We long for estrogen balance: we feel scared by what estrogen can do in our bodies yet we cannot feel our best without it. Many of us women have struggled with our hormones. Here are a few of the symptoms related to estrogen:
We then look at estrogen as a bad hormone. We heard about “estrogen dominance” over and over. But estrogen is also a feel good hormone; our brain makes estrogen to feel good. Other reasons we need estrogen:
It’s important to note the issue with balancing our estrogen levels is not limited to women; men make and need estrogen too. For example, men need estrogen for sperm production and maintaining libido.
Estrogen is not the bad guy. The first problem is in how we each metabolize and clear out estrogen. This is a point worth stressing: estrogen can be unsafe if the body is not safely detoxing it from your body. Knowing how your body handles this process is essential to ensuring the estrogen in your body is safe. The second problem is that many of the chemicals in our environment mimic estrogens. This can confuse the body.
There are 3 phases to your body clearing out estrogens efficiently. I am going to share how you can support detoxification at each phase. This process applies to all sexes. The tricky part is that you need to work backwards when supporting these pathways. You have to start by cleaning up phase 3, then phase 2 and phase 1. The goal is to take estrogen, which is a fat soluble hormone, and turn it into a water soluble metabolite so it can be more easily excreted from the body.
This is about the detox pathway: our gut. Here, microbiome health and digestive function become important for clearing estrogen in this final phase. The estrobolome encompasses the part of the microbiome that interacts with estrogen. The big factors are making sure you do not have Leaky Gut. Leaky Gut will allow estrogens metabolized by the liver to be reabsorbed back into your bloodstream, instead of being cleared out of your body via your stool. Ask your doctor to check Zonulin levels in your stool to rule out Leaky Gut.
Good gut bacteria are important for proper digestion but they are also key to effectively cleaning out estrogen. Estrogen needs to be processed in a specific way after the liver does its job in order to be excreted in your stool. When this does not happen, estrogens are reabsorbed back into the bloodstream – only to be processed again. The liver is not happy doing its job twice for no good reason. This is where opportunistic bacteria come into play. There are some bacteria that are only bad when they overgrow. This is because when they overgrow they produce an enzyme called glucuronidase. This enzyme undoes the work the liver did the first time around, in order to make your estrogen water soluble.
This is why it is key to know you are having daily bowel movements, with good levels of healthy gut bacteria and no Leaky Gut. All of this can be assessed in a stool test.
Here are 3 tips to support your gut:
This liver detoxification of estrogen is about the Methylation Cycle. This pathway relies on the COMT and MTHFR genes to take the metabolites from Phase 1 liver detoxification pathways and make them water soluble so they can be cleaned out easily. This phase, when effective, makes an estrogen metabolite that is calming to the brain and lowers cancer risk.
Tips to support your phase 2 liver pathways:
This is the start of estrogen metabolism clean out. Phase 1 occurs in the liver and is run by the Cytochrome (CYP) genes. Fat soluble estrogens add hydrogen to make a more water soluble molecule. In this pathway we can often make a more potent toxin from our estrogens. 2-hydroxyestrone (2-OH-E1) metabolite is the cleanest and healthiest way to detox estrogen.
The next two metabolites are more toxic and have been shown to damage our DNA, which can lead to increased cancer risk:
● 4-hydroxyestrone (4-OH-E1)
● 16-hydroxyestrone (16-OH-E1)
All these Phase 1 detox metabolites are considered free radicals; we want to send them to Phase 2 as quickly as possible, so they don’t enter blood circulation and cause damage.
And this is why we would not want to make Phase 1 work better if the next two phases are not working well: you could be increasing the toxicity of your estrogen metabolites.
Tips to support Phase 1 liver pathways:
Now that you know more about the process estrogen goes through in your body and have some tools to help your detox pathways work more efficiently, it might be time to test and see how your body is doing in these phases. We use the Dutch Complete™ urine test to assess if your pathways are efficient.
If your doctor is unable to run this test for you, we invite you to consider Revolutionary Health‘s package “Are your hormones safe for you?” – get the Dutch Complete™ test and a written analysis report of your results. You even have the option to do a GI-Map test that tests for Zonulin. We believe in comprehensive testing for concrete answers to best serve our patients and clients.
AB 2098 is California’s COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation Bill and it defines “misinformation” as “false information that is contradicted by contemporary scientific consensus contrary to the standard of care.” The issue with this is that throughout the duration of the pandemic we have seen the “contemporary scientific consensus” change with high frequency.
If AB 2098 becomes law, doctors will no longer be able to make personalized recommendations to their patients. As Naturopathic Doctors we value personalized healthcare because we know that every body is different and has different needs. Doctors, who know their patients best, should be able to make recommendations, without fear of repercussions.
To learn more, we share Protecting the Future of Medicine: Why AB 2098 is Bad Medicine, an excellent post by Dr. Elisa Song, M.D.
TAKE ACTION TODAY and call or email Governor Newsom TODAY
ask him to veto AB 2098 BEFORE September 30, 2022
AB 2098 is on Governor Newsom’s desk now. Without his veto before September 30, AB 2098 will automatically become law.
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Glyphosate is the world’s most widely produced herbicide (weed killer) and is the primary toxic chemical in Roundup™, as well as in many other herbicides that are commonly found at your local hardware store. Glyphosate was introduced in the 1970’s to kill weeds by targeting the enzymes that produce the amino acids tyrosine, tryptophan, and phenylalanine. The enzymes of many bacteria are also susceptible to inhibition by this chemical, thus altering the microbiome of many animals.
Why is it so dangerous?
What diseases is it associated with?
What are sources of Glyphosate?
How do you get rid of it?
Initially, it is more important to prevent Glyphosate from entering the body first before working toward eliminating the stores that already reside in the body.
If exposure has been chronic or severe you may need to consider using an infrared sauna, such as Sunlighten, for optimal detoxification of Glyphosate.
Are you suffering from gas, bloating, irregular bowel movements, or gut pain? Maybe you think it is food-related but cannot figure it out? Let us tell you, you are not alone. Food intolerances can be tricky to figure out because a reaction can occur anywhere from within a few minutes to 3 days after eating the offending food. Confusing, right?
We are here to tell you it is not always about the food. It is often due to inflammation in the gut (known as Leaky Gut), an overgrowth of bacteria in your microbiome, or stress reactions that shut down your digestive system.
We created this easy Gut Quiz to help you root out the problem areas in your gut!
Let’s discuss the difference between Food Allergy and Food Intolerance. Food Allergy is immunoglobulin E (IgE) mediated. This means much like your seasonal allergies, which are a result of IgE, the reaction happens within minutes of exposure. Symptoms range from hives, swelling, itching and you can have trouble breathing. Food Intolerance is mediated by a different antibody, immunoglobulin G (IgG), which remains active in the body for 23 days. Food intolerance can also be non-immunological and have no antibody to test, meaning the reaction is not produced by, involved in, or related to an immune response or the immune system. IgG Food Intolerance can be hard to uncover because the reactions can occur anywhere from a few hours after exposure to 3 days. Yes, this means you can eat the food you are intolerant to and not have a reaction start until up to 3 days later. Here is another piece of information to muddy the water: You can test IgG antibodies to food in a blood test but the problem is some antibodies activate the intolerance reaction and some suppress reactions. In the Food Allergy blood test, there is no way to know the difference. How to make this distinction is through a food elimination challenge, which is an integral part of our 6-week Revolutionary Gut course. We show you an easy food elimination challenge to uncover which foods are causing symptoms and stoking your inflammation.
You may have a food intolerance to foods for a range of reasons. These include but are not limited to:
Symptoms of food sensitivity or intolerance can range from mild to severe. Here are some ways it can show up:
If you feel you may be experiencing food reactions, it is important to know if you have Leaky Gut, an overgrowth of microorganisms, or a lack of digestive capacity. It is important to know before diving into food intolerance testing. Why you might be asking?
The cells of the small intestine are responsible for filtering out your digested meals and absorbing into the bloodstream the broken down molecules of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, while not allowing larger, undigested molecules to pass through.
These cells are also responsible for moderating immune function in the gut and preventing microbial infections from creating disease. Your intestinal lining should act like a screen, which lets air and sun in while keeping insects, leaves, and critters out. When there is damage to your screen, many things are allowed that should not be there. Just like with a screen, when there are holes in our intestinal lining (aka Leaky Gut), undigested food, proteins (dairy, gluten, etc), microbes, and toxins can have direct access to the bloodstream. With this increased exposure to these substances, your immune system will produce an IgG antibody reaction to fight the invaders. When you heal from Leaky Gut, many of these food reactions will disappear because you addressed the root of why they started. This is the perfect example where the food was not the root cause.
An overgrowth of microorganisms in your gut microbiome is another reason why you can have inflammation running through your gut that is not due to the food. Your immune system has a job to fight invaders. When bacteria, fungus, or parasites overgrow, your inflammatory response increases and this can lead to an IgG response to food, causing confusion about what the reaction is due to. If you get the overgrowth under control and decrease the inflammatory response then you will find the food reaction will reduce also.
As for a lack of digestive capacity, when you do not properly digest either from
then your microbiome will be overfed and thus overgrow, leading to leaky gut and/or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).
Testing (through a laboratory or an elimination challenge) for food reactions is useful. Removing reactive foods can help you to heal faster. The important things to know are:
There are many things everyone can do, for free, from the comfort of their own home to heal their gut. That’s why we are holding a Free Masterclass – 3 Secrets to a Happy Gut – on Wednesday, April 27 at 6pm Pacific Time, to teach you these secrets.
Once you understand how the gut functions and what it needs to optimally function, limiting certain trigger foods or adapting some minor lifestyle changes will be less daunting. Also, once these changes become a habit, they’re no sweat – even though the benefits are monumental: Imagine NOT feeling bloated or always wondering if there will be a bathroom nearby!
And if you are ready to finally put an end to the discomfort of bloating, IBS and/or constipation and get you back to living the life you deserve, consider our 6-week Revolutionary Gut Masterclass. Click here to learn more. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Cypress Natural Medicine Team, we wish you all good health and a joyous holiday season!
Holiday closure schedule: December 24, 2021 to January 9, 2021 inclusive) We re-open at 9am on January 10, 2022.
If you would like to get in touch, please email us at email@example.com. This will ensure the fastest response once we re-open. If you need to schedule an appointment, please use our online scheduler by clicking here and follow the instructions at the top of the page.
Our next event is this Thursday, December 2 at 6pm Pacific Time.*
What we think, the beliefs we hold, and past experiences can hold us back from living the full lives we truly want (and deserve!). Join Dr. Destia as she explores the mind-body connection and offers ways to strengthen the nervous system and options to dig deeper.
Hear what some previous clients have said about working with Dr. Destia:
*This event will be recorded and made available to registered participants.
Please note Cypress Natural Medicine will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 25-26, 2021. We will reopen at 9am on Monday, November 29, 2021.
Could the root of your digestive distress like gas, bloating, heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome be in your nervous system?
How is the gut connected to the brain? Through the vagus nerve.
The vagus nerve functions as the body’s two-way, highway carrying information from the brain to the organs of the body and back. In particular, the heart, adrenal glands, gut, pancreas, and lungs. And they all react to chronic stress and trauma through this connection.
The vagus nerve stimulates these gut functions:
This is important because research has found one of the key controls of inflammation is the vagus nerve. This means the vagus nerve is part of the process for switching inflammation on and off. It is well known that inflammation is at the root of the majority of chronic diseases.
The health of your gut depends highly on what kind of bacteria live in your gut. This is called your microbiome. A healthy microbiome will send a happy signal to your brain via this vagus nerve. Alternatively, an unhealthy population of bacteria will send distress signals to your brain. If we pay attention to our mood, we are listening to our microbiome literally speaking to us through the megaphone that is your vagus nerve. We can’t ignore these signals. This is why we cannot ignore the patient’s mood.
Here are some specific things that you can do daily for your gut-brain connection:
Remember how we said the vagus nerve is a two-way street? This means your mood affects your gut and your gut affects your mood.
There is so much more I want to say about gut health that is outside the scope of this blog entry.
I want to direct you to our Gut Quiz – uncover the true state of your gut health!
This quiz is important because we don’t know what we don’t know about the far-reaching implications your gut has on your current and future health.
Consider that even your mood could be a symptom of your gut health. Get an early start with Gut Health by exploring the root imbalances in your gut. 74% of the population are struggling with digestive issues but how many are getting the help they need?
Patients suffer from an array of chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, pain, heart disease, cancer, anxiety, or depression. They are equally frustrated because they often find themselves going down a rabbit hole of managing their disease that never seems to end.
Fortunately, there’s a scientific solution that benefits practitioners and helps clients not just stop but even reverse chronic disease.
This new promising field of practice has been extensively researched and has actually been practiced by thousands of doctors and allied health professionals for years.
If our lifestyle habits cause lifestyle disease, then shouldn’t we use lifestyle improvement to resolve them?
Experts agree that Lifestyle Medicine needs to play a vital part in healthcare.
But the big question is HOW:
All these questions and many more will be answered by our 50+ speakers, researchers, and experts during the non-profit Lifestyle Medicine Online Summit Oct. 27 – 31, 2021. This summit is for anyone interested in preventive care and reversing chronic diseases – from patients to practitioners and health coaches.
As an additional bonus, we are giving away a limited number of premium ticket upgrades for FREE. All you have to do to get your chance to win one of these premium tickets is share a short 1-minute video on social media about why you are excited to see me and the many other incredible professionals speaking at this summit.
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To qualify to win the FREE Premium Ticket, your video post must be set to public on your view privacy settings and you must tag @drskinnersonline for Instagram or Destia Skinner on Facebook. Don’t miss out on this once-a-year opportunity. Hear Dr. Destia speak at the Summit on Oct 31 on neuro-emotional health, the gut-brain connection and empathy!
See you there!
Due to various requests, the Revolutionary Gut Masterclass will now be a self-study course, available to start at the end of October 2021! We truly appreciate the feedback from our webinar participants and those that have taken our Gut Quiz. Our main goal is to make improving people’s health more accessible and hearing that the preferred method for this course was as self-study, is extremely valuable to us. Thank you!
This change in format also means a huge reduction in cost. You can now gain access to the Revolutionary Gut Masterclass for $397 (previously $997!). And if you are one of the next twenty to sign up, you will receive $50 off.
The option to do a GI-Map test is still available to you and now you also have the option to sign up for a 4-session series of Rapid Reprogramming of Emotional Stress Technique (rREST®) with Dr Destia Skinner.
As a cornerstone objective of the Masterclass is to break bad habits and form new and healthy ones, the course is still 6 weeks and each module is released on a weekly basis.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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