How I maintain a healthy hormonal status.
I am 48 years old and nearing my peri- menopausal stage.
My philosophy has always been that if I can maintain a menstrual cycle, my hormones will remain active and “change of life" will be delayed until an appropriate time.
So far so good. Mercifully my plan has worked and I remain asymptomatic.
This is what I attempt to do.
1. Liver Detoxification. Your liver plays an integral role in detoxifying many toxins and substances including any excess of hormones. Hormones are produced by the body and where there is excess of a hormone, it needs to be eliminated to keep the balance of all the hormones accurate. I take a liver detoxification aid on a daily basis. I combine this with a diet abundant in vegetables from the cruciferous family (cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts) to aid detoxification.
2. Vitamin D. This vitamin is classed as a prohormone. It plays an active role in regulating hormone levels. I keep my levels in the optimal range by taking 5000ius daily
3. Chaste tree. This incredible little berry has the ability to regulate estrogen and progesterone levels and to keep them in the correct ratio of 1:10. A lot of unpleasant hormonal symptoms arises from having a level of estrogen that is too high. Chaste tree will boost progesterone levels in a natural way. I take one tablet daily.
4. Good fats All the hormones in your body is manufactured from good fats that you get from your diet. I make sure that I consume enough good plant fats daily to keep my levels optimal. I include the following good fat sources in my diet: avocados, nuts and seeds, coconut oil and cream, good plant oils like avocado or other nut oils and fish.
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Dr. Marike de Klerk