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The 4 Phase Cycle Podcast with Zesty Ginger || Hormone Balance | Women's Health | Mindset

Author: Alex Golden & Megan Blacksmith

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Alex and Megan are a duo of an MD and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioner. After individually dealing with severe hormonal imbalances, they developed the 4 Phase Cycle Approach which helps women just like them take back their vital female health. By learning to work WITH the natural cycles of the body, rather than AGAINST them, Megan and Alex teach women how to stop continually searching for the next best thing and figure out exactly what should go in their personal health toolkit. They don’t believe in prescribed diets, food deprivation, or “fighting” illnesses. Instead, they’re all about having fun with the imperfections of life and overcoming trying to be everything to everyone.

This podcast consists of seasons which are made up of “podclasses”. Each season focuses on one particular topic and delving deep into the details. Season 1 has 24 podclasses, all focused on teaching women how to live in sync with their feminine cycles. More seasons to come!
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What does waking up on the wrong side of the bed looks like to you? In today's episode, Megan talked about hers and how her morning Sauna routine changed her life.   Follow us on IG: @zesty_ginger Find us on FB: facebook.com/zesty_ginger
This solo-episode is specially dedicated towards our ladies who are actively participating in phases of the cycle and following along elixirs etc. Dr. Alex touched on what to while on a protocol while traveling! Grouped by food, elixirs, movements, detox, air, and water with a specific focus in teas and elixirs. ...It’s basically all stuff that they understood along the way and have you not go through errors!  Follow us on IG: @zesty_ginger Find us on FB: facebook.com/zesty_ginger
Why is it that we have so much excitement and motivation for the new year, new goals and them come March (or maybe even Feb?!) those goals and dreams are all out the window? Megan and Alex recorded a podcast episode for you all about this topic!  Here are the reasons that our ladies covered:    It’s not the optimal time of your cycle Holiday depletion left you in a tough place! You don’t have accountability Need a strategy - start testing not guessing No leverage on yourself Your goals go against your core beliefs Follow us on IG: @zesty_ginger Find us on FB: facebook.com/zesty_ginger Our next Healthy Hormones group is kicking off on Jan 21st!  We have free 30 min calls available with our team if you have questions! http://bit.ly/2MGiUey
In today's special podcast edition, Dr. Alex talks about our 5 favorite hormone helpers. Dr Alex covers what they are and how it helps us! WANT MORE? And if you'd like to dive deeper check out our video series here. zestyginger.com/blueprint  Follow us on IG: @zesty_ginger FB: facebook.com/zesty_ginger
We used to think of mold, lyme, viruses, bacteria as separate categories, but now we are thinking about what our body has to keep up with overall.  The total load and how this affects our hormone health.   In today’s episode, Megan and Dr. Alex are both in our today’s and will be discussing the effect of mold toxicity to hormone health.    This podcast episode is sponsored by Microbalance health products - They are the creator of EC3 Mold solution concentrate, laundry additive, Mold Screening Test Plates (and even EC3 candles to help reduce mold and mycotoxin levels in the indoor air!).    Grab the 15% off offer until month of June by going to zestyginger.com/EC3 and use the code:  ZESTY.   Follow us on IG: @zesty_ginger
I just want to feel normal, or feel better for more than one good week in  a month or I just want to feel steady at work… We’ve heard these many times in our consults or in emails or in our Facebook group.  Is this also you? In this podcast, we try to find the in between or to strike a balance between what is normal and what is not. We want you to understand the cycle for good and know what is happening in your cycle or knowing what your brain is doing.  Megan talks about the Phase 1 and 4 of your cycle (the commonly hard times to navigate in your cycle). If you are new here and wanted to know more about these, we recommend you to check out the pod class in Season1! https://apple.co/3gFQSfT The Zestier Program is on SALE at $69 instead of 297.  http://zestyginger.com/zestier Our Fight or Flight program is still on at a very special price of $29.  https://www.zestyginger.com/fight-or-flight-fix/
Podclass 1 Intro - HH

Podclass 1 Intro - HH

2018-09-1723:101

An introduction to Megan and Alex, as well as details on what is covered in this 24 podclass series. Episode 1 explains the basic premise of the 4 Phase Cycle Approach and briefly explains what is happening in the body throughout the feminine cycle. It also goes into why someone would be interested in learning and living this new way of approaching female health. Go to Zestyginger.com/cycle to get our FREE Wild Feminine Cycle Guide to get started.
Episode 4 gets started on the details of the first phase, the Release Phase. This phase happens from days 1-7 (for a 28 day cycle) and is focused on releasing what no longer serves you, physically or mentally. With how the brain is primed during this portion of the cycle, this phase is best for planning, information gathering, and strategizing.   The Release Phase is also a time for supporting a healthy inflammatory system. Since modern women are bombarded with inflammatory compounds and constant stress on a daily basis, promoting a healthy inflammatory response can have a major impact on resolving hormonal imbalances. But it’s not all about decreasing inflammation! Some women, such as those with chronic viral infections and autoimmune diseases, need help with this protective function of the body. Important Links: Zestyginger.com to learn more about the 4 Phase Cycle Approach. Zestyginger.com/cycle to get our FREE Wild Feminine Cycle Guide to get started with everything you need to know about living in sync with your cycles. Zestyginger.com/healthyhormones to join our 3 month Healthy Hormones Group Program. This program includes functional lab work with a complete hormone and neurotransmitter panel, with a personalized protocol created for each participant based on their results.
Podclass Lesson 5 Rise

Podclass Lesson 5 Rise

2018-09-1724:38

Episode 5 gets specific on the second phase of the cycle, the Rise Phase. This is one of our favorite phases! This phase happens from days 8-14 (for a 28 day cycle) and is characterized by a powerful surge in hormone creation. With the insight gained from the introspective Release phase, this is the phase to get things done and be a boss babe!   But it’s not about getting more done on a never-ending to do list. We want to get very specific with our goals for the cycle so that we can be most effective with the least amount of stress. Whether that’s doing an elimination diet, starting a new exercise regimen, or promising yourself that you’ll get to bed earlier each night, this is the time to build up new habits in a way that is sustainable and effective.   The Rise Phase is similar to the first phase (Release) in that the emphasis on the inflammatory system--and all of the systems that work with it--is highlighted.  A dysfunctional inflammatory system of any cause will hinder good hormone production and often leads to problems with ovulation. By supporting these actions to happen healthfully, it sets up a healthy rest of the cycle. Important Links: Zestyginger.com to learn more about the 4 Phase Cycle Approach. Read zestyginger.com/phases for a more thorough explanation of what happens at each phase. Zestyginger.com/cycle to get our FREE Wild Feminine Cycle Guide to get started with everything you need to know about living in sync with your cycles. Zestyginger.com/healthyhormones to join our 3 month Healthy Hormones Group Program. This program includes functional lab work with a complete hormone and neurotransmitter panel, with a personalized protocol created for each participant based on their results.
Episode 6 jumps into the third phase of the cycle, the Plateau Phase. This phase happens from days 15-21 (for a 28 day cycle) and gets its name because hormone levels even out following ovulation. Our actions for this phase mimic what is happening in the body because we want to keep moving forward with the goals we set for ourselves in this cycle.   The start of the Plateau phase following ovulation shifts the focus from supporting the inflammatory system to supporting healthy detoxification, which is crucial for healthy hormonal levels. This episode explains why we believe the health of the liver, lymphatics, gut, skin, and kidneys is necessary for all portions of the detoxification process...and how hormones get processed by each of these organ systems. Important Links: Zestyginger.com to learn more about the 4 Phase Cycle Approach. Read zestyginger.com/phases for a more thorough explanation of what happens at each phase. Zestyginger.com/cycle to get our FREE Wild Feminine Cycle Guide to get started with everything you need to know about living in sync with your cycles. Zestyginger.com/healthyhormones to join our 3 month Healthy Hormones Group Program. This program includes functional lab work with a complete hormone and neurotransmitter panel, with a personalized protocol created for each participant based on their results.
Podclass 7 Pause - HH

Podclass 7 Pause - HH

2018-09-1721:07

Episode 7 rounds out the last phase of the cycle, the Pause Phase. This phase happens from days 22-28 (for a 28 day cycle) and marks the transition point from one cycle to the next. This portion of the cycle is where the most amount of women have issues, everything from hormonal acne, migraines, cravings, bloating, and mood swings. In supporting a smooth transition from one cycle ending to a new one beginning, it paves the way for rapid health improvements.   This last phase of the cycle is even more strongly focused on proper mobilization, metabolism, and elimination of hormones...and this involves a healthy detoxification system in the body. As this process begins working more smoothly, it sets the stage for each following cycle. Important Links: Zestyginger.com to learn more about the 4 Phase Cycle Approach. Read zestyginger.com/phases for a more thorough explanation of what happens at each phase. Zestyginger.com/cycle to get our FREE Wild Feminine Cycle Guide to get started with everything you need to know about living in sync with your cycles. Zestyginger.com/healthyhormones to join our 3 month Healthy Hormones Group Program. This program includes functional lab work with a complete hormone and neurotransmitter panel, with a personalized protocol created for each participant based on their results.
Episode 8 brings us right back into the first phase, the Release phase. This time however, we’re getting even more detailed. This episode is all about the action items that are most important for beginning to live in sync with healthy cycles, starting from the time your period starts. It’s your guide to taking action to learn more about decreasing unpleasant symptoms--like anxiety and bloating--and approaching your world in a less frazzled way. Important Links: Zestyginger.com to learn more about us. Zestyginger.com/cycle to get our FREE Wild Feminine Cycle Guide to get started with everything you need to know about living in sync with your cycles. It’s our ultimate freebie guide and one you don’t want to miss! Zestyginger.com/healthyhormones to join our 3 month Healthy Hormones Group Program. This program includes functional lab work with a complete hormone and neurotransmitter panel, with a personalized protocol created for each participant based on their results.  
Episode 9 is all about the best action steps to take during the second phase, the Rise phase. We often talk about this being our favorite phase and it’s because of how much we’ve been able to accomplish with much less effort in our lives and in our health by approaching them this way!   These action items are also focused on helping to support a healthy inflammatory response. This means optimizing hormone and ovulation signaling so that all of these important aspects of the cycle occur smoothly. It also helps downregulate an overactive central nervous system, which is common in our modern lifestyles and is a reason so many women struggle to find hormonal balance in the long term. Important Links: Zestyginger.com to learn more about us. Zestyginger.com/cycle to get our FREE Wild Feminine Cycle Guide to get started with everything you need to know about living in sync with your cycles. It’s our ultimate freebie guide and one you don’t want to miss! Zestyginger.com/healthyhormones to join our 3 month Healthy Hormones Group Program. This program includes functional lab work with a complete hormone and neurotransmitter panel, with a personalized protocol created for each participant based on their results.
Episode 10 digs deep in the most important action items for the third phase of the cycle, the Plateau phase. After an action-packed Rise phase, it’s the perfect way to transition to the post-ovulation rhythm of the female body AND keep moving the needle forward on your goals for the cycle. The action steps we love for the Plateau phase are all focused on comprehensive support of the detoxification organs of the body, which are the liver, lymphatics, skin, gut, and kidneys. Each of these organ systems have to be functioning properly for us to avoid hormonal imbalances like estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency. Important Links: Zestyginger.com to learn more about us. Zestyginger.com/cycle to get our FREE Wild Feminine Cycle Guide to get started with everything you need to know about living in sync with your cycles. It’s our ultimate freebie guide and one you don’t want to miss! Zestyginger.com/healthyhormones to join our 3 month Healthy Hormones Group Program. This program includes functional lab work with a complete hormone and neurotransmitter panel, with a personalized protocol created for each participant based on their results.  
Episode 11 outlines and explains the most important action items for the last phase of the cycle, the Pause phase. The two phases prior to this one are all about moving forward and establishing new, healthier habits. The Pause phase asks us to slow down, once again doing some retrospective work on how our goals align with our overall lives.  One major pitfall that women run into in terms of meeting their goals is that they have an all-or-nothing mentality. In living in sync with the cycle, periods of action and reflection allow for “cheating”--which is another way to say that this allows for freedom from perfection or rigidity. This last phase is similar to the Plateau phase in that good detoxification pathways are actively supported. With estrogen dominance and conditions like PMS, acne, fatigue, and emotional instability on the rise, helping to support metabolism and elimination of excess hormones and hormone-mimicking substances is crucial. Important Links: Zestyginger.com to learn more about us. Zestyginger.com/cycle to get our FREE Wild Feminine Cycle Guide to get started with everything you need to know about living in sync with your cycles. It’s our ultimate freebie guide and one you don’t want to miss! Zestyginger.com/healthyhormones to join our 3 month Healthy Hormones Group Program. This program includes functional lab work with a complete hormone and neurotransmitter panel, with a personalized protocol created for each participant based on their results.
Episode 12 kicks off our exploration of cycle related issues that are common to many women. And dieting within the setting of the cycle is a major topic! If you’ve ever been successful with a certain diet plan and then found that you failed repeating it at a later date, it likely has nothing to do with your willpower! There are types in the cycle where your body is naturally primed to stick with healthy habits...and other times that aren’t ideal for starting these kinds of ventures. Linking your diet to your cycle is also important for finding a balance between new healthier ways of fueling yourself and living a practical life where you enjoy your food! Important Links: Zestyginger.com to learn more about us. Zestyginger.com/cycle to get our FREE Wild Feminine Cycle Guide to get started with everything you need to know about living in sync with your cycles. It’s our ultimate freebie guide and one you don’t want to miss! Zestyginger.com/healthyhormones to join our 3 month Healthy Hormones Group Program. This program includes functional lab work with a complete hormone and neurotransmitter panel, with a personalized protocol created for each participant based on their results.
Episode 13 is about disordered eating, something that both Megan and Alex have dealt with. With disordered eating being such a common issue in women of all ages and confusion about food philosophies in general, this is an important subject to address through living in sync with the cycle. Periods of starting new healthier habits and integrating those new habits within the context for real life makes this process easier and much more sustainable. You won’t hear about prescribed diets from us! Although we have a few of our favorites. Instead, we believe that a personalized approach to finding the perfect diet for your individual body is the most high-yield lesson you can learn for your health. Important Links: Zestyginger.com to learn more about us. Zestyginger.com/cycle to get our FREE Wild Feminine Cycle Guide to get started with everything you need to know about living in sync with your cycles. It’s our ultimate freebie guide and one you don’t want to miss! Zestyginger.com/healthyhormones to join our 3 month Healthy Hormones Group Program. This program includes functional lab work with a complete hormone and neurotransmitter panel, with a personalized protocol created for each participant based on their results.
Episode 14 is about birth control use in the setting of a healthy feminine cycle and common hormonal imbalances. This episode details situations where birth control, as well as other supplemental hormones, may be used as a temporizing measure but also explains why it is not a long-term answer to hormonal problems. Besides that, there are a number of important organ systems to support while taking or recently discontinuing supplemental hormones...and this podclass goes through the most important ones. In the links below, you can find our Safely Stopping Birth Control course. Important Links: Zestyginger.com to learn more about us. If you’d like access to our Safely Stopping Birth Control course, please email us at support@zestyginger.com Zestyginger.com/cycle to get our FREE Wild Feminine Cycle Guide to get started with everything you need to know about living in sync with your cycles. It’s our ultimate freebie guide and one you don’t want to miss!   Zestyginger.com/healthyhormones to join our 3 month Healthy Hormones Group Program. This program includes functional lab work with a complete hormone and neurotransmitter panel, with a personalized protocol created for each participant based on their results.
Episode 15 is about some of our very favorite detoxing tools. We believe in supporting all the organ systems behind detoxification. That means that the lymphatic vessels and blood vessels need to be effectively brining stored toxins from the periphery to where they can be processed.  The liver needs to have both phase 1 and phase 2 reactions working properly, and these metabolized products need to be efficiently moved out of the body through the gut and kidneys. This episode covers easily and inventive ways to support all of these important functions. Important Links: Zestyginger.com to learn more about us. If you’d like access to our Safely Stopping Birth Control course, please email us at support@zestyginger.com. Zestyginger.com/cycle to get our FREE Wild Feminine Cycle Guide to get started with everything you need to know about living in sync with your cycles. It’s our ultimate freebie guide and one you don’t want to miss!   Zestyginger.com/healthyhormones to join our 3 month Healthy Hormones Group Program. This program includes functional lab work with a complete hormone and neurotransmitter panel, with a personalized protocol created for each participant based on their results.
Episode 16 follows our detoxing topic from the previous episode but covers common detoxing pitfalls. Namely, this episode describes why detox symptoms mean that the body is unable to process the hormones and hormone-mimicking substances that are being carried to the liver...and that this means that there is a bottleneck in the detoxification organ systems somewhere along the line. Luckily, there are many ways to help manage these problems and still support the body in the way that it needs. Important Links: Zestyginger.com to learn more about us. If you’d like access to our Safely Stopping Birth Control course, please email us at support@zestyginger.com. Zestyginger.com/cycle to get our FREE Wild Feminine Cycle Guide to get started with everything you need to know about living in sync with your cycles. It’s our ultimate freebie guide and one you don’t want to miss! Zestyginger.com/healthyhormones to join our 3 month Healthy Hormones Group Program. This program includes functional lab work with a complete hormone and neurotransmitter panel, with a personalized protocol created for each participant based on their results.
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