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Brain Health in Menopause (Part 1)

If you are over 40, maybe you can relate to walking into a room and wondering why you were there? Or running around looking for your keys and finding out they were in your hand the entire time?  Or maybe you just can’t remember phone numbers or names as well as you used to?  These are the moments that you wonder if it’s just normal aging or if you are literally losing your mind.  As we enter menopause, it’s time to consider the steps we need to take to preserve our brain health and prevent cognitive decline.  

As we get older, some of us may be caring for parents who suffer from varying degrees of dementia or possibly Alzheimer’s disease.  Losing our mental ability and function is the #1  fear we have in aging but does it have to be?  Statistics show that 1 in 8 senior citizens develop Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Is there something we are doing, or not doing, to preserve our brain health for ourselves and our families? 

In the last 5 years alone, the research around preserving our brain health has exploded in the functional medicine community. It is encouraging to  know that we can be in control of our brain health by the way we live our lives: diet, nutrition and exercise.  I encourage you to read Dr. Dale Bredeson’s book, The End of Alzheimer’s for the prevention of this type of brain decline.

Neurotransmitters involved in overall brain health:

  • Serotonin– for happiness and joy
  • Dopamine – for experiencing pleasure, motivation
  • Acetylcholine– for learning and memory
  • GABA – for relaxation and calm, sleep

Menopause

As we enter peri-menopause, approximately 8-10 years prior to menopause – or when menstrual cycles stop- our brains seem to change profoundly as we experience viscous mood swings that make us question our sanity! It is often treated as normal and ‘just a part of menopause’ but it’s not normal and we can do something about it. These changes in moods, depression & anxiety is caused from hormone-driven neurotransmitter imbalances, or our brain chemistry.

Our neurotransmitters rely on hormonal balance for receptor site sensitivity and  effective communication.

Andropause 

As Men enter this phase of life called andropause, or male menopause, and hormone imbalance impacts neurotransmitters that creates the tired, ‘grumpy old man’ syndrome we associate as normal in middle age. We know that low testosterone causes depression in men but more importantly, it’s a sign of brain degeneration of the frontal lobe. Statin-drugs, are known to lower testosterone in men and also tend to drive the cholesterol below 150 which is also detrimental for brain health
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There is good news. We can help ourselves, and the men & women in our lives, to be pro-active in preserving our hormone balance & brain health.

Women can target hormone imbalance with adrenal or thyroid support, stabilizing blood sugar or bio-identical hormone therapy, if needed, for optimal brain functioning. 

      • Women with low estrogen levels can cause many of the symptoms we experience heading into menopause such as depression, anxiety and sleep disorders.  Knowing if your estrogen is high or low is essential for healthy serotonin levels.
      • Women who struggle with high testosterone levels  tend to have insulin resistance and can re-balance with a low-carb, slow-carb lifestyle.  High testosterone also causes lower estrogen & progesterone levels that neurotransmitters need to function at their best.
      • In men, chronically high blood sugar or diabetes contributes to low testosterone by the conversion of testosterone to estrogen through an enzyme called aromatase.  As estrogen rises, insulin becomes resistant and blood sugar stays elevated – a viscous cycle.
      • Men can raise testosterone and lower estrogen by eliminating sugar & refined carbohydrates, excessive alcohol, and processed foods.
      • Men are encouraged to follow an anti-inflammatory diet and manage stress for hormone balance.
      • Warning for men: supplementing with Testosterone  without dietary & lifestyle changes will end in frustration as the testosterone continues to be aromatized, increasing estrogen instead of testosterone.
      • Men need to make these necessary dietary and lifestyle changes to improve testosterone levels that improve moods, motivation and brain health.  It’s always important to ask why the Testosterone level is low and start from there.

Thyroid-Brain Connection

We also have to be proactive if we have thyroid conditions, even if you are taking thyroid medication, as the thyroid hormone significantly impacts our brain health. Brain-related symptoms are connected to poor thyroid function caused by a significant imbalance of our neurotransmitters in both men and women.

Shockingly, of all the women who complain of brain fog, forgetfulness, depression, anxiety or fatigue and have hypothyroid condition, 60% will go undiagnosed. The American Thyroid Association states that 1 in 8 women will suffer from a thyroid condition. Furthermore, undiagnosed hypothyroidism causes serious conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and infertility. The first step in prevention is to get screened with the correct labs – the full thyroid panel with antibodies, not only the TSH.  Please refer to my blog post on Thyroid Health to learn more.

How to Support Your Neurotransmitters:

      1. Serotonin:  requires adequate estrogen to sensitize receptors, adaquate protein, iron,  5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin and can improve low mood and poor sleep, P5P (B6), methylcobalamine (B12), magnesium and folate (5-mthf) are essential for the production of serotonin.
      1. GABA: is supported by progesterone, valerian root, phenibut, L-theanine, tourine, and precursors P5P (B6), zinc, manganese, and magnesium.  Many people who suffer from GABA-related issues could also be gluten-intolerant which may mount an auto-immune response to the enzyme responsible for making GABA in the brain. *GABA supplementation does not cross blood-brain barrier unless leaky brain is present.
      1. Dopamine: supported by testosterone in men & progesterone in men and women, high protein (beef, chicken fish, eggs, chocolate) provides phenylalanine or N-acetyl l-tyrosine, adequate iron, P5P (B6), folate (5-mthf) or green leafy vegetables.
      1. Acetylcholine (poor memory, difficulty with numbers, decreased creativity): supported by estrogen in women and testosterone in men, adequate choline in the diet including eggs, tofu, nuts and cream/milk. Fat-free diets and gallbladder disorders may cause deficiency of this neurotransmitter. Estrogen & testosterone improve receptor sensitivity with clear, focused thinking.
      1. DHA from Fish oil and other essential fatty acids like fish, nuts, seeds, olive oil and avocados are essential for brain health- but DHA, a component of fish oil, is specific for targeting the brain for improved memory.
      2. Thyroid Hormone impacts all neurotransmitter receptors in men and women. It is important to check for autoimmune antibodies if you are diagnosed with hypothyroid/hyperthyroid so you are able to support calming the immune response with Vit D, fish oil EPA/DHA and supporting proper thyroid function with nutrients like zine & selenium.

We can make an informed effort to control our health and, ultimately, our destiny, but many people don’t realize what they are experiencing as nagging symptoms may be brain inflammation and decline.

  • Depression or anxiety
  • Poor focus or memory
  • Worsening constipation or digestive disorders 

The key is prevention, click here to for simple steps take: Brain Health (Part 2) – A guide for prevention of decline

If you are a women and want to continue the conversation, I invite you to join our new private Facebook group, MoreThanMenopause for weekly FB live with Q & A.  What are you waiting for? We are excited to meet you!

 

Resources:

https://kupdf.com/download/why-isn39t-my-brain-working_597ed1fadc0d60695f2bb17f_pdf

https://www.thyroid.org/media-main/about-hypothyroidism/

http://www.biologicalpsychiatryjournal.com/article/S0006-3223(11)01193-0/fulltext

https://academic.oup.com/biomedgerontology/article/61/11/1166/630432

https://www.amazon.com/End-Alzheimers-Program-Prevent-Cognitive/dp/0735216207

Heart Disease Prevention during Menopause & Beyond

heart healthMenopause doesn’t cause cardiovascular disease, but as women get older, there are diets and lifestyle adjustments that can help decrease your risk for hypertension, unhealthy cholesterol ratios, heart attack and stroke. The American Heart Association states that 1 in 3 women will be affected by heart disease after menopause and is the leading killer of women.

Estrogen and Heart Health

Before the results from the Women’s Health Initiative (WIH) became apparent, doctors routinely prescribed synthetic estrogen or hormone replacement therapy to post-menopausal women to protect them against heart disease. The thinking was that estrogen is protective and important for keeping the arteries healthy for optimal blood flow and prevention of cardiac events as women age. But 5.6 years into the randomized study, researchers found that women taking synthetic estrogen & progestins were actually at a higher risk for heart disease, stroke as well as breast cancer. In fact,  after eight years, the women on combination hormone therapy were 69% more likely to develop heart disease.The study was stopped early as it was apparent that synthetic hormone therapy was not beneficial for preventing heart disease and in fact, put these women at higher risk.1

High Blood Pressure?

Common advice from your doctor decreasing sodium intake to help decrease your blood pressure – but the real problem is often that you are not taking in enough potassium – or not absorbing enough from the fruits & vegetables that you are eating. Often, diuretics will cause this imbalance which can cause a viscous cycle since many people who have high blood pressure are also taking diuretic medications.

Magnesium supplementation also will help to increase absorption of potassium for natural lowering of your blood pressure.

Stress also can cause high blood pressure – it’s important to take a good look at all the stressors in your life and address them one by one to for overall stress reduction. Both physical and mental stress can cause increase cortisol – the stress hormone- that can increase your blood pressure significantly. A daily meditation practice, whether it’s a walking meditation or 5 minutes in the morning and at night, can help the body and mind reconnect for improved stress resiliency and calmer outlook on life events. hypertension

High Cholesterol? All Fat Is Not Created Equal…

We have also been told to decrease fat in our diet when our cholesterol is high but actually, studies show that Excessive amounts of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and a very high omega-6/omega-3 ratio, as is found in today’s Standard American diets, are the cause of many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Higher omega 3 fatty acid – and lower Omega 6 fatty acid intake often helps to improve risk for heart disease. Improving your Omega 6:3 ratio to less than 4:1 (most people on a standard American diet are 10:1) improves your risk for a cardiac event by 70% over 2 years. But improving your ratio can also decrease your risk for Type 2 Diabetes by decreasing grains and high glycemic carbs for a lower HGbA1c and fasting insulin levels.2

Cholesterol is also used to make hormones like progesterone, testosterone, cortisol; estrogens- driving your cholesterol level below 150 can affect your hormone balance negatively. Cholesterol can be made from almost every cell in our bodies and is extremely important for the health of each cell.

Statin drugs are often recommended by your doctor to decrease cholesterol levels but these drugs can carry risks and are definitely worse for women. Statin drugs, as well as beta-blocker medications for high blood pressure, deplete your body of an enzyme called CoQ10 – causing muscle cramps, muscle fatigue and neuropathic pain, tingling in extremities and even mental confusion or memory problems in the elderly. This enzyme is extremely important for optimal cell functioning for the production of energy or ATP. If taking a statin or beta-blocker medication, take at least CoQ10 100mg/day for adequate replacement and energy production. Supplementing with CoQ10 also has been shown to improve arterial blood flow for decreased hypertension regardless if you are taking statins or not.

Having a high cholesterol level is not always a bad thing, unless this cholesterol is being carried around in the wrong lipoproteins (fats).

For example, having a lot of low density lipids (LDL) lipoproteins is associated with heart disease, while having a lot of high density lipids (HDL) lipoproteins is associated with reduced risk for heart disease- this is the simplified version of the story. But advanced laboratory testing can pinpoint if you are at risk for cardiac disease – looking deeper than HDL and LDL. Looking at the LDL ‘particle number’ as well as inflammatory markers like homocysteine is a more accurate risk factor that is rarely measured but an important way to look deeper into your heart health. Interesting to note that refined sugars and carbohydrates- and not fat- are what increases LDL particle number.3

Calcium Intake and Arterial Plaque

In menopause, we are often told to increase our calcium for our bone health. Sounds logical but we are now finding too much of the wrong calcium supplementation can actually increase our risk for atherosclerosis (plaque in our arteries) from calcium being deposited into the lining of our arteries – putting women at risk for heart attack. Many studies confirm the dangers of traditional calcium supplementation – especially when taken without Vitamin D3, magnesium, and Vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 assures that the calcium supplementation that is being taken into the body gets deposited into the bones – and not the arteries or kidneys. Post-menopausal women should increase their intake of green leafy vegetables and food-based, calcium (non-dairy if possible). If taking calcium supplementation, doses higher than 800mg/day should be avoided as the focus should be on calcium-rich foods for proper absorption and bone health.

Path Toward Prevention

It is easy to feel overwhelmed and not sure of what to do or what steps to take for proper heart health. Here are 5 steps you can take today to start your path toward prevention:love your heart

  1. Fiber: Flaxseeds are tiny seeds that contain soluble fiber, lignans, and plant-based omega-34 fats. All of these components may have an effect on the health of arteries or the level of blood cholesterol. As a bonus for women, lignans found in ground flax seeds help to eliminate estrogens from the body that can cause cancer. Increase your soluble fiber with vegetables and whole grains as well – oat bran in particular. A large 2015 review on the metabolic effect of oats on type 2 diabetes and Cholesterol levels. The study concluded that oat fiber significantly reduced fasting blood sugar, total cholesterol and LDL lipoprotein cholesterol levels. A meal consisting of oatmeal also reduced the post-meal blood sugar and insulin response making it the ultimate ‘slow carb’ for a low glycemic diet. Increase oat bran to 35-50gms/day to improve your LDL particle numbers and blood sugar.
  2. Supplements: magnesium, CoQ10, Vit D3, Vit K2 are all important supplements and can often be found combined in high-quality supplement brands for your heart health.
    Omega-3 fish oil, avocado, or cooking with avocado oil and olive oil as well as grass-fed beef are all great sources of Omega 3 fatty acids to add to your daily diet. The elimination of vegetable oils, transfats and minimal intake of commercial red meat can help decrease your omega 6 intake to improve your 6:3 ratio.
  3. Pay attention to your heart energy – The Heart Math Institute (heart math.org) has numerous studies explaining the importance of connecting with your heart in meditation for stress reduction and improved stress resilience in our everyday lives. Science meets mind-body medicine! Heartmath.org

Diet & Lifestyle is more important than your genetics and your genetics are not your destiny. There is much talk about your DNA profile or maybe your family history of heart disease and stroke. It is good to know your risk but it can be overwhelming. Even if you have specific genetic polymorphisms (SNPS) that put you at risk, daily choices about your diet, exercise and stress levels may be more important for prevention or reversal of heart disease. If you have a family history of high blood pressure, heart attack or stroke, it is empowering to know what you can do to prevent heart disease to make positive changes in your family history.

If you would like more information about women’s heart health programs, schedule your FREE 15 minute phone consultation – Learn how to become a Partner in your own Hormonal Health!

 

 

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US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. The importance of the ratio of omega-6/omega-3 essential fatty acids. Simopoulos AP. Biomed Pharmacother. 2002 Oct;56(8):365-79. Review. PMID: 12442909. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12442909

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cbd oil benefits

5 Surprising Ways CBD Oils Are Beneficial To Your Health

CBD oil (cannabidiol) a cannabis derived product. Cannabidiol is the chemicals that are naturally found in marijuana plants; however, even though cannabidiol comes from the marijuana plant, it does not create the high, produce psychoactive effects or any other type of intoxication that is caused by another type of cannabinoid, known as THC. CBD is being recognized as a powerful and beneficial supplement that has a variety of anti-inflammatory properties as well as the ability to help relieve several previously untreatable diseases. Although there is some controversy around products such as CBD oil, there is also a growing awareness for the strong medicinal and therapeutic effects it produces.  We have cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body, including the brain and immune system, and it affects a variety of physiological processes including digestion, pain-sensation mood and memory. Here are just five of the potential medical uses of CBD.

Stomach & Gastrointestinal Relief

A healthy digestive system is essential for decreasing some illnesses and allowing the body to heal itself. Studies have shown that CBD oil may help to reduce inflammation, relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel disorder, including diarrhea and abdominal pain, improve appetite and ease vomiting and nausea, which is especially beneficial for those who are enduring chemotherapy and/or other treatments for serious diseases. Scientific theories are that CBD’s binds to cannabinoid receptors in the body, which play an essential role in reducing gut inflammation and regulating feeding behaviors by stimulating the appetite when they bind to these receptors. cbd oil benefits

Anxiety Relief

Generalized social anxiety disorder, which is an anxiety disorder that affects some individuals when they are placed in a situation that requires public speaking and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which often occurs during the winter months when there is a lack of sunlight, are two of the most common forms of anxiety disorders. CBD oil may be beneficial in helping to managing anxiety, especially the symptoms of SAD and generalized anxiety disorder. Researchers believe CBD may change the way the brain’s receptors respond to serotonin, the neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood, such as depression.

Relieves Epileptic Seizures

Several studies have been conducted for the use of CBD as a possible treatment for epilepsy. Although research is still in the early phase, it has been shown that CBD may be extremely effective in the relief of epileptic seizures and other seizure disorders. When included with existing anti-epilepsy medications, CBD may be able to reduce the number and severity of epilepsy related seizures. Research also been done regarding children with treatment-resistant epilepsy and more than 80% of the parents of epileptic children reported a reduction in the frequency of their child’s seizures, increased alertness, improved sleep and better mood while taking CBD.

Neurodegenerative Disorders

Researchers are studying how CBD is beneficial for treating neurodegenerative disorders, primarily those that cause the brain and nerves to deteriorate over time, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and stroke. CBD oil may help to reduce the inflammation that may also worsen the symptoms of neurodegenerative disorders. It may also help to protect brain cells from beta-amyloid toxicity, which make it extremely beneficial when used as part of the therapy for Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Combats the Spread of Cancer

Some research/studies have shown that CBD may help to prevent the growth and spreading of some types of cancer cells. For example, one study has suggested that CBD stops the gene that is involved in the spread of breast cancer. According the National Cancer Institute, CBD may help to reduce or alleviate the symptoms of thyroid and other various cancers and the side effects of cancer treatments. In various studies, CBD has been shown to decrease the ability of cancer cells to produce energy and block the signaling of certain cancer cell proliferation. CBD has been shown to stimulate appetite, which is a significant side effect of cancer and/or cancer treatments.

CBD continues to surprise researchers in the medical field with the various health benefits it provides. It is important to understand that although there are typically no major risks or side effects associated with CBD, like anything your body is unfamiliar with, there is a possibility of side effects. It is also important to know that how CBD should be used depends greatly on what it is being used for, so it is essential that you talk with your medical provider before using CBD oil.

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Set Intentions, Not Resolutions

Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions, Set Clear Intentions This Year

Each year, thousands upon thousands of people make New Year’s resolutions only to abandon them by February. This isn’t to say that setting goals is a bad thing, but setting goals requires dedication in order to accomplish them. Instead of setting goals, one of the easiest and most realistic ways to accomplish what you set out to do is with intentions. Intention is extremely important in everything you do in life. Being focused and have clarity in your activities is what pushes you forward and allows you to close in on your goals. So, what exactly is the difference between setting goals and intentions?

Difference Between Goals & Intentions

Goals and intentions are fairly similar in that with both you plan to achieve a desired result; however, there is a difference between the two. Set Intentions, Not Resolutions

  • Goals are measurable and specific, they are generally an idea of what you think should do versus what you want to do. When setting goals, you will typically list the tasks required for the actions necessary to accomplish them. For example, if your goal is to lose 20 pounds in three months, the first thing you would do is find a diet to follow, and then you may decide to exercise three days a week and finally you may choose to take a diet supplement that is designed to give you the best results. Basically, goals are based on what you know, have researched or what friends and family may have recommended. These may be the best ways to “start” your weight loss journey, but are they really the best ways for you as an individual to lose weight?
  • Intentions may be similar to goals, but the fulfillment process is different and intentions often require you to have deeper thoughts and on a more personal level. An intention is an anticipated outcome that guides your planned actions. Making intentions is a different way to focus and a process of achievement that requires commitment, discipline and the feeling of completing something. When goals aren’t met, it is normal to have negative emotions, but after you set your intention, the actions from your heart, rather than planned out actions. Make no mistake, there is still work required and steps you will need to take, but you are turning your intuitions into achievable intentions. Setting and living intentions will allow you to focus on you and who you are, to recognize your values and increase your emotional energy, which ultimately increases your physical energy. Daily intentions provide a reminder (a road map) for how to live each day; they give the motivation and the inspiration necessary to achieve your purpose. In other words, intentions are about who you are, what you want to be and how you choose to touch the lives of yourself and others.

 

Setting Powerful Intentions

Although you can set your intention to be more productive, you will find it more powerful to state an intention that will open your heart and mind to the thinking necessary for resulting in greater productivity. To start setting powerful intentions:

  1. Visualize what it is that you want to create, have, accomplish or be. Stay concise, clear and unwavering and do not base your intentions on what you think is possible based on a past experience.
  2. Consider whether or not this is something that you think you “should: do or if it is something you believe in your heart that you want to do. Remember, “should” do not and will not bring happiness and joy to life and they don’t encourage you to move forward.
  3. Even if they don’t make sense at the time, follow your internal impulses. Keep in mind that intuition generally speaks in lower voices that your rational mind may not understand.

Setting intentions is a great way to involve your family in decisions and to encourage them to take responsibility for what they want to do as individuals as well as what they want to create in life as a family. The best thing about setting intentions is there are no rules, but there are reminders, guidelines and definitely benefits.

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Holistic Health: Is it the answer to our healthcare crisis?

holistic medicineI am a Chinese medicine herbalist, acupuncturist, Registered Nurse, and Functional medicine practitioner – but most importantly, a health coach and cheerleader for you! I wear all of these hats at the same time to find the most holistic, effective treatment plan for you and your unique needs.

I like to call my practice “Functional Chinese Medicine” – using a 3,000 year old, ancient, mind-body medicine synergistically with a patient-centered, evidence-based practice for a truly effective holistic health model for chronic disease and prevention.

As with all forms of holistic treatment, Functional Chinese medicine begins with the theory that every human being has an innate resource of wisdom, strength, and health that can be tapped into at any moment. Acupuncture and meditation are ways of making contact with this incredible resource.

Holistic healthcare is one that focuses on:

  • The effects of the mind (beliefs, perceptions, attitudes) on the human body
  • The role that genetics and environment plays in health and disease
  • The relationship between emotional and physical health
  • The energetic processes that underlie physical and emotional imbalances

Have life circumstances caused you to feel alienated from this inner wisdom?

Mind-body medicine is a way to reconnect with ourselves and awaken to our full potential- acupuncture, meditation, yoga are all part of my personal journey to health. I like to empower my patients to take responsibility for their symptoms or imbalances as a way to find their road to optimal health and well-being.

Are you tired of going to your doctor and being offered a pill to suppress or alleviate your symptoms- often with unwanted side effects?

While mainstream healthcare is certainly warranted for acute and life-threatening conditions, it fails at truly offering a deep level of support to the millions of patients with chronic, stress-related issues like anxiety, insomnia, pain, hormone imbalances and digestive disorders.

By putting the responsibility and power in your hands through effective education, compassion and treatment- Functional Chinese medicine treats the root cause of your health conditions.

When we normally think of holistic medicine, we think of the connection between body, mind, and spirit.  I take into consideration the following in my clinic to see the whole picture:

  • The relationship between your beliefs and emotions
  • Physical imbalances, lab work, functional lab testing
  • Dietary habits/supplements/medications
  • Exercise & sleep habits
  • The degree to which you are engaged with and loving your work
  • Social support systems
  • Spiritual awareness

The beauty of holistic medicine is that it truly does account for your individual and unique makeup. Make an appointment for a free consultation and you will see how this holistic approach can help you!

Namaste,

ReNee Greenberg,RN,MTOM, LAc