Did you know that Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis or HTMA is one of the most powerful tools you can use to assess your internal bio-chemistry or the bio-chemistry of your clients?
Are you aware that HTMA is the most commonly misinterpreted test - in fact, I have hundreds of people contacting me with test results that were read improperly by their practitioner?
Today, we dive into the beginner basics of understanding HTMA results and how to determine if your practitioner is reading your results properly.
Kendra Perry: Hello, hello there, welcome to High On Energy TV. I am a super, super excited to be here and bring to you some more amazing content on today's episode. So I am your host Kendra Perry. You can find out more about me at kendraperry.net and as always, let's talk about some stuff to help you boost your energy. And so today's episode is going to be just slightly different than what we normally cover on the episode. And the reason for that is because we're going to be talking about something that's maybe a little bit more relevant for practitioners, but I know I have practitioners in my audience. So I just want to talk a little bit about a tool, my favorite tool to use when it comes to improving people's energy. Okay. And I mean, there's a lot of theories out there about testing and what is the best test to send out to your clients if you have people who are struggling with energy.
But my very, very favorite tool in the whole world to use to help not only with energy but pretty much with any symptom that a person might be dealing with is actually a hair mineral analysis kit. Okay. So what a lot of people don't know is this is a very effective and also very affordable way to assess a person's unique biochemistry and physiology. Functional testing is expensive, right? Like if you are going to run like a GI-MAP, if you're going to get into the gut testing, into hormone testing, run something like a DUTCH, I mean, you're going to be spending several hundred dollars and especially with the GI-MAP, that's definitely a pretty high price point. You can literally spend thousands of dollars on testing, but one of the most amazing things ever is that hair mineral analysis is pretty affordable. It is probably the lowest price point for any tasks that I've ever really seen out there.
Obviously depending on where you're getting it from and who you're ordering it from. But I think that's pretty cool because my biggest complaint with functional medicine is that it's not really available to everyone. Right. When something costs thousands of dollars that's kind of a big deal. Sorry, I think my microphone is a little bit further away from me than it should be, I'm a little excited today because I love talking about hair mineral analysis, but yeah, functional medicine is amazing. I think we all need it. I think we need ... We all need to be doing testing just because if you're not testing then you are guessing, right? Everyone's different, I don't know what the heck's going on in your body. Like your the most intelligent, experienced, educated practitioner in the world doesn't know what's going on in your body unless they test.
Otherwise they're making maybe educated guesses or there may be going with their intuition. But honestly, we really do need testing in order to get that legitimate scientific information to give us a course of action and to give us a path to follow because even if you have a really well educated practitioner who maybe has some really good intuition and has an idea of what might be going on in your body, it can be really hard to commit to all the things that they're asking you to commit with if you are not 100% sold on that, that's actually what's going on with you. And especially if you don't also have a way to track that, right? Like we want to be able to follow up and know, okay, what we're doing is actually working. This is the right thing. We're seeing progress in the results or we're not seeing progress.
So what we're doing isn't working and it's not actually what we should be doing and we need to totally change course. So I can sit here on my high horse or on my soap box or whatever for the next while and talk about the importance of testing. But if you guys have been listening to the podcast or tuning in for High On Energy TV, then you know that I'm really into testing. So I really think hair mineral analysis is amazing because it is really cheap, but it gives you an insane amount of information about the body and it correlates more than any test I've ever come across. Okay. And so what I mean by that is I can look at a panel and be like, okay, this is probably what they're experiencing symptom wise and this is probably how their personality is.
So there's a lot of mood connections and personality connections based on the various mineral patterns that we see. So I can look at that and get an idea like, oh, this person is a type A personality. They probably push, push, push. They probably really busy. They probably take on a lot of tasks or I could look at that and be like, wow, this person probably feels pretty depressed. They might even feel a bit apathetic, like a bit disconnected from their emotions or kind of like they're not really feeling much in terms of ... They're kind of like that stone cold statue. Right. And so that's what's really cool about that. You can also get insight into thyroid, into adrenal health into digestion, into blood sugar regulation into hormones, into the nervous system, heavy metal, toxicity, detoxification, chemical sensitivity.
These are just amongst some of the things that we can see. I can see what if you are in the alarm stage of stress or the exhaustion stage of stress. It's crazy, it's a really cool test and I've come to love it. And I also think it is a really good standalone test. Yes, sometimes we do need to test the gut, we want to see if there's infections. We want to balance hormones totally. But if you're like, I don't have a lot of money, what is my best use of my dollars? I will tell you to do a hair mineral analysis every time, regardless of whether you have hormonal issues, gut issues, brain issues, whatever issues you could be having because the mineral system is very important. Minerals are the co-factors in every single enzyme reaction in the body.
And a lot of times they're actually the enzymes themselves. So if your minerals are out of whack or they're out of balance with each other, I mean you're going to end up with all kinds of different symptoms, right? It just kind of depends on you and what your genetic weaknesses are. So like I said this episode today is going to be a little bit more focused on practitioners and health professionals out there who are interested in learning the basics of HMA or hair mineral analysis. Hair mineral analysis is HMA. But if you are kind of a nerdy maybe you're not going to be a health professional and you don't aspire to be one. You can use the information from this episode to get an idea if the person who is reading your hair mineral analysis should be the one reading your hair mineral analysis.
Because unfortunately this test is very misunderstood and very misread and I've literally had hundreds of people contact me. I have people contacting me every week, who are like, "yeah, this is what my practitioner told me to do based on these results." And I'm literally getting goose bumps and I'm cringing because it's not right. And what they are telling that person to implement or to bring in isn't actually going to help fix the issue. And that's really unfortunate because I think it gives this test a bad name, right? Because I think a lot of people don't have a great experience with it because as practitioners it's hard to interpret and as clients we often have it misinterpreted for us. So that leads us to believe it's not accurate or it's not as powerful tool as it really is.
And your practitioner who might be misreading your hair mineral analysis, it's not their fault, don't get mad at them. There is a very massive lack of training out there on hair mineral analysis. It's actually really hard to learn about. When I started to realize its power and I realized that I wanted to bring it into my life and into the lives of my clients. I took every single training out there that existed that I could find. And every single one of those courses was very interesting. It gave some good information. It helped me maybe understand the panel a little better, but every single one of them lacked practical and clinical application. So sure, I understood what I was looking at sort of, but I didn't actually know what to do with the results or how to actually develop protocols that would help fix the situation that we were looking at.
And I was really frustrated by that. And I spent years figuring it out on my own by following various experts and listening to podcasts and going on PubMed and Google Scholar and diving into the research. And I had to hire a certain HMA practitioners that costs me thousands and thousands of dollars. One woman I was working with who is a true expert, she's one of the biggest experts in the field, but I was paying her $600 an hour to get this information from her. So it was really hard and I had to really want it. Okay. And so that's why I'm saying don't blame your practitioner who maybe doesn't know how to read your hair test, because honestly it's not readily available information. And actually that's one of my big missions is to change that. And so I'm actually going to be running a six week live practitioner training on hair mineral analysis this February.
We'll be starting February 21st and this course is going to dive deep into the primary mineral patterns that you see on hair mineral analysis, but it is going to focus heavily on the clinical application and how to actually develop the hair mineral protocols to actually help people get well. So pretty excited to teach this course. I have about 10 or 12 people signed up. It's going to be awesome. I'm going to give you everything I've got and I'm going to make you feel like an expert in HMA. And so if you are a health professional or you're just a pretty nerdy person in general and you think that you can keep up and understand this information I would love if you would join me, just send my business page a message, I'll send you the details. Yeah, I'm going to be getting the info page up shortly.
And so once that info pages up, it will be go.Kendraperry.net/HMA. If you go to it and you get an error message, it's just because I haven't quite finished it yet. I'm jumping on this really quickly. I literally decided to create this course last week when I had a whole handful of practitioners being like, I want to learn this. Will you teach it? Please teach it, create this course. So I was like, okay, I'm going to do it. So yeah, I'm kind of scrambling to get everything together, but that will be happening for anyone who's interested. And guys, if you're on with me live right now say hey, because really all I see is a little eyeball with the number five and I have no idea who you are. So give me, hey, give me a heart, give me a like.
Let me know that you're here so I can say hi to you personally. Okay, so let's jump into it guys. We're going to talk about three simple or sort of like beginner steps to understanding a hair mineral analysis task. So this is very beginner, but you need to know these first before going deeper into this test. Okay? So number one, this is really, really important and this is actually the primary way that practitioners actually misinterpret this test. And that is they read it as it is. And what do I mean by that? Well, they just look at it exactly how it is. So they're like, okay, you're high on this, so you're eating too much of this. Stop eating foods with that in it. Okay, you're low in this. Okay, you need to eat more of this.
That's actually a huge mistake because the hair is an excretion, right? So this is minerals that are being pushed out of the body and we need to interpret, this is where all the big interpretation comes in. Why is it being lost? Is it being lost because your body has too much of it. You're over consuming it. You have too much of it in your life or because your body can't hold onto it because there's something else going on with some other mineral or vitamin that is causing it to be lost and pushed out of the body. Okay. And so listen carefully when I say this, okay. The mineral system is dynamic. Every mineral has an effect on every single other mineral in the body, either directly or indirectly. Okay? So you can't look at one mineral in isolation and just be like, oh, calcium is high.
Stop eating calcium and that'll make your calcium go down. That is the biggest mistake with hair mineral analysis. And that's a big reason why it's misinterpreted, especially when it comes to magnesium. Because high magnesium typically indicates actually a loss of magnesium. And isn't actually high magnesium in the body. So that person more than anything actually desperately needs magnesium like needs magnesium or they need something to make it more bioavailable. But that practitioner might be telling them, oh your magnesium levels are good, so let's start pulling magnesium out of diet because it's actually too high. Okay. So this is what I mean. So you really ... So if you want to get educated on hair mineral analysis, where you should start is actually learning about the various mineral relationships and which minerals are antagonists. So they decrease the absorption of the other and which are synergists so they enhance the absorption of the other.
And you might be wondering, well this sounds like a lot of information Kendra. Like where should I actually got this from? Okay. So want you to Google when you get off the podcast or the episode with me, Google mineral wheel, I'm pretty sure that we'll bring it up, but it's very cool. And let me actually see if I can bring it up right now because it would actually be really cool for me to show this to you. And maybe you would understand a little bit better. okay, that's awesome. Let's pull it up and now let's see here. Okay, I'm actually gonna share my screen guys, just gimme a second.
Okay. Can you see what I'm looking at? Let's see here, primary display, that's not it, that is something totally different. Okay. It's weird though because when I look at it, I just see an empty screen. I don't actually see the window that I have up. So maybe what I'm going to do quickly guys is I'm just going to look in, I'm going to go to my Facebook page and I'm going to see if I can actually do this populating and let me know you should actually see a mineral wheel. So if you're in the audience right now, just let me know. Can you see the mineral wheel that I am looking at because I would love to know. Okay. And so in my Facebook page is actually kind of delayed.
let me know you should actually see a mineral wheel. So if you're in the audience right now, just let me know. Can you see ... Yeah. I don't think you can see it, I don't know why that is like so confusing to me. So maybe what I'll do is I'll bring this down to my lower screen. Jenny's here. Hey Jenny. And I'll actually switch primary display.
Yeah. So I don't think you can see it. I don't know why that is like so ... That's so weird. I've actually never had this, it's like why can't you see my, that's my slack.
You can see everything, but what ... Okay, so that's not actually working. Just mountains. That's so weird. So you're actually not seeing what I'm looking at. I've actually never had that problem before, so I'm going to try to explain this and the best way that I can. Okay, so Google mineral wheel and pull up the images of what you'll see is that you'll see a big wheel, let's see here. I should also turn down myself talking on my phone. And so what you'll actually see is you'll see this big wheel and you'll see all these lines going through the middle. It kind of looks like ... I don't know how to describe it, but anyways, so what you're gonna see is you're going to see a wheel with all the various elements and metals that all surround the mineral wheel.
And you're going to see arrows on the line in between. And the arrows that push towards each other mean that those are, they're synergist and they're antagonists when the arrow just points in one way and not just towards each other, it means that that mineral enhances the mineral. So I don't think I'm explaining this very well. So let's, okay, let me try again. So you'd have this big mineral wheel and there's all the elements around it. And so let's say that you start ... You go to the very bottom, the very bottom you actually see mg, which is magnesium. And if you follow that arrow up, you'll get to calcium. And what you'll notice in the middle of the line that connects magnesium to calcium are arrows that point towards each other. So what that means is that these minerals, calcium magnesium are synergists. So they enhance the absorption of the other, but they are also antagonists.
So they also decrease the absorption of the other. So that means that in a proper levels they are synergists and they enhance each other, but if they get too far apart, they actually push quite strongly against each other. Okay. So hopefully that makes sense. Okay, so I'm going to try to find another example here. So if you go to the left, you'll see Pb. Okay. And then Pb connects to, let's see here. So Pb connects to chromium. Okay. And so PB is lead. Okay. So lead, you'll see the PB, and you'll see the line that goes to chromium and you'll just see one arrow pointing from lead to chromium. So that means that lead is antagonist to chromium which means that lead can push chromium out of the body and reduce its absorption.
So I hope that makes sense. I might be kind of butchering it. I really hope I could have showed this on my screen. It's so weird that I couldn't show that to you, but check out that mineral maybe. And you could probably get an online description of that, maybe a little better than what I can give you when we're not actually looking at it. But what I want you to ... The reason I'm bringing this up is because you need to understand the entire dynamicness. I don't think that's a word, but let's pretend it is of the mineral system. So when you're looking at magnesium and it's high, you can be like, okay, the first thing you want to think, well, is that high because it's high in the body or is it a loss? And you want to look at the other minerals, consider those relationships and make interpretation based on this.
So if you just read it as it is then that's how you're going to misinterpret it. So that's number one. Don't read it as it is when you're looking at each mineral. Consider all the other minerals. And obviously that's very complex way easier said than done. I mean this took me years to learn, but that's okay. And so number two is to focus on the macro minerals. So when you look at a hair mineral analysis, there's a lot of minerals going on. It's really overwhelming. It's really confusing. But what matters are actually the first four minerals, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium. These are the body's primary electrolytes. They are responsible for running pretty much everything in the body. So when you are thinking about balancing minerals and what you should actually do to help this person or help yourself with those first four minerals, you should be only the implementing things as a new practitioner on those first four.
Because if you can bring those four back in the balance, a lot of the other ones will actually follow. Okay. So focus on the first four or the macro minerals. Don't get stuck down all the other rabbit holes that you can go on with all the like 30 other elements and metals that are on the test. Focus on the first four. That's gonna help bring the body back into balance. And it's going to help with detox of metals as well. Okay. Yeah, so I think Brittany just posted a link. I actually can't see what that link is. I just see it's a gift link, but maybe it's a mineral wheel, I don't know. Okay. So number three, okay is focused on the significant ratios. So sure, we want to look at each of the minerals on their own, get an idea of maybe what's going on.
But really what matters is the balance between minerals. Because if you can remember what I said initially, some minerals are antagonists and some are synergist. So we care about the balance between the minerals. So if the calcium magnesium ratio is really high, that means you have way too much calcium compared to magnesium. So you probably actually need magnesium. Even if magnesium looks normal on its own, you want to actually support that magnesium. The other thing, so there are a bunch of different significant ratios if you're looking, and the only two labs that I recommend guys are ARL and TEI. I don't recommend any other labs out there because they wash their hair samples and that will actually create great variability in the results. So stick to Analytical Research Lab ARL and stick to Trace Elements Incorporated or TEI.
And they will actually give, there's a little section that says significant ratio. So always look at the ratios. Like I said, if calcium is really high above magnesium you probably need magnesium. If sodium is really high above potassium you probably need to potassium. If calcium is really high above phosphorus, you probably need phosphorous. Of course, this is pretty basic. Obviously I don't recommend that you go out and try to interpret your own hair mineral analysis because this is something that took me years and hundreds and hundreds of hours to learn. But this will maybe help you if you are a client working with a practitioner to get an idea if what the protocol that practitioner is giving you is actually a good protocol. because if they're not focusing on the macro minerals, if they're reading it just as they see it, if they're not looking at the significant ratios and trying to balance those out, then that's a red flag.
Okay. So they probably need more training and you probably need to find a different practitioner. Okay. So I'm just going to do a quick summary of what we talked about and then I'm going to go to questions. Okay. So number one, don't just read it as it is. Don't just look at each individual mineral without taking into account the interactions with every other mineral in the body, okay. Especially the macro minerals. Okay. And that brings us to number two, focus on the macro minerals, the first four minerals. These are also called the first level of minerals, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium. Focus on those. Look at the interactions between those. Try to bring those back into balance and focus your attention on the significant ratios, which is number three. So the balance between those main minerals. So the first level minerals especially, so you're going to be looking at the sodium potassium ratio, the calcium magnesium ratio, the sodium magnesium ratio and the calcium potassium ratio.
So those are the four most important significant ratios. They are going to be listed in the significant ratios. Okay. So I'm going to go to questions now. Hopefully that wasn't too confusing. I'm really disappointed I could not bring up that mineral wheel. So Ellen says, "Hey, sent to question regarding fasting perhaps to tease to get minerals. Does that process work at all, or a bad idea also bad bugs and dark lines with the salted water protocol, never had that in my life. Thoughts?" So Ellen, I think these questions are related to maybe a protocol you're going through in high and energy, in which case you should direct those into the membership program so that I can better take a look at what you're actually asking me because I think it was in regards to something I told you within the membership program.
So definitely make sure to ask those same questions within the membership program and then I can help you better because I can spend a little bit more time focusing on your question. Okay. Awesome guys, thank you so much for joining me today. Remember if you want to go through my clinical training for hair mineral analysis, I'll be running that the 21st of February as a live six part training with live Q and A sessions in between. Is going to be super comprehensive. I'm going to make you feel like an expert in HMA.
So if this at all interests you as a practitioner or maybe just someone who is super nerdy and wants to dive deep into this stuff and doesn't know, you are intimidated hanging out with a group of nerdy practitioners, then definitely send my page a message. Let me know you're interested. I'm going to be confirming all the details by the end of this week, and I'll have the info page up shortly, which will be go.Kendraperry.net/HMA. If you get an error message, it just means I'm not done yet, but my plan is to have it done by Friday. All right guys, thank you so much. Thanks for hanging out with me today and I'll see you guys next Tuesday for the next High On Energy episode. Bye.
The 3 BIG Mistakes Women Make When Trying to “Balance" their Hormones
“Balanced hormones” is a trendy couple words these days. Everyone and their dog is telling you this balances your hormones and that balances your hormones!
If you actually want to “balance” your hormones…make sure you aren’t making these BIG mistakes..
Hello. Hey everyone. How's it going? How is everyone doing today? Welcome to another fantastic and opposite episode of High On Energy TV. I am your host, Kendra Perry. I am the high energy nutritionist, and I cannot wait to help you get more energy. In today's episode, episode number seven, we're going to be talking about hormones and what are the three biggest mistakes that I see women make when it comes to balancing their hormones.
The word balanced hormones is a little bit trendy these days. I think like every woman and her little dog is trying to balance their hormones. But what does balancing your hormones actually mean? It may not actually be what you think it is. If you're wandering, "Well, hey Kendra, I came on this podcast to get more energy. Why are we talking about hormones?" Well, because you actually need to have balanced hormones to have good energy.
Your hormones are the chemical messengers of the cell, so that means that they tell your body what to do. They basically are like, "Do this. Do that. Do this," and your tissues are like, "Okay." If they are not balanced, then they're running around giving the wrong messages, maybe they're giving outdated messages, or maybe they're giving partial messages, so your tissues are like, "I'm sorry, what? Can you please repeat that." In the end it can actually really affect how we feel on a day to day basis in terms of our vitality, in terms of our energy, in terms of our mental clarity.
I want to talk today about the three biggest mistakes that women make when they want to balance air quotes their hormones. Number one, and this is a big one, this is one I see all the time. The first mistake that women make is that they try to balance their hormones by taking bioidentical or synthetic hormones based off of the blood tests that they're getting from their doctor. Big mistake. Why? Well, let's talk a little bit about blood testing for hormones.
Yes, blood testing for hormones is accurate, but it doesn't really give us a good comprehensive picture of what's actually going on with hormones deeper in the body or at a tissue level, because hormones, what they do is they affect cells at a tissue level. So we want to know what they're doing there because if we don't know what they're doing there, then I don't think it's very effective to actually be employing bioidentical hormone therapy or synthetic hormone therapy if you actually don't know what's happening on a cellular level. With the blood, when you test hormones in the blood, what you're seeing is kind of an overall total or basically you're seeing hormones that are in transit.
When hormones are in transit, they're actually inactive. They're tied to transport binding proteins, and they're not ... They're inactive. So they're just moving around. But we don't know. Like when hormones are in the blood, we have no idea if they are going somewhere to be used or maybe they're going to be detoxed. So it doesn't really give us this overall picture. If you have been taking hormone therapy to try to balance your hormones based on blood tests, you might be throwing your hormones further out of whack, you might actually be causing damage. This is something I see quite a bit.
The test that I use to run hormones is The DUTCH hormones test. It's from a company called Precision Analytical. Very cool test. But it will actually show you what your tissues have available to use in terms of hormones. I see this very often. I actually had a client recently who was found to have low estrogen on a blood test, but when we looked at her DUTCH test, her DUTCH urine hormone test, what we saw is that her estrogen was through the fucking roof. It was like off the charts.
And that my friends is dangerous. That my friends is a precursor for estrogen dominant cancers. You do not want to have estrogen that high. Estrogen is a very important hormone, but when it gets out whack, when it gets too high or excessive, it can cause DNA damage to your cells, it can cause tumor growth, it can be very much implicated in a lot of those estrogen dominant cancers. I was like, "Holy crap. You need to stop taking this bioidentical," whatever it was, the estrogen. I can't remember if it was synthetic or natural, but both ways, I was like, "This is not appropriate."
Another situation that I've seen. Recently I had client, so did blood testing, was found to have low DHEA in her blood. So she started taking DHEA, but when we looked at her DUTCH test, her estrogen wasn't high, but the way she was metabolizing it was a mess. There's two phases of estrogen metabolism. There's phase one and phase two and both phases were poor. Even though her estrogen was within a lab range, because she was metabolizing it really poorly, that is a really bad situation to be taking something like DHEA.
DHEA if you don't know, is the precursor, so it's the building block for estrogen, and it's actually contraindicated, meaning that you don't want to use it when there's estrogen dominance. Even though her estrogen was normal, it was out of balance with progesterone and then she was metabolizing it really poorly. She was like, "I felt okay, and then I took this DHEA and like my health went off the records. I felt horrible, all these symptoms developed." She's like, "Why is that?" I was like, "Well, because you're estrogen dominant and because you're poorly metabolizing estrogen, so you're basically," by taking that DHEA, she was adding fuel to the fire that was already there and burning. So this imbalance was already there, but the DHEA aggravated it and it made it worse.
If you are considering taking bioidentical hormone therapy, wherever you are in your life, in your hormone life, whether you're premenopausal, perimenopausal, or postmenopausal, you should not be taking that without doing something like a DUTCH test. I would say a saliva test at a minimum. But even that's not quite good enough because we can see what the free hormones are doing on a saliva test, but we don't see the metabolites or those break down products. Like I said, you could have normal in range estrogen, but if you metabolize it poorly, you're going to have all those symptoms of estrogen dominance and high estrogen.
This is a really big mistake that women make. This is something else. I'm going to go off on a little bit of a tangent here. I just want to mention something else, is like the fact that I think women think that after they go through menopause that they need hormone support in order to be balanced. I feel like the medical community has spent a lot of time telling women that they cannot make their hormones like progesterone and estrogen naturally after menopause. The ovaries make hormones and then of course they shut down at menopause and then you're up a creek with no paddle. You have nothing. You have no organ making your hormones.
But this actually isn't true. Your adrenal glands make hormones. Yes, menopause is a big transition. Yes, even in the healthiest people like you should notice that shift. It's not like you just don't notice this massive shift happening in your body. But it shouldn't be unpleasant the way that we think is normal. I think that we think that when women go through menopause, they're going to gain weight, they're going to have hot flashes, they're going to have night sweats, they're going to have all this weird shit going on, and we're just like, "Well, that's normal, because now we don't have hormone production." But if your adrenal function is strong and you put the work into balancing your hormones within the proper way before going into menopause, then you actually shouldn't need bioidentical therapy, hormone therapy, or any sort of hormone therapy at all. Those hormones should be working fine, and you should go through that transition with relative ease, obviously like noticing some stuff going on, maybe a few things are going to pop up because it's a big ... this is a big shift in life.
Yeah, I just wanted to mention that. I feel like the medical community has spent a lot of time fear mongering women into the fact that they need to be taking hormones in menopause, and that's not always necessarily true. Yes, it can be helpful when monitored properly with something like a DUTCH test, but it's not a guarantee that you're going to need hormone support. If you can keep your adrenals healthy, then you shouldn't need that at all.
So that's number one, is number one to recap is the big mistake that women make is they take recommendations for hormonal therapy, so like bioidentical hormones, synthetic hormones based on blood testing only, which typically is going to lead to more imbalance because the blood testing doesn't give us enough information to even be able to responsibly employ something like hormone therapy.
Mistake number two is women look at their hormones in a vacuum and they fail to see the deeper underlying causes. You know when your dog gets a cut or like, and they have to put that big plastic thing around its neck so that it doesn't lick its cut. That's what I see a lot of women doing. They're putting that plastic funnel thing on, or what is it? Yeah, I don't know what it's called, those plastic like funnel thing, and they just see hormones, hormones, hormones, and they don't actually see the landscape, everything going on around them that is affecting those hormones.
The most important thing, if you want to balance your hormones, you need to stop thinking about your hormones. I know that's weird and confusing, but that's because hormones do not go out of balance on their own. They don't just one day be like, "I'm going to stop working," or, "I'm going to work too hard or less hard." They are very much affected by everything else in the landscape of the body. If you are like, "I want to balance my hormones. Kendra says run a DUTCH test. I'm going to run a DUTCH test. And then I'm going to get my protocol from Kendra and now I'm going to follow that and that's going to balance my hormones."
That actually won't balance your hormones. That's going to help support your hormones. It may reduce the symptoms, but running a hormone test by itself does not go deep enough. You might get some indications as to what could be going on in a deeper perspective on a DUTCH test. I can typically see if there's gut issues, if there's inflammation, if there's detox issues on a DUTCH test, but you need to go deeper. Running just a DUTCH test alone with nothing else isn't going to fix the issue because it's not going to give you that deeper root cause approach.
Testing is not cheap. It's expensive. If you are going to spend your money on testing and you don't have buckets of money growing on your money tree, then I probably wouldn't even recommend running the DUTCH. I would actually recommend running a gut test with a mineral test or at least one of the two. Because the cause of imbalanced hormones is typically stuff going on in the gut but also in the mineral system.
Minerals can directly affect the hormones. You've probably heard me talk about copper. Copper will stimulate estrogen production. A lot of women have estrogen dominance and then they're taking things like DIM, they're taking Calcium D-Glucarate, they're taking all these estrogen lowering herbs and supplements, and they're taking them for a really long time. Yet when they retest, the estrogen hasn't shifted. If that's the case, it might be being driven by a copper issue. It could, the estrogen dominance can be being driven by iodine deficiency. There's actually a nerdy little calculation I can do on a DUTCH test to get an idea if somebody is iodine deficient.
In terms of the gut, so hormones are activated, they are downregulated, they are upregulated, they are created, they are destroyed in the gut. So if your gut is unhealthy, then you may not be able to make hormones properly. Maybe you can't ... A precursor for all your fat is or for all your hormones is dietary fat, but if you have gut issues and you can't break down dietary fat, then you might not be able to make hormones properly, therefore you might have low hormones. If your liver is sluggish, you may not actually be able to move hormones out very well and so those hormones recirculate.
Gut bacteria plays a big role in estrogen dominance. I see that all the time. You need to take your little funnel collar off and start looking at the hormone landscape because if you're only focusing on hormones and running hormone testing and taking stuff to address the hormones, you won't get any results. You won't actually balance your hormones. You may help your symptoms, but the issue that's causing those hormones to go out of balance, you're not going to be really addressing that. That's number two, is looking at hormones in a vacuum and not seeing the deeper root causes.
I see that there's a few of you guys. We've got, it looks like, six people online right now, which is freaking awesome. If you're here, say hello, say hi, let me know you're here, because otherwise you're just an eyeball with the number six next to it and I don't know who the heck you are. But I'm really glad you're here regardless, even if you're too shy to say hi.
Number three, three, the third biggest mistake women make when trying to balance their hormones is not addressing the detoxification of hormones. This kind of like this is a little similar to number two because the detoxification system is in the gut. The liver, the gallbladder do a lot of detox activities, and so do the enterocytes of your stomach.
Mary is here. She says, "Hi Kendra." Hi Mary.
The cells that line your stomach actually do more detox activities than your liver. I don't know why the liver got so famous and is the one that gets all the street creed for detoxification, because there's way more cells and organs in your body that do even more detox than your liver. We need to consider the detoxification piece.
Francine is here. Hello Francine.
Because when it comes to hormones, if you have something like estrogen dominance or androgen dominance, maybe you're producing too much testosterone, you have PCOS, or you have estrogen dominance, you have fibroids, you have endometriosis, something like that, or even cortisol that's too high because that's a hormone too, you might have cortisol that is too high, or DHEA that is too high, or maybe we have too much insulin, we have to be thinking is our body actually clearing these things because I think automatically our brain is like, "Okay, so I've high estrogen so my body makes too much estrogen," but it may be that your body makes a totally normal respectable amount of estrogen but it's actually just not getting cleared properly, so it's just not getting detoxed and moved out of the body. So it's recirculating.
That's an issue because hormones carry that message. If you remember, hormones are the chemical messengers of the cell, and they need to be cleared after they've given their message. After they head to the tissue and they're like, "Yo tissue. This is my message," and the tissue is like, "Thanks hormone. I'll get it done," that hormone it needs to go. It needs to get out of the body because it was created carrying that message and now that message has been given to the tissue, it's outdated, it needs to go. But if that hormone can't be cleared, then that hormone with the outdated message is still running around all the tissues being like, "Yo tissue. This is my message," and the tissue is like, "Oh, okay. I thought we already did that, but I guess we need to do it again," and now you end up with all this weird, these weird symptoms and weird malfunction because literally you body is getting all these mixed messages, all these kind of weird messages that aren't actually accurate or appropriate anymore. That can lead to a lot of issues.
Hormone balancing very much should be a detox program. There should be, like if you're thinking about embarking on a hormone balancing program with your doctor, with your naturopath, with whoever you found on the internet who knows a lot about hormones, there needs to be a detoxification thing in there. When I say detox, this is not just like, "Oh, I bought my 10 days wild rose cleanse and I did it for 10 days, so I'm detoxed. That's me. My name's Kendra and I'm detoxed. I have no issues with detox." It's not just that. We have to always be thinking because hormones are continually being created, our detox organs are continually feeling stressed out because we put a lot of crap, we give them a lot of crap, we're like, "Hey, like detox thousands of these chemicals that we get exposed to on a daily basis." We need to be thinking from a daily perspective is like what are we doing to help ourselves detox.
And maybe my three favorite ways to think about detox, bile is a big part of it. I think we should always be taking something to support our bile. I think we need to be taking something to support fiber. Certain fibers are really good, great binders. They will help move toxins and outdated hormones out of the body. If you have hormonal imbalance, if you have androgen or estrogen dominance, increase your fiber intake. Eat more veggies. Take something like psyllium husk or flaxseed, ground flaxseed. In terms of increasing bile, eat your beets, eat some dark leafy greens, have a small cup of high quality organic coffee in the morning, drink dandelion tea, any of those bitter foods are really fantastic bile stimulants.
And then finally, make sure you're eliminating. You need to be pooping every single day. If you're not pooping every single day and it's not a good well-formed poop, that's an issue. You are not eliminating properly and those toxins aren't going to be able to leave the body. Basically if you're not pooping, you've got to make yourself poop. It doesn't really matter how you do it. There's a bunch of different ways that you can use to stimulate a bowel movement, like taking high dose magnesium, or ascorbic acid, or making sure you're drinking enough water, drinking very salty water. There is a thing as a salt water edema. Don't drink too much, but definitely making sure you're getting enough minerals and sea salt can be very helpful. If it comes down to it, it may be that you need to give yourself an enema.
I've had clients that were so blocked up, they were only pooping once a week, and nothing we did actually helped them eliminate better. So we had a lot of gut work to do, but in the meantime we had to get them pooping. So I have these people doing a water enema or a coffee enema every single day because otherwise those toxins were not getting out of their body. You need to be eliminating and if you have to go and do that manually with an enema, that's okay. You just need to make sure that you are pooping.
Let's just quickly recap guys. Let's go over this one more time. The three top mistakes women make when trying to balance their hormones, number one, they're taking bioidentical or synthetic hormones based on information from blood testing only. Remember that we don't get enough information about hormones when we simply just look at the blood. You could actually make your hormones even more imbalanced and more out of whack by following this strategy.
Number two, we look at hormones in a vacuum or we're wearing our plastic funnel collar, you know those things that dogs wear, and we're only seeing hormones and we're failing to see the landscape around it which is always going to be issues in the gut and issues in the mineral system.
Then number three, we're not detoxing. If you want to balance hormones, you need to be thinking about detoxification, not just once a year in your 10 day wild rose cleanse or three week master cleanse or whatever detox program protocol you found on the internet. We need to be daily detoxing. We need to be thinking about bile, we need to be thinking about fiber, and of course my favorite, we need to be pooping.
I hope that was helpful guys. Let me know if you have any questions if you're on with me live right now. Happy to answer them. Typically we do these on Tuesday on Facebook Live, but this week was a bit crazy for me so I'm a little bit delayed, but we're going to be back on schedule for next week.
Remember guys, every ... the last Tuesday of every month is my Live Q&A that I do on my Facebook page. So if you have questions, you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can send them to my assistant. Or you can message them to my page, Kendra Perry Nutrition Facebook page, and I will answer them on live, or you can be extra awesome and you can actually just join me live and ask them to me live on air. That is going to be 4:15, 4:00. 4:15, 4:15 I think, 4:15 on Tuesdays ... So next ... Yeah, I'm sorry, I'm confusing myself, but next Tuesday we're going to do 4:15.
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I hope you guys have a great day. Thank you everyone who joined me live. Thanks Mary. Thanks Francine. Thanks Crystal. Hope you guys have a fantastic Thursday. Bye now.