Hormone Harmony: How to Balance Insulin, Cortisol, Thyroid, Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone to Live Your Best Life

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-09-30
  • Publisher: Healthy Life Pr Inc
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Hormone Harmony addresses millions of women who are struggling with hormone imbalance, an epidemic that is disrupting countless lives during menopause and much earlier in lifea widely unrecognized fact. It demystifies the subject of natural or bioidentical hormone therapy and debunks the myth that menopause is the primary trigger of midlife symptoms such as constant fatigue, lack of zest, sleep difficulties, mood swings, weight gain, loss of sex drive, forgetfulness, fuzzy thinking, and even hot flashes. In a friendly style, the book reveals the chief lifestyle triggers of hormonal havoc that are ignored in health care today; why six key hormonesinsulin, cortisol, thyroid, estrogen, progesterone and testosteronemust be in balance; how to restore harmony by making practical lifestyle changes that cost little or nothing; and when necessary, how to get medical help. While aimed mainly at women, Hormone Harmony includes a chapter and plan for men.

Table of Contents

Dr. Alicia Stanton's Storyp. xiii
Vera Tweed's Storyp. xxv
What's Happening Today?p. 1
Not Your Mother's Menopausep. 3
The Bigger Hormonal Picturep. 4
Nature's Cyclep. 5
Lifestyle Havocp. 6
Regaining Balancep. 7
What Are Bioidentical Hormones?p. 8
Identifying Individual Needsp. 9
How Diet Triggers Hormonal Havocp. 11
The Food-Insulin Triggerp. 14
The Cortisol Triggerp. 17
The Progesterone Deficiencyp. 18
The Information Gapp. 19
Culture and Carbohydratesp. 21
Cultural Messagesp. 22
Social Pressuresp. 23
Carbohydrate Liabilitiesp. 24
Carbohydrate Qualityp. 27
The Glycemic Indexp. 28
Choosing Carbohydrates Wiselyp. 29
Food Trapsp. 33
Hot Flashes and Weightp. 34
Blood Sugar, Appetite and Weightp. 34
Nutritious vs. Empty Caloriesp. 36
Harmful and Helpful Fatsp. 37
Trans Fatp. 38
The Trans Fat Label Trapp. 40
Watch for Hidden Trans Fatsp. 41
Hallmarks of Food Qualityp. 42
Restoring Harmony with Foodp. 45
Top Prioritiesp. 46
Taking Care of Taste Budsp. 47
Top Foodsp. 49
Pitfalls to Avoidp. 57
Every Bit Countsp. 58
Stress Lessp. 61
Peoplep. 62
Timep. 65
Moneyp. 67
Physical Activityp. 68
Managing Your Lifep. 74
Toxins: Reducing Daily Exposurep. 75
Foodp. 76
Waterp. 81
Plasticsp. 81
Bisphenol A (BPA) in Plastics and Cansp. 82
Fragrancep. 82
Antibacterial Productsp. 84
Toxin Reduction Basicsp. 85
Exercise For Harmonyp. 87
Taking Care of Musclesp. 88
Strength-Training Basicsp. 89
Important Reasons to Exercisep. 90
Aerobic Exercisep. 93
Monitoring Heart Ratep. 95
Do You Need a Health Club?p. 97
Making Timep. 98
A Basic Strength-Training Routinep. 100
Supplements: the Basicsp. 103
Multivitaminsp. 103
Special Antioxidant Formulasp. 106
Additional Basic Nutrientsp. 115
Timingp. 119
Shopping Guidep. 120
Supplements for Individual Situationsp. 123
Hot Flashes, Mood Swings and PMSp. 123
Stress, Mood and Sleep Difficultiesp. 125
Digestionp. 127
Weight-Loss Supportp. 128
Vaginal Yeast Infectionsp. 129
Constipationp. 130
Urinary Tract Infectionsp. 130
Prevention of Hormone-Related Cancersp. 131
Painp. 131
Bioidentical Hormonesp. 133
Terminologyp. 135
˘Synthetic÷ Hormonesp. 137
HRT Health Risks and Panicp. 138
Progesterone vs. Progestinsp. 140
Bioidentical Hormone Researchp. 140
The Basic Steps of BHRTp. 142
Symptom Questionnairep. 144
Symptom Questionnairep. 144
Frequently Asked Questionsp. 147
What Is Adrenal Fatigue?p. 147
Why Is Thyroid Hormone Tested?p. 148
Isn't Testosterone a Dangerous Steroid?p. 149
What Sex Hormones Do for Womenp. 150
Are Bioidentical Hormones Natural?p. 150
How Quickly Do Bioidentical Hormones Work?p. 151
Why Are Tests Needed?p. 151
How Are Tests Done?p. 152
Do I Need a Prescription?p. 152
In What Form Are Bioidentical Hormones Taken?p. 153
How Much Do Bioidentical Hormones Cost?p. 153
Can Bioidentical Hormone Prescriptions
Be Filled at My Local Pharmacy?p. 154
How Can I Tell if a Mass-Produced Hormone
Prescription Is Bioidentical?p. 154
Can My Regular Doctor Prescribe Bioidentical Hormones?p. 155
What Is a Compounded Prescription?p. 155
Are Compounding Pharmacies Regulated?p. 156
Is BHRT Covered by Health Insurance?p. 157
Do I Have to Take Bioidentical Hormones for the Rest of My Life?p. 158
Where Do I Find a Qualified Doctor?p. 159
Your Personal Action Planp. 161
Food Basicsp. 161
Stress Controlp. 166
Toxin Reductionp. 167
Correct Exercisep. 167
Nutritional Insurancep. 168
Bioidentical Hormonesp. 168
The Bottom Linep. 169
Hormone Harmony Habits Checklistp. 170
Hormone Harmony for Menp. 173
Testosterone Robbersp. 174
Cultural Stereotypesp. 175
Body Mass Indexp. 176
Symptoms of Hormonal Disruptionp. 178
Stress, Men and Hormones :p. 179
Dietary Stress Triggersp. 180
Other Lifestyle Issuesp. 183
Dietary Supplementsp. 185
Bioidentical Hormonesp. 186
Lifestyle Snapshotp. 187
How to Find Qualified Physiciansp. 189
Compounding Pharmaciesp. 189
Laboratory Testing Sourcesp. 190
Bioidentical Hormone Brandsp. 191
Supplement Sourcesp. 192
How to Track Your Progressp. 192
Selected Referencesp. 193
Indexp. 211
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