Who is Dr Sara Gottfried
Dr Sara Gottfried is a one of the greatest products of Harvard, who got 20 years of experience in analyzing women’s problems.
She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Hormone Cure.
Most importantly, she is also a mother and wife who went under intense challenges of women’s life as she aged and felt the accompanying negative effects of it such as hormonal changes.
According to her, she too experienced intense stress and ugly feelings when she was on her 30s having couple’s therapy and was premenstrual. She even asked recommendations from her physician, which she never found helpful at all, as it was synthetic medications such as Prozac and birth control pills.
That was when she decided to use her own expertise to herself and studied her condition.
Within just one month, she found out the solution that gave significant positive results in her being. She started losing 25 pounds and managed to maintain it, she could eat a bunch of healthy foods without any worries of having vigorous exercise afterwards to shred calories, she was never as much as frazzled again, and felt like she brought back her youth and life.
Now she uses all the information she acquired to help other women in their life struggles by not eliminating the signs, but digging down to the deepest roots of the problems. She sees every woman’s case like a snowflake that’s unique from one another. As from her, there’s no such thing as treatment that’s one-size-fits-all, rather “It’s not fix-’em-up-and-send-’em-home. It’s a mission”. Unlike other physicians, she claimed that she believes in leafy greens than pills, integrative medicines, and yoga which conclusively, improving life than curing a disease.
Dr. Sara Gottfried’s Hormone Toolkit
According to Dr. Sara, her Hormone Toolkit could be the best first step for women to get through with their struggles whose hormones are beginning to drive them, well let’s say, somehow mad. Dr Sara ottfried too, has been through the same scuffles in life and felt “fat, frumpy and frazzled” that caused her to find the solutions; and as an expert who saw the light, she uncovered within herself a mission to help others, if possible, all women who are experiencing the same challenges. She recommends women to get through the steps at her Hormone Toolkit and note the changes felt.
Dr. Sara’s Online Test
The first step of her Hormone Toolkit is to take Dr. Sara’s own-designed quiz to know if your hormones are out on craze, so you can identify if your hormones already need balance.
Manipulate Your Hormones With Food
The food we eat, or whatever we put inside our bodies greatly affects how our hormones behave. Though some hormones like insulin and cortisol (the main stress hormone) are trickier to manage, there are efficient ways to handle these components of our body that play a vital role in our health and being. One way is by knowing the food we eat.
- Savoring the Kale
Kale is one of the most nutritious foods that our world produces. But because some of us barely know a thing about kale, its benefits and use are being disregarded. Few of the good qualities of kale is it’s a cholesterol lowering food, it has cancer risk lowering benefits, it is a natural detoxifier and an efficient antioxidant.
According to Dr. Sara, one way of how to utilize the benefits of kale is to inhale them. Savor its aroma while you chop the kale in your kitchen. The scientific explanation behind this is as we inhale the aroma of kale our brain prepares our digestive system for its absorption. Hence, digestion already begins just by savoring its aroma. So take your time in preparing kale and other vegetables. Make sure you take deep breaths, as you smell kale while preparing and before eating. This way, every bite of nutrients is well absorbed by the body. It is also said that aside from it improves digestion, the aroma of kale effectively lowers down the levels of cortisol, which is the main stress hormone of our body.
- Go Organic
GMO’s or Genetically Modified products are very abundant these days, due to our fast phase world people thought of quick fix products that could actually bring dangers to our health. Some studies show that genetically modified foods, increases testosterone in females and estrogen in males, which are unnatural to the body. This could result to fertility issues, even miscarriage. According to Dr. Sara yet there are still unproven theories about GM products, we need to practice “Precautionary Principle”. Meaning, GM foods are not guilty until we prove it by seeing the effects in our bodies. The main solution is to keep our meals organic as long as possible, or at least non-GMO.
- Fight with Fibers
It is said that fiber could effectively lower down the levels of cortisol (main stress hormone), stabilize insulin, blood sugar, and lower bad estrogen that can cause breast cancer. According to Dr. Sara, the recommended fiber consumption for women should be 35-45 grams per day. But most women only consume 13 grams of it each day. To suffice the needed amount of fiber intake, a combination of fiber-rich foods (i.e. vegetables, chia seeds, flax seeds) and fiber supplements is recommended daily. However, intake of fiber supplements should not exceed up to 5 grams a day. As fast consumption of fiber supplements might give a bloated feel, constipation and excessive gas.
- Pick Turmeric
Turmeric is a great help for those who are chronically stressed. Dr Sara Gottfried and other physicians order turmeric to be sprinkled in meals because it is a potent anti-inflammatory that calms the stomach. This way the nutrients are better absorbed in the body, which are needed for us to accurately enhance our good hormones.
- Tone Down Carbs
Carbohydrates give a significant impact in our bodies. As what Dr. Sara said, consuming too much refined carbs such as grains could lead to hormonal havoc like stress, high cortisol levels (leads to stress), and low sex hormones (i.e. estrogen). High consumption of carbs also leads to food cravings, high sugar levels and additional weight. It is recommended that we prioritize taking low carbs food such as vegetables and protein. The time we go back to consuming grains, it better should be slow burning carbs such as sprouted grains that don’t have gluten.
- Nurture The Liver
Problem of the liver leads to complication in hormones, since liver plays a vital role in the traffic and flow of substances in the body including hormones. If the liver is not working well, the whole body is affected. As what Dr Sara Gottfried suggested, to keep the liver functioning appropriately we should avoid sugar and sugar substitutes such as fructose. We should instead aim to detoxify the liver with beets and dandelion leaves or other organic teas.
Think Before You Drink
According to Dr. Sara, for women who are struggling on energy, have frequent cravings for food and continuously gaining weight, maybe it is time consider limiting or totally avoiding the consumption of coffee and alcohol. As these two are the leading products that cause hormone imbalance in cortisol (stress hormone), progesterone and estrogen (sex hormones) that we already know can bring unwanted effects if not managed correctly.
These products are never easy to abruptly leave, and too bad there are no products yet that could let us consume the addictive substances of these drinks without any consequence. On the brighter side, there are alternative beverages that have low concentrations of caffeine or alcohol and drinks that would put nutrients in our body instead of sugars or toxins.
Not to drink:
Products with caffeine that you should be starting to avoid are energy drinks and conventional or non-organic coffee. Energy drinks, most of all those that taste like battery acids should never be put in the body. They contain enormous amounts of damaging artificial sweeteners, which are unregulated by Foods and Drugs Administration (FDA). We don’t know how severely dangerous these products are, so it’s better to avoid them. While non-organic coffees are heavily sprayed with residual pesticides, and are also included in the “dirty dozen list” of FDA.
Instead Shift to:
Organic coffee. If you’re sure the coffee you chose is organic, it’s okay to drink it as long as you are not dependent on it. If it affects your quality of life, you can jump to decaffeinated coffee, which are better. Dr. Sara recommends Dave Asprey’s DecafBulletproof® Upgraded™ Coffee as her personal favorite.
Organic black or green tea. Tea has almost the same constituents as caffeine. They are only less psychoactive or mind alerting and tea actually has health benefits. Like green tea, which is a detoxifier and has cancer risk reducing agent.
Not to drink:
Sugary alcoholic drinks or cocktails. According to Dr. Sara, these are the worst drinks because the alcohol detours the fat burning fuel in our bodies, while sugar increases the levels of insulin. Beer should also be stopped since it has refined carbohydrates and gluten. Though there are gluten-free beers, they are very rare to find and refined carbohydrates are still present.
Instead shift to:
Organic wines. These kinds of wine are not heavily sprayed with pesticides unlike the conventional wine in the market.
kombucha. It is fermented mushrooms that have 0.5% of alcohol per serving. Though there is not much alcohol content for booze, it is a good alternative beverage in parties as it comes with less guilt. kombucha is also a good antioxidant, detoxifier and improves the immune system.
Detoxification is clearing or removing of all the toxins we have consumed. It is recommended that we do detoxification at least twice a year. Noticeable changes in the body are expected after the detox. Some say it feels like you’ve been born again, as you will strikingly feel the lightness of your body, you will feel more energized, more attractive and slimmer. The advantage of detox is you will notice the decrease in your weight without committing to intense diet and exercise in just a short span.
The full Hormone Toolkit includes several tips on how to manage your hormone.
To learn the detailed process you can download a hormone toolkit PDF.