Esther Blum: Menstrual Cycle, Menopause & Hormone Replacement Therapy Myths & Truths

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In this enlightening episode, I sit down with Esther Blum, a trailblazing Integrative Dietitian and Menopause Expert. We delve into the intricate world of perimenopause, hormonal balance, and the importance of self-care, drawing from Esther's impressive 27-year career. We explore essential tests for understanding hormonal balance, the phases of the menstrual cycle, and the optimal duration for a healthy cycle. I ask her thoughts on hormone replacement therapy, its benefits, and when to consider it. We uncover the secrets to combatting the "menopot" through diet, the role of intermittent fasting in hormone health, and recommended supplements for hormone balance and overall well-being. This episode is a must-listen for anyone navigating the journey of menopause or seeking to support hormonal health.

Esther Blum is an Integrative Dietitian and Menopause Expert. In the past 27 years she has helped thousands of women master menopause through nutrition, hormones and self-advocacy. Esther is the bestselling author of See ya later, Ovulator, Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat, Eat, Drink and Be Gorgeous, Secrets of Gorgeous, and The Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous Project. Known as Gwyneth Paltrow’s menopause mentor and by Forbes for helping women thrive through menopause, Esther was also voted Best Nutritionist by Manhattan Magazine. She has appeared on the Today Show, ABC-TV, and Good Day NY and is frequently quoted in goop, Well + Good, Forbes, Ben Greenfield Fitness, and Time Magazine.

A few of my favorite things we cover in this episode: 

  • Why is perimenopause occurring at increasingly younger ages?
  • Essential tests for women to determine their hormonal baseline.
  • Understanding the different phases of the menstrual cycle.
  • What is the optimal duration for a healthy menstrual cycle?
  • Exploring the most effective types of hormone replacement therapy.
  • Highlighting the advantages of hormone replacement therapy.
  • When should individuals start considering hormone replacement therapy?
  • What is the "menopot," and how can diet aid in its reduction?
  • The role of intermittent fasting in hormone health.
  • Recommended supplements to promote hormone balance and well-being.

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Dr. Will Cole, DNM, IFMCP, DC is a leading functional medicine expert who consults people around the globe, starting one of the first functional medicine telehealth centers in the world. Named one of the top 50 functional and integrative doctors in the nation, Dr. Will Cole provides a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. He is also the host of the popular The Art of Being Well podcast and the New York Times bestselling author of Intuitive Fasting, Ketotarian, Gut Feelings, and The Inflammation Spectrum.