On this week’s episode of IMPACT, host Meghan Walker is joined by two experts in women’s health – Dr. Stephanie Estima, a chiropractor and expert in functional neurology, and Dr. Anna Cabeca, a world-renowned, triple-board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who helps women transition through the various hormonal phases of their lives. Meghan’s guests share their insights on navigating the hormonal changes that occur during perimenopause and menopause.

Dr. Estima discusses the role of the ketogenic diet in supporting brain function and reducing inflammation during these stages of life. She notes that the effectiveness of the keto diet can vary for women compared to men, and that it’s important to individualize the approach.

Dr. Cabeca emphasizes the importance of women taking control of their own health and being proactive in understanding their bodies and how to support their well-being. She advises women to be mindful of their diet, particularly avoiding excess carbohydrates which have been linked to cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease, stroke, and cancer. Instead, she recommends focusing on whole foods, incorporating plenty of greens, and limiting processed and sugary foods. Dr. Cabeca also advocates for detoxification and intermittent fasting, as well as getting enough sleep and incorporating flexibility into daily routines.

In addition to diet and self-care, the importance of checking urine pH as an indicator of overall health and well-being is emphasized, as well as eating small, early dinners before 7 pm to support longevity. Starting each day with gratitude, prayer, or meditation will set a positive foundation for a day of clarity and focus. 

Overall, Dr. Cabeca and Dr. Estima emphasize the importance of taking a holistic approach to supporting the body’s natural desire for homeostasis, balance, and health during perimenopause and menopause. By taking control of our own health and being proactive in understanding and supporting our bodies, we can better navigate these stages of life and maintain optimal well-being.

This episode is beyond beneficial so make sure to tune it and absorb all that these experts have to share. 



[1:49] Dr. Anna Cabeca’s own story of trauma and why she pursued her degree

[11:29] Dr. Stephanie Estima’s personal story, recap of last 2 years

[14:06] How Stephanie decided to start her podcast

[16:29] The key elements women need to have in place for hormone balancing

[20:16] The Betty Body explained

[29:03] What intuitive eating is

[30:44] Magic Menopause program

[38:47] Why checking urine pH is important to see alkaline levels

[43:07] The secret to living a long life

[50:49] Stephanie’s favorite health hack


















“Where there weren’t solutions for me, I created solutions for others.”

Dr. Anna Cabeca


“If you’ve been heavy and lost the weight and then all of a sudden you start gaining the weight again, you’re like, when will it ever stop? So I had that fear and that took me into embracing the ketogenic lifestyle.”

Dr. Anna Cabeca


“As we enter menopause, we become less able to use glucose for fuel in the brain because it’s an estrogen dependent process. So switching to ketones at least periodically really powers up our brain.”

Dr. Anna Cabeca


“We can powerfully use behaviors to control our physiology and empower physiology to improve our behaviors, so they’re combined.”

 Dr. Anna Cabeca


“I feel as though there has been no further sophistication in thinking other than if you’re premenopausal we’ll just stick you on the pill and if you’re postmenopausal we’ll put you on hormone replacement therapy and this whole endocrine thing, it’s really not that complicated.”

Dr. Meghan Walker


“I say, don’t give me the control over your health. Take control of your own health because you have to discern what’s working for you and what’s not.”

Dr. Anna Cabeca


“The resources out there for women are not plentiful. And the conversations by men are not inclusive.”

Dr. Meghan Walker


“If you can pick it, peel it, fish or hunt it, milk it or grow it, then for the most part you can eat it, you know, staying with real food.”

Dr. Anna Cabeca


“Getting rid of the shame and guilt that we have as women that we carry because we can’t act exactly like men or do the things that men can do I think is really important.”

Dr. Stephanie Estima


“Oxytocin’s a powerful alkalinizer, so that hormone of love, bonding and connection is important.”

Dr. Anna Cabeca