Hormones: What You Really Need to Know (Part I) – with Dr. Rachel Marynowski

June 27, 2023

Women’s hormonal health is a topic of vital importance that warrants attention and understanding.

I’m excited for you to hear from Natural Medicine Doctor, Rachel Marynowski. She is on a mission to change healthcare and is an authority on women’s health.

Hormones play a crucial role in women’s overall well-being, impacting everything from energy levels and libido to mood stability and sleep patterns. In part 1 of this episode, we will delve into the intricacies of women’s hormonal health, exploring the importance of balance and offering actionable insights to help prioritize and support optimal hormonal function.

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The Significance of Hormonal Balance

Hormonal balance is crucial for women’s overall health and vitality. Imbalances can lead to a wide range of symptoms, including irregular menstrual cycles, low energy levels, weight fluctuations, mood swings, and even fertility challenges. Therefore, understanding and maintaining hormonal balance should be a priority for every woman.

Factors Influencing Hormonal Balance

Several factors contribute to hormonal imbalances in women. One of the foremost culprits is chronic stress. When stress hormones such as cortisol are persistently elevated, it can disrupt the delicate balance of other reproductive hormones.

Taking proactive steps to manage stress, such as practicing mindfulness or engaging in stress-reducing activities, is essential for maintaining hormonal equilibrium.

Another significant factor is the use of synthetic hormonal birth control methods. While birth control can be a beneficial option for family planning, it is important to be aware of potential side effects and risks associated with these methods.

Some women experience hormonal imbalances and adverse effects after discontinuing birth control, highlighting the importance of exploring alternative methods and discussing potential impacts with healthcare providers.

Supporting Hormonal Balance Naturally

There are several strategies to support and restore hormonal balance naturally. Here are a few key areas to focus on:

  1. Nourishing Diet: A healthy, balanced diet that includes plenty of nutrient-dense foods is foundational for hormonal health. Prioritize whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates. Pay attention to adequate intake of essential nutrients like B vitamins, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids, which play integral roles in hormone production and regulation.
  2. Physical Activity: Regular physical activity not only supports overall well-being but also plays a role in hormonal balance. Engaging in activities such as walking, yoga, or strength training can promote improved hormonal function, increased energy levels, and a healthy metabolism.
  3. Sleep Hygiene: Quality sleep is paramount for hormonal balance. Ensure you are getting enough sleep by establishing a consistent sleep schedule, creating a relaxing bedtime routine, and optimizing your sleep environment. Prioritize 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night for optimal hormonal functioning.
  4. Stress Management: Chronic stress can wreak havoc on hormones. Explore stress management techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Prioritizing self-care and finding balance in your daily life can go a long way in reducing stress levels.
  5. Natural Therapies: Consider exploring natural therapies such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, or supplements under the guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner. These approaches can offer targeted support for hormonal balance and symptom management.

Conclusion:

Prioritizing women’s hormonal health is essential for overall well-being and vitality. By understanding the factors that influence hormonal balance and implementing healthy lifestyle practices, women can enhance their hormonal health and experience improved energy levels, a healthy libido, balanced moods, and more.

Remember, hormonal health is a journey, and each woman’s experience is unique. By embracing a holistic approach and seeking guidance from healthcare professionals, you can empower yourself to nurture and support your hormonal well-being.

Meet Dr. Rachel Marynowski

Dr. Rachel Marynowski is a Naturopathic physician who is passionate about changing the healthcare system to become more proactive rather than reactive. Growing up, she always had a desire to go to medical school and become a doctor. After completing her undergraduate degree in public health, she decided to gain some real-world experience before attending med school.

She worked for a large healthcare system in Atlanta, conducting health screenings in various companies. It was during this time that Dr. Marynowski became frustrated with the conventional medical approach of simply prescribing medication without addressing underlying lifestyle issues. This realization led her to explore alternative options, and she eventually enrolled in Naturopathic medical school.

As a Naturopathic physician, Dr. Marynowski attended a four-year postgraduate medical school program and is licensed to practice as a primary care doctor. While the field of Naturopathic medicine is still growing and not fully recognized in all states, Dr. Marynowski recognizes the increasing popularity of alternative medicine, with surveys indicating that a majority of Americans use some form of natural medicine.

This gives Naturopathic physicians a unique opportunity to fill the gaps in the current healthcare system, especially in states like Georgia, where there is a significant shortage of primary care doctors.

Dr. Rachel Marynowski believes that while conventional medicine is invaluable in certain situations, such as accidents or surgery, alternative medicine can provide necessary support and a different approach to overall health and well-being.

She is dedicated to helping individuals lead healthier lives by making proactive choices and addressing the deficiencies in the current healthcare system.

Follow Dr. Rachel Marynowski on IG @kale.blossom 

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