Keys to Hormone Balance for Health & Happiness

Keys to Hormone Balance for Health & Happiness

February 9, 2020 3 By Jose Scott


– I am very happy to
present this creative, I call it the Elevated Conscious Program, featuring leading voices or talents within the health and wellness and
mindful living industry. And these talents are all just basically giving you an opportunity to, or options to live a
more well-balanced life, and giving you the most information to make conscious options,
conscious choices I should say. So on that note, I would
like to present Sage Dammers, the amazing CEO of Addictive Wellness. He has been so kind to, they have, AnnaBlanca
is the business partner and wonderful partner-in-crime. – Absolutely. – Yeah, and they’re, Sage
Dammers has dedicated his life to helping people to live the
ultimate life, I would say. – Thank you. – And the chocolates are amazing. They also make amazing elixirs. He is the most knowledgeable
person when it comes to amazing herbs and
hormonally-balancing goodies. So, dig into the amazing chocolate and you should also try his elixirs if they are speaking to you. And you can get them in any health store. I don’t know how you did that, but any, any health store. – Lots of phone calls. – I know. Any health store you can go and try it. But with no further ado,
here’s Sage Dammers. – Thank you, Anna. (audience clapping) So, thank you, Anna, for having us here. And thank you everybody at Neuehouse for making this possible. It’s so exciting to be here with you all. Thank you to everybody here for showing up and making this what’s
gonna be such a fun day. So, we’re going to be
talking about hormone health, and this is something that
I am so passionate about. And if we could, there we go. So, with hormones, they
control everything. Hormones are like the master
switches for your health. In the same way that you may
have heard of epigenetics, and the way what we do
and how you live controls so many elements of how your
genes express themselves, hormones are like these master
switches on your health. You can be doing lots of stuff, right, on a lower level, but if
you haven’t sorted out your hormone health and
really focused on that, it’s gonna be hard to really achieve what is your ultimate state of health. There’s gonna be kind of a ceiling that you can’t break through if you haven’t sorted out your hormones. And if you’re maybe trying to live the healthiest life you can but still maybe doing some things
that are really interfering with that hormone health. So, when we get onto the healthy hormones, it can transform so many
things in your life. Not just your blood test when you actually go to
get your hormones tested, but it’s something you’re
gonna notice every single day. It’s gonna affect how you
feel, how you see yourself, how you interact with others,
how you deal with stress, how you are in a relationship, the kind of people you’re attracted to. It’s just so incredibly impactful, and so that’s why I’m really excited to share all this with you guys. So the number one enemy to
healthy hormones is stress. Now, why is this? We have these two things sitting on our kidneys called the adrenals. And they are responsible for making sure you don’t die, basically. (audience laughing) So, in the old days, you
would have some lethal threat. You would come across a tiger, and you would have to run away. And what would get you to be
able to run away super fast is some cortisol and adrenaline. Now, you would have physical activity right after that cortisol experience. And that would burn through the cortisol and bring you back to a state of balance. And then you would just have a non-stressful life after that. We’d have a quick, quick
blip of cortisol, survive, go back to homeostasis, back to balance. Nowadays though, we are in
this perpetual state of stress, constantly, constantly secreting cortisol. And just pushing our adrenal
over and over and over. Whether it’s working too hard or worrying about all kinds
of things in our life, or not sleeping enough, or living an unhealthy
lifestyle or eating bad foods. You’re living on a cortisol
push to keep you going. Now, why is that a problem if you wanna be really hormonally healthy? In your hormone factory, if you’re making cortisol, you’re not making anything else. Because imagine, think about it from the perspective of
the evolutionary biology. If your prerogative is to survive, your hormone system is gonna
shut down everything else. It’s like you have a factory
that’s producing hormones and the boss calls on down
to the workers from up high and says, “Guys, there
is a friggin’ tiger! “Stop everything! “Make more cortisol!” And that’s why we’re here today. That’s why humans didn’t go extinct. So, that’s what kept us alive, but now it’s causing us a lot of problems because as we go through life, and we’re super stressed all the time, your body shuts down everything else. It shuts down detoxification and shuts down production of
all these healthy hormones. So, while it may have been in the interest of immediate survival, this constant cortisol
production is not in the interest of our real vitality and real longevity. So the other thing that’s
really important to understand is men and women are very
different hormonally. If you try to balance a woman’s hormones in the same way you would balance a man, it’s gonna get weird. (audience laughing) And like, men, so here’s the thing. We’re talking about
decreasing stress, right? So men need testosterone
to decrease stress. That is a man’s chill pill. For a woman, she needs oxytocin. Different things for different genders. The way this works is, for a guy, you’ve probably all experienced this. If a guy is having a hard day, and you, as women, wanna
talk to him about it, right? He comes home, he’s
stressed, you wanna talk. How does he feel about that? (audience laughing) Not interested, right? Okay, because what makes
a man’s testosterone go up is physical activity, problem
solving, and then resting. It’s this cycle of action and rest. So he’s been at work all day
achieving and problem solving. He wants to come home and sit
in front of the TV and rest. Both of those things are
making his testosterone go up. It’s that cycle of activity and rest. And that brings down his stress,
brings down his cortisol, and brings up his testosterone. Now on the other hand, women,
when you’re having a problem what do you wanna do? You don’t wanna not talk about it. You want to? – [Audience] Talk about it. – Talk about it. Do you wanna be given a solution, and think about it strategically? No. (audience laughing) You just wanna talk about it. Explore it from all the
different sides, emotions, what was that person thinking, what was I thinking, what’s gonna happen, what should I have done,
what would you do, right? It’s different. And you know what that
kind of conversation does? Builds oxytocin, ’cause
you’re trying to find somebody to empathize with you, make you feel cared for, supported, and that is something that a man can do. And a woman can be
there to support her man in building his testosterone. Now you have to be a little bit mindful and just realize going
into your relationship, or future relationships,
that what is good for you is not necessarily good
for the other person. So you have to work on
finding the happy balance. So for a woman, your man
is going to be a lot more hormonally healthy if
you are supporting him, if you respect him, if you allow him to
have his man cave time. That’s why the man cave exists. It’s where testosterone is made. The man cave is the testosterone factory. It’s incredible. And it’s been around for,
since the days of cavemen. The man has his own cave. That’s where he makes his testosterone. And on the other hand, guys have to learn to not always just try to fix the problem and find a solution, but to
empathize, be a good listener. And then to also communicate when they’ve reached their limit and they just can’t listen anymore. ‘Cause that comes at a certain
point for all guys, right? We try to do our best. But at a certain point it really
helps to say, “I hear you.” And that is like a great sign. And AnnaBlanca and I do this all the time. ‘Cause if it just reaches a point, like I really do my best
to be a great listener and be super supportive,
but at a certain point I feel like I’ve heard the
same thing so many times, and I’m about to explode. – [AnnaBlanca] Invention of the man grunt. – And so, we have two systems. We have “I hear you.” That’s when it’s really done. And then also, we have
what we call the man grunt, where if I can give no
more than just a grunt, she will accept that,
and know that I hear her, and that’s the most I
can give at that time. (audience laughing) – [AnnaBlanca] The empathetic man grunt. – The empathetic man grunt, exactly. So, when you can support each
other’s hormones it’s great because if, oxytocin, in a certain amount, is good for a man. Testosterone, in a certain
amount, is good for a woman. It’s not a question of bad
hormones or good hormones. It’s having them in the right ratios, in the right quantities. If you’re a woman and you
get high testosterone, as many women actually do today because they’re in a masculine
kind of working world where you have to be very
aggressive and assertive. What happens there is,
you will feel powerful. You will feel sexy. However, you’ll be aggressive,
you’ll be impulsive, and you’ll be more stressed. So it’s a trade off. Now, nothing wrong with going out there and conquering the world as women. However, you gotta make
sure you balance it out on the other side with
the oxytocin, right? Because if you’re gonna have
this testosterone, it’s okay. You can pull it off. But, your oxytocin has
to be that much higher. So you have to make sure
you’re having good bonding time with your partner, lots
of skin-to-skin time, a lot of time with female friends as well. AnnaBlanca and I have in
our relationship where when we have a lot of time together, she also needs her female bonding time. She needs to go spend
time with her lady friends because that brings up her oxytocin. You just have to think about it really from the perspective of
evolutionary biology. Guys would be out there hunting. We can’t make a lot of noise,
we can’t talk too much. We’re stalking the prey, right? If we’re talking about all our problems and just emotionalizing about them, then whenever we’re hunting, that buffalo’s gonna hear us a mile away. The whole tribe doesn’t
get to eat and we all die. So the tribe that’s tried doing that, they’re not around anymore. (audience laughing) Women are doing the gathering, they’re doing the basket
weaving, they’re picking berries, they’re making the food. They have plenty of time to talk and make each other feel
supported when that’s going on. And that’s how they
deal with their problems and support each other and
have great hormone health. So we are wired a little bit different when it comes to hormones, and if we can understand that in our lives we can be so much happier and healthier. Now, the other thing,
now we all know this. When a woman says she’s hungry, guys, the best way to ensure
a happy life for you? Get her to a restaurant,
get her some food. Same thing goes the other way. When your partner is hungry,
you get them some food because in order to
produce these hormones, you need balanced blood sugar. When your blood sugar gets low, when you get into a kind
of hypoglycemic state, cortisol spikes because it needs to keep your blood sugar up, again, so you don’t die. Right? So we have a lot of these
evolutionary mechanisms that we’ve developed to keep us alive. But, if we overuse them and overtax them, it’s not good for our longevity
or for our emotional health. So if you’re secreting cortisol then you get stressed, then it
causes all kinds of tension. We’ve all experienced this. So one of the keys is
keep yourself well-fed, keep your blood sugar balanced, and also stay away from
things like processed foods and sugars and things of that nature that are gonna be just
taking your blood sugar on a roller coaster ride. Because you’re gonna be feeling great and then your blood sugar starts to dip. You have to secrete the cortisol that kind of pushes your
blood sugar up a bit. But you know what also happens when you’re running on cortisol? You can’t burn fat as well. So not only are you not going to be a very good ketogenic warrior, if you’re really into this
whole fat burning diet, but you’re also gonna pack on the pounds, because you can’t burn fat, because you’re running on cortisol. So, keeping your blood sugar balanced is essential to relationship harmony and just overall hormonal well-being. Because if you can’t, remember if you’re producing cortisol, everything else shuts down. So your body’s not going
to be making progesterone, it’s not gonna be making testosterone, it’s not gonna be making
serotonin or dopamine, all that. It’s gonna go away. And to jump back real quick
to what we were talking about with the men and women’s differences. See, the other thing is that
women need more serotonin and the guys need more dopamine. We store and process
these things differently. So that’s part of why you’ve
gotta focus on the oxytocin for women and the
testosterone for the men. If a guy feels like he’s out
achieving things in the world, and powerful, he’s gonna
be great in a relationship. He’s gonna have so much to give. If a woman feels supported and safe, and I think all you
women know this, right? To be harmonious in a relationship, when you feel safe, then you feel happy. Right? And when you feel happy,
the guy can be happy. No matter how good your life is, guys, you’re not gonna be happy
if your woman’s not happy. Right? It’s like, one basic core requirement. It’s that age old saying, happy wife, happy life. Right? So, take care of your wife’s blood sugar, take care of her hormones, and then you get to be happy too. So let’s talk about herbs for stress. I’m hugely passionate about the Chinese and Ayurvedic herbal systems. These are herbal systems that have been around
for thousands of years. And they have been developed, and refined, and tested, and tested, and tested. And they just have reached such an elegant and beautiful stage after
these thousands of years. So, talking about decreasing stress, this one that we have right
here is reishi mushroom. One of my absolute favorite
herbs in the world. The reishi is what they call in the Chinese system a shen tonic. Brings down stress, brings down anxiety, makes you feel very peaceful. And especially if it’s a wild crafted or wild harvested reishi,
it has really strong stress diminishing qualities to it. It has these compounds
in it called beta-glucans that really work on your immune system, help you feel safer in that sense, like you’re not afraid of
getting sick all the time. And reishi, the first time I had it, I remember that it just immediately got out of my head and into my heart. It just, the stress melts away, especially in our modern world when so much is expected of us. We’re busy all the time, nonstop. Your phone, which is supposed to grant you freedoms and ability to do things, is now like your ball and
chain to your work life. And so to be able to get out of your head and into your body and heart is such a key for you hormones, for your
relationships, for all of it. Now some other herbs for
great stress reduction, another one is holy basil. Now this is coming from the
Ayurvedic world, from India. And holy basil is almost
like the Ayurvedic reishi, brings down the stress, anxiety. And it’s got a nice flavor
to it, makes a delicious tea. And just, stress melts away. It’s amazing how powerful these herbs are, especially to have them
before you go to sleep, or in the evening, or anytime
you’re feeling stressed. And because they’re tonic herbs, you can have them every single day. You know, you come across
other different kinds of herbs, a stress one that you may have come across is like Kava Kava. That’s not something that you
can have every single day. It’s a medicinal herb that you can have for intense situations, or things like Goldenseal. You know, you can have
it when you’re sick. But if you have it all the time, it’s gonna deplete your immune system. The concept with tonic herbs
is that you can have them every single day in small amounts
for the rest of your life. And they really work
on your nervous system ’cause our world is not changing. We’re not getting less busy. It’s kind of just going one direction. And we’ve all experienced this, right? Like compare yourself to
where you were ten years ago and the amount of demands on your time. And we’re headed in one direction, right? But what we can change,
what is in our power, is to change the way our
nervous system works, and the way we respond to stress. And that taps right into our ability to produce these healthy hormones. And by the way guys, this whole thing, I want it to be a very
open Q and A as we go. So if anything, like if
something grabs your attention or if something’s confusing,
or something comes to your mind just raise your hand and
we’ll get right into it. Yeah, go ahead. – [Jennifer] Awesome. I’ll be verbal. – Yeah. – [Jennifer] So I have a question. I just wanted to go back to talking about women in the workforce– – Right.
– And testosterone. – Yeah. – [Jennifer] I feel a
little curious about that. Do you feel or think that by
right of women going into work they’ve kind of being in
a man’s world and energy that it generates more
testosterone in their body? Or that they just need to
counter it with oxytocin? – Both, both, both.
– I just don’t understand it. – So, by the way you behave
influences your hormones, and your hormones influence
the way you behave. It’s a two-way street. – [Jennifer] Yeah. And so, by going out and taking on a traditionally masculine role where you have to be very, you
know, assertive, aggressive, I don’t wanna use the word dominating, but you have to carry a certain power in the modern workplace as a woman, and it’s not necessarily a space that women have evolved in. Of course, they’re more than
welcome there, by all means, and women make the workplace a much nicer place for everybody. And that bringing their
kind of creative thinking into the workplace, I
think allows us to achieve so much more in our modern world. So, by all means, they
belong in the workplace, to be clear. – [Jennifer] No, no, no, and I’m not taking it that way. – Yeah, yeah, no, no, I just wanna clarify because we’re in interesting
sociopolitical times so I have like, I don’t want
anything to go the wrong way. – [Jennifer] You’re good. – So that’s my preface to the answer. The other answer is, yeah, so pursuing that kind of lifestyle is gonna produce more testosterone. – [Jennifer] In our bodies? – In your bodies, exactly.
– Okay, interesting. – ‘Cause that’s how, you’re
putting yourself basically in the activity and relaxed
cycle of testosterone building, like problem solve and relax. That’s kind of the masculine,
testosterone building cycle. Rather than, ’cause basically you’re doing the male-style problem solving. You’re going out, you’re
finding the solution, getting it done, rather
than talking about it. – [Jennifer] Yeah, so I try and stay in my masculine between nine to five. And from five after, I
convert into my feminine. – So key, you’re a pro. – [Jennifer] And if I can
interweave my feminine, even in my speech, if
I can articulate things in my work day, I do.
– That’s so awesome. – [Jennifer] Yeah, because I have a job like the one you described. – Because you, the testosterone
activities are fantastic and you can pull it off. The key is, balance it with dopamine. – Okay.
– Yeah, that’s the absolute. Sorry not balance with
dopamine, balance with oxytocin. Yeah, balance with the oxytocin, from doing what makes you
feel most feminine, basically. Whether that’s time with female friends, cuddling with a partner, all
these feminine activities, that’s gonna bring up your oxytocin. What makes you feel safe and warm inside, whatever makes you feel warm and cozy, that’s what is essential
to balance it out. – Thank you.
– So you’re spot on there. – [Jennifer] Why don’t
you and I go hang out? – You and AnnaBlanca can have
some female bonding time. – [Jennifer] Well, yeah,
cause I’m a type A, driven, go-getter, right? – Yeah, that’s great. – So I had to spend the last five years on the type B girl. – Yeah, you gotta enjoy
the best of both worlds. – [Jennifer] And it’s
been a beautiful process. But what I didn’t understand, was that by being in that energy, that I could have been
messing with my hormones. – You can swing the pendulum too far. – [Jennifer] And I already did, and I’m kinda coming back. – Awesome, yeah, wonderful, great. Yeah?
– I have a two-part question. – Sure. – [Woman In Audience]
So the first part is, I’m pretty, like, quiet, but like, I’m so tense all the time in my shoulders and stuff. So even though I don’t seem
like a stressed-out person, I feel like an entirely stressed person. – Yeah, stress can live on the inside. – [Woman In Audience] Yeah,
so it’s like, even right now, I can’t really move in
my shoulders and my neck, they’re really tense. Would the herbs kind of help release that? I always feel like getting a massage or like I need something
to relieve stress. – Yeah, so there’s many
ways to go about it. Massage is amazing at
getting you to relax, from that nervous system,
and fascia, and muscle level. Herbs are amazing, yeah,
because a lot of these, the body tension often
reflects emotional tension. It reflects past trauma
and things of this nature. So these herbs are going
directly to the level of your nervous system. And like, high dose reishi mushroom, technically speaking,
it’s not psychedelic. (audience laughing) But it is subtly psychoactive
on a deep spiritual, nervous system kind of a level. Now, there’s lots of low
quality reishi mushroom products out there that
are just like sawdust, and you won’t really get much out of them. But when you get a good
quality, real hardwood grown reishi mushroom, the
experience is unbelievable. Yeah, and you’ll know what I
mean when you experience it. Like, oh yeah, so that’s
what he’s talking about. – [Woman In Audience]
And part two is, okay. So I work, I used to work in
New York in a larger office and I had like my colleagues who would talk and talk things out. Now I work alone most of the time so I feel like I have no one to talk to. And I live alone, so I’m
never talking to anyone. – So you’re oxytocin-deprived. – Yeah.
– Yeah, so you gotta break out and find a way to find that female time. You gotta connect with others, and look, we have a great
health community here. I’m sure you can find lots of people to connect with about your passions. And, yeah it’s finding the
oxytocin time with others, it’s also, even different
forms of self-care for a woman can be great for helping
to produce your oxytocin. Whatever, like I was
mentioning with Jennifer, whatever makes you feel
warm and fuzzy inside, and really understood, and
supported, and cared for. You wanna go after those activities. James. – [James] How about a source for reishi? A brand source? – Yeah. Gene Herbs is a really
awesome one for powders. And I love Dragon Herbs has
their wild reishi tincture. And that was my first ever wild reishi. I remember I took that and just like, I was before a yoga class. I was in a small room
and next to the wall, and like, whoa. I even crashed over into
the wall a little bit. It like, hit me so hard. Like the amount that it
calmed my nervous system, like the tension that I
had that was holding me up like disappeared and I
bumped into the wall. (audience laughing)
It was really crazy. And then I just went in, I stood at the front of my
yoga mat going into yoga class and was just like standing
there for ten minutes just like this like, oh, wow. (audience laughing) This feels really good. I’m not going anywhere,
this feels really good. – [James] What was that dose? (audience laughs) – One dropperful. One dropperful.
– One dropper. – Yeah, yeah. Now I will say, the first
time you experience herbs, they tend to have a more potent effect. – One pill and it goes.
– Oh, okay. – So, what I’ve found, is that
like when you’re in a car, you feel acceleration,
you don’t feel speed. Like you can be going 60 on the freeway and it doesn’t feel that fast. But if you go zero to 60
in a Ferrari really fast, you feel it. Same thing with the herbs. Like they’re shifting your nervous system, getting you up to speed, and it’s like, you feel it the first couple
times you have a new herb. And then you won’t feel it so much after cause it’s more like it’s
just keeping you at that speed like when you’re on the freeway. You’re just having to stay
on the gas a little bit. But when you’re really accelerated, that’s when you have that
breakthrough experience. Yeah, Lexi? – [Lexi] What’s your
take on 5-HTP and Mucuna? – Yeah, great. I’m a big fan of both 5-HTP and Mucuna. I like Mucuna a little more just ’cause I think when things come, generally you’re safer with
a whole herb or a whole food because it’s gonna come with
different biological co-factors that tend to very often balance it out. 5-HTP, as far as something
to reduce stress, can be really good too. Everyone has slightly
different brain chemistry on an individual level, and different ways that you
metabolize different compounds. So it’s, especially with the
individual compounds like that, good to test it out and see
how you feel and follow that. Yeah, awesome. So, last herb for stress, ashwagandha. And this is our like
number one herb today. If you take away one herb
from today that is really covering everything, ashwagandha. It’s one of the greatest
adapatagenic herbs, which means that it balances
out your body’s ability to deal with all kinds of different internal and external stressors. And ashwagandha really is
great for bringing down stress, but at the same time, it
gives you more energy. It improves your own
natural energy production. It’s not stimulating, it just makes you feel nicely invigorated. So at the same time, you’re feeling peaceful and invigorated. Which is just like the
ultimate ninja zen way to be. – [James] Spell that? – A-S-H-W-A-N-G-A-N-D-H-A – [James] And how are you
eating it, drinking it or? – Oh, great question. I’m glad you asked, yeah. – [James] What kind of concoction– – So, these herbs will,
a lot of these herbs we’re gonna talk about
today are in the chocolate that’s been on your seats,
that you’ve been enjoying. So, ashwagandha you can get
in a powder, you can have it, we use it in several of
our different chocolates. And then you can have it in a tincture, so it’s been extracted
into alcohol and water and you’re just doing
dropperfuls under the tongue. Or you can take it in capsule form. And what I would just
recommend is do it in the way that’s easiest for you. Like if you have no problem
taking a handful of capsules in the morning, do that. If you think it’s fun to take
a tincture under your tongue, do that. If you like blending up
a coffee in the morning, and you wouldn’t mind adding a teaspoon of ashwagandha powder in there, do that. Ron Teeguarden, who is famous for being one of the first people to
bring Chinese tonic herbs to the West in the ’70s, he always says, “The number one rule of tonic
herbalism is compliance. “The herbs you don’t take,
won’t do anything for you.” So, there’s different ways you can do it, and it’s just about the
one that you will do. That’s the key. – [James] So what’s your routine? Do you take it in the
morning, or in the evening? – Yeah, so they’ll
usually stay in your body for about 12 hours. So, morning and evening is
great if you can pull it off. And then, if you can just
do it in the morning, fine. You do it when it’s gonna
work for you better, to do it just in the morning than to say I have to do it morning and night but I can’t so I’m not gonna do it at all. So as long as you’re getting
in once a day at least. I usually do it in the
morning, I’ll make a drink and blend up a bunch of
different herbal extracts to get it all in one go. And that way it’s in
your body for the daytime when you most need the stress relief. And then sometimes you
can do it some more, stress relieving herbs in the evening for a nice, relaxing sleep. Especially if you tend to have a hard time quieting your mind,
going into the evening. – [Woman In Audience] On
ashwagandha, does a person who has thyroid or other disorder, is there anything that
they need to watch out for? ‘Cause I know that that comes up for me, is that I have to watch out for it. – Yeah, so if you’re
on thyroid medication, there’s a thing you wanna watch out for because it can increase thyroid
hormone, out of the range. It’s funny with some of these herbs, like if you have certain
medical conditions, like with reishi, if you tend
to have a blood sugar problem and you’re taking drugs
to lower your blood sugar, well reishi might lower
your blood sugar too. Then your blood sugar gets too low ’cause these can have really
strong effects in that way. So yeah, if you’re on thyroid medication you would wanna work with
a medical professional and definitely monitor your
thyroid hormone levels. And thyroid is something
that, in a minute, we’re gonna go extensively into ’cause it’s a key part
of this whole process. All right, so, there you go. Thyroid. You are like a mind reader
for PowerPoints (laughs). So, thyroid is crucial to hormone health. It’s such an essential part
of your energy production, your thermal regulation, your metabolism. It’s a little butterfly gland. That butterfly shape that’s right here. And it’s on both sides and connected by a little connection called the isthmus. Some people don’t have an isthmus, and they have two thyroids separated on either side of their throat. But for most people, it’s
connected across the front. And thyroid comes from
the root word, actually, thyros, which refers to a shield. And this is like your radiation shield. When you’re being hit by radiation, your thyroid is where you take it in. And so one of the best
things to have in your body to protect your thyroid, is iodine. Whether you’re getting
this from, for example, nascent iodine or Electrodine, or taking a great kelp
supplement like Modafilan. Or, there’s all kinds of
different kelps out there, or other sea vegetables, like dulse, is one of really the most
delicious ones you can take. It’s so nice to add like
sprinkle dulse flakes over a salad, just so incredible. Or lately I’ve just been
eating like dried dulse, like whole leaves of it. – [Woman In Audience] Eat it like chips. Yes, it’s incredible. Like I start eating it, I can’t stop. It’s amazing, yep. So sea vegetables, they’ve
got a powerful aroma. So not before you’re going on a hot date. And not like for a romantic dinner because right now we’re
talking a lot about relationship stuff. Unless your partner’s into that too. And then, why not? I mean, hey, that could,
you know, quick side note, that could be a good way to filter out the right relationship. If they’re into the
taste of kelp for a kiss, you’ve found the right person. (laughing) So the thyroid is essential. So iodine is really big
as we just mentioned. Ashwagandha, another great thyroid herb. And if you’re having your thyroid tested, the key thing is to make sure you’re getting a full thyroid panel. Not just testing T3. You need T3 uptake, reverse T3, T4, thyroid antibodies to make sure you don’t have Hashimoto’s. Man, ’cause thyroid disease
is such a huge problem. Either overactive, underactive or Hashimoto’s, which is where
it’s an autoimmune problem that goes back and forth. So that’s definitely
something that if you’re working with another professional, wanna get some stuff checked out, really going in deep on
where your thyroid’s at can shed so much light. Because people can struggle
with problems for years and their doctor just never really ran a complete thyroid panel on them. And they don’t know what’s going on. They can’t figure it out. So some great things for
supporting the thyroid are gonna be vitamin A,
B vitamins, vitamin D, selenium, magnesium, zinc. All these, you know, the standard line up of all these vitamins and minerals. Ashwagandha as we mentioned. Holy basil. Bladderwrack is a great sea vegetable that’s also really good in this case. Where they’re coming from. So for example, you have things like BPA coming from plastic water bottles. This is something that is
kind of more well known now. And we started to drink
from BPA-free water bottles. I’ve got bad news for you. You know what they use? BPS. Basically the same thing. One molecule different. Still just as messed up. (audience groaning) Still just as messed up, yeah. – I got a question.
– Yeah. – [Woman In Audience] Do
you have bottled water delivered to your house then? What’s your drinking source? – So I use, when I can, I get fresh spring water, naturally from the source. A little bit hard to come
by here in Hollywood. So I use a system called
Pure Water Systems. It’s a filtration system
that gets all the way down to zero parts per million. Really easy to set up in your home, and that way you can add
in whatever electrolytes and minerals you want afterwards. But you know with
confidence that everything has been taken out of the
water that’s coming in. You’re starting with pure water, which is a nice, you know, base point. So when these other things are coming in, it’s not just BPA. It’s phthalates, it’s parabens. It’s all kinds of environmental chemicals. Pesticides and herbicides. These are all coming into your body and taking up the spots
in those receptors, and they don’t perform the same function. They’re not like good strong progesterone or estrogen or testosterone. They just sit there and mess with you. Like they’re just taking up that seat without really doing anything with it. And they can even push you
to be excessively estrogenic and the estrogen won’t be balanced out by either testosterone or
progesterone in the female case. So it’s really something
important to watch out for. And even having like too much soy. The soy estrogens that are gonna come in and, to jump back real quick,
they mess with your thyroid. It’s gonna slow down your thyroid function and it’s gonna get in
and fill up these seats. So all these kinds of
fake estrogens are really something super important
to watch out for. And if you’re eating
non-organic food as well, you’re gonna get all the
pesticides that are on those. And especially non-organic,
non-grass-fed animal products. Because those animals are
eating the non-organic food and concentrating and concentrating and concentrating these estrogens. And then you get to eat them. So it’s like, it sucks. Yeah, go ahead. – [Woman In Audience] So that
would pretty much lead to estrogen dominance? – So there’s a couple things that can lead to estrogen dominance. And one of them is having
your hormone receptors filled by what they call xenoestrogens, which is these chemical-based estrogens. The other one is aromatization. We’ll get to that one in a little bit. Yeah, go ahead. – [Man In Audience] So you
mentioned, so we have cortisol and we have the xenoestrogens
from non-grass fed animals. – Yeah – [Man In Audience] So is it
cortisol gets stored in the fat as well, right? So then you eat that fat,
you’re getting cortisol, right? And that’s just going
right in your system. – Right.
– Okay. – Yeah I mean, there’s debate over how much something of that nature survives digestion and actually makes it in the whole form into your blood stream. There’s not a clear-cut answer there. But it’s definitely, it’s not ideal. – [Man In Audience] All right. Because after I’ve eaten. For some reason like industrialized pork– – Sure. – [Man In Audience] I just
feel like wherever I am, I gotta just get out. It’s like, it’s very, so I stay away from it, especially industrialized food for sure. – Right, I hear ya, absolutely, yeah. – [Woman In Audience] So
I drink water every day from water bottles, do all
water bottles have BPA? – So if it’s a plastic water bottle, you’ve either got BPA or BPS, or I think the other one
is BPF that they use now to get away from the BPS. It’s a constant little game. – [Woman In Audience] So the
glass water bottles are– – Glass is the way to go! Whenever you can drink water in glass. – [Woman In Audience] I just like regular, all the good waters that I see like really pH waters like
Essentia or like Real Water, and Voss is like the
only glass water I drink, and I don’t know if that has any pH– – Go for, well, quick note on pH water. So, pH water, over the past
10 years, got super popular, like high-pH alkaline water. However, if you go into nature, go to cold springs, they’re gonna generally
be slightly acidic. – Really?
– And, yep, if you test like some of the best cold
springs in the world, they’ll be slightly acidic. And the thing is, generally we’ve evolved to have this slightly acidic water and then you get your
alkalinity from two sources. Sort of from greens, right? And an alkaline-food rich diet. Because when you have a
lot of alkaline water, you’re putting that into your gut, which needs to be acidic
to digest your food. And so you’re impairing your
ability to absorb nutrients and process everything through your body. So it’s one of those sad
things where we try so hard to do the right thing, we try so hard. And sometimes it goes the other way. And the other thing is, deep breathing. That’s actually, deep
breathing is way more powerful for controlling your acid-alkaline balance than any food you will eat. We could sit here and do
one minute of deep breathing with strong inhalation
and gentle exhalation, and we could test your
urine pH before and after, and you’ll go up by three points. You’ll go from being
acidic to totally alkaline. You can try it at home.
– Is this the Wim Hof method? – It’s a Will Wim Hof method
kind of a thing, yeah, exactly. Yeah so, within a couple minutes, your pH is totally transformed. So, it’s easy to, like, pitch people on, oh, you gotta eat only alkaline foods, or you have to drink
all this alkaline water that’s real expensive. But you can just do some amazing breathing and take care of it with your
own built-in systems, yeah. – [Woman In Audience] Well,
what if it’s the opposite? So like, I take HCL pills
because I can’t adjust me, I’m too alkaline. Is HCL, what’s your take on that? – Right, so yeah, if
you can’t digest food, taking things like Betaine HCL and if you’re more of a paleo person, you can take like bile
actually and things like that. – [Woman In Audience] Yeah, is
there like a breathing method instead of taking HCL that like will– – To make you more acidic? I don’t know, I don’t have
an answer to that one. It’s a great question, I don’t have the answer for you there. – [Woman In Audience] Hold your breath! (laughing) – There may be, like try
getting really stressed, that usually does it. Get really angry. Call up an ex. Yeah.
– What’s HDL? – Oh, HCL is hydrochloric acid, it’s basically your digestive acids, and some people take it as a supplement, if they have a really hard time digesting. – [Woman In Audience]
And actually it’s good if you had your gallbladder
out like I have. So you can shorten your
life by about five years because you’re not producing bile, so it’s really good to get a supplement that has that motive. You’ve experienced that or
if you have acid reflux, they say that’s ’cause you
don’t have enough acid. – Right.
– Right. – [Woman In Audience] Which is like crazy, because you take acid pills which– – Lower–
– Lower your acid, so it makes it worse. – It’s a whole different
interplay of acids and alkalines, it’s kind of complicated. It’s a great conversation
for a different talk, we’ll have to do round
two: digestive health. (laughing) – [Woman In Audience]
I have to ask you about like probiotics and just like, just– – Yeah, so to go back real
quick to the topic of thyroid. If you are working really
hard on your microbiome, improvements in microbiome,
and taking probiotics, can actually improve T3
production by 20% on its own, which is amazing, so– – [Man In Audience] Say that again? – Taking probiotics and really
working on your microbiome with fermented foods and
things of that nature can increase T3 production by up to 20%. So right there, that’s
amazing for thyroid health– – [Woman In Audience] What’s T3 again? – T3 is a thyroid hormone. Yeah, it’s one of the
main thyroid hormones that you would want to test for. – [Man In Audience] One
more digestive thing, just while we’re, before we move on. – Yeah. – [Man In Audience] Ox bile,
so if I take a supplement of ox bile (mumbling) is that a good idea? – It’s gonna help you
digest the fats, probably. – [Man In Audience] Okay. – Yeah, so yeah, you know, give it a try. It all depends on how
your fat metabolism is, you know, at that stage. – [Man In Audience] Oh, I
felt successful with it, successful without it, so– – Oh okay, then yeah you may not need it. – [Woman In Audience] What about enzymes for digesting cooked food.
– It’s great. – Yeah?
– Yeah, yeah. And you in the back. – [Man In Audience] When
you go to get annual visit, do you just do your general test or do you have a different
test that you do every year like during your whole– – I do a huge panel. It’s been so long since I’ve
been to like a normal doctor that I don’t even know what
the conventional test is. – [Man In Audience] Okay. – (laughs) But yeah,
it’s like pages and pages and pages and pages of different things. – Which panel?
– Sorry? – [Man In Audience] Which panel? – Oh, it’s like a metabolic
panel, it’s a digestive panel, it’s like a stool test, urine test, it’s you know, a whole bunch– – [Man In Audience] It’s
not WellnessFX, is it? – No, but I mean, theirs are good as well. Yeah.
– Do you recommend the one that you’re on? – Yeah, you gotta work with a practitioner who kind of knows the
state of your health, ’cause depending on what you’re doing, like if you tested some
of the things I tested, it would be a waste of time for you. And vice versa.
– Okay. – So, it depends on the individual. All right, so, now. Let’s talk about the best
herbs for female hormones. Right here, we’re looking at white peony. This is a Chinese herb, white peony, and they actually using the root, but we show the flower
’cause it’s beautiful and it helps you produce oxytocin to be around beautiful things. And white peony is
great at building blood. This is a really important
thing for women because guys who are holding onto our blood, we actually can end up with too much iron in the long run as we get older. Women, you are bleeding every month, so you have to make sure you’re on top of your iron production, especially if you’re trying
to be a vegan or a vegetarian, this is one of those things. Iron, B-12, you gotta be so on top of your iron and blood building. Now, peony, that’s a great one. You can do it in a
great formulation called bupleurum and peony. And that’s one of the great
blood building formulations in the Chinese system. Now, another one, jumping
over from China back to India is called shatavari and this translates to she
who has a thousand husbands. (audience laughing) So, that gives you an
idea of the female potency and all that male crap you’re
gonna be able to deal with once you take this herb. So, incredible for balancing
out female hormones, regulating your cycles, dealing
with all kinds of PMS issues and then, as you mentioned
earlier, ashwagandha, and we’re gonna mention this ashwagandha over and over and over because it’s good for the thyroid,
it’s good for stress, it’s good for female hormone production. It’s just a total winner all around. And then another one of my
favorites is schizandra berry. And schizandra is known
as the five-flavor fruit. It’s called Wu Wei Zu
in the Chinese system and it works on all your organ systems and it is extremely feminine. A woman tastes this herb
and you instantly feel sexy. It’s a really wild, wild effect. – Taste?
– Yeah, and tastes amazing as well, but it’s like, perks you up in a really nice way. – [Woman In Audience] How do you spell it? – S-C-H- I-Z-A-N-D-R-A. – [Woman In Audience] And
where is it that it comes from? – Mine, personally, we import it ’cause we use it in our
products and things like that. But Dragon Herbs has a tincture that’s goji and schizandra drops. It’s been their number one
selling product for 20 years. And it’s because everybody
feels so amazing with it and goji berry is another one that’s great for the hormonal support. – Well, except for night shakes. Like, people that have
issues with night shakes. I can’t do goji berries. – Ah, okay, then you
just would have to do, they have a schizandra EeeTee powder that you could do if you just were wanting to only do schizandra. – [Woman In Audience]
What was the other one you mentioned that balances hormones? That’s what I’m–
– Shatavari. – How do I–
– S-H-A-T- A-V
– S-H-A-T – S-H-A-T-A-V-A-R-I.
– Thank you. – You’re welcome. (muffled chatter) So, no, they don’t have that one and that’s actually a
difficult one to come by. I know within the next few months, we are gonna come out with that one. I know AnnaBlanca has been pushing me. We have to have shatavari because it’s so hard to actually get. Shatavari. – [Man In Audience] How do you spell it? (laughing) – I should have put it up on the slide. – [Anna] Just so we can
hear as much as possible, how about we just send everybody a list of all the herbs that we’re benching. And then where you can get them and we will for sure do that. I will make sure. – Great, so that’s our female herbs. Now, let’s go over for the guys, because we gotta, you wanna have your guys with good testosterone here as well. Now, we’re looking here at cistanche. This is one of the great aphrodisiacs. Women can take this as well, but for guys it’s a great
testosterone producer and the herbs you’re
talking about here are not just stimulating testosterone, they’re actually doing it in a way, because if you take, for example, anabolic steroids to
boost your testosterone, they do it in a weird way
where your body freaks out and says, “Oh, we need
to make more estrogen “’cause things are way
out of balance here.” That doesn’t happen, actually, when you take these herbs. That cycle is cut off. The back loop of
communication doesn’t happen. So you’re actually able
to raise testosterone without getting that
huge influx of estrogen that can be a problem with a lot of people when you’re trying all
kinds of maybe non-natural and organic testosterone therapies. So another one that works in
that way is called Tongkat Ali. And these are all, they all
look very much like this. They’re very much sticking straight up. None of these herbs grow sideways. None of them are like
vines just growing lazily. They’re all very levitational. And so that’s one of those things where if you look how it grows in nature, you kind of figure out what it does. So, also, here, ashwagandha and goji are great herbs for that. Goji is actually one of
only two herbs in the world, or two foods in the world, that can boost human growth hormone production, which is key as we age. Human growth hormone is
one of the master hormones and that goes down and
down and down and down as you get older, but if you
can keep that up for longevity and just overall vitality, it’s amazing. Really, really good stuff. And another one here for guys and also for athletic people is cordyceps. And that’s a fungus that
improves your oxygen utilization. And it just gives you more
energy and more endurance and it really supports
the hormonal system. Now, these are all herbs that
are adaptogenic, as well, so, not only are they directly
working on your testosterone, but they’re dealing with
your stress response. They’re allowing you to stay
more calm, cool, and collected under stress, which, just to
bring this all full circle, is gonna keep that cortisol down and allow your whole hormone factory to keep working on the testosterone or, for women, in working on things like oxytocin and progesterone that are gonna keep us in
a really beautiful place. Now, healthy fats. But real quick, before we get into that, I need to touch on sleep and vitamin D. These are two, the night and the day. Sleep is so essential because
if you’re not well-rested, if you’re fighting to
stay awake during the day, if you haven’t slept well,
your body is gonna be producing cortisol to keep you awake. It’s gonna keep giving you
these little blips of cortisol, ’cause otherwise you
might fall asleep and die. Like, you could get eaten by a tiger while you’re taking that nap out in the middle of the
Savannah in the day time. So, that is, again,
shutting off your ability to produce the healthy hormones. And, in fact, most of
your really good hormones are produced while you’re sleeping. So, that is the key time
to allow your body to actually crank up the production
in the hormone factory. Now, things that can
interfere with your sleep is being in front of bright blue lights before you’re going to bed
in the last couple hours. The blue light tricks
your body into thinking it’s still day time,
so we’re gonna suppress melatonin production
and keep running things as if it was the day time
and you’re not gonna get solid, deep rest and deep, deep sleep. So, you want to not have
too much blue light, it means not too much computer time. Install Flux on your computer
or activate night shift on your iPhone, these
are things that are gonna turn everything a bit more red and block some of those intense blues and then when you go to sleep, your bedroom should be
totally, totally dark because any light in there
is gonna do the same thing, it’s gonna make your body think, “Oh, it’s not totally night, we better “not get into total deep rest “in case we need to wake up
in case of an emergency.” Now, some people decide
to shortcut this and say, “Oh, whatever, I’ll put on an eye mask.” But what you gotta
realize is that your skin has photo receptors in it. So you could block off your eyes but your skin is still
gonna be telling your body if you’re sleeping in a
room that’s not totally dark that it’s kind of day time
and that you shouldn’t really crank up the melatonin
production too much. So, essential to get
full, complete darkness. And then you can go back into some of the stress reducing herbs
that we talked about, things like reishi,
holy basil, ashwagandha, pearl powder is another great one. A great Chinese formulation
called the ginseng and zizyphus and we’ll put that in the list, I’m not gonna spell that one right now. (laughing) These are all things to help relax you and sleep really deeply. Now, during the day time, you want to make sure you’re getting plenty of good vitamin D either through supplement or through sun
exposure or, ideally, both. And this is something where the vitamin D is essentially functioning
as a hormone in your body and as a hormone precursor. – [Woman In Audience] I got a
quick question on vitamin D. So, there’s a couple
schools of thought on it. – Yeah. – [Woman In Audience] So
I’m currently taking mine, and for me this has been a positive, through fermented cod liver oil. And I’ve been trying to
look at natural resources. Also, bulletproof girl Dave
says for every, I don’t know, 20 pounds of weight, you need 25, so about 125, you know, whatever. I was talking with Jay of–
– Jay and Joy? – Yeah.
– Jingslingers. (overlapping chatter) – [Woman In Audience]
He’s saying 20,000 a day. And so I sent him a podcast of a doctor that thinks the opposite. I’m just curious where do you
think vitamin D should be? – I land in the middle. I land at 10,000 a day. An interesting thing that just
came out a couple weeks ago was the National Institutes
of Health reviewed their old research that
they had pulled together on what the appropriate vitamin– – [Woman In Audience]
Your mic just went out. – Oh, maybe my battery– – [Woman In Audience] Now you’re good. – Okay. So, the National Institutes of Health revisited all their data.
– Okay. – Check this out. They used to say you need 600 IU per day. They realized they made a
statistical error somehow. (audience laughing) They messed up their calculation. It was supposed to be 8,000. And that’s coming from a
relatively mainstream source who’s been saying for years, 600. So, I go for 10,000. I think that’s a good balance. If I’m able to get more
sun and make things happen the natural way, great. – [Woman In Audience] You’re
taking it supplementally then? – I take supplement. – 10,000?
– Yeah. – Okay.
– Yeah. – [Woman In Audience] Also,
your tremella powder– – Yeah.
– Tremella is one of the highest things in vitamin D. I just got mine tested and, as you know, I kind of triple dose on
tremella for multiple reasons. But everything was
actually normal and I was– – Amazing.
– A little bit above. – Oh, wow, and are you doing
any other supplemental D? – No.
– Wow, very cool. – No, just tremella.
– Oh, that’s so great to hear that.
(muffled chatter) – [Woman In Audience] But tremella also is a really good source.
– Is it an herb? – Yeah, yeah, it’s a mushroom.
– It’s a mushroom, okay. – [Woman In Audience] Can
you reach 10,000 just by like being outside, like hike or? – Not in the winter time. In the winter time, the sun
is not even peak midday. We don’t really get the sun
at a high enough angle here. It’s cutting through too much atmosphere ’cause of its angle. In the summer time, you definitely can and you can do it in a
very small amount of time. – [Woman In Audience] Even in Los Angeles? – Mm-hm.
– It has to do with the angle of the sun?
– Right. Right, no, it’s the angle of sun, ’cause even if it’s totally sunny
and like an 80 degree day like we have right now, the sun’s peak angle is
coming over at 45 degrees. It’s not directly overhead
and because of that angle, it’s cutting through more atmosphere and the rays get deluded, basically. – [Woman In Audience] And what about red light therapy for that? Does it also help
increase D-3, do you know? – I know there are vitamin D lamps. I don’t think just the red
light does that, though. – Got it, okay.
– Yeah, it’s a different kind of a light that you need, yeah. So, healthy fats. Healthy fats are incredible. They’re essential for
good hormone production. Don’t listen to any of this BS about you should be on a low-fat diet. It’s absolutely insane and
has lead to a whole lot of mental health problems, in my opinion, as people are taking
crazy amounts of sugar and not having enough healthy fat. Healthy fat and cholesterol
are essential ingredients for hormone production. You can look at a chart where you start with one thing, a hormone, and it breaks down and it
metabolizes into lots of others. Right at the top is
cholesterol and pregnenolone. So, healthy fats are essential. You’re not gonna make a
beautiful brain and a healthy, functioning brain and good
hormones without it, so, things like avocado, ghee,
coconut oil, olive oil, and healthy nuts and seeds
that haven’t been roasted and are really raw and
sprouted and things like that. Good fats are absolutely crucial to have if you want to
have healthy hormones. Now, aromatisation. This is when the good guys go bad. And we have not that
much time, so I’m gonna move through this quickly, but
you guys will stick with me. Aromatisation is when the good hormones go over to the dark side. You have an enzyme in your
body called aromatase. And it converts them. It converts the good
hormones into bad hormones and as you age, you produce more aromatase and it turns more of ’em over. There are things you
can do that are called aromatase inhibitors. These are things like citrus, vitamin D actually works in that way as well, passionflower is another
example, so there’s things like, also,
indole-3-carbinol or dim which are concentrates
of cruciferous vegetables that stop the good guys from going bad. It’s like the superhero
coming in to save the day and make sure everybody stays righteous. Now, last, I want to finish with a concept that is really
powerful and close to my heart and really gives you a
good way to understand hormonal health and health as a whole. And the way that Daoists
would look at health, they used the concept
of the three treasures and the metaphor of a candle. Now, they said your life is
formed of these three treasures: the jing, the qi, and the shen. The jing, that’s the wax
in the wick of the candle. It’s the form. It’s your reserve energy. It’s stored in your
kidneys, in your adrenals and that’s like your
savings account of energy. It is something you start out
life with a certain amount and may inherit a lot, may inherit a little from your parents, depending on their level of health. Although people who, they
generally live a healthy life, but no matter what they did, they still kind of where doing all right, they started off with a lot of jing, ’cause they’re gonna handle a lot. Now, some people try to do
really good and be healthy, but they struggle, right? You didn’t start off with
that much, it’s okay. You, because of that, have
become more aware of your health and you’re more sensitive to
how things work in your body. Now, jing, as you stress,
as you work too hard, as you live an unhealthy lifestyle, gets used up really fast. You’re always up a
little bit, a little bit, but if you use too much, too fast, you’re shortening your lifespan and when you run out jing, you die, that’s the end of this lifetime. Now, you can stop the jing leaks, stop using up the jing too
fast, stop living excessively and take herbs like the
ones we’ve talked about, like cordyceps and He Shou Wu and goji berries and schizandra to help build back this deep
core reserve life force. And all of the herbs in
the recharge chocolate that you’re all enjoying,
this is all about building back that core deep life force. So that’s the wax and
the wick of the candle. Then you have the flame. That’s the active part of the candle. It’s the moment-to-moment
energy, vitality, cognitive function and
immune system function that is the active part. And you can’t have a big flame if you don’t have a big candle. And then, ultimately, the
ultimate purpose of the candle is not just to be big
or to have a big flame, but the ultimate purpose is
to give off a great light and that’s called the shen. That is your higher self,
it’s the light in your eyes, it’s your spirit. But you can’t have a great shen if you just have a small candle, so we guard our jing and we
build it slowly and surely, every day of our lives so we
can have the ultimate life and have a great shen and
give off a lot of light. (audience clapping) Thank you so much, everybody. – So, I love how well informed this, there’s a very, very
good crowd of people– – Yeah, you guys are amazing.
– And you have very, very, very good questions. If anybody has any questions to Sage, you have about two
minutes, but I’m definitely gonna make sure that you guys send a, send a–
– We’ll send a list. – A list with all the herbs.
– Yeah. – And where to buy. (laughs) – Awesome, yeah, and in
fact, maybe you ban that mic. So we’re gonna put this,
actually, on our YouTube channel afterwards if anybody wants to rewatch. And then we’ll put in the notes below, links to everything. So, youtube.com/addictivewellness. You can watch it there,
share it with your family, share it with your friends,
repost it on social media. (laughs) – Also, highly encourage
following them on Instagram, ’cause you guys are very good
at putting out daily reminders of daily suggestions and, yeah. And our next Elevated Conscious event is gonna be on Valentine’s
Day, so February 14th is gonna be all about love.
– Awesome. – So, we have the room
for another five minutes if you guys wanna go and say hi to Sage or anything like that, I’m
here available as well. But thank you so much. – So, start working on
your healthy hormones now so you’re ready for Valentine’s Day. (laughing) – Yes? – [Man In Audience] I have one question that I don’t know if it’s related, but I could talk to you after.
– Yeah. – [Man In Audience] You know
when you read those studies about modern society and men actually have this drop off of
testosterone production, – Yeah.
– Do you think there’s a connection with our,
sort of, modern lifestyle and the type of jobs we
do, it’s not really like physical and hunting anymore. – Right, we’re not, so, normally in the old days, you
would have a cortisol spike and then you would do something physical as a result of it, you’d either
beat the crap out of the guy threatening you or you’d run
away from that tiger, right? Fight or flight. Now, we just have to sit
there and swallow it. So, that’s tough. So, having a good physical activity, key. And then, also, because
just chronic stress and like we were saying,
having that active cortisol all the time doesn’t allow
you produce the testosterone and also lots of dietary
and environmental estrogens that take up the seats in that game of hormonal musical chairs. Yeah. – [Woman In Audience] I just wanted to ask your thoughts on coffee and caffeine. – In moderation. So, if you’re having a cup or two a day and it’s a really clean coffee and you’re having it with healthy fats and you feel good from
it, it can be really good. However, if it’s a crutch for you and you are using it, basically,
we were talking about the savings account of the jing, right? And then you have your checking account, which is your qi, which
is your daily energy. If you don’t have enough qi and you’re using the coffee as a way to draw from your savings every day, then it’s not in balance and so you gotta work on how are we actually
gonna replenish our savings here and build up our active daily energy. How do we need to change
diet, supplements, and sleep and physical activity to be able to produce more energy so that the coffee isn’t
so much of a crutch? – [Woman In Audience] Okay, so it doesn’t hurt your adrenals or anything like that? – In excess it does.
– Oh, okay. – When you have coffee, you’re
pulling it from the savings, basically.
– Yeah. – Yeah. – [Woman In Audience] Just like women, you said it helps increase
the, what we need– – Oxytocin.
– Oxytocin by being with other women.
– Yeah. – [Woman In Audience] Do guys benefit from being around other
guys and doing guy things? – Very much, absolutely, that’s why guys need guy time as well, absolutely. So we hang out with each other. We don’t talk too much. We solve problems, we do physical things, we challenge each other, physically, and that’s how we build our testosterone. Yeah. You there. – [Woman In Audience] Do
you have any recommendations for getting sort of an
individualized assessment? You said you do a panel. – Yeah, so a great
starting place would be, there’s a company that James mentioned called WellnessFX and they have great different options
of panels you can do. We live in this amazing city
where there’s lots of different functional medicine doctors
and people like that who you can work with. We’ll help you to interpret
those things, as well. It’s also good because
sometimes if you just try to pick out the tests that are for you, you may miss some things or do things or maybe you’re paying for tests
that you don’t really need, so it’s great to have a professional to guide you through.
– Do you have any that you know of that are–
(muffled chatter) Okay, great. – Yeah. Awesome, so, Jennifer,
did you have one more? – [Woman In Audience] One last question. I believe that you guys have chosen chocolate as your carrier of choice. I’ve heard there are some
supplement health movements that say it’s horrible for you and I’m just curious in why choose that and your thoughts on chocolate and the healing benefits of chocolate. – Yeah, so, from a meta study perspective, it’s one of the top foods for longevity. Incredible source of polyphenols, has incredible history of use. It’s an MAO inhibitor
and a vascular dilator, so when you take it with herbs, it improves your absorption, it allows them to stay in the body and keep working for longer. It’s a great source of
prebiotic fiber for gut health. And, to me, those all sound pretty good. Of course, you want it to be not having any kinds
of problems with mold. You want it to be as
unprocessed as possible and you really want to
watch out for heavy metals, ’cause that’s a huge issue
with most chocolates. – [Woman In Audience]
Chromium and magnesium. – Yeah, it’s the highest,
oh, yeah, thank you, it’s the highest natural source
of chromium and magnesium, highest plant source of zinc and highest plant source of iron, so a few more to add to the list. There you go, thank you. All right, thank you so much everybody. It’s been a pleasure, thanks so much.