Dr. Daenell explains what natural supplements can help women regulate their hormones.
Very similar to women that are in their reproductive years, that are struggling with hormonal imbalances like PMS. Basically what happens is that an estrogen dominance picture appears where there isn’t quite enough progesterone around to match the elevated levels of estrogen, which sounds funny because as we approach menopause we think we’ve been making less hormone, but in fact, sometimes our bodies can be out of balance in our digestive tracts, in our liver, that would allow our body to stockpile estrogen to some degree, and when we can’t keep up with the progesterone to balance that out, we have symptoms.
Unfortunately, those symptoms are also associated in some cases with an elevated risk for estrogen-related diseases. And so, in my practice, instead of simply treating the symptoms, which I am not saying those symptoms aren't
important, they are very important, these are quality-of-life symptoms.
When a woman can’t keep her cool throughout the day of work or maintain a good relationship with her loved ones, it’s not really that funny anymore; it’s very serious. But at the same time, it’s serious from a health perspective because you can guarantee that when her hormones are out of balance her risk is definitely going to be elevated.
So what I do is I use a couple of targeted nutritional supplements. One of them diindolylmethane that is complex with phosphatidylcholine, a special combination that is well absorbed, that works in the liver to make sure that your estrogen will break down into something that can fight risk instead of causing it.
Most women don’t even know that estrogen can fight risk. They’re just scared of it as they move into looking at the HRT question through menopause and, in the digestive system, when the digestive system . . . do I keep talking about the digestive system? It’s so very important.
When the digestive system isn't perfectly healthy, we don’t always get rid of toxins and estrogens on time the way our liver intends, and so I use calcium digluconate, not calcium like for your bones, but calcium digluconate to make sure that all the estrogens and the toxins that your liver has gone to the trouble to bind up for release actually leave the body on time.
Two simple interventions, nutritional protocols that a person could use every day on their own to completely reduce their risk and improve their quality of life. I have in fact got phone calls from husbands I have never met, thanking me for giving them back the person they used to know.
About Dr. Carrie Louise Daenell, N.D.:
Dr. Carrie Louise Daenell is a licensed naturopathic physician and currently practices as a consultant in Denver, Colorado near Cherry Creek. She was previously the managing editor at the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine, is the past-president of the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and has served on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She conducted her pre-medical studied at the University of Colorado, in Boulder and completed her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Additionally, she is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.