Welcome – Week 1 Module 1 – Discover

The Hormone Healing Program

Welcome to the most amazing, transformational, health boosting, hormonal regulating experience of your life.
Over the next 12 weeks you will be educated, revitalized, restored and balanced so that you are feeling your absolute best.

This week we will be covering

  • Education Hub: Oestrogen Dominance
  • Symptoms of Oestrogen Dominance
  • Progesterone Dominance
  • Symptoms of Progesterone Dominance
  • Balance Me Eating Guidelines
  • Balance Me Meal Plan & Recipe Guide
  • Balance Me Shopping List
  • Action: Dry Skin Brushing
  • Food Focus: Cruciferous Vegetables
  • Health Kick: Lemon Juice Starter
  • Optional Investigation: Functional Pathology

Video: Oestrogen Dominance Explained

Conditions associated with ‘Hormonal Havoc’

Through Balance Me, we will be addressing all of the following common ‘Hormonal’ and many more! We will be doing this directly, ie you may find specific recommendations for the individual symptom, but the important thing to keep in mind is that we are healing and treating your body as a whole, and not merely trying to fix or eliminate symptoms. Which means we will be addressing the cause of your hormone imbalance, which is ultimately leading to the symptoms, so although at times you may feel like the process is slow, please be assured that we are healing at a cellular level to ensure your symptom or disease is healed for good, and not merely just disappears with the right magic supplement or medicine. 

  • Endometriosis
  • Cervical Dysplasia
  • Poly cystic ovarian syndrome
  • Premenstrual Stress or Tension (PMS/PMT)
  • Absent periods, Heavy, painful periods
  • Low Libido
  • Fertility problems
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Gynecomastia (man boobs)
  • Thyroid problems
  • Digestive imbalances: bloating & discomfort
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Recurrent Miscarriages
  • Uncomfortable, severe Menopausal transition
  • Weight gain & inability to lose weight
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Unmanageable Menopause Symptoms

Hormonal Havoc – How did I get myself here?

If you have identified with any of the above, then there’s a fair chance you are in the right place! But how did you get yourself here, why is it that your hormones have been wreaking havoc for as long as you can remember and making you feel like absolute hell, dreading your monthly period, having trouble trying to get pregnant, packing on the weight even though you eat a clean diet or constantly feeling bloated and uncomfortable???

Maybe you’re  a new mama, a hormonal teenager, a high flying busy business woman,  entering the ‘change of life’ or just simply out of sorts but whatever your situation or stage of life, there’s a pretty obvious indication your hormones aren’t quite in order.

Lesson 1: Hormone Introduction

First things first……. ‘What are my hormones?’

Meet your Endocrine system. A vital bodily system comprised of glands which secrete hormones, all of which have very different functions and purposes.

To be precise there are over 15 glands and 50 different hormones, but for the sake of keeping things simple and helping you out with the most common trouble makers we’ll just be addressing the reproductive, adrenal, thyroid and digestive hormones throughout the course of this program.

Reproductive Hormones

Primarily produced by the Ovaries (women) and Testes (men)

  • The Oestrogens (yes there’s many different types)
  • Progesterone
  • Luteinising hormone
  • Follicle stimulating hormone
  • Testosterone
  • Gonadotropin releasing hormone
  • Oxytocin
  • Prolactin

Collectively these hormones are responsible for creating life (the menstrual cycle, reproduction, Conception & Pregnancy, sperm production in men)

Adrenal Hormones

Primarily produced by the Adrenal glands

  • Cortisol
  • Aldosterone
  • Adrenalin
  • DHEA

Also known as your ‘stress’ hormones these guys are secreted in response to metabolic changes or ‘stress’ and kick in to allow a stable internal environment, as well as enabling the flight or fight response.

Thyroid Hormones

Primarily produced by the thyroid gland

  • Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)
  • Thyroxine (T4)
  • Triiodothyronine (T3)

These hormones are responsible for controlling our metabolism, our body temperature, how fast food moves through our digestive system, heart rate and programmed cell death (apoptosis). Basically everything to do with processing the amount of calories we consume and burn.

Digestive Hormones 

Primarily produced in the stomach, small intestine and colon. 

  • Gastrin
  • Secretin
  • Motilin
  • Cholecytokinin
  • Gastric inhibitory peptide

The digestive hormones regulate the digestive system, controlling appetite and satiety and the movement of food through our system.

Pancreatic Hormones

Primarily secreted by the pancreas

  • Glucagon
  • Insulin

The pancreatic hormones are responsible for regulating blood sugar levels, providing adequate glucose for the brain and muscles whilst not creating a toxic environment for cells by the safe removal of sugar from the blood.

 

HORMONAL IMBALANCES

As you’ve just seen we have a whole heap of hormones, all which play an integral part of a very intricate system! So the word Balance, is very crucial when it comes to your hormones, because they all directly affect one another and when one is out of balance, it’s almost like a domino effect…..eventually, they all become imbalanced!

BUT DON’T WORRY YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE. 

Over the next 12 weeks we’re going to put them all back together again, by specifically targeting and addressing the causes which led to your hormones, becoming imbalanced in the first place.

A few basic Hormonal Imbalance Phenomenon’s 

  • Oestrogen Dominance
  • Progesterone Dominance
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Hyper-thyroidism
  • Hypo-thyroidism
  • High Cortisol
  • Low Cortisol
  • High Testosterone

And the list goes on and on, as you can imagine, with over 50 different hormones in your body, there’s a whole lot of things that can go wrong when you require each of your hormones to be functioning at a specific level, but above are the major phenomenons of hormonal imbalance which would make one feel pretty damn crap! And until you address the cause of that unruly hormone, and yes, it’s very possible you have a few or all of the above going on, then you’ll never find hormone haven peace and enjoy a good cycle, post menopause bliss, healthy fertility, clear skin, a weight you feel comfortable with or a balanced mood.

Head spinning yet?

Now I know I’ve most likely just gone and overwhelmed you with that great big list of hormones, and you were thinking this program was just about your estrogen and progesterone weren’t’ you!  When you look at it like that, it certainly seems that our body is a very comprehensive, busy being with many jobs, so it’s easy to feel like it could well be a huge task balancing out those pesky hormones which don’t seem to want to stay inline.  But the truth is, when we focus on whole body wellness and merely stimulate the body to heal itself through good nutrition, healthy everyday lifestyle practices, mindfulness, stress management and just a teeny weeny bit of detoxification, your hormones will practically sort themselves out. Truth!

So, take a deep breath and give me a little smile, you and your body have got this, you can do it! There is a solution and so long as you trust the amazing ‘self-healing’ powers of your body and give it a good crack your hormones will be your friends once again!

Oestrogen Dominance

In week one, our focus  is on the reproductive hormones and specifically ‘Estrogen dominance’, because it is this phenomenon which is the predominant cause of all common menstrual cycle problems and reproductive disorders. Quite often even conditions which you would normally associate with estrogen absence, such as amenorrhea, which is when a female of reproductive age does not get their period or menopause, which is marked by the decline of estrogen, which is true, but estrogen dominance is still often a contributing underlying factor! Let me explain.

Another way of looking at estrogen dominance is ‘unopposed estrogen’, that is, there is not enough progesterone available to balance the activity of the estrogen. This may mean the levels of progesterone are too low or the levels of estrogen are just simply too high.

Estrogen in all its many forms…..

The reason it is possible to have really low levels of estrogen but still have estrogen dominance is because there are actually hundreds of different types of estrogen’s. The word Estrogen in itself is actually technically the plural or collective term for multiple estrogen. The most common, is scientifically referred to as Oestradiol, or E2 and this is the predominant and most significant of the estrogen group when it comes to the monthly menstrual cycle. E2 controls the menstrual cycle (MC), which is why the menstrual bleed stops once we enter menopause, due to the cessation of Oestradiol production from the ovaries.  So when I am talking about Estrogen dominance I am referring to the entire estrogen collection including exogenous estrogen’s (those created by the environment) as well as endogenous estrogen’s (produced by the body). Exogenous estrogen’s include synthetic hormones such as the oral contraceptive pill or any other form of synthetic hormone replacement including injections, rods, HRT patches, gels or creams. Additionally synthetic estrogen’s can be found in non-organic meats, cosmetics, plastics and in our water ways due to the fact they can never be fully broken down so are excreted from the body via urine ending up in our water supply.  Another example of an endogenous estrogen is Estrone , or E1, this is a very potent form of estrogen which the body only requires in very small amounts and is produced each month with its primary job being to stimulate the growth of the endometrium, the lining of the uterus, so to provide a nourishing environment for a fetus to grow should a pregnancy take place.  As it is more common for each month to roll by without conception, this built up lining is shed in our monthly period, which is the normal process. The problem however, is that if the liver and bowel functions are not optimal, E1 is not effectively metabolized and cleared by the body each month and it builds up in the system which leads to the imbalance of the hormones, namely estrogen dominance. E1 is highly proliferative, that is it stimulates growth, which is why estrogen dominance leads to Endometriosis, Cysts, Fibroids, Heavy bleeds and much much more.

Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance
  • Hormonal headaches
  • Painful periods
  • Heavy periods
  • Absent periods
  • Irregular periods
  • Menstural Clots
  • Acne, face, back or chest
  • Cystic Acne
  • Weight gain & the inability to lose weight
  • Annovulation (absent ovulation)
  • Infertility
  • Growth of endometrial tissue outside of the womb (Endometriosis)
  • Growth of Fibroids
  • Heavy bloating
  • Fluid retention
  • Anger, irritability, paranoia, sensitivity and not just at the typical ‘PMS” stage of the cycle
Balance Your Hormones = Feel Better

The process of Estrogen Dominance

Although it’s easy to lug Estrone (E1) into the ‘bad estrogen’ group, that’s not entirely true, because it plays an important role in the monthly menstrual cycle, it is more the body not being able to keep levels of E1 in check.  Now throw into the mix the constant exposure to environmental and lifestyle synthetic estrogen’s and you can see we are being flooded with Estrogen from many angles. It is this over exposure of synthetic environmental and pharmaceutical estrogen’s which is why young girls are beginning to menstruate at much earlier ages, as young as 8 years old, which once upon a time was unheard of. Our poor bodies are just not coping with all the extra synthetic and quite dangerous Estrogen and unfortunately this dramatically increases the risk of estrogen related cancers such as breast cancer and cervical cancer.

Progesterone Dominance

Just like Oestrogen dominance, if we wind up with too much Progesterone, all hell can and will break loose in the body!

Generally speaking, one of the major causes of progesterone excess is caused by the use of synthetic progesterones, such as the mireena IUD, the implant and the injection. This is however a really common issues, with these symptoms experienced by over 200 women on high doses of Progesterone, but when the body is experiencing over all hormonal imbalance, it’s possible for women who are not on any form of synthetic hormone replacement therapy to develop progesterone dominance, something that is particularly common in those with Adrenal dysfunction.

But I only feel like this half of the month?

It can be tricky to identify whether you have Oestrogen dominance or Progesterone dominance as the symptoms can roll into one a little, in fact it’s actually possible you can have both of these phenomenons going on at once.

With progesterone dominance most of these symptoms only occur during the progesterone phase of the cycle, that is from ovulation on wards, but if the dominance becomes too out of control, you can experience the same symptoms in the oestrogen phase of the cycle, after the menstrual bleed until ovulation as fat tissues became so saturated with progesterone.

LINEA NEGRA

This is a pigmentation which occurs as a dark line from the belly button downwards, which commonly occurs during pregnancy. Women who have progesterone dominance can develop this even if they are not pregnant.

Symptoms of Progesterone Dominance

Symptoms of Progesterone Dominance

  • Immune suppression – all kinds of viruses, herpes, flu etc will flare up in the lead up to the menstrual bleed
  • weak lungs and coughing
  • Depression (some women reported suicidal depression)
  • Sleepiness all day & feeling sedated
  • Anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
  • Liver pain
  • Sore dry vagina
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Brain fog
  • Extreme irritability
  • Mental lapses
  • Sore dry eyes
  • Sore joints & sore muscles
  • Sores in mouth including ulcers
  • Constipation
  • Incontinence
  • Yeast infection – thrush/ cadida infection
  • Excessive fluid retention, especially around ankles, stomach and face
  • Dry chapped itchy skin
  • Aching neck
  • Dehydration
  • Kidney pains and possible stones
  • Insulin resistance
  • High blood sugar
  • Cravings and extreme appetite
  • Weight gain, thickening in the waist, belly fat
  • Unusual headaches including Headaches upon waking
  • Balding – male pattern hair loss, with hair falling out to the extreme with no new hair growing in
  • Very dry hair
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Extreme thirst
  • Extreme urgency to urinate frequently
  • Facial hair, whiskers and fuzzy face during P phase, lasting longer each month
  • Loss of strength
  • Acne and hives
  • Moon face and puffiness
  • Deep tissue breast pain and heaviness
  • Nipple soreness
  • Eruptions at lymph node areas, groin, armpit, sides of abdomen
  • Awful progesterone smell from our armpits, smell of progesterone in our nose
  • Bloated extended abdomen, looking and feeling as though 6 months pregnant
Oestrogen Dominance Vs Progesterone Dominance
Treatming Oestrogen & Progesterone Dominance
Your hormone healing journey is taken care of, no more dominant anything!

Dry Skin Brushing

  • Stimulates the Immune System
  • Gently Cleanses the blood
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system
  • Clears away, old, dead skin cells
  • Improves circulation
  • Shifts stubborn cellulite

WHAT YOU NEED: An exfoliating glove, hand mitt, dry skin brush or you could even use a homemade exfoliating scrub.

ACTION: Gentle draw small circles over your skin in a clockwise motion with your brushing apparatus. Start at the ankles and gradually work your way up to the heart.

FREQUENCY: Aim to brush the skin 2-3 times a week for best results.

CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES

Arugula, Bok choy, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, Collard greens, Daikon radish, Horseradish,  Kale, Kohlrabi, Mustard greens, Radish, Rutabaga, Shepherd’s purse, Turnip, Watercress

Apart from being loaded with alkalizing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, these group of vegetables also contains two specifically awesome phyto-nutrients known as Sulforaphane  & Diindolylmethane (DIM). Between the two of them they report potent immune boosting properties, huge antioxidant scores, strong anti-cancer activity and the ability to improve liver detoxification and specifically the metabolism of excess nasty oestrogens.

AIM: 4 serves a day

It’s pretty easy to get 2-3 serves of these a day

eg. Green Smoothie with Kale for breaky, Add some Stir fried Bok choy and cauliflower veggies to your lunch and Broccoli on your plate at dinner & lets be honest that’s being conservative. Use your meal guide as inspiration and get creative with the use of these seriously healthy vegetables.

Health Kick

Lemon Juice Starter

Benefits of Lemon Juice

 

  • Alkalizes the body
  • Stimulates digestive secretions
  • Gently boosts liver cleansing
  • Aids daily bowel motions
  • Dissolves mucus congestion
  • Provides a hit of vitamin C & antioxidants

Directions: 

Enjoy 2 glasses of luke warm water with the juice of 1 fresh lemon every morning. 

#HINT If you are worried about the potential acidic effect lemon juice can have on the tooth enamle if you have sensitive teeth, you can place 1 drop of Doterra Lemon essential oil in your water. Just remember Doterra is a pure, high grade food quality essential oil, most brands are not safe to consume and should not be taken internally

Balance Me – Your Eating Plan

Food, probably the one thing you are most anxious about out of everything in the Balance Me program, right? Well don’t fear, your eating plan is packed with loads of variety, tasty treats and easy to prepare meals. We’re going to introduce you to Kombucha if you’re not already doing it and we’re also going to be getting you into a healthy routine of hydrating the body, flooding the cells with nutrition and learning when to eat to best support your metabolism.

Accessing the Recipes for Balance Me Stage 1 Eating Plan

EATING PLAN GUIDELINES

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EATING PLAN &  7 DAY MENU

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SHOPPING LIST

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OPTIONAL INVESTIGATION Functional Pathology: Assessing Your Individual Hormone Status

Click here to Download the Research Nutrition epathology Request Form:

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Tests to Consider:

Laboratory – Precision Analytical

DUTCH – Complete

DUTCH – Sex Hormone Metabolites

DUTCH – Adrenal (learn more about this next week)

DUTCH – Cycle Mapping

For more information on the DUTCH Hormone testing Procedure check out this website: 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/05/08/dutch-hormone-test.aspx

AUDIO: Why would you consider DUTCH hormone testing for yourself?

VIDEO: Explanation of Precision Analytical DUTCH Hormone Testing

OPTIONAL ONLY: Price list for Hormone Testing for those who seek further more detailed investigation into their current Hormone Health

Week 1 Checklist

  • Read through the Eating plan Guidelines & fully understand what I can and cannot eat
  • Used my shopping List to fill my pantry with allowable foods
  • Completed Week 1 Health Evaluation
  • Started implementing Week 1’s ACTION

Congratulations! You’ve made it through week 1. See you next week!