Here are the first things I evaluate:
- Blood sugar – remove processed sugars and increase good fats and protein
- Nutrient deficiencies – consider Vitamin B6, E, Magnesium, Flax
- Internal and external stress – environmental stressors as well as personal / life stress management
- Liver function – liver loving herbs and adaptogens, castor oil packs
I often recommend the next step after scaling back on the sugar monsters is eating a mostly plant-based diet for the next cycle. The high fiber content of dark leafy greens and good quality fats can help the body to effectively eliminate excessive hormones from the intestine, particularly estrogen, while adequate intake of legumes can support the production of hormones when there is a deficiency. Another goal is to keep dairy products to a minimum to avoid any excess hormones coming into your system. Cold-water fish (such as salmon and other low-mercury fish) a couple of times a week is great and dietary fats should come from olive oil, avocados, coconut oil, hemp oil, and other good quality oils.
The last thing I like to weave in is restorative exercise if there’s not an existing exercise routine. It helps with blood flow, energy, clarity and mood. It doesn’t have to be hard core, it can be walking or stretching or restorative yoga – I love helping to find a form of movement that women can enjoy and live with.
This process is so satisfying as many women can see drastic changes pretty quickly. Naturally.
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