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Are We All Just Hormonal?

written by Head Health Nutter May 25, 2009

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Small and steady progress. Achieving total wellness by balancing one hormone at a time!
  5. 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”.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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?

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4 comments

Dee May 26, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Yikes! This is EXACTLY what menopausal women like me need!
I heard Natasha Turner interviewed on CFRB radio and wrote down the name of her book, and then promptly lost it! (brain fog?)So this is very timely and serendipitous to find it again right here! It’s like you took notes for me. Thanx Stephanie. I’ll be taking that prescribed profile to put some balance back in my life ASAP .. before I deteriorate any further! Does anyone know where to find the kind of pharmacy (in Toronto) that can provide the bio-identical hormones I’ve heard so much about lately?

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Stephanie Miller May 27, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Hey Dee,

This book is incredible so far. I’ll provide a better review (for both the book and diet) when the time comes.

As for your question about hormone replacement, I have a natural vitamins and supplements store in my area (Kipling & Bloor in Etobicoke). It’s called Simple Life and the wonderful Italian woman who runs it really knows her stuff. We’ve become good friends since I’ve been going there.

Maybe I can ask her for a referral in the downtown area?

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Dee June 24, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Thanx Stephanie,

I appreciate that very much.
Would your Natural Health store also have a “compounding pharmacy” on site, as I believe this is what I will need for the bio-identical hormones for rebalancing. If not, maybe there is another one downtown or North Toronto that you/they are aware of? (I’m hoping)

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Stephanie Miller June 25, 2009 at 10:31 am

Dee,

My Natural Health store is very small and does not have a compounding pharmacy on-site.

I will definitely ask her if she knows of any downtown, though.

Steph
Head Health Nut

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