#27: Balancing Hormones with Dr. Valerie Bonnett
Our hormones play a critical role in how we feel; from sleep to temperature regulation to clarity, if they are out of balance you won’t feel your best.
Dr. Valerie Bonnett uses functional medicine to treat patients so that your whole self is feeling its best rather than masking other symptoms.
This week I talk with Dr. Valerie Bonnett about balancing hormones in all stages of life, particularly mid-life and beyond. Younger women’s bodies often naturally self-correct hormone imbalances, but around mid-life, progesterone biologically begins to decrease. She shares how taking a tissue-level test is the ideal way to measure hormones in your body and some indicators as to what an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone and testosterone in your body may look like. See below for those indicators.
Highlights & links below from the interview.
Indicators of low estrogen:
- Brain fog
- Joint pain
- Urinating more frequently
- Rapid aging—wrinkles, thinning skin
Indicators of Progesterone Deficiency:
- Sleep disturbances
- Feeling cold
- Mood issues – anxiety, nervousness, anger easily
Role of Testosterone in women:
- Bone density
- Muscle support
- Aid in memory
2:27 Dr. Valerie’s Background
6:28 Single Parenting as a Dr.
9:06 How Val got into hormone work
11:07 Why medications may not be the answer
12:12 Discovering Functional Medicine
14:06 Functional Medicine defined
15:23 The role of sleep in body functioning
17:36 Hormones and sleep
18:43 Estrogen and health
20:41 Progesterone and health
21:31 Testosterone in women
23:33 Why you may be losing sleep
24:42 Correcting hormonal imbalances at various ages
25:24 Key indicators to hormonal imbalance and loss of estrogen
26:26 The role of estrogen receptors
27:01 Progesterone and mood
28:00 Postpartum hormones
30:46 Treating hormone imbalance
40:30 Hormone regulation and Health Harmony and Happiness
41:44 Val’s contact info
Connect with Dr. Valerie Bonnett
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