Interviewer: So what can hormone treatments do for someone who is going through menopause?
Erin Lommen, ND: So if you imagine the hormones not being produced anymore as they once were . . .
Erin Lommen, ND: . . . at least at the levels, you can do some replacement. Obviously that's pretty common through decades of synthetic replacement.
Erin Lommen, ND: And one of my areas of specialty as an naturopathic physician would be a bio-identical or the natural form of the hormone.
Erin Lommen, ND: But it would still be replacement therapy. That's one option, is to look at . . . let's just fill in some of what that woman is missing. And we do testing and look at lots of factors for why and how we would do that hormone replacement.
Erin Lommen, ND: There are other ways to come at it, too, that I think are equally as important.
Interviewer: Talk about some of those.
Erin Lommen, ND: Well, exercise.
Erin Lommen, ND: Can we get people exercising? One of the things that I think all of us as practitioners have to continually look at is accessing someone's motivation. And if you're sitting with someone and they've never exercised in all their life and they're 55 . . .
Erin Lommen, ND: . . . they're not going to suddenly.
Erin Lommen, ND: Not many of the are.
Erin Lommen, ND: Going to sustain an exercise program. I think, Americans are all very famous for binge exercising.
Erin Lommen, ND: So we can start something. We can join the club. But how do we get it into our lifestyle so we can sustain it? That's huge if we can get that and we try to accomplish that.
Erin Lommen, ND: But again I work with it in a realistic fashion to say, "Let's start somewhere where you're going to succeed and then let's move to those places where you've maybe never had success."
Erin Lommen, ND: And exercise is sometimes one that women haven't had success with and we move to that after we've done some hormone balancing and some other things, when they're feeling stronger and they might be more capable of succeeding.
Erin Lommen, ND: Diet is a huge area. With that, I mentioned belly fat a little bit ago.
Erin Lommen, ND: Changing the construction of what someone is eating daily, not necessarily even saying, "Dieting." But saying, "Let's reduce those simple carbs. Let's get the sugars on their way." That also allows that woman to have a lot more choice about what she's doing in other areas. If you're eating sugar and you're insulin resistant, the brain is almost on fire with that and that's what's driving you.
Erin Lommen, ND: Even if you mean it not to be. Willpower does not help that that much when you're in that kind of scenario. So just knowing those things. Teaching those things about the chemistry. We get a woman into a place where she's really capable of making the changes.
Erin Lommen, ND: And biochemistry makes a big difference.
Interviewer: You mentioned exercise can be beneficial for someone going through menopause. How does exercise effect your hormones? Is that how it works, or how exactly does exercise work?
Erin Lommen, ND: It literally effects them and I couldn't say in one sentence but for example, you can see rises in testosterone just from exercising. Obviously, the adrenals give a good result for balancing the stress hormones when you exercise. Another thing that happens that your liver detoxification is advanced or increased, so that you're cycling through the various things that you have to detoxify better and more efficiently.
Erin Lommen, ND: And that's a few of the ways that helps, but it will help everybody that way.
Erin Lommen, ND, discusses hormone replacement and other natural approaches to treat women going through menopause. She also discusses the importance and benefit of exercise for menopause symptoms.
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