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#35: A Holistic Approach to Balancing Your Hormones with Dr. Shawn Tassone

#35: A Holistic Approach to Balancing Your Hormones with Dr. Shawn Tassone

Update: 2018-12-275
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When a hormonal imbalance is present in your body, did you know the symptoms can vary considerably? Symptoms can include anything from fatigue, depression, anxiety, weight gain, low libido, hair loss, heavy bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, PCOS, and more.

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Shawn Tassone, a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist through the American Board of Integrative Medicine. He holds a medical degree, in addition to a PhD in mind-body medicine. In his 20 years of practice, Dr. Tassone has seen over 40,000 women and is a highly regarded patient advocate. In this podcast, we discuss how to address the root cause of hormonal imbalances, how our hormones impact our brain health, and the importance of not just treating symptoms, but your body as a whole. We also talk about the mind-body connection and how our mindset and spiritual health are even more powerful than the foods that we eat. Dr. Tassone has made it his life’s mission to educate women about hormones and how to balance them through an integrative approach.

 

In this episode, we dive into:

 

-What influenced Dr. Tassone in becoming an OB/GYN and his journey into integrative medicine (2:53)

-The fundamental difference between female and male hormones (9:04)

-The impact of modern day living on hormones (17:01)

-An overview of hormones and how they function (20:14)

-Signs of hormonal imbalances (22:30)

-The relationship between hormones and brain health (32:17)

-DUTCH hormone test (38:11)

-The mind-body connection and the impact on our health (41:07)

-The birth control pill and the long term effects on women’s health (44:37)

-Alternative forms of contraception (48:08)

-Essure device and complications associated with it (51:21)

-Dr. Tassone’s top three recommendations to support hormonal health (55:16)

-Learn more about Dr. Tassone and his work (58:21)

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Jennifer Marie Hancock

I recently asked my Dr to check my hormone levels and, sure enough, everything came back "normal." how does this explain the crazy fatigue I've been experiencing the past year? how do we find drs that specialize in holistic medicine and would health insurance even cover something like that? I have no idea to whom I'm asking these questions, lol, just thinking out loud I suppose.

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Did you know that Alzheimer’s is a preventable disease? Our lifestyle choices today are extremely important variables, that are clearly connected to our brains destiny. Taking an active role in improving the health of our brain can help prevent some of the most debilitating chronic illnesses we face, such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. David Perlmutter, a Board-Certified Neurologist and four-time New York Times best-selling author. In this podcast, we discuss the latest scientific research and the most effective ways you can maximize your brain’s potential. Dr. Perlmutter talks about how elevated markers of inflammation in your blood today are setting the stage for Alzheimer’s years from now, and how leveraging lifestyle factors can pave the way for a healthier brain.Chronic degenerative conditions are the number one cause of death on the planet. The proactive steps we take today can safeguard ourselves against cognitive decline and neurological disease. We can change our destiny by making better choices, and Dr. Perlmutter tells us exactly how to do that! In this episode, we dive into:-Why Alzheimer’s is a preventable disease (7:33)-Lifestyle factors and setting the stage for Alzheimer’s years from now (8:45)-Blood sugar and the risk of dementia (11:44)-What you should do today to support your brain health (14:10)-The importance of the chemical BDNF on brain function (17:01)-Ketones and super fuel for brain cells (23:01)-Benefits of MCT oil (29:34)-The importance of prebiotic fiber in your diet (33:01)-Difference between Atkins and a ketogenic diet (34:30)-Being vegetarian on a ketogenic diet (35:58)-DNA testing (36:57)-Alzheimer’s gene ApoE4 and the effectiveness of a ketogenic diet for brain function (39:28)-Risk factors associated with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s (41:47)-The connection to IBD and Parkinson’s disease (43:55)-Dr. Perlmutter’s daily non-negotiables as it relates to brain health (49:25)-The 5-year anniversary of Dr. Perlmutter’s book, Grain Brain (59:50)
#32: Winning at Life through Gratitude, Sex, and Community with Dave Asprey
Gratitude is the gateway to happiness. Study after study has found that gratitude rewires your brain for positivity. What you put in your body determines what you get out of it. That’s true for food and exercise, and it’s also true for your thoughts, your relationships, and the community that you surround yourself with. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dave Asprey, founder and CEO of the Bulletproof movement and company, and one of the pioneers of the modern biohacking movement. In this podcast, we discuss and dive deep into some of the top lessons Dave covers in his new book, Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life. Dave talks about gratitude and what exactly happens in our brain when we practice it and why it is the ultimate biohack. He also talks about how winning in the bedroom is an important part of life, as well as intentional orgasms and how they impact the brain. Dave shares the importance of community and surrounding yourself with people who have similar values and can help you reach your goals and bring more joy into your life. Dave is on a mission to share his knowledge with the rest of the world, helping people on their journey to a better self. In this episode, we dive into: -Why gratitude is the ultimate biohack (4:00)-The relationship between gratitude and fear (8:07)-The Polyvagal Theory (9:00)-The Telomere Effect (9:55)-Use sex to get the best drugs (16:36)-Taoists formula for longevity (23:27)-Weasel words and the impact on your nervous system (29:49)-The power of no and mastering the art of doing what matters the most to you (35:32)-What does it look like to win at life (43:18)-The importance of community (48:10)-Eat like your grandma, not like a caveman (57:57)-Learn more about Dave and his work (64:23)-Dave and Dhru share what they are grateful for today (66:36)
#31: Overcoming Hormonal Imbalances: PCOS, Hashimoto's, and More with Angelique Panagos
Sugar. It’s the one ingredient that so many of us have an unhealthy love affair with that we can’t quite figure out how to give up. It’s in practically everything that is packaged and in many restaurant meals. Sugar is one food that UK-based nutritional therapist and Functional Medicine practitioner Angelique Panagos credits with her many health issues, including hormonal imbalances that caused years of pain and suffering for her and her family. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Angelique about her personal story revealing her battle with several eating disorders, Hashimoto’s, PCOS, and more. Angelique also shares her very personal account of having two miscarriages, a devastating occurrence that 15-20% of women face. In this podcast, you will get tons of practical tips, insights, and reflections that will leave you with a much deeper understanding of why so many women face these health issues. Angelique is on a mission to educate women about hormones and how to balance them. In this episode, we dive into: -How sugar affects hormones (3:36)-What is PCOS and what does it affect? (6:03)-Angelique’s story (10:43)-Biggest misconceptions of eating disorders (16:19)-Getting a Hashimoto’s diagnosis (19:55)-Using food to heal (25:06)-Kicking old habits and making positive changes (27:58)-Why excessive exercise isn’t the answer (29:53)-Paying attention to protein and fats (36:14)-Constipation and fiber needs (41:28)-Angelique’s struggle with miscarriages (44:48)-Preconception planning—the dad’s side (57:03)-Writing a book on hormones (1:05:59)-Being realistic about the postpartum period (1:11:01)-Learn more about Angelique and work with her (1:18:09)
#30: The Power of Community, Connection, and Ritual with Dr. Michelle Peris
Our world is slowly becoming a lonelier place. Social isolation is on the rise and more people are reporting in surveys that they have fewer meaningful relationships. And yet we know how important community is to both our physical health and mental health. But how do we create it?In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, host Dhru Purohit interviews Dr. Michelle Peris about the power of community and ritual, and how we can create more connection in our world to improve our overall health.Dr. Michelle Peris is the founder of The Poppy Clinic based in Toronto and the creator of Rebel Tribe, a community based health initiative designed to bring more connection into the lives of women.Dhru and Dr. Peris cover a bunch of topics including the impact that community, and the lack of it, has on our brain, the root factors taking place today that are driving disconnection, and how purposeful friendships can dramatically improve our health. In this episode, we dive into: -Dr. Peris’s origin story (5:30)-How our brains are wired for connection (8:20)-Why community is so important for our health (10:26)-Dr. Peris explains how lack of community impacts her patient's health (13:30)-What are the root issues that are driving us to become more isolated today? (15:20)-Dr. Peris talks about the importance of rituals in our modern society and the inspiration we can take from her Rebel Tribe (20:30)-What are practical tips on building community and connection? (26:00)-A few examples of how community has helped Dr. Peris's patients (32:15)-How Dr. Peris helps women better understand their health and the unique challenges they go through (36:20)-Addressing the toxic nature of unnecessary guilt and its impact on women's health (41:13)-How our friends can help us in our healing journey (42:54)-Dr. Peris talks about honoring the natural cycles that women go through (45:30)-Where to find Dr. Peris and learn more about her work (52:44)
#29: The Optimal Morning Routine Plus Keto Tips with Dr. Stephanie Estima
Every day when we wake we are given a new opportunity to be our best selves—to be present for our loved ones, do the work we are meant to be doing, and feel at peace. However, in our day and age, technology is a part of every waking moment, that cell phone alarm that wakes us up can hijack our mornings, starting us off in a panic, and prompting us to seek out what has happened in the news overnight or who needs something from us. We can choose a different path, if we want, that can set the pace for our productivity for the rest of the day while, at the same time, helping us feel balanced and happy. Dhru’s conversation on The Broken Brain Podcast this week is all about creating habits that contribute to balance with Dr. Stephanie Estima, founder of The Health Loft in Toronto. Dhru and Dr. Stephanie start off by talking about her morning routine—especially as a mom to three boys—and they meander through many important topics such as breakfast ideas, keto diet tips, isolation new moms can feel, and so much more. In this episode, we dive into: -Why is a morning routine important? (3:05)-Core elements of a morning routine to set the tone for the day (5:22)-Dr. Stephanie’s breakfast tips (13:14)-How does mindset play a role in any routine? (19:14)-Childhood habits that played a role in Dr. Stephanie’s mission (26:56)-A learning journey to helping people (32:59)-Is a keto diet right for everyone? (43:04)-The importance of listening to your body (48:04)-Dr. Stephanie’s evening routine (50:54)-The isolation factor of being a new mom (58:16)-How Tetris will help you grow your brain (1:02:22)-Where to find Dr. Stephanie (1:08:29)
#28: Mood Altering Power of Food and Farming with Dr. Drew Ramsey
When Dr. Drew Ramsey, clinical psychiatrist and Columbia professor, bought a small farm in rural Indiana, he learned more about food than just how to grow a tomato (albeit, he grows one fine tomato!). He learned that putting our hands in the soil is therapeutic, that there is nothing like picking ingredients from your garden and assembling a meal for your family, and much more. Today, in our Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru talks with Broken Brain docu-series expert speaker and kale evangelist, Dr. Drew Ramsey. Dr. Ramsey integrates nutrition into his clinical psychiatry practice as an important component of treatment. Dhru and Dr. Ramsey discuss the need to put brain health and psychiatry into the vocabulary of our daily lives, the many benefits of growing your own food, nourishing our minds with community engagement, and much more. You’ll even get to hear Dr. Ramsey’s favorite kale recipe that anyone can make easily. In this episode, we dive into: -What is nutritional psychiatry? (2:53)-The intersection of traditional psychiatry and Dr. Ramsey’s approach (5:56)-Using food to improve mood and brain health (11:05)-Farm life and its benefits (19:35)-Regenerative agriculture (26:51)-Eating locally in urban areas (34:37)-Community as a form of nourishment (38:20)-The latest science on food and brain health (43:31)-Tips to choosing quality animal foods (46:35)-Dr. Ramsey’s transition from vegetarianism to eating meat (49:22)-Functional vs. dysfunctional medicine (54:33)-Dr. Ramsey’s favorite kale recipe (56:16)-Finding Dr. Ramsey online (1:02:35)
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#35: A Holistic Approach to Balancing Your Hormones with Dr. Shawn Tassone

#35: A Holistic Approach to Balancing Your Hormones with Dr. Shawn Tassone