Balance Your Hormones, Safely!

January 26, 2009
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

So…wouldn’t you know that the most dramatic decrease in breast cancer incidence came between 2002 and 2003. It simply plummeted by a stunning 15% in women over the age of 50. So, what was it that created such an impressive statistical decline?

Could it have been Tamoxifen? A new drug, perhaps? Maybe new guidelines from the National Cancer Insititute? Flaxseeds in every Long Life Cocktail 🙂

Well…the truth is that this impressive decline in the breast cancer rate was due to one thing and one thing only: hundreds of thousands of very educated women suddenly stopped taking their Premarin and Prempro. Why? Because one of the biggest HRT studies was halted by the Women’s Health Initiative in 2002 after it was discovered that HRT didn’t protect against heart disease at all. On the contrary, it increased breast cancer, heart attacks, and strokes (the latter by a whopping 40%) in women.

This type of stunning statistic is downright scary.

You see, I wonder how many cancers or disastrous side effects are created by all the other prescription drugs.

More over, what else can you do to support hormone balance without exposing yourself to breast cancer? This question is a most valid one and based upon what I have observed over the years, I would suggest the following:

1) Just to be on the safe side, at least take an estradiol/progesterone salivary hormone test so your ratio can be assessed. 300:1 is considered desirable, in favor of progesterone. Most individuals are very progesterone deficient and are overweight, have a sluggish metabolism, are depressed, and have problems sleeping. The difference when a physiological dose of progesterone is given, according to your age and stage, can be life-changing.

2) If you are concerned about libido then give the Female Testosterone a try. It is a very potent blend of far reaching homeopathics. A little goes a very long way, but there is nothing like this to rekindle the hormoen of desire. (Internally, MenoCare can do something similar as well as Maca, an all-around sexual enhancer.)

3) Flax up your supplements. Two tablespoons per day keeps breast cancer away (and prostate cancer, too). So topping off your smoothies, cereals (phase 3), or even veggies with a bit of flax will go a long way in balancing your estrogen levels naturally. Of course, stay away from xenoestrogens found in plastics, preservatives, Pthalates, and the Pill.

4) Increase zinc to increase progesterone production and curb the copper from water pipes, tea, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, and soy. Excessive copper equates to estrogen dominance while low progesterone usually correlates with not enough zinc. Copper and zinc need to be in a ratio where zinc is 8 parts to copper’s 1. Bring on those zinc supplements (I like Zinc Plus sold through Uni Key) as well as organic beef, eggs, and natural pumpkin seeds or pepitats, if you please.

Hormones are a challenge; and as we get older, they become more difficult to manage. This is why I tell my clients to do a salivary hormone test at least once a year to see what needs to be supported and watch the numbers. Stress will impact the progesterone which may account for the fact that progesterone, unless you are already taking a topical creme, is so universally deficient. And remember that if you don’t ovulate, your body will not be producing progesterone, so you may have a hard time conceiving unless the progesterone is topically (or internally) added to your regimen. Progesterone is the hormone of gestation and is so deficient in the majority of women I test that it is very worrisome to me.

Of course, if you want to know more, my book Before the Change (even if your still menstruating) will be eye-opening. I can’t tell you how many of my readers became pregant after administering the Peri-Zappers from the book. Of course, most were delighted 😉

May your January be filled with peace and health.

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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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1 Comment

  1. jenny

    I have a question – I’m about to start the Fat Flush Diet – I’m a cancer survivor – and currently taking both tamoxifen – is this considered a hormone replacement as far as the diet is concerned?


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