Have you ever considered a more holistic approach to learning the needs of your body? In today’s episode we learn how a naturopathic doctor blends science with natural therapies, to look at patients through a holistic lens. Our guest, Dr. Steffe teaches us the importance of getting to the root of why you may be feeling unwell. She has a deep passion for teaching all women how to understand our bodies on a deeper level. We also discover the connection between our hormones and menstrual cycles as it relates to our overall health. Stay tuned for an episode you won’t want to miss!
- Live Well Tip of the Week: Take the time to learn your body! It’s important to ask yourself how well do you really know your body? Can you pinpoint why you may be experiencing a headache, upset stomach, or why you just aren't feeling the best? These are all reasons why it is important to learn & know your body from a deeper level.
- A Quote from Our Guest: “A naturopathic doctor is a doctor who looks at the root cause of why you aren't feeling well, instead of offering medications that hide the symptoms.” ~ Dr. Steffe
8 Key Takeaways You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- A naturopathic doctor is a doctor who looks at the root cause of why you aren't feeling well, instead of offering medications that hide symptoms. They typically use natural therapies and modern science with little to no pharmaceuticals. Herbal medicine is typically prescribed. It's important to look at hormonal imbalance from a holistic viewpoint because it helps you to pinpoint the root cause of what is happening within your body, and helps you to make the necessary changes to truly get better.
- A naturopath provides testing to get to the root issue. Then, they will look at natural approaches in order to make the necessary adjustments. These approaches may include observing your dietary habits and even your stress levels.
- Having both a medical doctor and a naturopath doctor can be very essential because they both can play critical roles in helping you discover what your body needs.
- PCOS symptoms typically include irregular periods or showing signs of having high testosterone. Symptoms of high testosterone include darker, coarser hair in areas where women typically don't. Also cystic acne.
- PCOS can be commonly misdiagnosed by medical doctors. You also don't have to have cysts on your ovaries to experience PCOS.
- Some traditional medical treatments (from a medical doctor) may include placing a patient on birth control to help them have regular periods. This does not fix the problem. This is actually hiding what is truly going on. Another commonly prescribed treatment is Metformin.
- With PCOS, the root cause is typically insulin resistance. Meaning your insulin and blood sugar may be high. It’s important to ask your doctor for blood work and to get imaging done (ex: an ultrasound).
- When you find a naturopathic doctor, you want to make sure they are certified. You can also look into making a virtual appointment with a naturopathic doctor. Be prepared to keep an open mind with your naturopathic doctor as they teach you new things that can benefit your body's health.