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Do you think you’re struggling with hormonal imbalances that are leaving you frustrated with symptoms like weight gain and lack of energy?

This quiz will help you figure out if you may have a hormonal imbalance like estrogen dominance, adrenal fatigue and high testosterone by looking at the symptoms you’re experiencing on a daily basis.

Disclaimer: This quiz is not meant for diagnostic purposes. The best way to assess for hormone imbalances and adrenal function is with lab testing.

You may have estrogen dominance

Estrogen dominance is when your estrogen levels are high compared to your progesterone during your luteal phase (second part of your cycle). This leads to a myriad of symptoms that women may experience, especially during their PMS week. Women are led to think that having painful cramps 2 days before their cycle starts is normal. Or that needing to take the day off work because of a heavy flow is normal.  It’s common, but not normal. Nutrition has a huge impact on your body’s ability to flush out estrogen and to restore some balance in your sex hormones. Here are 4 tips that you can implement easily in your routine- my clients feel a huge difference in their symptoms within the next 1-2 cycles!
  1. Eat more cruciferous vegetables or Brassica vegetables, especially from ovulation until day 21. Of course, if you eat them all the time, it’s even better. These vegetables will help you with liver detoxification to flush out extra estrogen. They can also prevent breast cancer, optimize heart health and help you burn more fat. Who doesn’t want that?!
    • Try to have 1-2 cups of the following vegetables with lunch or dinner
      • Broccoli
      • Cauliflower
      • Cabbage
      • Brussel sprouts
      • Bok choy
      • Kale
  2. Limit or stop the alcohol. alcohol is toxic to the liver and everytime you drink, your liver stops all the important tasks it’s doing (balance your hormones, optimize your cholesterol, metabolizes sugars and fat, etc.) to get rid of the alcohol.
  3. Eat resistant starches to help heal your gut. You eliminate the extra estrogen through your gut, therefore having a healthy gut is crucial for optimal hormone balance. Resistant starches act as “food” for your healthy gut bacteria and can even help with weight loss. Try adding 1 tsp of green banana powder/ flour to your smoothies and this will not only reduce your sugar cravings, but also will optimize your gut health.
  4. Avoid xenoestrogens found in plastic food containers. Xenoestrogens work in the body the same way estrogen does- they can activate or shut down a receptor site instead of estrogen. So, one piece of advice is to buy clean makeup- you can use ewg.org as a resource to find out about clean brands for beauty products. Another advice is to throw all your plastic containers and buy glass containers to use on a daily basis.
  5. Take supplements. vitamin D, omega 3, vitex, and DIM are all important supplements to take.

You may have high testosterone or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that affects many women and is caused by a high level of the “male” hormone: testosterone.

All women produce testosterone (and need it too!). However, higher than normal levels can affect your cycle and when you ovulate. Most women with higher testosterone can develop PCOS, and this is when women are offered birth control pills to help with symptoms. Instead, there are a few things that you can try to really help optimize your testosterone. First, we need to focus on insulin resistance as it is closely linked with PCOS. Here are things you can start as of tomorrow in order to optimize your hormones:

  1. Weight training. Building lean muscle mass will help your sugars be more balanced, which will improve your insulin sensitivity. This will help lower inflammation and will also help with weight loss!
  2. Supplements. I recommend trying Berberine 1500mg/day to help with insulin resistance.
  3. Cutting down on carbs the first 2 weeks of your cycle. During these 2 weeks, your body doesn’t necessarily need extra carbs, so focusing on protein + vegetables will help keep your sugars steady and will help with weight loss!

You may have imbalanced cortisol (aka burn out)

You may be dealing with adrenal fatigue or a cortisol imbalance. Cortisol is our stress hormone. When you are chronically stressed (ie. overthinking all the time), your body is constantly inflamed, leading to weight gain as the primary symptom. Chronic stress overactivates your hunger and slows down your metabolism.

So, if you feel like you’re eating the same food/ calories as before while gaining weight, we need to start focusing on cortisol control!

2x breathwork
Protein within an hour of waking up
Slow down on intense workouts
Drink lemon balm tea and/or chamomile tea