Foods to balance your hormones and ease anxiety (part 1)
- Magdalena’s own journey with Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance and anxiety
- How hormonal imbalances can cause anxiety: low progesterone, low/high estrogen
- How over and underactive thyroid can cause anxiety
- The adrenals and anxiety and depression
Foods to balance your hormones and ease anxiety (part 2)
- How to test for hormonal imbalances
- The foundation to all hormonal health being: healthy gut, healthy blood sugar levels and optimal liver health
- Foods that support the production of the different hormones
- Seed rotation for balancing estrogen and progesterone
- The role of coffee in liver health, hormone metabolism and anxiety
In part 1 we discussed this 2015 paper: Sex hormones affect neurotransmitters and shape the adult female brain during hormonal transition periods.
Here we review the evidence from animal experiments and human studies reporting interactions between sex hormones and the dominant neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine, GABA and glutamate
The brain represents an important target for estrogen and progesterone effects.
major shifts in sex hormone levels seem to be paralleled by the incidence rates of mood disorders such as unipolar depression
A subgroup of women suffers from clinical level of premenstrual mood changes called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)… core symptoms include anxiety, irritability and depressed mood
Estrogen has been reported to have potent serotonin-modulating properties
progesterone and its neuroactive metabolites (allopregnanolone, pregnanolone) seem to facilitate GABAergic transmission
To summarize, neurotransmitter systems do not work in isolation and sex hormones act on multiple sites, highly intertwined with serotonin, dopamine, GABA and glutamate.
Magdalena shared these low estrogen symptoms:
- Skin elasticity problems
- Loss of muscle strength
- Feeling really blah
- Warm flashes and/or night sweats
Magdalena shared these low progesterone symptoms:
- Tender breasts
- Irregular periods
- Puffiness and water retention
- Mood swings and anger
- Anxiety and sleep issues
- Problems falling pregnant
If you had to give up either coffee or the internet for 2 weeks, which one would you choose? How about either coffee or sex for 2 weeks? If you’d rather relinquish anything to keep your coffee, you’d be on par with the majority of the people around you.
I shared my recipe: Carob Cinnamon Delight instead of coffee – a calming hot beverage and mentioned rooibos tea how it’s A Functional Food in the Management of Stress (an interview from a prior anxiety summit)
Magdalena mentioned the EWG/Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep site for checking your cosmetics – simply enter the name of the product in the search area.
We also mentioned Annmarie Gianni Skin Care, which is a natural skin care line made with organic ingredients that you can trust – and that actually work. This is the best and most natural skin-care line I have come across – anywhere! It’s organic, uses absolutely zero toxic ingredients and features gorgeous essential oils! You can try your Annmarie Gianni Skin Care sample kit here.
Magdalena’s gift: How to Rebalance Your Hormones with Food and Recipes
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