How Soy Affects Hormones (and the Benefits of Phytoestrogens)

Soy and phytoestrogensDoes soy affect hormones? Yes, but not in the way you think.

Soy has both good and bad effects on the body. Some of its bad effects include the fact that soybean oil is an omega 6 oil and therefore potentially inflammatory. Also, processed soy protein can impair nutrient absorption and industrially grown soy is heavily sprayed with pesticides. Finally, soy is also a reasonably common food sensitivity.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Vitex for Period Problems

Vitex or chaste tree for period problemsVitex (also called Chaste tree or Chaste berry) is a popular and effective herbal medicine. I prescribe it all the time. I also frequently de-prescribe Vitex when I can see it is doing more harm than good.

Vitex is strong medicine. Please don’t use it casually.

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Ode to Ovulation

woman holding eggOvulation feels good because it switches on hormones.

As your ovaries get ready to release an egg every month, they pump out estrogen. Estrogen stimulates serotonin, which is why you’re more outgoing and energetic in the few days leading up to ovulation.

What happens just after ovulation is even more interesting. That’s when your ovary (one of them) releases bucket-loads of progesterone—your calming, soothing, anti-inflammatory hormone.  

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