.   

 

SALIVA

 

Saliva has become really popular over the years. Saliva is non-invasive and quite easy to do.  The benefit to saliva is that it allows for multiple collections over a 24 hour period, or even an entire month.  This allows you to see abnormal hormone patterns, such as shortened luteal phase (the second half of a woman’s cycle), or even cortisol patterns over the entire day. 

 

A Saliva test measures free hormones (your usable hormones or bioavailable hormones), which makes it a better measure then blood for evaluating hormone profiles.  

 

Remember blood is measuring your total hormones and only at one point in the day, which does not give you a good indicator of hormones that may dip or spike during certain times in the month. 

 

Saliva is a good measure of Estradiol, estrone, and estriol, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA.  But, saliva does not show steroid hormone metabolites. This is limiting as it does not show you how your hormones are breaking down, or if they are being reabsorbed.

 

URINE

 

The 24 hour urine hormone test is the preferred method for testing hormones. It tests for hormones secreted at night, like cortisol and melatonin as well as growth hormone.

 

Got insomnia or sleeping trouble? This test can show you why!

 

Urine testing measures unbound hormones, reflecting the bioavailable hormones or the hormones that are available for use right now!

 

The advantage of urine testing is the ability to measure hormone metabolites. It will show your estrogen levels good and bad, and whether they are metabolizing down a pathyway that can be carcinogenic.  Urine will also show how Androgens are metabolizing in your body, whether they are going down the pathway that will cause hair thinning and androgenic alopecia etc. 

 

Urine testing can show the balance of protective “good” estrogens, compared to harmful or “bad” estrogens and whether your treatment protocol is working. This is huge!  No longer do you have to wonder if you are getting anywhere with what you are taking!

 

Urine hormone testing measures both phase 1 and 2 liver detoxification.  It shows how well the liver is metabolizing estrogen, among other hormones and how well the liver is functioning, which is huge in everything from hormone imbalances to depression and anxiety.

 

Urine is also an excellent test to evaluate adrenal health and function.  It not only measures DHEA and DHEAs, but measures cortisone and cortisol, telling us the status of your adrenal glands and if adrenal fatigue is an issue. 

 

In my opinion, urine is the gold standard of hormone testing.  

 

BEING VULNERABLE

 

I tested my Urine hormones a year ago.  It led me to some eye -opening discoveries. 

 

I found out that my liver’s phase two detoxification was quite low (I suspected as much) and that my estrogens were beginning to metabolize down a carcinogenic pathway.  THIS IS HUGE.  Essentially, this test allowed me to begin treating this issue before it became significant.

 

Blood would never have been able to show me this. 

 

 

If you would like to discover your hormone profile, as a Functional Medicine Practitioner, I have begun offering these tests. 

 

You can email me at keri@intuitivehealthsolutions.com to find out more or sign up for a Functional Medicine Consultation here to test your hormones.

 

In good health, 

 

Keri Fulmore

Medical Intuitive, Functional Medicine Practitioner & Author

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Discover How to Improve Your Health for FREE!

 

Have you ever noticed how good you feel when you spend time in nature?  If you do not know what I am talking about, it is time to get out into nature.

 

Nature is in a constant state of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE and it gives without expecting anything in return.  Unconditional love is what all the great sages and healers like: Jesus, Buddha, and even Mother Theresa embraced.

 

We have a lot to learn from nature.

 

Albert Einstein understood it when he said, “Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.”

 

I have noticed, in general, people who spend little time in nature have more health issues.  Is there a connection?  Personally, I believe there is and you might think so after reading the scientific health benefits below.

 

First, I would like to share with you how nature has favourably impacted my life.

 

I find time spent in nature helps return me to who I am….my natural, balanced state…. I believe nature does this for everyone.

 

It happens because being in nature, naturally, aligns you with the healing vibration of unconditional love.  When in a state of unconditional love, your stress melts away and your body can heal much faster.

 

You breathe in more oxygen, as well as, therapeutic scents of trees and plants.

 

8 Things Nature Has Taught Me

 

  1. Slow down and enjoy the moment
  2. Unconditional love
  3. Inner peace
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Adaptability
  6. Energy Medicine
  7. Herbal Medicine
  8. Wild Food

The famous Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu said it well, “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

 

I like to walk in nature every morning before I start my day.  Also if I have had a particularly stressful day, I like to go into nature as it is naturally therapeutic.  I have also found my intuition has been enhanced by spending time in nature.

 

For years, I have been intuitively guided to daily spend time in nature in order to balance myself and improve my health.

 

And guess what, science has done several studies that prove this is exactly what is happening.

 

Scientific Health Benefits of Nature

  • Improved short-term memory
  • Restored mental energy
  • Stress relief
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Better vision
  • Improved concentration
  • Sharper thinking and creativity
  • Anti-cancer effects
  • Immune system boost
  • Improved mental health
  • Reduced risk of early death

If you are struggling with any health issues, I challenge you to daily spend time in nature and see how much your health improves.   

 

All health issues are a sign the body is out of balance and not in its natural state.

 

Positive Improvement of Health Issues With Time Spent In Nature

  • Memory problems
  • Mental fatigue
  • Fatigue
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Depression & anxiety
  • ADHD & ADD
  • Cancer
  • Hypertension
  • Myopia (nearsightedness)

If you want to enhance your health… get out into nature.  Its therapeutic benefits are FREE!

 

I would love to hear any comments you have about nature.  Share them below in the comment section.

 

* Click here to read scientific studies done on people in nature. 

 

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How to Boost Your Heart's Coherence and De-Stress

 

 

 

"Healing is accomplished the instant the sufferer

no longer sees any value in pain."  

~ A Course In Miracles

 

Have you ever wondered if STRESS is the reason for your HEALTH ISSUES?

 

You try to keep your level of stress, but you still find yourself stressing about what to make for dinner, juggling work and kids, paying your bills on time and even trying to fit in some needed  “me” time. 

 

Have you noticed that you just don’t feel as alive or happy as you once did? 

 

Your body is telling you that it needs rest, you are fatigued, not sleeping well and even find yourself a little irritable, but you keep pushing yourself anyways.  

 

Your body is silently beginning to give you warning signs that you need to unplug and tune in! 

 

I know I have been there before.  In fact, I believe that stress is what brought about my very own health storm.  Learning to unwind the after effects of stress, has been one of my greatest healers.

 

So, if you feel emotional turmoil more than you feel happy, it's time to listen to yourself and do something about it!  

 

The Scoop On Stress

 

Stress really is all about your perception of life and your experiences.  It is often related to your feelings of:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritation
  • Hopelessness
  • Helplessness
  • Despair
  • Self -judgement
  • Resentment
  • Insecurities
  • Self-doubt 

Over time, these negative feelings and emotions become compounded and can trigger chronic stress. 

 

Stress is the number one reason for illness these days, and your body’s symptoms are often just signs and signals that something is wrong.

 

Negative emotions and feelings have been known to drain energy and wreak havoc on the body.

 

These emotions trigger the body's stress response and autonomic nervous system to a cascade of stressful hormones.

 

Stressful hormones not only lower your immune system, but they also weaken your digestion and steal your sex hormones and deplete them.  This leads to a chaotic rhythm of your heart. 

 

What is a Chaotic Rhythm of the Heart?

 

When your heart and brain have poor communicating, physical issues begin to show up in the body. 

 

People often treat these symptoms with medications, nutritional supplements, diet changes and even new exercise programs. 

 

The truth is, nobody wants to feel awful or imbalanced. 

 

The trouble with only treating your body on a physical level is that usually your results are not sustained.  If the original thought patterns and stressors is not dealt with, new symptoms often arise.

 

I know for me, I had to learn to tame my self judgement and learn acceptance so that I could surrender to the things I could not change.  It was a process of letting go, that brought me greater healing.

 

Your approach to healing needs to incorporate all levels for permanent healing.

 

Symptoms Of Stress

 

Stress has a laundry list of symptoms that manifest in the body over time.

 

A chronically stressed person can have any of the following symptoms and sometimes multiple symptoms.

 

They are...

  • Fatigue
  • Brain Fog
  • Memory and Concentration issues
  • Weight Gain
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Thinning hair
  • Blood Sugar Regulation issues
  • Inflammation
  • Autoimmunity
  • Digestive Issues (the gut is our second brain and closely linked)
  • Sluggish Detoxification Pathways
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
  • Musculoskeletal imbalances and Misalignments
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Respiratory issues
  • Anxiety

The list is long and certainly this is not an exclusive list.

 

Stress showed up in my body as chronic pain.  This triggered an even bigger stress response which eventually created a lot of hormonal imbalances for me.  I had burning pain, which created weight gain and sluggish detox pathways.  This was all from stress.

 

As you can see Stress can truly create many issues in the body and not something you want to let take control of your life and body!

 

Remember: illness is just a reminder that you have stepped away from wholeness.  It's finding your way back to that which will bring about TRUE HEALING.

 

"The miracle comes quietly into the mind

that stops an instant and is still"

~ A Course in Miracles

 

5 Steps To Quiet Your Mind and De-Stress For Better Health

 

Breathe  - Take time for yourself each day to slow down and focus on deep breathing.  Deep slow breaths have actually been proven to turn down the sympathetic nervous system or stress response and engage the parasympathetic healing response. 

 

It takes a few minutes each day to achieve a peaceful state through our breath.  

 

I have incorporated deep breathing into my everyday routine.  It brings about a sense of peacefulness and an abiltiy to cope with stress like I have never had before.

 

Visualize Love and Happy Memories  - One of the best ways to improve the communication between your heart and your brain is to sit quietly each day, or whenever you are feeling stressed, and visualize a happy, joyful, loving memory.  It can be something that you hold dear in your heart, or something you make up.  All it has to do is bring you that warm feeling in your heart.  At the same time breathe in deeply and slowly. 

 

I also find it helpful to smile while doing this.  It has been proven that a smile will release your happy hormones, even if it is a fake one! 

 

According to the HeartMath Institute, healthy heart and brain communication is beneficial for improving Heart Rate Variability. As a result, communication between the heart, brain and nervous system are enhanced. 

 

They have proven that positive emotions are associated with a specific physiological state called coherence.  When your heart and brain are in coherence you will have improved physiological functioning, emotional stability and mental performance.  So in a nutshell, better heart brain coherence equals less stress and negativity.

 

I have used the HeartMath clip in my meditations and deep breathing exercises to monitor how relaxed and peaceful my body is.  I have found it a great tool for showing me when I am stressed and how to better relax.

 

Make Time For Yourself – In today’s busy and hectic world, it is even more important to take time out for yourself.  Create time by...

  • Taking an uninterrupted bath
  • Going for a walk in nature
  • Meditation
  • Spend time with your friends

Getting out of your routine and remembering to have fun is what this is all about.  With more joy comes less stress, and a healthier immune system.

 

For me, daily walks on my own are a time to reflect, be one with nature and they bring me a sense of peace.

 

Let Things Go – In the past I used to get caught up in the small things.  Like whether or not the dishes got done, or the mess the kids left behind.  I realized that those things didn't deserve my energy.   I have gotten into the habit of using a great destressing technique called, Will this matter later.

 

The technique is done when stress arises by asking yourself, “Will this Matter Tomorrow?”  If the answer is no, then I do something that will bring me joy instead.

 

Count Your Blessings – I used to get caught up in all the things that were wrong with my life, and all the things I did not have.  Focusing on those things only intensified the amount of stress I had."

 

To change this I made a Gratitude List.  I wrote down all the things I am thankful for.  I focus on that list every day and add things when appropriate.  It reminds me that I have so much to be happy about.

 

Are there things that you do to combat stress and your inner thought demons?  I would love to hear from you!  Leave me a comment below.

 

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