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Day 8 of 12 Days of Bone Health Holiday Tips


If you are like millions of Americans, you have either done so, or are in the process of making your New Year’s resolutions.  Am I right?

If one of your goals this year is to “get healthy”, then stay with me.  I have lots of plans to help you do just that over the next few weeks.

If you find yourself just not feeling yourself, and aging is really taking its toll on you, then you might consider your hormones.

Hot flashes, fatigue, burnout, exhaustion, limp, thinning hair, weight gain, and then that growing middle tire that just won’t go away, can be a result of a hormone imbalance.

A hormone imbalance does not necessarily stem from your sex hormones (estrogen and testosterone).

In order to be healthy and well balanced, we need to have all of our hormones working together.

Hormones are made in different parts of the endocrine glands.

These prominent hormones include:
Adrenal gland
Thyroid Gland
Pituitary Gland

Hormones can be a very tricky thing for women and men and can be one of the main causes of bone loss.  Many doctors diagnose a woman with osteoporosis saying the cause is from a loss in estrogen based on her age and menopause.  While this may be true in part, there is usually a whole lot more to it than this.  Yes, we lose estrogen and our other hormones as we age, but a healthy person still has balanced hormones and can sail through menopause and old age without having to take hormones or without experiencing bone loss.  I have helped women get off of hormone replacement and balance their hormones naturally, and reverse bone loss!

Reasons for hormones that are imbalanced:

  • Heavy metal toxicity – especially copper which is common among women because of exposure to birth control
  • Stress
  • Diet
  • Lack of sleep
  • Lack of exercise
  • Menopause
  • Adrenal dysfunction
  • Thyroid issues
  • And more…

All of the above can be addressed through balancing your minerals.  That is where every functional medicine practitioner usually begins.  Functional medicine looks at the cause of the symptoms and does not focus on treating the symptoms.

If you are experiencing hormone imbalance, here are some things you can do:

  1. Focus on clean eating of fresh whole foods, eliminating junk and processed foods
  2. Get plenty of sleep
  3. Reduce stress (focus on stress reducing activities – see previous post)
  4. Exercise every day
  5. Get your minerals tested.  This is the place to start to see where the break down is happening.  You may also need to hormone levels check at some point depending on what is going on.  If this is something you want to pursue, please set up an appointment to see how I can help you.  Let’s chat.

If I was going to suggest one supplement to begin taking now, to help you cope with the holidays, and now “after the holiday” stress, then I recommend ashwagandha.    Ashwagandha is quite effective at balancing hormones.  It promotes the scavenging of free radicals and benefits thyroid function.  It is also used to support sluggish adrenals and combat adrenal dysfunction.

If you missed the first six tips for Bone Holiday Health Tips, you can view them here:
Tip #1 – MOST IMPORTANT!  Check your minerals –
Tip #2 – Water for Bone Health
Tip #3 – Stress
Tip #4 – Superfoods and Bone Health
Tip #5 – Inflammation – Killer of Bones
Tip #6 – Blood Sugar:…ip-6-blood-sugar/

Try my Hormone-Balancing Hot Cocoa Mix here: