Balancing hormones the natural way, Part 1

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By Tracy Allerton
West Palm Beach Health and Happiness Examiner

July 8, 2009

For many women, the words “perimenopause” and “menopause” mean one thing: suffering. Common symptoms during these natural stages of life include irregularity, insomnia, moodiness, forgetfulness, hot flashes, night sweats, irritability and even apathy.

These symptoms, which are caused by hormonal imbalances, can be eased using hormone replacement therapies prescribed by your doctor. And many patients certainly find great relief from this course of treatment.  However, the risks of such therapies (cancer, heart attacks, etc.), have led some women to seek healthy alternatives.

A group of such women gathered recently at the Get Fit! studio in Delray Beach to hear about natural remedies for hormonal imbalances.  The presenter was Patricia Rotsztain Frost, a nutritionist and expert in natural medicine and integrative health.

Rotsztain Frost spoke about the imbalances in four main pairs of hormones: estrogen/progesterone; leptin/ghrelin; insulin/glucagon; and cortisol/oxytocin. She also discussed hypothyroidism (which I’ll cover in a separate article).

Here are the highlights of the first part of her presentation:

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.