- October 10, 2016
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Health & Wellness
Sex Hormones affect almost all aspects of your being.
Join my friend and mentor, Mark Hyman, as helps us to explore this important topic.
Progesterone is an important sex hormone.
Levels drop during PMS and in perimenopause. This can lead to increases in anxiety and insomnia. There is evidence that natural, bio-identical progesterone reduces this anxiety and stress.
There are receptors for all sex hormones, including estrogen, in the brain.
Estrogen promotes the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin. It also potentially reduces the risk of dementia. This makes it a wonderful antidepressant and sleep aid. Getting the balance right is essential. A little too much can cause breast, uterine, and cervical cancer.
Testosterone is a brain-boosting hormone that can improve mood, memory, and motivation.
Testosterone drops in women and men with age. This is most often caused by weight gain, lack of exercise, stress, and high-sugar diets.
However, biggest reason I see low testosterone in men is insulin resistance. High belly fat drives insulin up and testosterone down. Men can lose hair on their bodies, grow breasts, and have rounded, soft skin. It is because they are producing less testosterone and more estrogen.
Correcting insulin problems may naturally raise testosterone levels. This can be done with eating whole foods, cutting out sugar and flour, and building muscle.
A topical bio-identical testosterone may help with building muscle and bone. It may also help with weight loss, depression, mood swings, memory, concentration, and sexual function. Even women benefit from the use of bio-identical testosterone.
80 percent of the time simply changing your diet and lifestyle, detoxifying, addressing stress, and rebalancing all the other seven Keys to UltraWellness health will help you regain balance without taking hormones.
For even more about how sex hormones affect your mood, memory, and behavior see Dr. Hyman’s book, The UltraMind Solution.