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Wellness Advice: Guest Columnist, Dr. Susan Sklar

Wellness Advice: Guest Columnist, Dr. Susan Sklar

Dr. Susan Sklar

Dr. Susan Sklar can be contacted at Sklar Center for Restorative Medicine at 562-294-4856, or go to

Since everyone is unique, how are you able to determine who is best-suited for hormone therapy? Signed, Prefers Nutrition over Prescriptions

Dear Prefers Nutrition over Prescriptions,

There are definite ways to restore hormones, so here’s how we determine what’s best for you.

If you’re a midlife man or woman with unexplained fatigue, moodiness, or creeping weight gain, low sex drive, memory problems and insomnia can also be signs of hormone decline. Hormones are abundant in your late 20’s, but after that, things start going downhill. So, what to do?

For starters, let’s look at lifestyle. Stress, poor diet, and toxins rob you of optimal hormone function.  Correcting these factors can go far in helping you feel better.

Stress depletes your “feel good” hormones, like estrogen, testosterone, progesterone and DHEA (dehydroepiandosterone). These are the hormones that improve energy, mood, cognition and libido. Stress busters like meditation, massage, connecting with nature and yoga help to maintain these hormones and take you out of chronic flight or fight mode.

Your diet impacts your hormones by its effects on the gut. Eating high sugar foods lowers the healthy intestinal bacteria (called your microbiome) that process hormones. A high fiber, plant-based diet optimizes your microbiome and enhances hormone metabolism.

You may not realize that environmental toxins wreak havoc on hormones. Pesticides, the plasticizers found in plastic containers and bottles, as well as chemicals in health and beauty aids are called endocrine disrupters, meaning that they send unhealthy hormone messages to your body. You can avoid 80% of these exposures by using only organic body products (see the cosmetics database at as well as eating organically grown produce.

Lastly, if none of these remedies are producing sufficiently good results, we see incredible benefits in our patients who are on a hormone restoration program. Our patients say “You have given me my life back.”

Dr. Susan Sklar can be contacted at Sklar Center for Restorative Medicine at 562-294-4856, or go to

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