Lara Briden's healthy hormone updates
Hi everyone. 

With the start of the new year, I'm having some pretty serious thoughts about women's health. I'm imagining a new world where a woman's body is not a variant of a man's body but is rather the standard normal human body.  That would mean that women's hormones are not unruly or a nuisance, but are a standard normal part of health. Please scroll down to read "Getting Serious About Women's Health".

I also bring you the many benefits of zinc and a fresh insight into women's health (a podcast with dieticians Laura and Kelsey where we get a little feisty about hormonal birth control). 

7 Ways Zinc Rescues Hormones

PCOS cannot be diagnosed by ultrasound.Looking for a simple solution for your period problems? Before you reach for a “women’s” supplement like Vitex or maca or natural progesterone, please consider the humble mineral zinc.

Zinc is effective treatment for acne, PCOS, period pain, and many other periods problems. Second only to magnesium, zinc is the supplement I prescribe most often for women’s health. Continue reading..

Getting Serious About Women's Health

Women's health is not just about periods and reproduction. It’s about health in general for half the humans on earth.
Until now, we've assumed that, apart from reproduction, women's health is just like men's health (ie. that men's health is general health). That’s why medical and nutritional research has been done almost exclusively on men and then extrapolated to women. Any sex differences were assumed to relate solely to breasts and reproductive organs, and that approach was called “bikini medicine”.

The days of bikini medicine are numbered because women's health is not just like men's health. Women are different and have different requirements in every aspect of health including mood, sleep, metabolism, exercise, microbiome, and more.

Women are not small men.”  ~ Stacy Sims, author of the book Roar

Going forward, every medical or nutritional question we ask, we’re going to ask for both sexes. One cardiovascular researcher put it this way:

My hope is that at the end of every talk I go to, I won’t have to raise my hand and say, ‘That’s great, but did you look at the differences between men and women?’ It will be standard practice.” 

Let’s start by routinely considering a woman's body as if it is the standard model of a normal human body. And let's consider women’s hormones as if they are a standard, essential part of human physiology (and not something to be switched off with hormonal birth control).

Are you a woman or a man who gives health advice to women? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment on my blog

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I had a pretty lively chat with dieticians Laura and Kelsey. Have a listen: Fresh insight Into women’s hormonal health
My next Sydney clinic dates are: Jan 28- Feb 4, and then March 28-April 4.

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