Lorna Vanderhaeghe and the Total Health Convention
The Leading Natural Wellness Researcher at Toronto's Best Health Show
At the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on April 5th-7th, total Health visits Toronto for the 36th time. With over 200 exhibits and 60 speakers presenting on a myriad of natural health issues, Total Health is among the top shows of the year.
One of the most popular speakers is sure to be Lorna Vanderhaeghe, MSc. She’s Canada's leading women's natural health expert and has been researching nutritional medicine for over 30 years. She holds degrees in nutrition and biochemistry, and is the author of 11 books including A Smart Woman’s Guide to Hormones and A Smart Woman’s Guide to Weight Loss. In 2009, Lorna won the Canadian Health Food Association's most prestigious award, the Hall of Fame Award.
At 2:00 p.m. on Saturday (April 7) Lorna will be giving her presentation “Everything You Need to Know About Hormones”. This is a timely discussion, as over 50% of the adult female population is over the age of 50. Lorna will cover such issues as: how to stop hot flashes and night sweats; how stress affects weight gain; treating endometriosis, PMS, fibroids, breast lumps, ovarian cysts and much more. According to Lorna; “When it comes to menopause, there are very effective natural solutions that can be taken for the years leading up to menopause and after. Menopause is a gradual process and does not happen overnight, so starting early is helpful.”
There are many natural solutions available for menopausal women suffering from hormone problems. Lorna suggests the following:
Take formulas containing black cohosh, dong quai, sage, vitex, gamma oryzanol and hesperidin to reduce night sweats, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, heavy erratic periods, mood swings, weight gain and sleep disturbances. (See below for more information on each herb)
Take a multivitamin with minerals every day. A good multi contains all your daily nutrient needs and bone-building supplements to ensure your heart and bones are protected.
Eat a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage and kale). You should have at least two half-cup servings per day. Cruciferous vegetables contain Indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane, important nutrients for maintaining balanced hormones in our liver while reducing our risk of breast cancer. Add flax seeds, fennel, chickpeas, lentils and soy to your diet for their hormone-balancing action.
Walk briskly and swing your arms. Walking briskly every day for 30 minutes cuts hot flashes by 50 percent, while improving your heart and bone health at the same time. If you are having trouble sleeping, take 100 mg of 5HTP three times a day (breakfast, dinner and before bed) to improve your mood and aid restful sleep.
For urinary incontinence, do Kegel exercises daily to strengthen your pelvic floor (urination) muscles. Also ask your doctor for a prescription for vaginal estriol 0.1 mg per day for 3 to 6 months. Research has shown this simple prescription can eliminate urinary incontinence in most women. Do not use estradiol. Estriol is much safer because it does not thicken the uterine lining nor does it affect breast tissue negatively.
Eat breakfast every day. Over 40 percent of women do not eat breakfast. Research has shown that women who skip breakfast are at higher risk of heart disease than those who eat bacon and eggs for breakfast often. Eating a protein-rich breakfast ensures that you have adequate amino acids to make the mood-enhancing and sleep-inducing serotonin.
Reduce the stress in your life. Have a massage at least once a month. Start looking after yourself. Do one thing you love to do at least once a day. Tell your loved ones you "need" extra love, attention and help. It is OK to ask.
Address any underlying thyroid and adrenal imbalance or gut dysbiosis like Candida albicans and be sure to cleanse and support the function of the liver and colon.
Ask your doctor for a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan to check your bone density. DEXA is the gold standard for determining osteoporosis.
Enjoy sexual intercourse twice a week to prevent vaginal atrophy and to maintain high levels of immune function.
For vaginal dryness, use a non-toxic, paraben-free personal lubricant
- Look at menopause as a beginning rather than an end. Try things that you have always wanted to do but had no time for when you were raising young children and building your career.
But hormones affect everyone including men. Lorna says; “With men, where they really have difficulty is with estrogen and testosterone. Too much estrogen is being converted in their bodies and not enough testosterone. When this happens men experience andropause (which is like male menopause).” Men know something is wrong, but can’t quite put their finger on it. Quite often this stage is accompanied by a big belly (Lorna calls it estrogen belly) and low mood among other symptoms.
Men can also benefit from herbal adrenal support. A lot of the hormones men use, (such as testosterone) are made in their adrenals. Most men have a lot of stress which in turn affects their testosterone production. She suggests the combination of estrogen detoxifying herbs and adaptogenic herbs for the adrenals. There are also testosterone boosting herbs. Bad estrogens in men not only cause the layer of belly fat, but they can also lead to certain types of cancers such as testicular cancer. When the adrenals are supported, the ability to make testosterone increases.
To detoxify the bad estrogens and help with the estrogen belly (causing a layer of belly fat) these 7 nutrients used in combination are showing amazing results! These work mainly via the liver.
- Indole-3-carbinol (I-3-C) is an anti-cancer phytonutrient found in cruciferous vegetables. Research has shown that I3C helps to break down cancer-causing estrogens to non-toxic forms.
- Calcium D-glucarate is a powerful detoxifier of excess estrogens from the liver.
- Green Tea Extract contains polyphenols, catechins and flavonoids shown to be protective against estrogen-related cancers
- Curcumin is the yellow pigment of turmeric—the chief ingredient in curry. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and it works to inhibit all steps of cancer formation: initiation, promotion and progression. Curcumin also protects against inflammatory conditions.
- DIM helps to break down cancer-causing estrogens to non-toxic forms. DIM is one of the products created by the breakdown of Indole-3-cardinol.
- Rosemary Extract, a potent antioxidant, protects cells from cancer-causing agents, inhibits the growth of cancer cells and helps to detoxify carcinogenic estrogens.
- Sulforaphane, from broccoli sprout extract, has been shown to stimulate the body's production of detoxification enzymes that eliminate xenoestrogens. Sulforaphane is also a powerful antioxidant.
To balance the adrenals these 4 in combination are my favourites:
Rhodiola rosea Rhodiola increases resistance of the body to chemical, biological and physical stressors. In Russia it has been used for centuries and has very powerful anti-aging and anti-stress activity. Rhodiola enhances mental and physical performance and is more powerful than other adaptogens (see below). Most adaptogens are warming in nature but Rhodiola is cooling and as a result is useful for menopausal women. It has been proven to enhance the immune system and to have anti-depressive and anti-tumor activity. Studies also show that Rhodiola regulates the heart by increasing oxygen utilization.
Suma (Pfaffia Paniculata) Suma is called "para todo" which means "for everything". It is considered a regenerative tonic for the nervous, reproductive and digestive systems and is used to treat hormonal disorders, sexual dysfunction, sterility, arteriosclerosis, fatigue, diabetes, cancer and many types of stress. Nutritionally, Suma contains 19 amino acids, electrolytes and trace minerals including iron, magnesium, silicae, zinc and vitamins A, B-1, B-2, E, K and pantothenic acid.
Schizandra Berries (Schizandra chinensis) Schizandra is commonly used as a general tonic and to promote liver health. It counters the effects of stress and fatigue. Studies show it has normalizing effects in cases of insomnia, nervousness and improves physical endurance, mental capability and is hepato-protective. It has also been found to have antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
- Ashwagandha (Withana Somnifera) Ashwagandha is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine, the medical system of India. It is used primarily as a general tonic to increase energy and to improve overall health and longevity. Studies have proven the powerful anti-stress effects as well as the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, anti-tumor properties as well as the immune modulating properties. Ashwagandha has been shown to improve sexual performance, have calming effects on the central nervous system, and overall rejuvenating effects.
For more information about Lorna Vanderhaeghe’s presentations and this fantastic event please visit totalhealthshow.com