Have you ever been frustrated that you're putting in so much effort to lose weight, but the number on the scale is not budging?
I've spoken with women on health and weight loss strategies and had been shocked to find out months down the road that they have some kind of hormone related imbalance (anything from menstrual pain to PCOS, etc.).
The thing is, food and exercise are only 2 parts to the body balance equation. You also have to factor in hormone balance which requires other things like quality rest and low stress.
If you're the kind of person who believes you need to do more in order to reach your health goals, then going to bed on time or making time to relax can sound completely counter intuitive. I find that the most resistance to health strides come around topics of doing less than doing more!
So, I'm super thrilled to introduce Dr. Carrie Jones to you. She's a hormone and women's health doctor who is associated with the DUTCH test, a comprehensive urine test for hormone analysis.
Click below to have a listen and learn how your hormones and weight are interconnected!
[1:14] Dr. Carrie, please tell us a bit about yourself!
[5:10] Can you share with us what kind of affect stress has on our hormones?
[7:30] You mentioned that it's bad if stress affects your fat tissue. Why is that?
[9:13] If you overexercise, could it put negative stress on your body? What kind of exercise do you recommend for hormone balance?
[13:00] Most people listening want to lose weight but it's not working. How are hormones and weight interconnected?
[14:40] What is the first thing people should focus on if they want to lose weight, but they also have a hormone imbalance?
[16:04] I find it challenging to convince people how important it is to get quality sleep and rest - you can tell that it's the last thing on their list of priorities. How do you encourage people to get rest?
[18:40] Happy Lights are also excellent for balancing out our hormones and neurotransmitters. What happens when we get light exposure?
[20:07] What are the top foods you recommend women have on a daily basis for hormone balance?
[21:20] Is it important for us to focus on cleansing our liver?
[22:25] What are your thoughts about ground flax seeds or chia seeds, which are often recommended for hormone balance?
[25:00] Tell us more about testing. If someone isn't sure they have a hormone balance but they want to get tested to be sure, what are some tests that you recommend everyone does?
[27:15] Do you recommend people go see a hormone doctor for these tests, or is it also okay if they see a general practitioner?
[27:50] What if you're on the pill, when should you get the tests done?
[28:45] How long do you recommend people wait before taking a test, after they go off the pill?
[31:00] What changes need to be made if women are around peri-menopause?
[33:40] Are there natural remedies for PCOS?
[37:30] Is it possible that hormone imbalances affect digestion?
[39:15] How long do women have to proactively implement these changes before they see a change?
[40:45] How does psychological stress affect hormones?
[42:00] What are some self-care tips that you have to relieve psychological stress?
[44:00] What kind of tests should people to do for thyroid?
[46:05] Does Type II Diabetes have any correlation with hormones?
[46:50] We covered so much! How can we learn more about you? (Link is also below!)
To learn more about Dr. Carrie Jones and the DUTCH test, visit www.dutchtest.com