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How to balance hormones

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How to balance hormones

Here’s how to balance hormones. Female sex hormone levels drop up to 90% during the ageing process. How to balance hormones as we age starts with recognising symptoms of hormone imbalance. We go through this here too. When we’re not feeling our normal self we use functional tests to make sure we have the right hormone reset diet as well as any supporting treatment options available.

How to use the pill

The pill is used by 3.5 mil in the UK currently – roughly one in three women of reproductive age. So are we using The Pill for birth control now more than ever? This figure is over 10 mil women in the US.
The oral contraceptive is particularly popular in the 18 to 30 age group. Usage of the Pill declines sharply after the age of 35.

Are women destined to suffer? Suffering from mood wings, muscle loss, poor sleep, memory difficulties, sexual problems? PMS, menopausal symptoms and other problems are all signs of female hormone imbalance.

This is manageable. Not the result of mutant genes destroying our sexual vitality as we age. At Susannah Makram Clinics we focus on what’s creating these imbalances – and mange the underlying problem In The Four Phases. 

Modern medicine

The Pill

With gum disease existing in nearly half of this population, research investigating the relationship between the pill and gum disease provides us with a timely warning.
We need to consider the impact that oral contraception may have – not only on our dental health – but in terms of overall female hormone imbalance.

Side Effects of Birth control

Side Effects of Birth control

How to balance hormones

Birth Control Pills

Do birth control pills invariably lead to a female hormone imbalance? Let’s start at the start!
Research into the birth control pill’s effect on the mouth shows altered levels of salivary proteins and immune function.
This immunity acts as the mouth’s protection mechanisms against disease.
So when this immunity is lowered it can allow bad bacteria, housed in plaque on the surface of teeth and gums, to increase inflammation of the gingival tissues.
This is especially the case when bad bacteria are not removed properly by brushing and flossing. Hormonal changes that occur whilst taking the birth control pill also alter the blood supply to the gum tissues. This results in an increased inflammatory response to the presence of dental plaque.

Because gum disease doesn’t stop at your mouth, having regular dental health checks are advisable. Gum disease has known links to wider health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, that are well established.

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Research has shown that taking the birth control pill or combined oral contraceptives for 12 months or more can increase your susceptibility to gum disease. However, this depends on the condition being present in the first place. So if you’re looking after your dental hygiene well, you most likely won’t be affected by the increased risk that the pill may introduce.

Take home advice. Have a complete dental check-up and notify your dentist that you’re considering commencing the pill. Consult with your GP on the risks and side effects of different contraception pills. If you’re diagnosed with gingivitis or gum disease, you may want to post-pone commencing the pill until your disease levels are under control. Maintain diligent oral hygiene in order to keep your gum health in top shape, with regular 6-month dental check ups.

Female hormone imbalance

Hormone imbalance –our body’s internal rhythmic responses to external stressors. When we talk about female hormone imbalance we are referring to sex hormones. These have the general role in the body of growth and reproduction. In particular, the female sex hormones oestrogen and progestin are known to influence physiological outcomes like libido, fatigue, hair loss, mood levels and brittle bones. Due to this influence on the body’s processes, it’s well known that possible side effects and risks of taking the birth control pill, which alters these hormones, can include chronic diseases. An in-depth look at side effects of the pill is here.  Hormone imbalance symptoms can stem from such chronic diseases as heart disease, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer.

Female hormone imbalance

How to balance hormones

Why do female sex hormone levels drop up to 90% during the ageing process?

Hormone imbalance symptoms

Functional nutrition is powerful through its holistic approach. Personalised nutrition aims to achieve the highest expression of individual health, so while this is a list of symptoms, we should only look at the surface. We might ask yourself if the following plague us and if we want to do something about it.

We may have a mild or moderate or severe female hormone imbalance. So, this is only a guide. For example, the more of these health concerns or issues you are experiencing, the more you might be looking at a female home imbalance that is treatable using the right personalised nutrition.

PMS symtoms

Premenstrual syndrome. Premenstrual food cravings (especially sugar or salt). Premenstrual migraines. Monthly weight fluctuation. Oedema, swelling, puffiness, or water retention, bloated, headaches, mood swings. Tender, enlarged breasts.
Feel depressed or unable to cope with ordinary demands.
Timely backache, back pain joint or muscle pain.
Irregular cycles, heavy bleeding, or light bleeding.
Experiencing infertility.
I use birth-control pills or other hormones.
Breast cysts or lumps or fibrocystic breasts. A family history of breast, ovarian, or uterine cancer.
Uterine fibroids.
Anxiety, night sweats, hot flashes or insomnia. Heart palpitations.
Lowered sex drive.
I have dry skin, hair, and/ or vagina.
Noticing changes in memory or concentration.
Bloating or belly fat weight gain. Facial hair.

Symptoms peri menopause

Symptoms peri menopause. Hot flashes, mood swings, headaches, irregular cycles, heavy bleeding, fluid retention, breast tenderness, vaginal dryness, brain fog, muscle and joint pain, low sex drive, weight gain.


Pregnancy Tips

We’re all trying to keep our bodies fit and toned. We all want a good sex life. Sometimes the best we can hope for is a sex drive. However, there comes a time when we start to think about the possibility of starting a family. Starting a family or adding to our small family. We might only be thinking about it but the thoughts are inevitable.

fertility nutrition

fertility nutrition


So, it is that we ask how our modern lifestyle – our environment and the choices we’re making are going to impact our fertility journey. Does it stop at our choices? 

Fertility nutrition is a lifestyle. Your fertility journey isn’t the same as every other couple. Susannah sees mothers who want to add to their beautiful and healthy family. She sees couples who’ve been through fertility testing and fertility treatment. This includes Assisted Reproductive Technology ART -most commonly IVFSusannah sees couples who place value on a holistic and natural approach. Balance within our bodies helps create the right environment to step into our life’s journey.


Trying To Get Pregnant

Trying To Get Pregnant

Being present in that health journey means offering functional and practical advice. Being relaxed is one of the things couples trying for a baby hear constantly. It’s also one of least helpful pregnancy tips!

Trying to get pregnant

Susannah answers readers and couples’  questions on fertility. Couples trying to get pregnant ask pertinent lifestyle questions. Wanting for a healthy pregnancy journey starts with questions. From ovulation to birth control to the most effective sex positions to “fertility windows”.

Getting pregnant can prove to be a minefield of facts, fads and questions. They can send our stress levels through the roof.  Ironically this can do more harm than good when it comes to improving chances of conception.

To help clear the confusion, Get The Gloss asked Naturopath and fertility nutrition expert Susannah Makram for her top tips for getting pregnant. Whether you are wondering when you are most fertile or how to work out the inner workings of your ovulation cycle, here are Susannah’s 15 key tips to bear in mind should you be on the path to pregnancy.

We spend our whole lives taking take of our body for us. Suddenly we consider another journey for this amazing biological wonder. It’s a life change that’s changing us and challenging us in different ways in modern times.

Read the full article here

Genetics of Stubborn Belly Fat

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Belly Fat Stubborn 

At Susannah Makram Clinics we test for 13 genes impacting metabolism and exercise. Isn’t it frustrating exercising and dieting but never losing weight – the stubborn belly fat?

Healthy weight loss requires knowledge found in our GENES.
This DNA test provides specific information regarding fat distribution so we can burn stubborn belly fat with the right changes to our diet,

Stubborn body fat and body mass index BMI in particular have genes or SNPs we’re interested in. Do they hold the key to your successful healthy weight loss?

Let’s not waste more time on the wrong diet. In fact, stop dieting. These genes all meet stringent criteria for utility in genetic screening tests. Start losing stubborn fat like belly fat.

Fat Gene

Fat Gene


Lose Belly Fat

What’s the right percentage of carbs, fat, protein for us to lose weight?

What genetics are involved to get rid of stubborn belly fat?

Your test results may tell you the personalised answers you need to achieve your healthy weight loss goals.

All genes tested meet the following stringent criteria for utility in genetic screening tests:

Fat Gene

Fat Gene

  • Have proven biological function. Many of the genetic variations in the test panel produce a change in the amino acid structure of the protein and change theactivity of the protein. Other variations in the panel affect transcription factors in DNA-based communications.
  • Have a plausible biological role in weight management. For example, some of the gene variations produce a change in the amount of fat absorbed from a meal or alter carbohydrate metabolism that has a direct correlation to stubborn belly fat.
  • Have evidence from clinical studies, that individuals with different genotypes have a differential response to either certain diets or different levels of physical activity.

Weight Loss

Weight Management Genetic Testing has been all over the news in the US – The Today ShowThe Wall Street JournalCBS Morning News – In America they are calling it personalised medicine

We are calling it boundary breaking functional medicine at Susannah Makram Clinics because we know who this test will work for and why so there is no time wasting and false hope

The DNA test for healthy weight loss

Fat Gene

Fat Gene

  • Genetic testing

    Who is the right candidate? Find out here

Safe, clinical, practical and effective.

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