Hormone Reset: 1st Measurements & Prep

Before Photos

Along with weight gain, I have also developed acne over the last year. Its not out of control, but It’s more than I’ve ever had. I want to see if my skin clears up with the reset as well.


Measurements

Weight……………………………………. 64 in

Height…………………………………….. 215 lbs

Neck………………………………………. 13.5 in

Chest……………………………………… 40.5 in

Lower Chest……………………………. 42.3 in

Waist……………………………………… 35.5 in

Belly………………………………………. 40.5 in

Hip………………………………………… 47.0 in

Thigh…………………………………….. 29.5 in

Lower Thigh…………………………… 24.5 in

Calf……………………………………….. 18.0 in

Ankle…………………………………….. 9.2 in

Arm……………………………………….. 14.5 in

Wrist……………………………………… 6.5 in

 

Waist-to-height………………………. .55 in

Waist-to-hip…………………………… .74 in

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Hormones………………………………. below

BMI………………………………………... 36.9

Basal Metabolic Rate………………. 1,774 cal

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These are the supplements I chose to use. I have started to be very selective with the products I buy in terms of packaging and quality. The following products are packaged more environmentally friendly than ones recommended to me, or that I previously used, and are of equal quality

I am using Moon Juice because they use medicinal mushrooms, and they package in glass.

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I’m using Your Super for super food blends.

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1st Grocery Haul

My Hormone Results

Low Thyroid.  There’s a good chance you are low in thyroid hormone.  Low thyroid can cause decreased mental acuity, fatigue, and constipation.  Long-term low levels are associated with delayed reflexes and a greater risk of Alzheimer's disease.  With low thyroid, your metabolism slows, which means your weight may climb--even if you eat less and exercise more.  You may have low sex drive and depression or moodiness.

What to do.  I recommend asking your doctor for a test. Get your blood levels tested for TSH, Free T4, and Free T3 -- and keep your TSH between 0.3 and 2.5.  Consider checking your anti-thyroid antibodies too - and go off gluten if your antibodies are elevated. I recommend you start a high potency multivitamin containing copper, zinc, and selenium.  Cook with organic, extra virgin coconut oil.

Low Estrogen.  There’s a good chance you are low in estrogen.  I think of the estrogen and progesterone as tango partners.  Estrogen is the curvaceous, flirty, extroverted partner of the pair and progesterone is the stable one, making estrogen look good.  You need two, in balance, to tango.  Estrogen is actually a group of hormones responsible for keeping women juicy, joyous, and jonesin' for sex!  Low estrogen causes your mood and libido to tank and makes your vagina less moist, your joints less flexible, your mental state less focused and alive.  You might also have trouble sleeping, loss of interest in exercise, and painful sex.

What to do.  I’d recommend testing with your doctor in addition to trying black cohosh for hot flashes and trying organic, extra virgin coconut oil externally for dryness.  When you ask your doctor to measure your blood level, look for a level of 50 or higher for the normal range.  If necessary, you can order a home test to check your estrogen (estradiol) and progesterone, as the balance is key.

Low Cortisol.  There’s a good chance you are low in cortisol.  Low cortisol is the long-term consequence of high cortisol--so you could have low cortisol AND high cortisol simultaneously, making you feel exhausted and drained, like a car trying to run on an empty gas tank.  Low cortisol can cause fatigue or burnout--you might turn to caffeine to bolster your energy or fall asleep while reading or watching a movie.  Your stamina may decline, particularly between 2 and 5 in the afternoon.  You could go on crying jags for no particular reason, feel stressed, and experience insomnia or difficulty sleeping, particularly between 2 and 4 AM.  Low cortisol can also produce low or unstable blood sugar and salt cravings.

What to do.  I recommend asking your doctor for a morning cortisol or 4-point (diurnal) test.  If your doctor is unwilling, go to http://www.canaryclub.org/and order the diurnal cortisol, which gives you cortisol levels at four times during the day.

Low Progesterone.  You may need to address this hormone imbalance.  Progesterone counterbalances estrogen by helping regulate the uterine lining (i.e., keeps the lining from getting too thick), emotions, and sleep.  Low progesterone can cause infertility, night sweats, sleeplessness, and irregular menstrual cycles.  You may find yourself agitated or having PMS, experiencing painful and/or swollen breasts, having heavy or painful periods, bloating, experiencing easily-disrupted sleep, or noticing itchy or restless legs.

What to do.  I recommend asking your doctor for a blood (serum) progesterone level on day 21 of your cycle. Ideally, the level should be more than 10, optimally 15 to 25 ng/mL.