As I neared age 50, I decided that I was going to feel and look the absolute best I ever had. Afterall, I am raising a young daughter and there is so much fun yet to be had! How about you? Would you like to feel younger again? Would you like to be the very best version of yourself?
With most women, it’s a matter of correcting hormonal imbalances as we get older. In my new book, The Hormone Fix, I show you how to have more control over aging that you ever imagined – simply by turning on your “youth hormones” and doing it naturally.
My family history is significant for heart disease. In fact, my dear mother at age 52 struggled for years and underwent cardiac bypass surgery… and it was even more strugtgles from there. Well, that’s my age now! The small things we do can have huge impacts.
For background, more than 150 hormones run through your body. They act as chemical messengers, orchestrating an intricate symphony of messages telling your organs what your brain wants them to do. Hormones are really exciting because they influence many bodily functions, and one of them is aging.
So what are the “youth hormones” I talk about in The Hormone Fix? Here’s a brief look at five of the most common:
Insulin. Along with cortisol and oxytocin, insulin is one of your master hormones. When all three are at normal levels, other hormones in your body fall into line too. Insulin, by itself, is a youth hormone when in balance. High levels of insulin from eating too much sugary can speed up wrinkling of the skin – the biggest sign of premature aging. Simply stop indulging in these foods, and you’ll help prevent your skin from wrinkling.
Oxytocin. My favorite hormone, oxytocin is the hormone of love, bonding, and connection, released during sex, orgasms, cuddling, and childbirth. The reason this wonderful hormone is anti-aging is that it increases cellular regeneration and health, plus prevents germs from invading cells. It also counters the surge of cortisol – a pro-aging hormone. In excess levels, cortisol ages our skin cells by damaging collagen, one of the proteins that keeps our skin firm. Too much cortisol is public enemy number-one when it comes to dull, thin, and sagging skin.
DHEA. Created by the adrenal glands, DHEA is transformed into estrogen and testosterone. It’s produced naturally in large quantities up until the age of 30, but then drops like a rock. By age 70, we synthesize only about 10 percent to 20 percent of our youthful levels of DHEA. Optimal levels are associated with protection against cardiovascular disease and cancer, decreased risk of osteoporosis, healthier bones and immune system, better memory, and better sexual function. DHEA also increases the production of collagen, making your skin appear smoother and younger looking.
Estrogen. Produced by the ovaries, estrogen is our chief female hormone. It plays an important role in postponing age-related diseases, such as heart disease and osteoporosis. As estrogen dips, less collagen and elastin (the skin-firming proteins) are produced, and wrinkles set in. Estrogen also helps skin stay moist by boosting hyaluronic acid. Simple dietary changes can also help support youthful estrogen levels. For example: Eating vegetables like broccoli and Brussels sprouts —they contain indols, compounds that are essential to healthy estrogen balance.
There's lot information to suggest that repletion of these hormones and others to more youthful levels can postpone, even reverse, many signs of aging – and I give you that info in The Hormone Fix so you can look and feel better and younger. In this breakthrough new book, you’ll learn so many strategies for turning back the clock. Here’s a preview of coming attractions:
- Eat Keto-Green. When you follow my exclusive Keto-Green Diet – a combination of eating keto and going alkaline, you’ll discover a true “fountain of youth.” It avoids high-sugar foods and carbs in favor of healthy proteins, good fats, and alkalizing veggies – all of which put your master hormones – insulin, cortisol, and oxytocin in youth-sustaining balance. Because it also supplies adequate protein, the diet helps boost growth hormone, another rejuvenating hormone.
- Drink Bone Broth. In The Hormone Fix, you’ll learn how to make bone (or vegetable) broth. It is alkalinizing, full of hormone-balancing minerals, and supportive of youth hormones and overall health. Consuming this amazing broth is a miracle worker for skin because it contains healing proteins such as collagen, proline, and glycine – thereby keeping your skin supple, resilient, smooth, and taut. This broth also helps with digestion, joint function, immunity, skin and virtually every other function in the body.
- Substitute Unhealthy Carbs for Healthy Fats. The “right” fats help with hormone balance, keep you feeling energetic, and support youth hormone production. For a long time we’ve been told to be wary of fat, and thus we slashed fat in favor of carbs. I believe this unfortunate low-fat movement contributed to the hormonal challenges we women face today. While following my Keto-Green Diet, healthy fats to eat are avocados, egg yolks, homemade mayo, Hollandaise sauce, nuts, olives, olive oil, coconut oil, MCT oil, grass-fed butter or ghee (on vegetables and meat and in soups) and homemade salad dressings. If you’ve never made homemade salad dressing before, don’t panic!
My 4-ingredient Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette recipe is super easy to follow. I’ve been making this since I was a young girl and it is so yummy and good for you. It makes everything taste better! You can put it on salads, sandwiches, chicken, and fish.
DR. ANNA’ S LEMON GARLIC VINAIGRETTE
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- The first option is the method I use: With a mortar and pestle, mash the salt and garlic till the garlic is emulsified. Then add the lemon juice and olive oil and stir well. Taste to see if more salt, lemon juice, or EVOO is needed, and adjust accordingly. Make extra and refrigerate.
- The second option is to place all ingredients except the oil in a blender or small food processor and puree until smooth. Pour the mixture into a bowl, then add the olive oil and whisk until emulsified.
I have so much more information to share with you on staying youthful in The Hormone Fix – like bioidentical hormones, evening rituals, anti-gravity exercises, and other lifestyle tips to ramp up the production of your “fountain of youth” hormones. My new book contains all of my best anti-aging secrets for women, and I can’t wait for you do read it – and start getting sexy, shapely, and younger now. Pre-order your copy of The Hormone Fix today. It’s not too late to look and feel younger for life!
P.S. To boost DHEA, I often recommend supplementation (it’s available over the counter.)
Before supplementing with oral DHEA, however, have your levels tested. If your DHEA-S (not DHEA) level is low (under 120 µg/dL), I recommend beginning treatment with 5 milligrams of DHEA per day and slowly working up to what feels like an optimal level to you (usually not above 15 milligrams). Your physician should be able to help you adjust your dosage. Alternatively, you can use my Julva® antiaging cream formulated for delicate skin!