If DHEA is low, I would start by taking it as a supplement. Some people don't tolerate it well, but I would expect you to tolerate it okay.
DHEA-S involves liver sulfation. Apparently you do quite well there. Do you eat lots of high sulfur foods and supplements such as NAC? Do you take taurine supplements? Do you do frequent Epsom Salt baths, a source of sulfate?
I think zinc is involved in conversion of DHEA towards T. I hear that some of our crops have 30% or so less Zn than they did in 1900.
Aromatase is the enzyme involved in conversion of T and other androgens to estrogens. I think iron is the key mineral in it.
As described in the subject line, this is what I am (most likely) currently dealing with. Some of this still needs to be verified in detail.
I had been battling candida for years but thought I had gotten to a good place, so I started being less aggressive in my treatment of it.
I had been walking around with it for more than half my life with intense bloating after every meal, abdominal pains, constipation, mood swings, anxiety, psoriasis, sleep problems - all of which getting worse with my monthly cycle. Then, in 2012, my immune system plummeted dramatically - just shortly after I finally stopped taking my rather high-intensity contraceptives, which I had been on for 12 years straight- and before I knew it, I was running from one doctor to the next with no answers and increasing symptoms. It took 6 months for me to receive an official diagnosis.
I believe my candida was originally triggered by the contraceptives mentioned above, which I also started taking too early in live (around age 14), as well as a genetic predisposition of some kind as my mom has some of the symptoms I have in milder form.
Either way, so afer years of treating candida, I was taking a well-deserved break from the heavy supplementation (I was still taking probiotics at night, though) and had loosened my diet up a bit, when towards the beginning of this year, I got a bunch of infections every month. Sinus infection, urinary tract infection, eye infection...I beat all of those back with a more or less steady intake of Silver Biotics, and then the heavy bloating started again.
And I had one new symptom: An intense pain below my right rib cage, coming and going. I ended up in the hospital with what turned out to be a dyskinetic gallbladder (ejection fraction 17%). The surgeon (of course) said it had to come out. I was sceptical, thank goodness. I didn't need to come out at all, as I was actually able to manage its function and the pain with supplements like beetroot extract, choline, and taurine. It's working so-so now, but I can feel the pain coming back sometimes.
But I also figured the following: Increased bile flow = less candida. I had read that theory before somewhere and I'm thinking it's still valid.
But I thought there had to be some deeper reason as to why my gallbladder wasn't working properly. I did some research and found out that hormone fluctuations can influence gallbladder flow. Since my problems all get way more intense with my monthly cycle, it made sense. So I ordered a hormone panel saliva test with an accredited lab in Germany (where I am currently staying with my family for recovery reasons, I have to be back in the States in a little over a week, though)and they found something scary: While all of my other levels are fine and within range, Cortisol being somewhat elevated, though, my progesterone levels are at a whopping 2140 pg/ml. Not sure how much that is in American measurement units, but the reference range for the luteal phase (which is when it was measured) only goes up to 400 pg/ml.
To clarify, I did not supplement ANY progesterone. I took: a multivitamin, magnesium, digestive enzymes, my gallbladder-helping beetroot extract, choline, taurine, colostrum to help my digestive tract, some milk thistle for the liver, small amounts of Swedish Bitters, and the herb Ashwagandha, as I found it helped me with the nervous tension I seem to be having constantly.
Now, my naturopath lady here in Germany believes that most of these supplements would help increase progesterone and told me to cut them out. I am now only taking milk thistle and choline, and I have added artichoke extract to replace the beetroot extract during the day to at least keep on helping my gallbladder. At night, I take probiotics.
She has also given me a long, long list of things that supposedly promote progesterone and it basically includes every healthy, natural food one could eat: Vegetables, fruit, legumes, grains, pseudo grains, meat, dairy, eggs,and 90% of herbs.It is impossible to stick to that list and still live. The list goes into no detail whatsoever about the degree to which these foods are supposed to promote progesterone production. Oh, and she also told me to relax. She should really have her own stand up comedy routine.
Sorry for the super-long, rambling message, but I figured the more information I can give you guys, the better. If anyone has any input whatsoever, that would be of great help to me.
I am, of course, not sitting idly by. I have an appointment with the extremely knowledgeable Eric Bakker N.D. on Sunday, I just had several vials of blood taken yesterday at an endocrinological practice in Frankfurt to double check those high numbers and also look for possible thyroid connections, I am trying to do a candida test before I leave, and I am willing to do any and all testing to get to the bottom of this problem once I am back in the States.
However, as it currently stands, I am having a candida flare up, a psoriasis flare up, and am intensely scared about, well ,everything.
Hello Everyone, I'm new to this site and looking for some support. I had My Mirena in for 3.5 years and had it removed May 4th of this year. Ever since then I have had the most severe, crushing fatigue I've ever experienced along with brain fog, which starts a few days before my period and lasts into the week after my period. My periods returned to normal right after removal. I had severe tingling in my lower legs and hands that started after removal but we thought it was due to a B-12 deficiency so I started B12 shots. They helped for a couple weeks but as soon as my PMS week started the tingling and fatigue came back. Anyone else have this experience? Just wondering how long it takes for the fatigue and tingling to get better. Does anything help?? I work with a naturopath and eat extremely clean (no sugar, gluten, dairy, processed foods). I've also discovered I have leaky gut and candida so I'm working on that as well.
Thank you all in advance!
After having just ONE ovary removed I am feeling VERY hormonal.
The night sweats and hot flashes started 4 days after!! :(
I am very depressed and cry a lot...
This was an UNNECESSARY removal and my husband got scared at their scare tactics and threw out the window what I had been saying the 4 years I delayed this surgery for!!!
It was to remove a benign floating tumor and had nothing to do with my ovary... the ovary had a cyst on it and instead of removing the cyst they took out the ovary.
I had NO pain or symptoms before.
Now I don't even know who I am.. I was an athlete, marathon runner, 20+ year vegan yoga and PE teacher.... Now I just want to cry and all I do is fight with him.... How he dismissed everything I stood for and that fact that I told him and the doctors to NOT TAKE ANY ORGANS OR PARTS OF ORGANS OUT!!!!
I will NEVER trust him and cannot even look at him now!
I've been doing research...
I am not one to take ANY prescription drugs...
I read Somers books years ago.
I was curious about Bioidenticals.. when they were an option... Now that this surgery has TOTALLY f***ed me up overnight, I am getting turned off by having to take such a prescription for the rest of my life.
I am looking at a combo of Maca, Boron and Wild Yam extract... been reading that they naturally even out hormone levels...
Anyone try these?
I am interested in trying out borax for a few issues (hormonal imbalance, candida?, detox of fluoride, joint stiffness (no pain just stiffness), and better absorption of calcium. I stumbled upon borax on accident because I was trying to figure out why my bottom teeth are starting to crowd??! A few places said poor calcium absorption so I was led to borax. I follow a plant based diet but I realized my digestion and hormonal issues are not getting better after 2 yrs so i'm starting to take some supplements.
The point of this post is to see if the following supplements will work with borax or I need to d/x them?? Any feedback would be appreciated
3) Betaine HCL w/peptide
5) Alpha lipoic acid
6) apple cider vinegar