HORMONES SERIES | There are no quick fixes
While working on a post about linoleic acid deficiency, it suddenly occurred to me how difficult it is to see the whole picture of hormonal health when reading isolated blog posts. You can't spot treat hormones by taking supplements and hope to achieve clear skin. That's right. There is no silver bullet. I know, I know, it's not what you want to hear. Hell, it's not what I want to hear!
So what am I really trying to say? I see so many posts about supplements to boost progesterone and increase estrogen metabolism. In fact, I used to read those posts and take every single expensive supplement recommended to no avail. Sigh. This is not to say that supplements don't work. They do! (Future blog posts covering my favorite supplements are in the works.) But not in isolation. For example, simply taking Vitex to increase progesterone will have zero effect if you can't manage your stress (more on that to come). You have to balance your blood sugar via diet, address inflammation via food sensitivities and exposure to environmental toxins (I'm looking at you pricey, toxic face cream), and check in with your adrenals, liver, and thyroid. Doing all of these things will ultimately boost progesterone production and maximize estrogen detoxification. Essentially, addressing hormones via supplements should not be the first step in your healing journey!
Because supplements do work, but not in a vacuum. They are called supplements for a reason - they provide a little more oomph to the dietary and lifestyle changes you are making. More importantly, do you really want to take 10 supplements a day for the rest of your life? No. While some vitamins and minerals should be part of your daily routine (B complex, Vitamin D, Zinc, Omega 3 fatty acids), others should be taken for a limited time until you achieve your desired result (Vitex, DIM, Perma Clear, milk thistle).
Now back to that post on linoleic acid deficiency...