Young or old, it’s hard to escape some sort of symptom related to hormones. Some women struggle with PMS at one end of the spectrum and hot flashes at the other end of the spectrum.
In my short video, I discuss some remedies I personally use and prescribe to patients who have mild symptoms. If you have severe symptoms, you absolutely should work with your health care provider. The supplements I discuss are meant for an as needed scenario – as in a few days a month like you’d treat an occasional headache or something. If your symptoms are more severe, you should identify the root cause.
#1. DIM (Di-Indole-Methionine) and/or I3C (Indole 3 Carbinol) are amazing when it comes to PMS. When I feel that crabby/moodiness thing come on for no apparent reason, I take a capsule and try to keep my mouth shut for the next 30 minutes. It works fast (for me as well as many of my patients) and turns me back into my sweet loving self quickly. We call it the “happy pill” at the Konoske house and I’m not offended at all if Johny nicely sets the bottle on the counter when I don’t realize I might need a capsule:) Biochemically, it is supporting the 2OH and 16OH estrogen ratio’s…but that’s probably more than you want to know. What you want to know is that it works!
#2. Estrovera is amazing for mild hot flashes and I use it a few days a month as needed. It is Siberian Rhubarb. 1 capsule a day is the usual dose without further testing and identification of root causes and imbalances. If you have severe, sheet-drenching hot flashes, you’ll want to do some hormone testing and not just guess at what is going on.
#3. Calcium D Glucarate to reduce your risk of hormone related cancers. Since 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, it is important to not allow re-conjugation of estrogen in the GI tract. As you know, many cancers are estrogen positive so MORE estrogen is not a good thing. Our bodies manufacture estrogen (estrone, estradiol, and estriol) on a daily basis but when used, it should be excreted. But because the liver can’t excrete it in and of itself, the liver must package it up and then send it to the GI tract for elimination. If the package gets “unwrapped” in the GI tract, the estrogens can be reabsorbed and re-circulate, raising your levels of circulating estrogen. Calcium D Glucarate binds to estrogen and insures it is excreted, not reabsorbed. A typical dose preventatively can be 500 to 1500 mg a day. If yo have a strong family history of cancer, or other known risk factors, testing can be done to establish a personalized dose. I use the Genova Diagnostics CDSA 2.0 test and it has a marker for Beta-Glucoronidase which is the enzyme that “unpackages” estrogen. If it is high, we ramp up the dose of Calcium D Glucarate accordingly.
Set up an account directly with Nutri-Dyn and “register” in the upper right hand corner. You’ll need the code 700123 to establish it the 1st time. Keep your log-in and password for reference later. I know you’ll love #1 and/or #2 and I hope you don’t need #3 but some of us do!