S2E47 - Enjoy Symptom-Free Periods Now



Show Summary: 

"Women have been lied to over and over again. It's common to assume that period symptoms are normal because everybody has them. But imagine a life where you're no longer planning around your monthly cycle. You're not falling apart, your energy is consistent, and your mood is good and stable."


Most women expect a dreadful Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) every month. Nausea, cramping, and migraines are just a few symptoms that female adolescents expect, and there's no other way to deal but through pain relievers and birth control pills.


Suffering from dramatic periods as an adolescent, she is unwilling to accept conventional medicine as the final solution. Yet, without a logical explanation from her doctor, she refused to believe this was her fate.


Our guest, Dr. Annie Savage, is a naturopathic physician trained in female hormones, functional endocrinology, and bio-identical hormone therapy. For her, symptom-free periods are possible as long as the four pillars of hormone health are in place. And through her profession and TikTok presence, she continues to educate and bust myths about women's health and monthly cycles.


Enjoy life with balanced hormones. Listen to Episode 47 of the Gutsy Health Podcast to learn more!


Exceptional Highlights:

  • Birth control pills have health ramifications, such as higher chances of breast cancer and decreased microbiome, which is crucial for gut health.
  • In general, doctors are not holistic nutritionists. Their expertise lies in prescribing the drugs or medicines that help relieve a symptom.
  • The liver metabolizes excess estrogen as solid waste. But when bad estrogen rises due to inflammation, indigestion and constipation clog our system. This literal toxic cycle is the root cause of numerous diseases.


Show Highlights:


Hormone imbalances can cause you to feel like a different person.

Dr. Annie Savage 09:40

  • Prescribed birth control pills lower your testosterone, impacting your mood, libido, and energy levels.


Starting her naturopathic practice with Girls' Nights 

Dr. Annie Savage 18:11

  • Together with her Canadian partner, they entered the women's health space through Girls Nights in Vancouver. Sharing firsthand experiences, they provided appetizers to stir conversations and offered different treatment options for hormones, gut health, and skin.


Toxic load mostly comes from cosmetics, cleaning, and body care products. 

Dr. Annie Savage 28:25

  • Women put on five pounds of toxins per year. Marketing pushes chemical products for the hair and face, and many forget that the skin absorbs these easily. 


DUTCH (Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones) method explained

Dr. Annie Savage 34:43

  • Extracting metabolites that measure estrogen forms and wastes, saliva, or urine, is ideal for hormone testing. It helps us see how much estrogen goes to the liver and the support needed for bio-identical hormones.


Mainstream medicine's lack of holistic perspective

Dr. Annie Savage 41:27

  • The mainstream medical system says, "Ignore your body. This drug covers up what's going on. Don't worry, and it's all good." On the flip side, functional medicine, naturopathic doctors, and holistic nutritionists focus on physiology, biochemistry, and addressing vitamin and mineral deficiencies.


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