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Author: Karen Martel Hormone Specialist

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Welcome to The Hormone Solution Podcast with Karen Martel – your personal invitation to a world of hormone health, sustainable weight loss, holistic well-being, and embracing life's stages with a big old dose of vitality and confidence. (Remember, we used to go by The Other Side of Weight Loss – just in case you're wondering!)

Meet Karen Martel, your go-to gal, a Certified Hormone Specialist and a total pro when it comes to women's hormones and busting through weight loss resistance. From dealing with all the craziness that comes with midlife to embracing the strength that comes with age, she's here to be your trusty sidekick through thick and thin.

Our mission? Well, it's pretty simple: we're here to dish out practical solutions to those hormone-related puzzles that can drive you crazy, especially when perimenopause and menopause roll around. Expect to hear advice you can actually put into action, insights from the pros, and conversations that might just blow your mind.

Step into episodes filled with enlightening conversations alongside experts, thought leaders, and fellow warriors united in their quest to optimize women's health.

Ready to explore the vast universe of hormones and how they impact every little corner of your life? Yep, that's what we're all about. We're not afraid to shake things up, arm you with real tactics, and empower you with the knowledge to own your health journey.

So, don't be a stranger! Tune in, hit that subscribe button, and let's dive headfirst into this thrilling adventure of transformation and empowerment. Get set to uncover the roadmap to becoming the best version of yourself – from the inside out.

New episodes are released every Saturday!

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Today I’m discussing the balance between maintaining stringent health habits and living a stress-free lifestyle. Through my own personal experiences, I explain how obsessing over every detail of our health can sometimes be more detrimental than beneficial. Sharing my own transformation from perfectionism in diet and exercise to a more balanced approach, I emphasize the importance of prioritizing emotional well-being and stress management. I’ll also give some practical tips for optimizing energy and sleep naturally, reminding you of the significance of picking our battles wisely. In this episode: How stressing over every health detail can harm your quality of life. Why finding balance between strict health habits and stress-free living is so important. Why stressing about blood sugar spikes can worsen health outcomes. How dining out can become stressful with extreme dietary restrictions. Transitioning from perfectionism in diet to a balanced approach. Why GLP-1 peptides were pivotal in achieving weight loss and reducing inflammation for me. How emotional well-being and stress management contribute to overall health. How easing dietary restrictions can lead to a happier, healthier lifestyle. How optimizing energy levels and sleep quality naturally enhances well-being. How circadian health practices and blue blocker glasses can improve sleep quality. Why morning sunlight and detoxifying heavy metals are fantastic for health. How managing stress and reevaluating priorities can prevent burnout. Why choosing your battles wisely in health choices leads to a more harmonious life. How focusing on top health priorities helps avoid overwhelming stress.   Sponsors Get 10% off Troscriptions with coupon code HORMONE. Get 15% off your Apollo wearable here. Get 15% off any Quicksilver products at Quicksilver https://www.quicksilverscientific.com/karen Use coupon code KAREN15. Products mentioned: Timeline is offering 10% off your first order of Mitopure. Go to www.timeline.com/KARENMARTEL and use code HORMONE to get 10% off your order. Go to www.eightsleep.com/hormone and get $200 off plus free shipping on the Pod Cover by Eight Sleep. Use coupon code HORMONE. Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram
Welcome to Quick Hits: Blasts from The Past. Join Karen as she explores her podcast archives, offering you short, impactful excerpts from standout episodes. In just 15 minutes, you’ll experience the essence of past conversations, packed with valuable insights and memorable moments from our guests. If you want to dive deeper, you’ll find links to the full episodes in the show notes below. Listen to the full episode here: https://karenmartel.com/transforming-your-body-through-physical-fitness-as-you-age-with-joseph-oniwor/ Bio Joseph Oniwor is a transformation trainer. He has been in the fitness industry for 28 years. In his past, he was a college athlete and a pro arena football player. Joseph’s passion is helping women transition into menopause in the best shape of their lives. He is on a mission to help women take back control over their bodies while they are dealing with energy loss and weight gain that comes along with menopause. In his past, Joe and his family had struggled with weight and health. By turning to a healthier lifestyle, he was able to lose up to 110 lbs. Joseph shares his secrets to helping women find their super woman as they go through menopause. https://jocoaching.life/ https://www.instagram.com/jocfitcoach/ Sponsor: Happy Mammoth: For a limited time, you can get 15% off Hormone Harmony and on your entire first order at happymammoth.com just use the code KM15 at checkout. Embed https://snwbl.io/happy-mammoth/KM15 Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram
Today I’m getting back to answering your questions, after discovering some Instagram messages that I didn’t address in the last Q&A episode. We’ll uncover the pivotal role of DHEA as a hormone supplement and how it can boost your energy, improve sleep, and rekindle libido. There are also some tips to be shared regarding practical solutions for managing common HRT side effects like breast pain, and we’ll highlight the significance of iodine and supplements like primrose oil and NAC. For those reintroducing HRT, I offer guidance on consulting knowledgeable practitioners, plus cost-effective strategies for hormone health. In this episode: Why DHEA is a crucial hormone supplement for energy, sleep, and libido. How oral DHEA is preferred over topical forms due to fewer side effects. The importance of individualized hormone therapy, including potential testosterone supplementation. Managing common HRT side effects like breast tenderness and pain. Why both estrogen and progesterone can contribute to breast pain. Practical solutions such as switching to progesterone cream for alleviating symptoms. The role of iodine in breast health and the importance of proper supplements. Benefits of primrose oil and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) for breast pain and estrogen metabolism. Practical advice on starting with low doses, like a 0.25 milligram estrogen patch. Cost-effective strategies for managing hormone health, including affordable hormone testing options. The benefits of group coaching and over-the-counter hormone creams as budget-friendly alternatives. Advice on managing hormone health through regular hormone testing and lab panels. Why ongoing engagement and participation are crucial for successful hormone health management.   Apollo https://apolloneuro.com/karen you can get 15% off your Apollo wearable. Go to https://www.neurohacker.com/HORMONE to try Qualia Senolytic with a 100 day money back guarantee, and code HORMONE will get you 15% off your first order. Try BEAM Minerals! Use coupon code HORMONE for 20% off your order. https://www.beamminerals.com/discount/HORMONE Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram
Welcome to Quick Hits: Blasts from The Past. Join Karen as she explores her podcast archives, offering you short, impactful excerpts from standout episodes. In just 15 minutes, you’ll experience the essence of past conversations, packed with valuable insights and memorable moments from our guests. If you want to dive deeper, you’ll find links to the full episodes in the show notes below. Joel Green is the creator of The VEEP Nutrition System, the world’s first commercially available program based on targeting gut communities to affect health and body composition. His system has been used by some of the nation’s largest employers, including major cities and hospitals and featured on the Dr. Phil Show. Joel is also a featured author, speaker, and consultant for nutrition companies, top tier publications, and major podcasts. Beginning with the first article on the gut biome revolution to the health and fitness community written in 2007 he has amassed the largest known body of outcomes targeting the gut biome. He is the author of The Immunity Code: The New Paradigm for Real Health and Radical Anti-Aging. – Joel’s personal story in how he discovered what was wrong with the dieting industry and why things work in the beginning but inevitably stop. In this episode; Why main stream diets are so unrealistic for the modern person and their busy lifestyle. The fat paradox. Why the body regains weight after it has been lost. The secret hacks to effective weight loss. How your gut biome and certain strains affect your ability to lose weight. Why immune centric mechanisms are at the root of successful weight loss. The importance of sleep Why so many diets work short term   https://www.veepnutrition.com/ Listen to the full episode here: https://karenmartel.com/how-to-master-the-art-of-losing-weight-with-an-immune-centric-approach-with-joel-greene/ Sponsors Happy Mammoth: For a limited time, you can get 15% off Hormone Harmony and on your entire first order at happymammoth.com just use the code KM15 at checkout. Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram
Dr. Felice Gersh, Dr. Daved Rosensweet, Dr. Lindsey Berkson, and Dr. Julie Taguchi join us in this episode. Today, we’re going deep into the complex world of HRT for women with these four leading experts, debating the nuances of different estrogen types and their roles in the body. We discuss the pros and cons of estradiol-only treatments versus combined approaches with estriol, and the importance of maintaining natural hormone rhythms. We’ll help you understand how specialized hormone ratios might offer protective benefits, and check out pioneering studies that have shaped modern hormone therapies. Plus, we’ll examine the potential of estrogen receptor beta agonists in cancer prevention. In this episode: Why understanding the roles of estrone, estradiol, and estriol is essential for effective hormone therapy. Why starting hormone supplementation in the perimenopausal phase can support natural hormone rhythms. How estrogen receptors impact immune system adjustments during pregnancy. Why specialized hormone ratios might offer protective benefits against breast cancer. How historical and contemporary studies have shaped modern hormone therapies. Why the potential of estrogen receptor beta agonists in cancer prevention is significant. How proper dosing, ongoing learning, and specialized training in hormone therapy are crucial. How systemic inflammation affects hormone conversion and overall health. Why maintaining natural hormone ratios is important for cancer prevention. How estrogen affects various health aspects like bone, brain, and cardiovascular health. Why individualized treatment plans and proper hormone dosing are necessary for effective HRT. How holistic health optimization, including nutrition and lifestyle, supports effective hormone treatment. How to achieve therapeutic levels of hormones for comprehensive protection and effectiveness. Why proper education and training are essential for safe and effective hormone therapies.   Go to https://eightsleep.com/hormone and get $200 off plus free shipping on the Pod Cover by Eight Sleep. Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram Daved Rosensweet MD is the Founder of The Institute of Bioidentical Medicine and The Menopause Method, with over 30 years of experience specializing in andropause and menopause treatment. Currently, Dr. Rosensweet spends the majority of his time training medical practitioners to specialize in menopause and andropause medicine using his organic and solvent-free methods. https://www.davedrosensweetmd.com/find-a-provider/ Book: https://iobim.org/book/   Felice Gersh, a multi-award-winning physician with dual board certifications in OB-GYN and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Gersh is the founder and director of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine and a globally recognized speaker and author on women's health. You can find Dr. Gersh and work with her in her clinic at the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine https://integrativemgi.com  My past interviews with Dr. Gersh The Best Ways to Use Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy with Dr. Felice Gersh Why You Absolutely Need Estrogen with Dr. Felice Gersh Dr. Devaki Lindsey Berkson is a thought leader in functional medicine, with an emphasis on hormones, nutrition, digestion, and intimacy. Berkson was a distinguished hormone scholar at a world-renowned estrogen think tank at Tulane University. Berkson is often a keynote at prestigious medical and pharmaceutical symposium. Berkson is credited with the in-depth knowledge of Estrogen Vindication and has an eBook on Hormones for Breast Cancer Survivors. Dr. Berkson has a new evergreen course on Everything Hormones with Dr. Brownstein who is also an incredible hormone doctor. https://drlindseyberkson.com https://drlindseyberkson.com/everythinghormones/  My past interview with Dr. Berkson Estrogen Has Been Vindicated! Estrogen HRT & Its Crucial Role in Breast Cancer Prevention with Dr. Lindsey Berkson Dr. Julie Taguchi, M.D., is a renowned hematology oncologist specializing in breast cancer. With a profound understanding of estrogen’s significance in women post-breast cancer treatment, she has dedicated her career to enhancing patient outcomes and quality of life. Co-author of “Sex, Lies and Menopause” and principal investigator for physiologic restoration studies, Dr. Taguchi’s expertise is sought after globally. Her commitment to compassionate care and groundbreaking research continues to shape the landscape of oncology. She is in private practice in California and is taking new patients you can reach her at https://drjulietaguchi.org 
Welcome to Quick Hits: Blasts from The Past. Join Karen as she explores her podcast archives, offering you short, impactful excerpts from standout episodes. In just 15 minutes, you’ll experience the essence of past conversations, packed with valuable insights and memorable moments from our guests. If you want to dive deeper, you’ll find links to the full episodes in the show notes below. Josh and Jeanne Rubin are the founders of EastWest Healing. Josh and Jeanne have taken the concept of “food as medicine” to a whole new level. As pioneers in the area of restoring metabolic health, Josh and Jeanne are revolutionizing nutrition for thyroid health by teaching people how to use food as supplementation to reduce stress and build the most sound foundation for the body to heal. In this episode; what is metabolism and how it relates to the thyroid the difference between functional hypothyroidism and hypothyroidism why you need glucose in the form of healthy carbohydrates for thyroid and metabolic health the causes of metabolic destruction why losing weight doesn’t mean your healthy why carbs are not the enemy and what the real problem is why feeling well on a diet doesn’t always mean your body is thriving on it   https://eastwesthealing.com/  Listen to the full episode here: https://karenmartel.com/how-to-optimize-your-metabolic-health-with-josh-and-jeanne-rubin/  Sponsors Get 15% off any Quicksilver products like their Advanced Push catch system. https://www.quicksilverscientific.com/karen use coupon code KAREN15 for 15% off. Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram
It’s time for another Q&A episode. I’m answering listener questions about bioidentical HRT, the risks associated with oral estrogens, and so much more. Additionally, we'll discuss the Mirena IUD's impact on hormone levels, address concerns about loose skin after weight loss, and weigh the pros and cons of different HRT methods for women experiencing premature ovarian deficiency. I’ll also provide my insight on the role of diet, thyroid function, and even probiotics in managing HRT side effects. In this episode: Why some women experience quick benefits from bioidentical HRT, while others need more adjustments. The risks associated with oral estrogens, especially for those with the factor V genetic variant. Why transdermal estrogen is a safer alternative to oral forms. How the Mirena IUD affects hormone levels and natural progesterone production. The long-term health implications of synthetic progestins, plus strategies for integrating natural bioidentical progesterone. Concerns about loose skin after weight loss, along with solutions like muscle-building exercises. The pros and cons of different HRT methods for women with premature ovarian deficiency. Why achieving therapeutic hormone levels is crucial for protecting against health risks. How to manage weight gain concerns related to HRT, including adjusting dosages and supporting detoxification pathways. The role of diet, thyroid function, and probiotics in managing HRT side effects. Why a balanced intake of carbohydrates is important for metabolic health. The potential influence of COVID-19 and its vaccine on menstrual health. The necessity and effectiveness of probiotics for gut health. Strategies for improving sleep and managing HRT side effects like headaches and hair growth. How to identify the culprit hormone causing weight gain and swelling by adjusting doses. The efficacy of calcium D-glucarate and N-acetylcysteine in managing estrogen-related weight gain. The importance of monitoring hormone levels despite a doctor’s refusal to conduct lab tests. How tirzepatide affects weight loss beyond appetite suppression.   LMNT: Order your LMNT electrolytes today and get a FREE 8 pack of samples! Plus try it risk free, they have a no-questions-asked refund policy – you don’t even have to send it back! www.drinklmnt.com/KarenMartel Timeline is offering 10% off your first order of Mitopure. Go to www.timeline.com/KARENMARTEL and use code HORMONE to get 10% off your order. Apollo https://apolloneuro.com/karen you can get 15% off your apollo wearable. Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram
David Roberts holds a MPH from Johns Hopkins, a Masters in BME from the UVA, and a Bachelors in EE and BME from Duke. David has more than 20 years of public health experience on three continents. In 2014 David cofounded the gut supplement, RESTORE now Ion.   We’re welcoming David on this episode to discuss midlife wellness, focusing on how managing blood sugar and detoxification can significantly impact women navigating menopause. He examines the benefits of berberine and sulforaphane, two powerful supplements that support hormone balance and detoxification. We explore his wife’s inspiring journey in developing a stabilized sulforaphane supplement, discuss the confusion between glucoraphanin and sulforaphane, and examine how these compounds aid in detoxification, brain health, and inflammation reduction. In this episode: Why insulin resistance increases without dietary changes during menopause. How detoxifying heavy metals and hormone byproducts is essential for midlife women. The benefits of berberine and sulforaphane for blood sugar regulation and detoxification. How sulforaphane differs from glucoraphanin and diindolylmethane. David’s wife’s journey from breast cancer to creating a stabilized sulforaphane supplement. The extensive health benefits of sulforaphane, including detoxification, brain health, and inflammation reduction. Why combining sulforaphane and berberine is effective in combating glyphosate’s detrimental effects. How sulforaphane can restore cellular detox mechanisms and improve gut barrier function. Why high-quality supplements are more effective and worth the investment. How berberine helps manage insulin resistance, cholesterol levels, and sleep quality. The connection between berberine and neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. Why sulforaphane is particularly beneficial for reducing menopausal symptoms. The role of sulforaphane in protecting against bone loss by balancing osteoblast activity. How sulforaphane can reverse the suppression of NRF2 levels caused by glyphosate. The significance of gap junctions in communication between cells and wound healing. Get BrocoElite or BerbElite at a special discount here https://mara-labs.com/hormone! Discount applied already when you follow the link. Or get 10% off all other prodcuts including BerbElite with coupon code HORMONE!  Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram
Dr. Kyle Gillett enjoys providing holistic individualized care to his patients. His practice includes preventative medicine, aesthetics, sports medicine, hormone optimization, obstetrics and infertility, integrative medicine, and precision medicine including genomics. He believes that each human is a unique creation that requires attention to their body, mind, and soul. He uses shared decision-making and an evidence-based approach. He firmly believes “food is medicine” and “exercise is medicine”. Dr. Gillett describes the “7 pillars of health”: exercise, diet, sleep, stress, social, sunlight, and spirit. These are more powerful than any medication or supplement. He enjoys spending time outdoors on the farm with his wife, two sons, and two wolfhounds.   Along with Dr. Gillett, we’re examining the complex world of women's hormones today. We’ll be focusing on androgens like testosterone, DHEA, and dihydrotestosterone, and their profound impact on female health. Dr. Gillett provides insights on the role of binding globulins, hormone replacement therapy, and the interplay between insulin and androgens. We also discuss the challenges of menopausal weight gain, the benefits of GLP-1 medications for weight loss, and practical strategies anyone can use for maintaining lean body mass. In this episode: How androgens such as testosterone, DHEA, and dihydrotestosterone affect women's well-being. Why sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) is critical for hormone dynamics and stability. Understanding the impact of thyroid binding globulin and cortisol binding globulin on hormone balance. How hormone replacement therapy (HRT) influences women's bodies, especially regarding androgens. Managing testosterone replacement therapy to avoid virilization symptoms like facial hair and voice changes. The role of DHT blockers in managing androgen-related conditions. How SHBG can be harnessed for overall hormone stability and health benefits. Challenges of menopausal weight gain and how hormonal changes affect body composition. Why integrating proper lifestyle habits is essential alongside GLP-1 medications for effective weight loss. How to maintain lean body mass through hormone therapy and lifestyle changes. How oral contraceptives and other synthetic hormones impact SHBG levels and overall hormone balance. The significance of SHBG levels for individuals on hormone replacement therapy or contraceptives. Exploring different forms of testosterone administration, including subcutaneous and intramuscular injections. How estrogen and progesterone influence testosterone levels through negative feedback inhibition. How poor sleep quality and hormonal changes contribute to menopausal weight gain. The paradoxical effects of hormone replacement therapy on body composition and fat gain. Why high SHBG must be paired with adequate hormone levels to avoid feeling unwell. Discussing the challenges faced when SHBG levels are artificially high due to medication.   Sponsors Timeline is offering 10% off your first order of Mitopure. Go to https://www.timeline.com/KARENMARTEL and use code HORMONE to get 10% off your order. Get 15% off your Apollo wearable at https://apolloneuro.com/karen Get 15% off any Quicksilver products like their Advanced Push catch system. https://www.quicksilverscientific.com/karen use coupon code KAREN15 for 15% off. https://gilletthealth.com/ Social handle @kylegillettmd Podcast Gillett Health Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram
Welcome to Quick Hits: Blasts from The Past. Join Karen as she explores her podcast archives, offering you short, impactful excerpts from standout episodes. In just 15 minutes, you’ll experience the essence of past conversations, packed with valuable insights and memorable moments from our guests. If you want to dive deeper, you’ll find links to the full episodes in the show notes below. When Dr. Mache Seibel’s wife had surgery that threw her into early menopause only months after a study incorrectly reported that estrogen caused breast cancer, her doctors were reluctant to treat her with hormone therapy. He HAD to find out the truth. As a result, Dr. Mache transitioned from one of the leading fertility experts to researching estrogen and menopause. He’s passionate about helping women around the world get the information they need to “figure it out” so they don’t have to “tough it out.” In this episode Why we have to look at menopause differently Early onset menopause Why the results of the Women’s Health Initiative was misinterpreted and what the results really told us. The estrogen window what all women need to know what this is and when it happens Why estrogen could save your life and prevent some of the major killers of women like heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Why estrogen can effect your weight and what replacing it can do for that stubborn belly fat. What happens to your libido and how estrogen is to blame. and more! Listen to the full episode https://karenmartel.com/the-estrogen-fix-with-mache-seibel/ Dr. Mache Seibel https://drmache.com/ Our sponsor today is Sunlighten! Get up to $600 off a sauna by mentioning my coupon code KMHORMONE here. Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram
Today’s I’m getting into the often overlooked and misunderstood topic of midlife sexuality, particularly focusing on our libido and sexual function. I explore the hormonal changes that impact sex drive during menopause and perimenopause, providing advice for enhancing intimacy and connection. I’ll also address common sexual challenges like decreased libido and vaginal dryness, and discuss potential solutions such as hormone replacement therapy, supplements, and medications. In this episode: How understanding natural rhythms can transform midlife sexual wellbeing. Why open communication and education are crucial for healthier relationships and satisfying sex life. How hormonal fluctuations impact female sex drive, particularly estrogen and testosterone levels. Why clitoral stimulation is essential for orgasm, debunking myths around vaginal penetration. How societal norms and media, including pornography, distort perceptions of sexual desire and function. Actionable advice to enhance intimacy and connection in midlife. Why personal anecdotes are valuable for understanding sexual patterns and improving your relationships. How hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle influence libido and social behaviors. What potential solutions, like hormone replacement therapy and supplements, can boost sexual function. Why understanding the cyclical nature of women's libido can foster better partner communication. How to address common midlife sexual challenges like decreased libido and vaginal dryness. What societal pressures and unrealistic expectations from media affect sexual satisfaction. How supplements can support hormonal balance in perimenopausal and menopausal women. How normalizing conversations about sexual desires and experiences strengthens relationships. Why a fulfilling sex life is possible and important in midlife relationships. Common misconceptions about female pleasure that need to be addressed. How stress, poor sleep, and body changes during menopause affect sexual desire. Why therapy and self-care practices are important for emotional wellbeing and sexual health. How understanding and embracing midlife sexuality can lead to a more satisfying sex life.   SponsorsFor a limited time, you can get 15% off Hormone Harmony and on your entire first order at happymammoth.com just use the code KM15 at checkout. Order your LMNT electrolytes today and get a FREE 8 pack of samples! Plus try it risk free, they have a no-questions-asked refund policy – you don’t even have to send it back! https://www.DrinkLMNT.com/KarenMartel Go to https://www.neurohacker.com/HORMONE to try Qualia Senolytic with a 100 day money back guarantee, and code HORMONE will get you 15% off your first order. Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram
Welcome to Quick Hits: Blasts from The Past. Join Karen as she explores her podcast archives, offering you short, impactful excerpts from standout episodes. In just 15 minutes, you’ll experience the essence of past conversations, packed with valuable insights and memorable moments from our guests. If you want to dive deeper, you’ll find links to the full episodes in the show notes below. Dr. Jade Teta is an integrative physician and personal trainer with over 25 years of experience. Dr. Teta has a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a Doctorate in naturopathic medicine, a distinct specialty of medicine focusing on lifestyle approaches to health, fitness and weight loss. In this episode; What is female phase training? How do we as women workout to optimize our hormones and therefore optimize our weight loss? The trap that too many women fall into that is stopping them from losing weight. Why conventional diets and exercise don’t work. How do we work out as a cycling woman compared to a perimenopausal or menopausal woman? The shift that women and men go through and the importance of tuning into that. https://www.jadeteta.com Listen to the full episode here https://karenmartel.com/female-phase-training-with-dr-jade-teta/ Sponsor: Sunlighten Sauna. Get up to $600 off a sauna by mentioning my coupon code KMHORMONE here. Listen to the podcast episode I did "Sweat It Out: Reduce Stress, Chelate Heavy Metals, Lower Inflammation, Build Collagen and MORE Through Infrared Sauna with Vic Riffel." Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram
Lauren Sambataro and Renee Belz grew up in a health-driven family that prioritized the fundamentals of wellness and self-care (don’t worry, there was lots of mac n’ cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!). Their father, Gene Sambataro, The Original Biohacker and pioneer of Holistic Dentistry, taught them the importance of individualization and experimentation from a very young age.   Coming together as health entrepreneurs, Renee a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Holistic Lifestyle Coach with a Master’s degree in Nutrition, and Lauren, a Broadway performer, Corrective Exercise specialist and Functional Health Coach, feel a strong passion and drive to not only share each of their journeys towards wellness, but their strategy and motivation to discover our unique bodies through the world of biohacking.   Their podcast, the Biohacker Babes, aims to create insight into the body’s natural healing abilities, strengthen your intuition, and empower you with techniques and modalities to optimize your health and wellness.   I’m alongside Lauren and Renee to talk about their journey from a health-focused upbringing to becoming prominent figures in the biohacking community. We share lots of actionable tips on personalized health strategies, the transformative benefits of holistic dentistry, and the importance of balancing technology with self-awareness. From cold plunging and microdosing psychedelics to optimizing health during travel, Lauren and Renee share their personal insights and experiences to help you take control of your health and well-being. In this episode: How Lauren and Renee became influential voices in the biohacking community. How their father's work in holistic dentistry shaped their wellness journey. What actionable strategies can help take control of your health. Why heavy metal toxicity impacts overall health, and the importance of mercury detoxification. Why balancing objective data with subjective self-awareness is crucial. How popular biohacking practices like cold plunging and microdosing psychedelics benefit health. Why individual responses to cold plunging vary and the role of personal intuition. Insights about managing inflammation and enhancing mental clarity. How to balance biohacking practices with social and personal happiness. What the transformative benefits of holistic biological dentistry include. How frequency-based devices and PMF mats enhance heart rate variability during travel. Why methylene blue is beneficial for combating jet lag and oxidative stress. How to optimize health through biohacking while traveling. Why microdosing psychedelics can aid in anxiety, depression, and creating new neural pathways. How syncing menstrual cycles with lifestyle choices enhances women's health. Why the Biohacker Babes Podcast is a valuable resource for health optimization tips.   Sponsors Try BEAM Minerals https://www.beamminerals.com/discount/HORMONE Use coupon code HORMONE for 20% off your order. Get 20% off your KION Aminos at https://getkion.com/hormone Visit www.quicksilverscientific.com/karen and use code KAREN15 for 15% off your first purchase of PushCatch® Liver Detox. Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram
Welcome to Quick Hits: Blasts from The Past. Join Karen as she explores her podcast archives, offering you short, impactful excerpts from standout episodes. In just 15 minutes, you'll experience the essence of past conversations, packed with valuable insights and memorable moments from our guests. If you want to dive deeper, you'll find links to the full episodes in the show notes below. Dr. Kylie Burton is a functional medicine specialist who has helped thousands of individuals with seemingly impossible health struggles to find answers, healing, and hope, even if they've been told their labs are normal. In this episode Dr. Kylie Burton teaches you how to interpret our own basic blood work called a CBC panel. Complete Blood Count (CBC) gives important information about the numbers and kinds of cells in the blood, especially red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. A CBC helps your health professional check any symptoms, such as fatigue, weakness, or bruising, that you may have. A CBC also helps your health professional diagnose conditions, such as infection, anemia, and several other disorders. Often times labs can come back looking normal but DR. Kylie will teach you how to spot health problems even though everything is in range. How to detect if there are parasitic infections, viruses, bacteria, food sensitivities, EBV and autoimmune flares. You will want to grab your latest blood work to follow along! https://drkylieburton.com Download full the episode here https://www.karenmartel.com/how-to-detect-possible-health-issues-through-basic-blood-work-with-dr-kylie-burton/  Contact us @Jessica @karenmartel.com to get your own lab panel ordered! We can prescribe in every state, B.C. and Alberta! Order your own bioidentical hormone creams from our store without a prescription at https://karenmartel.com/shop  Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram
Christopher Shade, PhD, founder and CEO of Quicksilver Scientific, continues to be the driving force of development and innovation. Dr. Shade’s vast depth and breadth of knowledge, passion for healing, and intuitive understanding of chemistry and biology are reflected in Quicksilver Scientific’s well-designed detoxification protocols, unique supplement delivery systems, and patented mercury speciation test.   Dr. Shade is a recognized expert on mercury and liposomal delivery systems. He has lectured and trained doctors in the U.S. and internationally on the subject of mercury, heavy metals, and the human detoxification system. Dr. Shade's current focus is on the development of cutting-edge, lipid-based delivery systems for nutraceuticals, such as liposomes and micro-emulsion systems, to address the growing need of high quality, affordable detoxification solutions.   We’ll talk with Dr. Shade in this episode about his revolutionary work with nanoparticle-based hormone formulations and how they've transformed the landscape of hormonal health. Dr. Shade also explains the delicate relationship between hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, and the body's detox pathways. We hear about the dangers of heavy metals such as mercury and cadmium on health, critiquing traditional heavy metal chelation methods and exploring more effective modern protocols.   In this episode: How Dr. Chris Shade's personal experience of seeing women with perimenopause influenced his focus on hormone therapy. Why nanoparticle-based hormone formulations revolutionize hormonal health and detoxification. Why nanoparticle delivery systems offer smoother detoxification and fewer side effects. How progesterone's effects on GABA receptors can promote calmness and relaxation. Why heavy metals like mercury, cadmium, and arsenic impact anxiety, fatigue, and thyroid function. How traditional chelation methods compare to modern protocols like EDTA and glutathione. Why ongoing detox efforts are crucial, especially for conditions like Lyme disease and insulin resistance. How high doses of lipoic acid can disrupt metal balance and glutathione levels. Why Dr. Shade dislikes Andy Cutler's chelation protocol and its impact on patients. How substances like cilantro and chlorella vary in effectiveness for natural chelation. What role heavy metals in vaccines may play in the development of autism. Why administering vaccines individually and during good health is important. Why hormone optimization is vital before starting detox treatments. How heavy metals like lead and cadmium can contribute to insulin resistance and hormone dysfunction. How environmental toxins and xenoestrogens may be linked to the rise of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).   Sponsors Visit www.quicksilverscientific.com/karen and use code KAREN15 for 15% off your first purchase of PushCatch® Liver Detox. Join me in experiencing the refreshing taste and benefits of LMNT – it’s the perfect way to fuel your body and support your active lifestyle. Get your free 8 pack sample of LMNT here: https://DrinkLMNT.com/KarenMartel Apollo Neuro https://apolloneuro.com/karen you can get 15% off your apollo wearable. Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram
Welcome to Quick Hits: Blasts from The Past where Karen dives into the treasure trove of her podcast archives to bring you bite-sized gems from some of her best episodes. In just 15 minutes, she'll whisk you away on a nostalgic journey through the highlights of her past conversations, giving you a taste of the wisdom, insights, and laughs shared by our incredible guests. Don't worry if you find yourself craving more; we've got you covered with a link to the full episode below in our show notes. Learn about the different hormone imbalances that could be driving your sugar addiction. How to identify and test for them. How each of these hormones can interact with each other. Plus my favorite tips and tricks on how to balance these pesky hormones and drive down sugar cravings. Listen to the full episode here: https://karenmartel.com/sugarhormones/ Sponsors Visit www.quicksilverscientific.com/karen and use code KAREN15 for 15% off your first purchase of PushCatch® Liver Detox. Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram
Today, let’s talk about the correlation between hormone replacement therapy and weight gain, partially inspired by my own unexpected weight gain after starting testosterone therapy. We’ll examine the roles of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, examining how they can lead to both weight loss and gain, influenced by genetics and metabolism. While referencing clinical experience and research, we also discuss personalized HRT, the importance of liver health, and the impact of diet and xenoestrogens. In this episode: How hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can lead to unexpected weight gain, despite its weight loss associations. Why progesterone's impact on thyroid function and metabolism can lead to weight changes during HRT. How testosterone replacement in women may cause weight gain due to genetic predispositions. Why estrogen replacement therapy sometimes results in initial weight gain in postmenopausal women. How liver health and metabolism optimization can mitigate weight gain during HRT. The influence of diet, alcohol consumption, and xenoestrogens on hormone balance. How estrogen affects body composition through receptor sensitivity. Why understanding the signs of hormone-related weight gain can aid in identifying hormonal imbalances. How excessive progesterone can lead to weight gain, water retention, and mood changes. Why testosterone therapy research is limited for women, but suggests it can aid in muscle maintenance. How estrogen alone may improve lipid profiles and reduce centralized body fat in postmenopausal women. Why adding testosterone to estrogen therapy can shift body composition toward increased lean mass. How estradiol prevents visceral fat storage and impacts hunger regulation and insulin sensitivity.   Todays show is sponsored by: Eight Sleep Go to www.eightsleep.com/hormone and get $200 off plus free shipping on the Pod Cover by Eight Sleep. Use coupon code HORMONE. Bioptimizers Sleep Breakthrough https://bioptimizers.com/hormone Get 10% of your purchase with coupon code HORMONE. Visit www.quicksilverscientific.com/karen and use code KAREN15 for 10% off your first purchase of PushCatch® Liver Detox. Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram
Welcome to Quick Hits: Blasts from The Past where Karen dives into the treasure trove of her podcast archives to bring you bite-sized gems from some of her best episodes. In just 15 minutes, she'll whisk you away on a nostalgic journey through the highlights of her past conversations, giving you a taste of the wisdom, insights, and laughs shared by our incredible guests. Don't worry if you find yourself craving more; we've got you covered with a link to the full episode below in our show notes. Are you using the birth control pill to stop heavy bleeding? Stop acne? Regulate your period? 50% of birth control contraception is prescribed now for ailments other than for preventing pregnancies. In this episode, I speak with a leading advocate for women’s health Dr. Jolene Brighton. Jolene shares with us what the detrimental side effects are for women taking the birth control pill. What the root causes and solutions can be for heavy bleeding and acne. Plus how to come off birth control safely and how to detox yourself from the harmful chemicals that are in birth control. http://www.drbrighten.com/ Listen to the full episode here: https://karenmartel.com/beyond-the-pill-with-dr-jolene-brighten/ Try my new OTC Hormone Creams and get 10% off your order with coupon code "customer10" Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram
James O'Hara is a family nurse practitioner who utilizes a utilizes an integrative approach to health which combines lifestyle interventions, appropriate supplementation, and medications when indicated to empower patients to feel better and live longer, healthier lives.   Today we’re speaking with James about testosterone replacement for women plus the benefits and drawbacks that come along with it, particularly during the transformative stages of perimenopause and menopause. We’ll talk about how testosterone and other hormones play a role not just in sexual desire, but also mood, energy, and cognitive functions. From sleep patterns to genetic predispositions, we explore how to address different health concerns while also recognizing the importance of prescription medications and the power of lifestyle changes.   In this episode: Why testosterone therapy can both boost libido and cause hair thinning in women. How hormonal balances involving testosterone, estradiol, dopamine, and progesterone impact sexual health. Why androgens like testosterone and DHT enhance libido through increased dopamine. How women's sensitivity to androgens influences their response to testosterone therapies. Why natural and pharmaceutical 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors manage DHT levels. How cardiovascular health and blood flow play crucial roles in sexual wellness for women. Why supplements like citrulline can improve sexual function. How peptides like PT-141 and Melanotan affect sex drive and overall health. Why the melanocortin receptors link sunlight exposure to sexual drive. How early-onset baldness in women can relate to genetics, stress, and hormonal changes. Why ferritin levels and thyroid function are vital for hair growth. How treatments like dutasteride and oral minoxidil offer solutions for hair loss. Why patience is essential when using medications for hair loss, and side effects to consider. How different treatments, like herbal DHT blockers and copper peptides, aid hair health. Why bridging functional and conventional medicine creates personalized health plans. How integrating lifestyle changes with prescription medications optimizes treatment approaches.   Work with James https://www.gilletthealth.com Sponsors Go to www.neurohacker.com/HORMONE to try Qualia Senolytic with a 100 day money back guarantee, and code HORMONE will get you 15% off your first order. Join me in experiencing the refreshing taste and benefits of LMNT – it’s the perfect way to fuel your body and support your active lifestyle. Get your free 8 pack sample of LMNT here: http://DrinkLMNT.com/KarenMartel Visit www.quicksilverscientific.com/karen and use code KAREN15 for 15% off your first purchase of PushCatch® Liver Detox. Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram
Back in 2019, I made a startling discovery—I was filled with heavy metals. This prompted me on a relentless quest to find the safest and most effective way to detoxify my body. After extensive research, I found that one of the safest methods for heavy metal detoxification is through the use of infrared saunas. After years of trying various chelation protocols, I decided to invest in a Sunlighten Infrared sauna. In today's episode, I'm thrilled to welcome Vic Riffel from Sunlighten to delve into the world of infrared saunas. The benefits extend far beyond detoxification, and this episode is packed with invaluable information that everyone should know. We'll discuss the differences between traditional saunas and infrared saunas, the science behind infrared wavelengths (mid, near, and far), the added benefits of red light therapy, techniques to optimize sweating, and how to maximize the benefits of sauna sessions. From blood sugar control to reducing inflammation and boosting collagen production, infrared sauna therapy can truly revolutionize your health. Vic Riffel, is a central figure on the Partner Team at Sunlighten, a leading producer of infrared saunas. Deeply connected to health and wellness, Vic leads initiatives that widen access to infrared therapy and facilitate collaborations with top wellness experts. These partnerships highlight the significant health benefits of infrared therapy and foster a holistic approach to wellness, delivering expert insights directly to consumers. Beyond work, Vic is dedicated to supporting generational health changes, actively championing projects as a board member of Small Changes Big Shifts to promote whole-person health. If you are inertested in your own Sunlighten sauna get up to $600 off your unit with coupon code: KMHORMONE (percentage off depends on which unit you purchase.) Sunlighten Sauna  Interested in joining our NEW Peptide Weight Loss Program? Join today and get the details here. Join our Women's Group Coaching Program OnTrack TODAY! Karen Martel, Certified Hormone Specialist & Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert. Visit https://karenmartel.com/ Karen's Facebook Karen's Instagram
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Denial Brown

Thanks for the podcasts, often tips in simplicity. Eating eggs can provide many benefits, including helping you lose weight. Research shows that replacing your breakfast cereal with eggs can help you eat fewer calories over the next 36 hours, as well as lose more weight and fat. Also, sports supplements like https://www.amazon.in/Prorganiq-L-Carnitine-Fat-Burning-Supplement-Bodybuilders/dp/B0BBXSS36X can be very effective

Nov 15th
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Suzanne Douglas

This was so helpful, Karen! I listened as I walked back and forth on my terrace in complete lockdown here in Spain. Love the tips on lowering stress.

Apr 21st
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