shutterstock_330269936We are delighted to welcome Dr. Anna Cabeca as today’s guest blogger!  Dr. Cabeca is an Emory University trained and board certified Gynecologist and Obstetrician; and is board certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. She is a frequent speaker on successful menopause, hormones, and age management, bio-identical hormone replacement, and women’s health issues; and created the highly acclaimed virtual transformational programs: WomensRestorativeHealth.com and SexualCPR.com.

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drAnna-sunsetHormones.  Hormones?  Hormones!

We don’t mind it when we become slightly irritable and intolerant – that is our rite of passage for being over 40.  However, when it comes to losing our memory, losing our hair, not sleeping, losing our sex drive and vaginal lubrication…and gaining weight – we want no part of it!  So what is happening to our bodies?

It’s all in the hormones, ladies!

So what can each of YOU do about your own hormone imbalances?

Focus on the spiritual:  What is the mental atmosphere that you find yourself in and what can you do to gain some perceived control of it?

Environment: What are your personal and work environments; and what could be interfering with your ability to achieve happiness? How much nature are you experiencing?  Are you getting enough sunlight? (really!) What toxins are in your environment and even in your everyday skin care products?

Nutrition:  Your body is your temple and what should you be ingesting to nurture it? Is the food you are eating promoting ketosis or fat-burning?  Is it alkalinizing? These two principles are key. I recommend my Mighty Maca™ Greens. 42 healing ingredients, alkalizing and hormone balancing, and certified gluten-free.  http://drann.ontraport.com/t?orid=5650&opid=6

Digestion:  No matter how well you eat, you have to ensure that you have appropriate digestion – that means adequate acid and digestive enzymes in your stomach and healthy bacterial flora in your intestines to absorb the nutrients.

Detoxification: No matter how we get our hormones, whether it is from what our body naturally produces or from the xeno-estrogens from the environment from pesticides, herbicides, food we eat, air we breathe, etc.; how our body gets rid of them is critical to our health.  All of my programs introduce my nutrient and protein base detoxification program that includes a modified elimination diet to remove foods, etc., that are likely to produce allergies.

Hormonal balancing: We need to consider the hypothalamic, pituitary, adrenal, and gonadal axis, i.e. the entire hormone web.  Additionally, each woman is hormonally unique and part of achieving your optimal health is in understanding this and achieving your own hormonal balance.

Structure and function: Physical strength and exercise are the final and very important aspects to achieving optimal health.

So, when I approach a woman who has symptoms of hormone imbalance, and this is my area of expertise for the last 20 years, we need to incorporate all of the above aspects into a balanced treatment program.

For hormone balancing, I consider natural ways to optimize the major hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol and thyroid, and the hormones estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA. There are key physiologic lifestyle tips that we must incorporate for optimum success and optimum menopausal experience.

It is hard for women, especially because we have so many different roles and obligations, to take the time for ourselves that we need in order to feel our best and perform our best for all those that we love around us.

I encourage each and every one of you to take that time…to remember to try and do as much naturally as you can towards the 7 areas above so that you can achieve your optimal health.

And if you are still struggling with haywire hormones, join me in learning more about the above principles. After years of research, I have developed a unique program for women called Magic Menopause. The first class just started but I will be having another one in September…in the meantime, here is a free gift for you, my eBook on, “3 Menopause Mistakes That Leave You Feeling Fat, Tired, and Stressed.”  Enjoy!   Link is http://drann.ontraport.com/t?orid-5650&opid=40

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For more information about Dr. Cabeca and her programs, go to http://drannacabeca.com/.