Today we’re talking about something super interesting and that is the nuances of estrogen. Estrogen is one of those hormones that is synonymous with femininity on the 30,000-foot level. But, as we get closer and closer to the ground, what seems like a simple and emblematic hormone for females is actually infinitely more complex than what it first seems.
And what we’re beginning to see over time is increased interference from our environment and an increased understanding of the roles that estrogen plays, the different types of estrogen, and what the breakdown products of estrogen have the capacity to contribute towards in terms of health — both good and bad.
This entire episode is all about estrogen; how we need to handle it, how we can harness it, and everything you need to know to make it your friend. Joining me for this conversation is an expert on estrogen, Kate Vazquez! Kate is a Functional Medicine Physician Assistant, Estrogen Dominance Expert, and the founder of Radiant Health. She loves helping women reclaim their health and vitality by uncovering the imbalances in their bodies and helping to empower them to take their health into their own hands! I know that you’re going to love this episode and learn A TON of vital information on all-things estrogen!
[1:10] About today’s episode with Kate Vazquez.
[2:39] Welcoming Kate to the podcast!
[3:27] Kate shares why this particular arena of women’s health is something she is especially invested in.
[5:05] What we’ll be specifically discussing with regards to estrogen in this conversation.
[6:56] What estrogen dominance means.
[8:03] Conditions and side effects we need to be aware of when it comes to estrogen dominance.
[9:15] What really happens when you’re prescribed a birth control pill to manage and balance out your hormones.
[10:33] The tools that Kate is using to investigate estrogen dominance in the patients that she works with.
[13:44] Estrogen physiology 101 and the key players in your regular, 28-day menstrual cycle.
[15:53] Changes you might see to your menstrual cycle that indicate estrogen dominance.
[19:19] Why does estrogen dominance happen? What are the factors that contribute to it?
[22:44] When Kate is working with a patient that is experiencing estrogen dominance, what approach does she take?
[24:08] Is estrogen dominance impacting the population of women who are having infrequent, irregular, or no menstrual cycles? How does Kate assess this?
[27:51] How to leverage your cycle in terms of business, performance, and more!
[36:20] Kate’s key performance indicators!
[39:59] Where to find Kate and her amazing work online!
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More About Kate Vazquez
Kate Vazquez is a Functional Medicine Physician Assistant, Estrogen Dominance Expert, and founder of Radiant Health. Alongside her husband, she loves helping women reclaim their health and vitality by uncovering the imbalances in their bodies from gut health to hormones and helping them to create a life by design that they love living, leaving them empowered to take their health into their own hands.
After working with many women and her personal health issues, Kate discovered many factors that were contributing to debilitating symptoms that were affecting the quality of our lives. She created an online course, The Estrogen Reset, to create awareness of this issue, so women can learn how to naturally balance their hormones and work with their cycles to enjoy happy periods. She is also on a mission to teach women how to reconnect to themselves within, use their cycle as their superpower, and really tap into their feminine energy at their highest level.
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“I … realized the reason why women are suffering every month with PMS symptoms is because of the hormonal imbalance that doesn’t get addressed. And of course, in conventional medicine, it’s treated with birth control. Because that’s definitely not the answer.” — Kate Vazquez
“There are a lot of disorders and conditions associated with estrogen dominance that women aren’t aware of, such as endometriosis, adenomyosis, PCOS … breast cancer. … [Women] are not aware because we put these labels on them and they’re treated a certain way.” — Kate Vazquez
“A lot of women will ask me, ‘Well, does my period start the cycle? Or is it at the end of the cycle?’ So it’s really important that we … educate women because the menstrual phase is the start of the cycle. So day one of your period is day one of the cycle.” — Kate Vazquez
“We have the power to create health and disorder in the body. … Being mindful of our thoughts can really affect the quality of our life and how our cells respond.” — Kate Vazquez
“If we can optimize and maximize our sleep, we’re going to feel so much better. Even studies have proven [that] it reduces chronic disorders, … [and] it actually helps with our hormones. … I would say optimizing your sleep is probably the best health hack.” — Kate Vazuez
“Once we can get the hormonal piece under control, really incorporating the menstrual cycle and using that as your superpower is going to be a game changer for you.” — Kate Vazquez