Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy During Menopause: Yes or No? – #397

Friday Q&A: Answering Community Questions

In today’s Q&A, JJ answers a question from a community member who is wondering if she should opt for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy during menopause. Listen as JJ shares her thoughts on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, as well as the top diet, supplement, and lifestyle shifts that can go a long way toward balancing your hormones. Find out how to restore hormonal balance in your body so you can feel like yourself again!

Main Points From Today’s Episode

1. One of the hormones that typically starts to decrease first during menopause is progesterone. Low progesterone levels can interfere with your sleep.

2. All of your hormones are interconnected, which is why it’s important to be sure that your thyroid and adrenal glands are functioning well. Things that can help with adrenal function include burst training, tapping, vitamin C, and adrenal glandulars.

3. JJ recommends strategies that you can try before considering BHRT. She shares the top herbs and supplements that can help restore hormonal balance.

Episode Play-By-Play

[0:28] Listener’s question: I’m going through the change. BHRT or not? It’s hard to sleep right now.

[0:55] BHRT stands for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

[1:13] One of the first hormones that typically starts to decrease first during menopause, and how that can interfere with your sleep

[1:35] When you may want to consider doing a trial of supplemental, over-the-counter progesterone

[1:51] It’s important to make sure that your thyroid and adrenal glands are functioning well.

[2:31] Things that can help your adrenals: burst training, tapping, vitamin C, and adrenal glandulars

[2:57] JJ recommends consulting a functional medicine provider to be sure your thyroid is functioning optimally.

[3:00] Why you should optimize your vitamin D levels

[3:30] The connection between blood sugar balance and sleep

[3:52] JJ’s Sugar Impact Diet and Breakthrough Carb Intolerance Online Program can help with blood sugar balance.

[4:02] Vitamin D and fiber can also help with blood sugar balance.

[4:10] Fish oil can help with insulin sensitivity and hormone production.

[4:19] Why you need to be sure you’re digesting your protein well

[4:45] The benefits of phytoestrogens and top sources

[5:04] Herbs that have been shown to help with hormone balance

[5:24] What you should keep in mind if you opt for BHRT

[5:48] Things that can help with detoxing the bad estrogens: calcium-d-glucarate, broccoli, sprouts, and DIM

[6:17] Tips to help prepare yourself for a good night’s sleep

[6:48] Links to search for a functional medicine doctor in your area: The Institute for Functional Medicine (https://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117) and The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (https://www.a4m.com/directory.html)

[7:02] How to submit questions for Friday Q&A’s

Mentioned in this episode:

How to Balance Your Hormones Naturally with JJ Virgin

Free eBook on Tapping

JJ Virgin Vitamin D Plus

JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet

Breakthrough Carb Intolerance Online Program

JJ Virgin Extra Fiber

JJ Virgin Omega Ultra (fish oil)

Reignite Wellness Safety Net Plus

JJ Virgin Sleep Candy

Designs for Health FemGuard+Balance (enter the discount code 20DFH2018 to save 20% on your first purchase)

Designs for Health BroccoProtect

Designs for Health DIM-Evail

Discovering the Link Between Menopause and Alzheimer’s

Links to search for a functional medicine doctor in your area: The Institute for Functional Medicine (https://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117) and The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (https://www.a4m.com/directory.htm

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