While bioidentical hormones can restore our youthfulness, enhancing our own natural hormones with food, supplements and herbs is an even more natural approach to assist us in maintaining and/or restoring our hormones.
Bioidentical hormones have been used for many years and are believed to be safe and effective. But once someone begins to take bioidenticals, they will likely need to stay on them indefinitely so that the youthful effects continue.
The other option is to naturally support our hormones with nutrition, superfoods and herbs. The following information is based on research from raw foodist and health consultant, David Wolfe and Dr. Sangeeta Pati, MD, who founded the Restorative and Regenerative Medicine Clinic in Orlando, Florida. As always, be sure to consult your health practitioner regarding what diet and supplements are best for you.
Hormones direct our cells and tell them what to do. They help with:
The #1 builder of natural hormones is cholesterol. Cholesterol is produced by our bodies. It helps build sex hormones. In females, these hormones are estrogen and progesterone and in males, testosterone.
Cholesterol also helps produce the stress hormone cortisol in both men and women. In addition, cholesterol builds vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight.
There are other natural hormone building blocks that can come from our diet. They include:
The following herbs and supplements can be used to support our natural hormones:
In addition, Dr. Pati recommends the following diet as a foundation for good health and in support of our natural hormones:
This diet is very similar to the Mediterranean Diet which has many studies confirming it’s benefits.
Dr. Pati believes that everyone should be on a supplementation of essential vitamins, minerals and omega-3's.
Estrogen can get stuck in our liver if we don’t have enough methyl groups in our diet.
A methyl group is a molecule with one carbon and 3 hydrogen atoms. Methylation is simply adding or removing one of these molecules to a substance in our bodies.
In general, when a substance in our body receives a methyl molecule, this starts a reaction such as turning a gene on or activating an enzyme. When a substance loses a methyl group, the reaction stops.
One of the methylation reactions is that methyl groups "turn on" detox reactions that detox the body of chemicals. We can get rid of the "bad" estrogen that has accumulated in the liver with methylation. Foods, herbs and supplements with methyl groups can detoxify our liver of the bad estrogens.
We need to have enough methylators in our diet to detoxify our liver of excess estrogen. Methylators include:
Examples of food that can help with methylation in our diets are beets, gojiberries, and beet juice.
In addition to detoxifying our livers with methylators, we still need to remove the bad estrogens from our bodies. Here are some foods and supplements that assist in removing the bad estrogens from our bodies
Bad Estrogen Removers:
An additional issue can be when good natural hormones turn into bad hormones. Natural aromatase inhibitors can stop this process from happening. The following compounds block aromatization:
There is also medication available to inhibit aromatization. Arimidex is a medicine that is used to stop aromatization during breast cancer.