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The Keto Kamp Podcast With Ben Azadi

Dec 30, 2019

Welcome to the Keto Kamp Podcast Episode 78 with Dr. Carrie Jones


Today, I am lucky to have here with me, Dr. Carrie Jones, a functional medicine women's health and hormone doctor. Dr. Carrie Jones believes in the importance of both men and women understanding their hormones in a simplified manner so they can feel more empowered to take control of their health, especially when they are told everything is "normal." Still, they don't feel "normal."


Dr. Carrie is a Naturopathic Physician with a Master's in Public Health, having over 12 years in the field of functional and integrative medicine. As Adjunct Faculty for the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), she has taught courses in both Gynecology and Advanced Endocrinology.


Dr. Carrie has been the Medical Director for two large integrative clinics in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Carrie is currently the Medical Director for Precision Analytical, Inc, creators of the most cutting edge hormone test on the market, the DUTCH Test.


As a result, Dr. Carrie consults with the most fantastic health care practitioners all over the world on the hormone status of their patients, and lecture/teach/frequently write on the same topic. Understanding adrenal, thyroid, and sex hormones are complicated. Dr. Carrie's job is not to judge. Her job is to educate and empower.


In this episode, Dr. Carrie Jones speaks about common women's health issues. Lack of energy is a common complaint which could be due to a variety of issues. It is essential to get morning sunlight to combat the lack of energy. If you do not have access to sunlight, Dr. Carrie says to get a full-spectrum light. Then, Carrie explains the importance of healthy fats on our hormones. If women are not eating healthy fats, they stop ovulating, their skin breaks out, and their hair is in poor health. Later, Dr. Carrie advises on how to prevent constipation and heavy periods.


[00:45] About Dr. Carrie Jones

  • Carrie always knew she wanted to get into the healthcare industry.
  • In Portland, Dr. Carrie found naturopathic medicine. She learned all the naturopathic principles, diet, lifestyle, sleep, and risk-factor mitigation.
  • Carrie uses a lot of herbal medication, essential oils, and acupuncture. She does not put herself in any specific box. There are a time and a place for surgery and antibiotics.


[05:25] The Most Common Problem With Women’s Health

  • There are metabolic and hormonal problems. Most women’s issues will fall into one of these two categories.
  • A majority of women complain about their energy. Dr. Carrie says there is a lot of reasons for low energy. It can be cortisol, B12, thyroid, poor sleep, etc. Dr. Carrie does a series of tests to determine what could be causing low energy.


[07:50] The Importance of Morning Sunlight

  • Morning sunlight is light and day difference.
  • Open your curtains. The sunshine in your eyes will wake up your brain. You have twenty to thirty minutes when you switch from unconscious to alertness.
  • If you have overcast, it’s still okay.
  • If it’s dark when you wake up, you will need a full-spectrum light. It will give you the sensation of being outside. Turn it on for ten minutes to a few hours. You want it within eye view – don’t just set it on the counter and walk away. When you are getting ready, set it on the bathroom counter.


[15:15] Teas for Adrenal Health and Morning Energy

  • Licorice blends and other supportive herbs.
  • Detox teas are typically a joke. However, many detox teas have nutritive and supportive supplements.
  • Every morning, Dr. Carries drinks green tea. Jasmine green tea is her favorite. Midmorning, Dr. Carrie drinks macha tea.


[17:00] The Role Healthy Fats Play With Our Hormones  

  • Cholesterol is the backbone of all our healthy hormones.
  • If you don’t eat fat, a lot of things can happen to your body:
    • You won’t ovulate, so you can’t get pregnant.
    • Your skin will break out.
    • Your hair will be too greasy or too dry.
  • Fat will make hormones and increase cellular health.
  • Athletes will often not have their periods. However, it is completely destroying their hormones. Which will also make it tough on the brain, skin, and hormones.


[21:35] Dr. Carrie’s Favorite Fats and Least Favorite Fats

  • Carrie responds well to olive-oil, avocados, and fish oil.
  • Bad fats are things like fried foods. Eating a basket of fries will not make you feel healthy.
  • Avoid industrial seed oils.
  • Do the best you can and take baby steps.


[25:00] About DUTCH (Dried Urine Test For Comprehensive Hormones)

  • It’s a test in which you need to urinate on paper four or times a day. The test is handy because it will alter depending on your circadian rhythm.
  • It will test your hormones and where your hormones are going. Our hormones have to go somewhere.
  • We can be proactive when we learn our results from this test.


[31:40] Preventing Constipation

  • Hydration is huge. Most people are underhydrated.
  • Diet is also essential. We lack in fiber. Eat fiber and vegetables to move your stool.
  • Everything can be done through diet and lifestyle changes.
  • Get good sleep. When we are not sleeping well, we do not wake up repaired, and it slows our systems down.


[36:10] Eating the Keto Diet Without Restricting Hormones

  • Hormones will tank out if women strictly eat keto. Women might not be doing the diet correctly. However, doing 100% keto will affect some women.
  • Seven days before the cycle, progesterone should be the highest.
  • People will need flexibility with the diet whose hormones are out of whack.


[41:50] Preventing Heavy Periods

  • Heavy periods can happen because of low progesterone, iron deficiency, or low thyroid.
  • A lot of women are not in tune with their cycle.
  • Some women don’t know if they are releasing eggs. When we have enough progesterone, our bleeding is easy and straightforward.
  • Some women have too much estrogen. This will result in heavy periods and lots of clots.
  • Find out if you ovulate. Track temperatures and look at symptoms.
  • If you want to ovulate, you need B vitamins.


[47:00] Post-Menopausal Women

  • Once the ovaries are done, estrogen and progesterone get low.
  • Be diligent about your stress response, self-care, and sleep cycle.
  • Women will need to be more diligent post-menopause.
  • If you have always had the same kind of diet, start changing up your diet.




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