Do you drag yourself out of bed in the morning or crave a `pick-me-up’ in the afternoon? Do you have low self-esteem, trouble concentrating or hair growing where it shouldn’t?
Hormones control everything in our lives. They are powerful chemical messengers, the communication system between the brain and body. They affect everything from sexual reproduction to mood, sleep, appearance and almost every other aspect of daily life.
Many of us show signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance every day. Not only do whacky hormone levels affect our quality of life now but left unchecked, these imbalances age us and increase our chances of developing conditions like cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease.
The answer for hormonal imbalance is clearly… balance! In the quest for optimal health, Natasha Turner, N.D., may be the white knight galloping in to save us all. Her expert solution is in The Hormone Diet, a 3-step wellness program focusing on hormonal balance so we can age gracefully and remain youthful.
This approach to total wellness is intriguing for several reasons:
- It’s a natural, holistic solution. Dr. Turner recommends and provides direction for an anti-inflammatory detox, nutritional supplements, exercise, sleep, stress management, toxin-free skin care and natural hormone replacement, along with a personalized diet plan.
- It’s individualized for your unique hormonal imbalance. Filling out your Hormonal Health Profile in Part One provides a holistic picture of your specific levels in 16 different hormones.
- Hormone levels can be tested. If the results from filling out a survey is not convincing enough for you to make lifestyle changes, you can test your hormone levels at home with a < rel="nofollow"a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.virginiahopkinstestkits.com/salivakits.html">saliva kit or request tests from your doctor.
- Small and steady progress. Achieving total wellness by balancing one hormone at a time!
- You design your own treatment. Choose from specific treatments to address your imbalances or complete all 3 steps of her wellness program. Although Dr. Turner suggests anyone scoring high in any 1 of the 7 groups of hormones would benefit from the 3 steps, she says, “ultimately, it’s up to you to decide on a course of action or whether a particular imbalance warrants further investigation”.
- It includes a healthy diet plan. Tweaking the Mediterranean diet to become glycemically balanced, Dr. Turner’s Glyci-Med approach to eating focuses more on vegetables and nuts, and even allows potatoes and sweets once a week!
- Emphasizes increasing metabolic rate. Muscle and protein are weighed heavily in The Hormone Diet. Since muscle is crucial to metabolic rate and we naturally lose muscle as we age, any practice that compromises muscle tissue is to be avoided – this includes extreme dieting and too much cardio.
- Good sex is good for you. This piece of wise advice cinched the deal for me. 🙂
The only aspect of the book that I’m coping with (I just filled out the Hormonal Health Profile) is that it’s written as a weight-loss book. Balance and total health is my primary focus but I can see how Dr. Turner needed to target those with a more popular goal.
Regardless, there is a ton of information in The Hormone Diet explaining how the body works. And of course, knowledge is key to success! So I’m pumped to continue reading and devising my own personalized plan to rebalance my hormones!
So what do you think, Readers? In this stressful society, are we all just a little hormonal? Could we benefit from The Hormone Diet?