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>> Hello, and welcome back. Now that we've discussed how to support your clients in finding the best, most effective supplements. Let's apply this information and take it a step further by looking at several case studies that illustrate common hormonal imbalances. In doing so, we'll look at some possible supplement recommendations that may help to support your clients with conditions related to the most common hormonal imbalances. I cannot stress it enough, pun intended, that your clients can't out supplement a bad diet. Supplements should be used as just that. A supplement to diet and lifestyle changes. Additionally, it is critically important that your clients involve a licensed health practitioner to collaborate in developing individualized supplement protocols, in order to avoid possible interactions. The following recommendations are made based on research as well as what we've seen many clients experience positive results with. But remember, bio-individuality must always be taken into consideration. As each person is unique, and it comes down to you with your own specific combination of issues and sensitivities. Therefore, none of the information we present to you is set in stone. Think of this as a guide to general best practices. In this lecture, we'll use case studies to cover the following stress-related conditions, infertility for both men and women, and what the body needs when coming off of the birth control pill. Are you ready? Let's jump right in. Case study number one, you've just completed a Health History with Graham, a 32-year-old man who's dealing with severe work stress. He wakes up feeling tired and foggy, and he can barely get through his workouts. Lately, he's been missing deadlines and making mistakes in his presentations. He's usually a top performer at his company, but his recent performance review was only mediocre. He's worried about losing his job. Graham is hoping you can help him get his focus and his energy back. So what can you do beyond what you've already learned in this course to support Graham? There are many factors that contribute to stress and many ways that the body and mind are affected by it. No one protocol will solve all of these for your clients. Consider this as a starting point and then work with your client and their health practitioner to adjust the protocol for specific needs. Some recommended supplements for a client like Graham, who is experiencing chronically high stress include magnesium, the B complex of vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, omega-3, rhodiola, and glutathione, the body's master antioxidant. As I mentioned before, you've got to first pull out your healing toolbox and tackle nutrition, sleep, movement, and mindfulness, before suggesting a bunch of supplements to your clients. And when it comes to supplements, we believe less is more, meaning that your clients ideally should not be taking more than three to five supplements at any given time. Any more than that, and they won't know what is, and isn't working for them. Plus, they'll likely get overwhelmed with the sheer volume of pills they have to take each day, not to mention the price tag. Now back to supplementing for stress. First, let's talk about better sleep for your stressed clients. Sleep is one of the first things that gets compromised during high-stress situations. Magnesium relaxes muscles and helps improve sleep. Having too little can actually make the symptoms of stress worse. Second, B vitamins are easily depleted when the body is stressed. They're required for most metabolic processes but are robbed to make cortisol in response to stress rather than keeping up with normal everyday processes. Also, many people have genetic mutations like MTHFR that make their B vitamins less effective at doing their job, particularly B12 and folate. This can catch up with your clients when they're chronically stressed out. Third, vitamin C is used by the body to help counteract stress. The adrenal glands are rich in vitamin C, releasing it when they sense stress to help control cortisol levels. But it comes depleted when stress becomes chronic and the adrenals are on overdrive. Replacing that vitamin C supports the adrenals and the helps protect the cells during chronic stress. Next, zinc is an essential mineral that's very supportive during stressful times. During times of high stress, zinc becomes quickly depleted. Symptoms of this include poor immune function, brain fog, histamine sensitivity, skin rashes, and acne. Zinc is also extremely important for proper brain function. The brain is high in omega-3 fatty acids. So it makes sense that maintaining high levels of omega-3 helps the brain to handle stress. In fact, they've actually been shown to help the brain cope better with stress so that the negative effects of chronic stress are diminished. Rhodiola is what's called an adaptogenic herb, meaning it helps the body adapt to stressful situations. It's known for its ability to regulate the immunological, physiological, and neurological responses to stress. Rhodiola is helpful for mental fatigue, brain fog, and anxiety. Glutathione helps to support the body when it's under stress. It's a very powerful antioxidant, clearing out the toxic byproducts of stress in the body. It also helps increase energy and improve mood. Having enough glutathione in the system helps the body detoxify more efficiently and can help boost resiliency to stress. High quality glutathione supplements are expensive so another option to suggest your clients is N-acetylcysteine or NAC which is a precursor to glutathione. Okay, so to recap, a client like Graham who's struggling with chronic stress may benefit from being educated about the benefits that many people in his condition find from taking magnesium, B vitamins, zinc, omega-3s, rhodiola, and glutathione, or NAC. He can use this information to do some research and talk to his doctor about which of these might be right for him to add to his healing protocol. Next, let's talk about supplements that may be helpful for improving fertility in both male and female clients. Case study, a couple in their mid 30s, Cindy and Matt come to you for a consultation. They've been trying to get pregnant for over six months but haven't had any luck. Both have seen their physician to rule out any major medical problems and are generally healthy. A number of factors may interfere with fertility including nutrient deficiencies, psychological stress, and inflammation just to name a few. In women, this may lead to hormonal imbalance which can cause irregular and anovulatory menstrual cycles, as well as increased risk for miscarriage, and poor egg quality. For men, this can cause inadequate sperm production, poor quality sperm, decreased sperm lifespan, and poor sperm motility. Knowing this, you make recommendations to Cindy and Matt to improve their diets, lifestyle, and exposure to toxins but, what else might help? Let's take a look at seven supplements that may help both Cindy and Matt naturally boost their fertility and support their chances of conceiving a healthy child. Supplements that may be worth exploring for both men and women include vitamin C, vitamin D, the B complex of vitamins, zinc, omega-3, rhodiola, and selenium. Let's discuss these more thoroughly. For men, vitamin C contributes significantly to sperm health by keeping them from clumping together, and it has been shown to increase sperm count, motility, and viability. It's also a powerful antioxidant, helping to protect both the egg and the sperm from DNA damage. For women, the ovaries contain high amounts of vitamin C, where probably helps to heal the ovary after the egg ruptures. Supplementing with vitamin C has also been shown to improve luteal phase defect, a common cause of infertility. The B complex vitamins, particularly foliate are critical for producing healthy DNA for both men and women in order to produce the best quality sperm and eggs. They also help regulate the menstrual cycle. Vitamin B12 deficiency may be a cause for early pregnancy loss so adequate levels of B12 are important for a healthy pregnancy. In addition, folate is important to support the mother during pregnancy and for fetal development, particularly to prevent defects in the nervous system. Vitamin D has been shown to be helpful for supporting in vitro fertilization, and is still being studied for its role in helping with fertility. It has been shown to have a positive impact on both PCOS, and endometriosis which can interfere with a woman's fertility. In men, vitamin D aids in the healthy development of the DNA in the sperm cell, and also helps maintain semen count, and motility. It also increases testosterone which may boost libido. Zinc is an essential mineral for the DNA process and adequate amounts are required to produce healthy eggs and sperm. It supports follicle-stimulating hormone or FSH production which will support healthy ovulation. Additionally, zinc has been shown to improve sperm count, health, and motility. It helps maintain adequate testosterone levels in both men and women as well, which will support a healthy sex drive. Omega-3 fatty acids in men help to produce more of the cone shape sperm that are the healthiest most fertile shape. They are also beneficial in helping to regulate menstrual cycles and improve PMS symptoms. After conception, the omega-3's EPA and DHA are used extensively in fetal development, particularly in the brain and nervous system. Rhodiola is also beneficial for both men and women. For men, it's been shown to improve premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. And for women, it nonspecifically improves fertility, perhaps through its ability to reduce cortisol output as well as its beneficial effect on thyroid health. Selenium is a potent antioxidant, helping to protect the thyroid from heavy metal exposure. It is also involved in T4 to T3 conversion, and also helps to decrease the antibodies that are seen in Hashimoto's thyroiditis. A healthy thyroid is highly beneficial for fertility in both men and women. For women, selenium is seen in very high quantities in the follicles, where it appears to be required for healthy follicle development. For men, selenium helps to maintain the fertile shape of sperm which is supposed to be slightly ovoid rather than round. It is also important in producing healthy DNA, which produces healthy, viable sperm. In addition to these recommended supplements for both men and women, women can also add iron, evening primrose oil, and maca. Iron deficiency can be a cause of anovulation in women. Adequate iron is necessary to deliver oxygen to the ovaries, and particularly to the developing eggs. Iron deficiency anaemia may cause the eggs to be non-viable or to break down before ovulation occurs. Evening primrose oil is a source of a special fatty acid called gamma linolenic acid. It's been shown to help women produce fertile mucus, which improves the chances of conceiving. Maca is a root vegetable grown in Peru. It's particularly well known for its beneficial effect on sex drive and fertility. It's adaptogenic compound that supports the body's production of ovarian hormones by supporting the function of the hypothalamus. Maca comes in several forms, gelatinized maca is superior for easier digestion and bioavailability. Men can look into adding vitamin E and saw palmetto. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps the sperm bind to the egg better when fertilizing. It also helps to protect the DNA in the sperm. Saw palmetto is an adaptive herb that supportive of the endocrine system, especially in men. While it's mostly known for its beneficial effect on the prostate, it also helps to improve sperm count. Saw palmetto is known to support men who are feeling stressed, have poor immune function, and have been engaging in poor lifestyle and dietary habits. It's antiandrogenic and anti-inflammatory. In general, it can help normalize male reproductive function. Okay, let's do a quick recap. You can help support couples like Cindy and Matt who are looking for natural ways to increase their fertility. Tell them to talk to their doctor about supplements that have shown to be helpful for both genders, vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin D, zinc, omega-3s, rhodiola, and selenium. Cindy may also benefit from iron, evening primrose oil, and maca while Matt may benefit from exploring supplementation with vitamin E and saw palmetto. Next, let's discuss how you can help to support clients who have decided to stop taking the birth control pill. Case study, Lilly is a 36-year-old woman who comes to see you because she recently stopped taking the birth control pill after being on it almost continuously for over 10 years. She tells you that at her age, she felt it was no longer her best option for birth control. But ever since she stopped taking it three months ago, she's been experiencing a handful of symptoms that have her concerned including hair loss, acne, and PMS. Also, her period is very irregular and much heavier than it used to be. Which supplements might be helpful to Lilly as a part of a menstrual balancing protocol? Let me start by saying that it is vital, that clients like Lilly understand that while she was on the birth control pill, she wasn't having real periods because she wasn't ovulating, and therefore, probably had few pre-menstrual or menstrual symptoms. Unfortunately, birth control pill withdrawal can cause estrogen deficiency, a surge in androgens or male hormones, amenorrhea, and premenstrual symptoms. This is the first time her body has to ovulate and produce a real period in over 10 years so there's likely going to be an adjustment period. So you can reassure her that while this is uncomfortable, it's a natural response of the body. It typically takes about three to six months for the body to regulate periods after withdrawing from birth control pill. Sometimes it can take longer, up to five years in some cases. The more your clients support their bodies with nutrition and stress management, the easier it will be for their hormones to get back into balance. Five supplements that can be helpful with that process include magnesium, the B complex of vitamins, vitex, probiotics, and di-indole methane or DIM. Let's explore these in a little more detail. Magnesium deficiency is a major cause for menstrual cramping. Magnesium supplementation can help relax muscles, ease cramping, and improve sleep. It also helps relieve constipation, allowing the GI tract to function better and help maintain normal estrogen levels. The B vitamins have beneficial effects on menstruation. Vitamin B6, in particular, has been shown to improve premenstrual symptoms. It can also help improve luteal phase defect, which is when the uterine lining doesn't grow properly during luteal phase. Vitamins B1 and B2 have also been shown to help with premenstrual symptoms. It's important to remember that the birth control pill depletes the B vitamins significantly. So your clients who go off the pill may be very deficient. Vitex is a natural herb that can help your clients regulate their period and begin to make their own hormones again. Vitex inhibits prolactin, which helps the body to begin ovulating again. It can also help calm the nervous system. It's recommended to wait until at least three months after going off the pill to see if your clients will be able to start ovulating on their own. The birth control pill may disrupt normal gut flora and may even cause leaky gut. Healing the gut after being on the birth control pill will go a long way toward your client feeling better. A good quality probiotic can help with this, as well as adding fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, and kefir. Di-indole methane or DIM is a compound that's naturally found in cruciferous vegetables. It supports the liver during detoxification to remove excess estrogen. It also helps the liver clear out the artificial estrogens that are left over in the body from being on the pill so the body can start making its own natural estrogen again. Okay, to recap. Five supplements that may help women like Lilly adjust to coming off of the birth control pill after many years of use are magnesium, B vitamins, vitex, probiotics, and fermented foods, and DIM. These are supplements that have been shown to be useful in restoring the body against the effects of the birth control pill withdrawal. But like all supplements, these should be recommended as suggestions for your clients to bring to their doctor to see if it's a good fit for their individual needs and condition. You now know how to appropriately incorporate supplementation into protocols for chronic stress, infertility, and birth control pill withdrawal. Remember, these are only suggestions, based on research what's found to be good and helpful in general. Bio-individuality must always be taken into account and all recommendations should be made with the input and approval of your client's doctor. Your job is simply to educate and empower your clients, and then they can take it from there. By removing yourself from the conversations of prescribing dosage and treatment and leaving that is something for them to work out with their doctor. You keep yourself safely practicing from within your scope as a Health Coach. We hope this information in this lecture has improved your understanding of how supplements may be helpful for certain issues as part of a comprehensive healing protocol. Supplements are always part of the solution, never a fix solely in and of themselves. Be sure to check out the handouts for this module and join the discussion in your Facebook group. Your moderators are there to answer any questions you have about this topic. Thank you for watching. Bye for now.

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