Building and supporting vibrant health with functional medicine, science-based nutritional therapy & therapeutic lifestyle change.
Building and supporting vibrant health with functional medicine, science-based nutritional therapy & therapeutic lifestyle change. 

Functional Medicine for Hormonal Function

 

 

The female menstrual cycle begins in puberty and ends with menopause. 

 

The female sex hormones are:

  • Oestrogen,
  • Progesterone,
  • DHEA,
  • Pregnenolone, and
  • SHBG (sex hormone binding globuline).
  • Other hormones like insulin, thyroid hormones, and cortisol, play a role in female fertility, ovulation, maturation of the ovary, etc., although they are produced in other glands of the body.

 

Any nutrient deficiency in your diet, chronic stress (emotional, physical, psychological) or repeated lifestyle indiscretions, will have serious repercussions on your overall health easily resulting in hormonal issues like :

 

  • PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Lack of periods; heavy periods; irregular periods
  • Endometriosis
  • Mood swings
  • Poor memory & concentration
  • Mental fogginess
  • Decreased libido
  • Acne
  • Fibrocystic breast or breast cysts
  • Fibroids
  • Infertility
  • Water retention (weight-gain)
  • Insomnia
  • Menopause with sweats, hot flushes, painful intercourse, etc.
  • And other...

 

 

Male hormones are also directly influenced by dietary habits, poor lifstyle, and chronic stress.

For a man to enjoy optimum, vibrant health, and feel young and viril at all ages and especially after his 40's, top quality nutrition and excellent lifestyle choices are a total must. Diet, stress, infections, viruses, environmental toxins, smoking and drinking, are factors that will determine hormonal expression.

 

Male hormones playing a crucial role in male's health are

 

  • DHEA-s
  • DHT (dihydrotestosterone)
  • Androstenedione
  • Progesterone
  • Estrone 
  • Insulin (a pancreatic hormone)
  • Thyroid hormones (not sex hormones either, but they exert influence upon them). 
  • Cortisol (an adrenal hormone that indicates levels of stress in the individual)

 

Here are some symptoms of male hormonal issues:

 

  • Acne in puberty and teenage years
  • Diminished libido 
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Baldness 
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Loss of zest for life or depression
  • Decreased bone mass
  • Prostate problems

“By combining a low-glycemic diet, daily intense exercise and the targeted nutritional supplements I discuss in the book, my total testosterone quadrupled, I gained rock hard skeletal muscle and lost 25 pounds of fat.” - Dr. Kyl Smith, author of "The Testosterone Switch"

My functional medicine program for hormonal function

 

  1. Functional diagnostic tests - it will be essential for us to investigate sex hormones function, stress hormones levels, and if necessary, thyroid health and insulin balance. 
  2. Detoxification - see my page on therapeutic detoxificaiton here, please. 
  3. Reducing Oxidative Stress - if your hormones are not supporting your many daily bodily tasks as they should, your system is already under a great deal of stress. This stress will lead to free radical  damage, which in turn will accelerate aging. To reverse this destructive pattern, we need a therapeutic diet and cellular support from targeted foods and nutrients.
  4. Diet to support the hormonal cascade- all sex hormones are manufactured by the body out of cholesterol. Your diet must be rich in healthy fats, as well as other key nutrients that support hormonal health. 
  5. Targeted nutrients and herbs to boost results-  these nutrients powerfully boost results and act as the perfect complement to your therapeutic diet.
  6. Therapeutic lifestyle change to combat disease-causing lifestyle habits and cultivate health-enhacing ones-  because other things have got to change too, like exercise, relaxation techniques, daily health-enhancing activities, etc., it is imperative that we discuss options that can enhance wellness in your body.

If you have a hormonal disorder and would like to explore a different approach that will focus on finding the root of the problem and addressing it naturally, please get in touch with me asap:

+44 07 87 20 22009    consultations@vitalityexpression.co.uk

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"Animal studies show that holy basil helps the body maintain homeostasis of the stress hormone cortisol.1 It rebalances mood-associated neurotransmitters in the brain—specifically ones that can produce feelings of hopelessness, which is a key component of stress-induced depression."2

1- Phytother Res. 2016;30(5):805-14

2-Indian J Med Res. 2012;135(4):548-54

 

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"This meta-analysis showed a significant effect of supplementation with Spirulina in reducing plasma concentrations of total cholesterol, LDL-C, triglycerides and elevating those of HDL-C."

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"Supplementation with olive leaf polyphenols for 12 weeks significantly improved insulin sensitivity and pancreaticβ-cell secretory capacity in overweight middle-aged men at risk of developing the metabolic syndrome."

- Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. Dec 31, 2012

 

"A coconut extra virgin oil-rich diet increases HDL cholesterol and decreases waist circumference and body mass in coronary artery disease patients."

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"Lycopene, the predominant carotenoid in tomatoes and tomato-based foods, is reported to protect against various cancers, especially prostate cancer. 

Cell growth was inhibited 20% at 0.2 microM lycopene and 40% at 50 microM lycopene after a 24-hr incubation. In the Comet assay, lycopene-treated cells showed less DNA damage than did placebo-treated cells. The inhibition of Hep3B cell growth in this study demonstrates the antitumor properties of lycopene."

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"Accumulating evidence indicates that abdominal adiposity is positively related to cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and some other diseases independently of overall adiposity. However, the association of premature death resulting from these diseases with abdominal adiposity has not been widely studied, and findings are inconsistent. In a prospective cohort study of 44,636 women in the Nurses' Health Study, associations of abdominal adiposity with all-cause and cause-specific mortality were examined. During 16 years of follow-up, 3507 deaths were identified, including 751 cardiovascular deaths and 1748 cancer deaths. After adjustment for body mass index and potential confounders, the relative risks across the lowest to the highest waist circumference quintiles were 1.00, 1.11, 1.17, 1.31, and 1.79 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.47 to 1.98) for all-cause mortality; 1.00, 1.04, 1.04, 1.28, and 1.99 (95% CI, 1.44 to 2.73) for CVD mortality; and 1.00, 1.18, 1.20, 1.34, and 1.63 (95% CI, 1.32 to 2.01) for cancer mortality (all P<0.001 for trend). Among normal-weight women (body mass index, 18.5 to<25 kg/m(2)), abdominal obesity was significantly associated with elevated CVD mortality: Relative risk associated with waist circumference>or = 88 cm was 3.02 (95% CI, 1.31 to 6.99) and for waist-to-hip ratio>0.88 was 3.45 (95% CI, 2.02 to 6.92). After adjustment for waist circumference, hip circumference was significantly and inversely associated with CVD mortality."

-Circulation. 2008 Apr 1;117(13):1658-67. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.107.739714. Epub 2008 Mar 24.

"Major changes in self-reported eating behaviors included eating only when experiencing true physiological hunger and stopping when sensing a feeling of fullness. Self-efficacy for these behaviors was reported to be enhanced by observing weight loss for themselves or others. Support from other group members, the simplicity of the program, and spiritual benefits through prayer and scripture reading were also reported to enhance confidence. Women indicated that they relied on an internal locus of control based on a sense of self-discipline.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:

Traditional means to enhance self-efficacy were important for all women; however, for some women, spirituality was also an important aspect of adhering to program principles."

- J Nutr Educ Behav. 2004 Jan-Feb;36(1):13-5.

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