#223: Long-Term and Intermittent Fasting for Women (Renewed)

#223: Long-Term and Intermittent Fasting for Women (Renewed)

Hi ladies!

It’s episode 223!

Be sure to check back every Tuesday for a new episode, and head over to iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe!

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Topics!

[05:43] Long-Term and Intermittent Fasting for Women

Links!

Noelle’s website: https://coconutsandkettlebells.com

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Thrive Market

This podcast is supported by Thrive Market! As a special offer to our community, Thrive Market is offering 25% OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER. To take advantage of this special deal, go to thrivemarket.com/wellfedwomen Keep in mind that Thrive Market’s prices are already 25-50% below retail because they cut out the middleman, so this is an extraordinary deal.

Thrive Market is an online marketplace with all the top premium healthy and organic products that you get from your grocery store but without the premium prices. It’s like the Costco of Whole Foods except you shop in your PJs from home and your bill ends up being up to 50% less! The best part is you can trust Thrive Market’s options will be sourced from the best of the best ingredients and you can shop based on your own dietary needs.

NTA

The Well Fed Women podcast is sponsored in part by the Nutritional Therapy Association. The NTA trains and certifies Nutritional Therapy Practitioners and Consultants, emphasizing bio-individuality and the range of dietary strategies that support wellness. The NTA emphasizes local, properly prepared, nutrient-dense foods as the key to restoring balance and enhancing the body’s ability to heal. The NTA’s Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program and fully online Nutritional Therapy Consultant Program empower graduates with the education and skills they need to launch successful, fulfilling careers in holistic nutrition.

Registration is now open for September class and you can learn more and save your seat by going to: www.nutritionaltherapy.com. Once you sign up for classes send us an email with your confirmation to wellfedwomen@gmail.com and we will send you a FREE copy of our book Coconuts & Kettlebells!

Fabletics

This podcast is supported by Fabletics, a fashion focused activewear brand with a mission to empower women by making a healthy, active lifestyle accessible to everyone because of its exceptional price point. Fabletics was born in 2013 and co-founded by actress Kate Hudson. The founding team noticed a large disparity in the activewear market place—comfortable, on-trend gym wear that was priced affordably. Since then, Fabletics has been a one stop shop online for women pursuing all kinds of activities, yoga, running, gym workouts, and they have sports bras, shoes, and accessories.

Fabletics is offering our listeners an incredible deal: Get 2 leggings for only $24 ($99 value) when you sign up for a VIP. Just go to fabletics.com/wellfedwomen to take advantage of this deal now. You will also get Free Shipping! Fabletics also releases brand new styles, collections and prints every month! If you guys become a VIP with Fabletics, you’ll get up to 50% off regular pricing and instant access to their latest collections.

#222: Exercise and Hormones, Cycle Length, & Reasons Your Period is Missing

#222: Exercise and Hormones, Cycle Length, & Reasons Your Period is Missing

Hi ladies!

It’s episode 222!

Be sure to check back every Tuesday for a new episode, and head over to iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe!

To leave a review for the podcast (OR JOIN IN ON THE APPLE WARS!!) go to: http://coconutsandkettlebells.com/review. We would appreciate hearing from you more than we could possibly say!

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10% of the funds we receive from our sponsors is donated directly to our partner charity, Thistle Farms, a place where women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution receive help and support through residential programs, therapy, education, and employment opportunities. Because we get paid per download, you are actively supporting Thistle Farms by downloading our podcast each week.

Topics!

[24:18] Exercise and Hormones

[40:30] Cycle Length

[55:26] Reasons Your Period Is Missing

Links!

Noelle’s website: https://coconutsandkettlebells.com

Stefani’s website: http://paleoforwomen.com

Buy our book Coconuts and Kettlebells

#213: The Pill, Irregular Periods, & Post-Birth Control Syndrome with Dr. Jolene Brighten

Prenatal (with folate)

Beyond the Pill by Dr. Jolene Brighten

Intuitive Eating Principles

Thrive Market

This podcast is supported by Thrive Market! As a special offer to our community, Thrive Market is offering 25% OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER. To take advantage of this special deal, go to thrivemarket.com/wellfedwomen Keep in mind that Thrive Market’s prices are already 25-50% below retail because they cut out the middleman, so this is an extraordinary deal.

Thrive Market is an online marketplace with all the top premium healthy and organic products that you get from your grocery store but without the premium prices. It’s like the Costco of Whole Foods except you shop in your PJs from home and your bill ends up being up to 50% less! The best part is you can trust Thrive Market’s options will be sourced from the best of the best ingredients and you can shop based on your own dietary needs.

NTA

The Well Fed Women podcast is sponsored in part by the Nutritional Therapy Association. The NTA trains and certifies Nutritional Therapy Practitioners and Consultants, emphasizing bio-individuality and the range of dietary strategies that support wellness. The NTA emphasizes local, properly prepared, nutrient-dense foods as the key to restoring balance and enhancing the body’s ability to heal. The NTA’s Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program and fully online Nutritional Therapy Consultant Program empower graduates with the education and skills they need to launch successful, fulfilling careers in holistic nutrition.

Registration is now open for September class and you can learn more and save your seat by going to: www.nutritionaltherapy.com. Once you sign up for classes send us an email with your confirmation to wellfedwomen@gmail.com and we will send you a FREE copy of our book Coconuts & Kettlebells!

High Testosterone Levels in Women: Everything You Need to Know – Keto for Women

High Testosterone Levels in Women: Everything You Need to Know – Keto for Women

High testosterone levels in women is one of the most common hormone disorders. Literally tens of millions of women suffer from it in the United States alone. So how do you know if you have high testosterone?

1. Acne

Testosterone is elevated around ovulation cycles if you are menstruating which can lead to hormonal acne breakouts commonly around your jaw or chin. If you have PCOS you may be suffering from breakouts like these most of the time. (If you suffer from acne, my brand new program, 50% off this week, Clear Skin Unlocked: The Ultimate Guide to Acne Freedom and Flawless Skincould be a great resource for you).

2. Irregular Menstrual Cycles

Having irregular menstrual cycles creates a hormonal balance allowing testosterone to become dominant or recessive. Another reason you may be having irregular menstrual cycles could be stemming from PCOS.

3. Blood Sugar Swings

Insulin encourages the ovaries to produce more testosterone.

4. Low Libido

Your testosterone levels can be high but if your other primary sex hormones are not balanced, then high testosterone will not result in higher libido.

5. Male Pattern Balding and Hair Growth

Another sign of high testosterone levels in women is male pattern balding and hair growth.

 

So what causes testosterone levels in women to be elevated?


1. Insulin Resistance and Diabetes

If you have type I or II diabetes or know that you are insulin resistant, high testosterone is probably a problem for you.

Approximately 25% of the testosterone in female bodies comes from the ovaries. This is natural. However, insulin in the bloodstream stimulates the ovaries to produce more testosterone. This can seriously increase the ovaries’ output of testosterone.Depending on the severity of the dysregulation, insulin can lead to a significant increase in testosterone in the bloodstream. This is as much as 2 or 3 times over the optimal and healthy testosterone levels.

This is very often the case in polycystic ovarian syndrome.

2. Thyroid Disorders

Sex hormone levels and thyroid hormone levels are intimately related in many ways.

One important way is through Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG). When thyroid function slows — as in hypothyroidism — SHBG levels fall. SHBG binds excess hormones to it in the blood. It is incredibly important for maintaining healthy hormone balance. When hormones like testosterone threaten to increase and there is bountiful SHBG then it can bind the testosterone and minimize its threat. Without SHBG, excessive hormones can become a real problem.

In healthy women, 80% of testosterone is bound by SHBG in the blood. With decreased SHBG however, significantly more testosterone runs free and causes testosterone-related issues.

3. Stress

Stress can have a wide variety of negative impacts on the female body. Many of these have the potential to elevate testosterone levels.For example, stress can cause hypothyroidism and the concomitant decreases in SHBG.Stress can also decrease levels of estrogen and progesterone in the blood. Estrogen and progesterone perform a counter-balancing function to testosterone. Without them, testosterone levels in women can rise to unhealthy levels.

Stress also causes a rise in DHEA-S, which is a male sex hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It is not testosterone – but it is one of testosterone’s closest cousins. It acts in a chemically similar way and will often cause the same hormone disruptions. Read more about this process here, and about how stress negatively impacts hormone production here.

sleep and stress effect testosterone, high testosterone levels in women

4. Fasting After Workouts

If you work out frequently and do not eat afterwards, your testosterone levels – specifically as a woman, can rise. After intense exercise, several hormone levels are elevated including Cortisol – the “stress hormone” – and testosterone.

Cortisol levels fall naturally after a workout. But testosterone levels do not. They remain very high and decrease much more slowly if you do not eat afterward. If you do this on a regular or even daily basis this can cause a chronic problem.

high testosterone levels in women increase from fasting

5. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Finally, the most common cause of high testosterone in women is PCOS.


Read about the in’s and out’s of PCOS


Now, it is not altogether clear what causes what: does high testosterone cause PCOS, or does PCOS cause high testosterone levels in women? There is no certain answer. But what is certain is that the two are inextricably linked for many women. It may very well be the case that they both cause each other: high testosterone causes PCOS and PCOS causes high testosterone.

PCOS stands for Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome and is the condition of having multiple cysts on one’s ovaries. There are three criteria used in diagnosing PCOS. In order to be diagnosed you must meet two of the three criteria:

  • irregular or absent menstrual cycles
  • elevated testosterone or other male sex hormone levels
  • cysts on the ovaries as demonstrated by an ultrasound

PCOS affects as many as 15% of in America today, and is actually the leading cause of infertility, by a long shot.

So if you suffer from symptoms of high testosterone, from any of the above conditions such as hypothyroidism, stress, or insulin resistance / diabetes, you may want to investigate PCOS as a potential underlying cause or secondary effect of your condition.

PCOS may be a complex condition but this does not mean that it is insurmountable. I myself overcame my own PCOS (despite receiving terrible medical advice). So many of the women I have worked with on the issue have, too.

To read more of my work on PCOS and find out how it’s unique from what other people have done, check out any of these posts: What is PCOS? PCOS Treatment OptionsThe PCOS Diet, or my program on overcoming PCOS, PCOS Unlocked: The Manual.

To read more about acne and it’s relationship to testosterone and other hormones, check out my most popular posts on acne, or my program, Clear Skin Unlocked: The Ultimate Guide to Acne Freedom and Flawless Skin.

So that’s it for common causes of high testosterone levels in women. Do you have other ones in your own experience? Questions, concerns? I’d love to hear about it – please let me know!

#221: Healing Hormonal Issues with Dr. Brooke Kalanick, ND, MS

#221: Healing Hormonal Issues with Dr. Brooke Kalanick, ND, MS

Hi ladies!

It’s episode 221!

Be sure to check back every Tuesday for a new episode, and head over to iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe!

To leave a review for the podcast (OR JOIN IN ON THE APPLE WARS!!) go to: http://coconutsandkettlebells.com/review. We would appreciate hearing from you more than we could possibly say!

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Topics!

[03:06] Healing Hormonal Issues with Dr. Brooke Kalanick, ND, MS

Links!

Noelle’s website: https://coconutsandkettlebells.com

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Podcast: Sarah & Dr. Brooke Show

Work with Dr. Brooke

Pre-Order the book Hangry

Dr. Brooke’s quizzes

Sleepytime Tea

Natural Calm

Magnesium Glycinate

Integrative Therapeutics Cortisol Manager

Adrenal Adaptogens:

Ashwaganda

Rhodiola

Adapt and Cope

Brands for Supplements:

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Pure Encapsulations

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Boost Serotonin: 5-HTP, Vitamin B6, St. John’s Wart

Boost Gaba (calm + sleep)

Free Lab Guide

Thrive Market

This podcast is supported by Thrive Market! As a special offer to our community, Thrive Market is offering 25% OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER. To take advantage of this special deal, go to thrivemarket.com/wellfedwomen Keep in mind that Thrive Market’s prices are already 25-50% below retail because they cut out the middleman, so this is an extraordinary deal.

Thrive Market is an online marketplace with all the top premium healthy and organic products that you get from your grocery store but without the premium prices. It’s like the Costco of Whole Foods except you shop in your PJs from home and your bill ends up being up to 50% less! The best part is you can trust Thrive Market’s options will be sourced from the best of the best ingredients and you can shop based on your own dietary needs.

NTA

The Well Fed Women podcast is sponsored in part by the Nutritional Therapy Association. The NTA trains and certifies Nutritional Therapy Practitioners and Consultants, emphasizing bio-individuality and the range of dietary strategies that support wellness. The NTA emphasizes local, properly prepared, nutrient-dense foods as the key to restoring balance and enhancing the body’s ability to heal. The NTA’s Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program and fully online Nutritional Therapy Consultant Program empower graduates with the education and skills they need to launch successful, fulfilling careers in holistic nutrition.

Registration is now open for May class and you can learn more and save your seat by going to: www.nutritionaltherapy.com. Once you sign up for classes send us an email with your confirmation to wellfedwomen@gmail.com and we will send you a FREE copy of our book Coconuts & Kettlebells!

Fabletics

This podcast is supported by Fabletics, a fashion focused activewear brand with a mission to empower women by making a healthy, active lifestyle accessible to everyone because of its exceptional price point. Fabletics was born in 2013 and co-founded by actress Kate Hudson. The founding team noticed a large disparity in the activewear market place—comfortable, on-trend gym wear that was priced affordably. Since then, Fabletics has been a one stop shop online for women pursuing all kinds of activities, yoga, running, gym workouts, and they have sports bras, shoes, and accessories.

Fabletics is offering our listeners an incredible deal: Get 2 leggings for only $24 ($99 value) when you sign up for a VIP. Just go to fabletics.com/wellfedwomen to take advantage of this deal now. You will also get Free Shipping! Fabletics also releases brand new styles, collections and prints every month! If you guys become a VIP with Fabletics, you’ll get up to 50% off regular pricing and instant access to their latest collections.

#220: Recovering from Extreme Dieting, Trigger Foods, & Digestion and Bloating

#220: Recovering from Extreme Dieting, Trigger Foods, & Digestion and Bloating

Hi ladies!

It’s episode 220!

Be sure to check back every Tuesday for a new episode, and head over to iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe!

To leave a review for the podcast (OR JOIN IN ON THE APPLE WARS!!) go to: http://coconutsandkettlebells.com/review. We would appreciate hearing from you more than we could possibly say!

Got a question you’d like us to answer? Email us at wellfedwomen@gmail.com.

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10% of the funds we receive from our sponsors is donated directly to our partner charity, Thistle Farms, a place where women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution receive help and support through residential programs, therapy, education, and employment opportunities. Because we get paid per download, you are actively supporting Thistle Farms by downloading our podcast each week.

Topics!

[11:08] Recovering from Extreme Dieting

[30:20] Trigger Foods

[47:07] Digestion and Bloating

Links!

Noelle’s website: https://coconutsandkettlebells.com

Stefani’s website: http://paleoforwomen.com

Buy our book Coconuts and Kettlebells

Try Kennedy “People Who Brag About Their Diet Video”

Thera-Biotics Probiotic

Seeking Health Zinc

Thrive Market

This podcast is supported by Thrive Market! As a special offer to our community, Thrive Market is offering 25% OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER. To take advantage of this special deal, go to thrivemarket.com/wellfedwomen Keep in mind that Thrive Market’s prices are already 25-50% below retail because they cut out the middleman, so this is an extraordinary deal.

Thrive Market is an online marketplace with all the top premium healthy and organic products that you get from your grocery store but without the premium prices. It’s like the Costco of Whole Foods except you shop in your PJs from home and your bill ends up being up to 50% less! The best part is you can trust Thrive Market’s options will be sourced from the best of the best ingredients and you can shop based on your own dietary needs.

NTA

The Well Fed Women podcast is sponsored in part by the Nutritional Therapy Association. The NTA trains and certifies Nutritional Therapy Practitioners and Consultants, emphasizing bio-individuality and the range of dietary strategies that support wellness. The NTA emphasizes local, properly prepared, nutrient-dense foods as the key to restoring balance and enhancing the body’s ability to heal. The NTA’s Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program and fully online Nutritional Therapy Consultant Program empower graduates with the education and skills they need to launch successful, fulfilling careers in holistic nutrition.

Registration is now open for May class and you can learn more and save your seat by going to: www.nutritionaltherapy.com. Once you sign up for classes send us an email with your confirmation to wellfedwomen@gmail.com and we will send you a FREE copy of our book Coconuts & Kettlebells!