Today on Couch Talk I have brought back a previous â€“Â and popularÂ â€“ guest, Dr. Lara Briden. Lara is here to talk with us about her recently updated book,Â Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods.She is a naturopathic doctor with some twenty years of exper
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Today on Couch Talk I have brought back a previous â€“Â and popularÂ â€“ guest, Dr. Lara Briden. Lara is here to talk with us about her recently updated book,Â Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods.She is a naturopathic doctor with some twenty years of experience in womenâ€™s health and she runs a hormone clinic in Sydney, Australia. With 4 daughters I can tell you that this is an important resource book â€“Â and required readingÂ â€“ in my household! What I love about Laraâ€™s book is that it containsÂ important information for women as they transition through all agesÂ (including having teenage daughters!)â€Śand in her 2nd edition she added an entire new chapter on perimenopause and the menopause transitionâ€Ś! What Happens in Our 40â€™s? The Good, the Badâ€Śand the Ugly, Too Laraâ€™s key message is to focus on the things you can do in your early 40â€™s to: stabilize hormone receptors (not too much estrogen and nurturing your natural progesterone production), support your nervous system and your adrenal function, and monitorÂ thyroid health! Why? BecauseÂ the focus you put into these thingsÂ early-on is going to translate to an easier transition later after your periods stop. Listen to the Interview and Hear About, Whatâ€™s happening hormonally in your 40â€™s?Â (how progesterone has left the building and estrogen may be wreaking havoc on your periods, mood, sleep and life!) All about â€œThyropauseâ€, the intersection of thyroid disease and perimenopause (and how hypothyroidism can cause heavy periods) What you can do aboutÂ â€œflooding periodsâ€ The number one vital hormone for our 40â€™s!Â (and it isnâ€™t estrogen) Laraâ€™s â€œrescue prescriptionâ€ for better mood and sleepâ€Ś(a super little over the counter combo that supports GABA, our calming neurotransmitter, that can REALLY help...) How histamine intolerance may be impacting your estrogen levelsÂ (resulting inÂ headaches, insomnia and hivesâ€Ś) And so much moreâ€Ś I also loveÂ that Lara tells her patients that it is important to recognize that this phase wonâ€™t last forever, that it is not theÂ new normal! I often tell women in my menopause programs the same thingâ€Śyou are in a state of transition! And with a little knowledge you can get through it with a lot less misery! Lara Has a Gift for You! You can alsoÂ get 2 chapters of Laraâ€™s newly revised book as a free download! Check it out! You and all the women in your life will benefit from it. Let me know how you like it! (and apologies for the clicking heard during the interviewâ€ŚIâ€™ve now replaced my microphone!) Â NOTE FROM DR. ANNA: I receive a lot of questions from women relating to hormone imbalances during menopause, but also many questions and concerns relating to fertility issues. Such â€œtransitionâ€ times for women are when our hormone balance is most likely to be affected. Times of stress will also challenge our adrenals, which can worsen hormone imbalances. You might be interested in readingÂ the story of a young women who was dealing with fertility and thyroid issuesâ€Śand hearing about her journey to delivering a healthy new baby! Focusing on improving her adrenal support likely increased her bio-available progesterone levelsâ€Ś it is a beautiful story with a very happy ending!