In this video Dr. Marcantel explains the changes that happen to your body when you enter perimenopause. Hormonal imbalances like estrogen dominance can lead to a wide range of symptoms, including insomnia, night sweats, and hot flashes.
For women in menopause it’s a natural part of the aging process for the ovaries to produce less sex hormones. So why is it necessary to consider replacing the lost hormones?
It’s true that the ovaries will eventually stop producing estrogen and progesterone. However, that doesn’t mean that our bodies don’t still need those hormones to continue to function properly. Nature, in her wisdom, has provided other means for us to get those hormones from other organs in the endocrine system.
An important source for these “back up” hormones is the adrenal glands. The adrenals produce a variety of hormones that help us cope with stress such as cortisol and epinephrine, but they also produce the sex hormones progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone. The problem is that I see so many patients who have so much stress in their lives from so many sources that they are in adrenal fatigue, meaning that their adrenals can’t produce...
Most of us live pretty busy lives. A typical list of responsibilities for the people I meet might include
*caring for young (or even adult) children
*caring for a spouse
*caring for an aging parent
*providing emotional support for friends and family members
*working at a job and a career
*working as a volunteer for various charities
…and the list goes on. Sound familiar? But do you notice an important item that is not on the list? What about “caring for MYSELF”?
If you didn’t think of that one, don’t feel bad; it’s an item many people don’t include. We often get so caught up in the busy-ness of life and in making sure everyone around us is provided for that we neglect to take time for our own personal well being. The problem with that attitude, of course, is that when we sacrifice our own physical and emotional health we are no longer able to effectively help those around us.
As a healthcare provider, I see this story repeated on...
Adrenal fatigue is a common health problem that is often overlooked or misdiagnosed. One of the biggest contributing factors in adrenal fatigue is stress—something we all tend to have in abundance in our lives. Interestingly, some people get so used to living with stress that they don’t even realize how much of a toll it’s taking on their bodies. Weight gain, diabetes, depression, and high blood pressure are just a few of the physical problems that can result from this potentially debilitating illness.
The adrenal glands are part of the endocrine system and are anatomically located on the superior aspect of the kidneys. The adrenals produce a variety of hormones that are responsible for handling stress. Cortisol is released for the purpose of coping with long-term stresses such as chronic allergies or infection, insomnia, poor diet, repeated stresses, overexertion, fear, lack of or excess of exercise, and helping the body process...
Try this great Protein Booster mix for a meal, snack, or dessert!
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Hi! I'm Dr. Tina Marcantel and today I want to talk to you about a delicious protein booster.
These are our ingredients. It's very simple: you just measure out, you mix it together, and you enjoy it.
Right here we have yogurt, and I have chosen Fage yogurt because it's very creamy and it's delicious. I measure out 8 ounces of the yogurt.
Then we have the peanut powder. I use the Jif, you can use other peanut powders, but the reason I like the Jif is because it only has 1 sugar per serving. I use 2 tablespoons of this peanut powder.
I also use about 6 ounces of fruit. I'm going to put apples because I like the crunchy texture in my yogurt, and I'm going to put pineapple, because pineapple has a lot of vitamin C, it has bromelain, which is a very good anti-inflammatory, and it's very sweet, it's a natural sweetener.
We also have...
Are you a pasta lover but you avoid it to stay away from the high carbohydrates?
I've just discovered a great substitute that will make your next Italian meal taste like the real deal, but without the empty calories and carbs from processed grains that we associate with most pastas!
Explore Cuisine makes a line of pasta alternatives made from beans that has the flavor and consistency of grain pastas, but with high protein and fiber contents that makes it not just good, but good for you!
So far I've found Organic Edamame Spaghetti, Organic Chickpea Fusilli, Organic Black Bean Spaghetti, and Organic Red Lentil Penne, and I think they're great.
The high fiber content offsets the carbohydrates and provides a satisfying, healthy meal. Just pick your favorite bean and enjoy!
Explore Cuisine products can be found at many grocery stores–here in the Phoenix area it's available at Fry's (Kroger) supermarkets, Sprouts, and others.
Ready to give it a try? Here's one of my...
Sometimes in that early morning time between sleep and awakening I get my clearest flashes of insight. Maybe that’s when my egoic mind is least likely to get in the way of Divine inspiration.
The other morning I awoke to a vision of a bird cage with the door of the cage open. As I reflected on the image, I realized that the cage represented the limitations on how we live our lives.
The bars of the cage represent our perceptions of what other people think of us. We’re often bound by the opinions of others–what we perceive as their judgments or criticisms of us. We live in fear of disappointing people or of being misunderstood. And as long as we focus on what others think of us, it keeps us in that cage of limitations.
What gives the bars of the cage strength is our own feelings of low self-esteem and unworthiness. We don’t trust in our own abilities and we look to others to validate us and our choices.
In fact, we come to identify who we truly are with...
Doing everything "right" but still having trouble losing weight? Here's a quick overview of some conditions that can interfere with weight loss.
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Hi! I'm Dr Tina Marcantel.
In my years of clinical experience I've had quite a number of people who are eating well and they're exercising and they can't seem to lose or maintain their weight.
Well, this led me to explore conditions that may interfere with our weight loss. Let me give you a quick overview of some of those conditions.
Hypothyroidism is an under active thyroid. It slows our metabolism and thus causes weight gain. We can do a simple blood thyroid testing for this to confirm it.
Also, estrogen dominance. Estrogen hormones in meat and xenoestrogens
in our environment, such as plastics, cause too much estrogen build up and it causes that estrogen to be high in ratio to progesterone, thus causing inflammation and fluid retention. We can...
Try this healthful banana-chocolate shake for a cool treat!
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Hi! I'm Dr. Tina Marcantel and I have a great recipe for you today for a banana chocolate shake.
Let's talk about the ingredients first:
*3/4 cups cold water
*6 oz. of frozen bananas (that usually equals 1 1/2 to 2 bananas)
*one tbsp of unsweetened cocoa
*a few drops of stevia
Blend and enjoy!
Okay, here's how simple it is: we put our 3/4 cup of cold water in here, we put our 6 oz of frozen bananas. I'm going to put a few drops of stevia. You can use plain stevia or chocolate--either one of them is going to be really good. Put that in there with one tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa. Let's blend that up, quick and easy.
And here we go. Look at that consistency. Perfect! Delicious.
Now, what I do sometimes is, if I want a little bit...
Many factors can cause weight fluctuations. Don't get hung up on the scale when you're on a weight loss program!
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Hi, I'm Dr. Tina Marcantel.
As we begin the new year, many of us are starting on weight loss programs. I'd like to offer a couple of tips that might help you along the way.
There can be many factors that cause our weight to fluctuate. When we're in stress we release cortisol hormones. It's a fat-storing hormone and it can cause weight gain.
Another one is temperatures can cause fluctuations in our weight. For instance, in the summer it's hot and we retain fluid. Also, salt–too much salt can equal fluid retention.
And yet another factor that can cause fluctuations in our weight is hormones. Hormones can fluctuate the weight, such as with estrogen dominance or a thyroid condition.
So, a recommendation that I have is...