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There is a wealth of evidence linking chronic inflammation conditions like Endo with certain foods that may exacerbate this condition: red meat, alcohol consumption and trans fats found in cookies, baked goods, and frozen pizza are just a few examples.
In this blog, our founder, Ana G. Herrera, will discuss the importance of nutrition and lifestyle factors in hormonal health management.
I had a phone call this week from a young German college student that really touched my heart. She was introduced to me by a founder I met not long ago. The college student’s friend was deeply concerned about her best friend’s battle with Endometriosis and fibroids – excruciating pain is part of her daily life, and reached out to me seeking advice on how to manage the condition.
As I was asking about her experience, medication prescription, and lifestyle, she told me something – sadly – far too common: none of her doctors had ever discussed the crucial role of nutrition in managing her condition. Why?
Nutrition plays a significant role in overall well-being and can greatly impact ANY condition. I believe it is vital for us to support each other by sharing essential information on how to better manage our hormonal health. With the right diet and lifestyle changes, we can make a significant difference in our quality of life.
If you’re really suffering but you aren’t quite sure what’s happening, you can check if you have hormonal imbalance here. There’s so much we still need to do, learn and share! I am excited to share with you my curated list of books on hormonal health and well-being. Each book on this list offers unique insights, evidence-based research, and practical guidance to help us navigate the complexities of our bodies’ hormonal systems.
If you would like to send me your personal recommendations, feel free to email me!
For 100% of the adult female population:
Dr. Sara Gottfried is a celebrity hormone doctor with a grounded approach to hormonal balance. More than that, she understands hormonal imbalance on a deep level and speaks from personal experience. Her books and interviews are always loaded with good info that’s easy to understand (like Hormone University’s resources)
Her opinions aren’t rigid and she has a natural approach, meaning her focus is all about long-term sustainable healing rather than a quick fix. While hormone testing is the most reliable way to diagnose, many cannot afford the costs which range anywhere from $100 to $700 for a full panel that is rarely (if ever) covered by health insurance in the USA.
In the book, you can reference her checklists that list the most common hormonal imbalances and how to recognize them in yourself. From there, she provides action items including foods, herbs and movement that can support your healing protocol.
“Out of the 100 million women – almost 11 million in the US alone – who are on the pill, roughly 60 percent take it for noncontraceptive reasons like painful periods, endometriosis, PCOS, and acne. While the birth control pill is widely prescribed as a quick-fix solution to a variety of women’s health conditions, taking it can also result in other more serious and dangerous health consequences.
Did you know that women on the pill are more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant? That they are at significantly increased risk for autoimmune disease, heart attack, thyroid and adrenal disorders, and even breast and cervical cancer? That the pill can even cause vaginal dryness, unexplained hair loss, flagging libido, extreme fatigue, and chronic infection? As if women didn’t have enough to worry about, that little pill we’re taking to manage our symptoms is only making things worse” (Statement taken from the author)
Read this book. That’s all I have to say.
For Endometriosis warriors: between 15%-18% of the female population:
This book compiles research from medical, and wellness professionals and specialists, and the author puts it all together in a simple, easily comprehensible way with clear action items and takeaways. She also includes specific anti-inflammatory food and lifestyle factors proven to help, how bacteria is an endo-trigger few people are talking about, and how to address it. Which chemicals are associated with endometriosis, how to avoid them and much more. She also conveys everything with an overall tone of hope and encourages accountability.
I have spoken to Jessica many times and not only is she a great human being, but she truly cares about spreading awareness about Endo. Jessica offers creative ways to improve various areas of life, but it hits differently when it feels like the advice is coming from a close friend. It shows great research and also her honesty, understanding, and even humor on this chronic illness. This book is essential for anyone suffering from endometriosis and anyone who knows someone who may be suffering from endo.
For PCOS sufferers - over 10% of the female population:
Along with Endometriosis, PCOS is a topic that is past due for attention and research. This book has great reviews and helps readers understand if PCOS may be the hidden cause behind their weight gain, hair loss, or missed cycles. I like practical recommendations that are safe, and evidence-based. Dr. McCulloch has extensive clinical experience and great research behind this book.
For Fertility or Natural Birth Control: a staggering 1 in 6 people suffer from infertility worldwide:
“Taking Charge of Your Fertility” is a guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health. It follows the guideline of the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM), an approach that “is based on the observation and charting of scientifically proven fertility signs that determine whether or not a woman is fertile on any given day”.
I am amazed with the reviews and it has helped literally hundreds of thousands of women. The book is more than just a manual about birth control or about how to achieve pregnancy: It is ground-breaking and suggests an entirely new way of thinking! Packed with knowledge about the female body, this product teaches you things you will never be taught elsewhere.
Do you have a particular subject you would like me to cover? Do not hesitate to email me!
Hormone health is an underexplored topic for MANY women, with 82% lacking knowledge. Help us spread the word about hormonal health by sharing this information with others or directing them to our website. We believe that everyone deserves to be informed about their hormonal well-being, and sharing knowledge is an act of care and compassion! Together, let’s create awareness and empower individuals to prioritize their hormonal health.
Ana Gonzalez Herrera (CEO & Founder) is the driving force behind Hormone University, a transformative venture born from her own life journey. Her story is one of resilience and dedication, marked by her mission to empower women worldwide in their pursuit of hormonal balance. Ana’s passion led to this educational platform aimed at improving women’s hormone health through accessible knowledge.