017: Dr. Carrie Jones - Balancing Hormones for Better Health


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Dr. Carrie Jones is a Naturopathic Physician who is board-certified in Naturopathic Endocrinology with a Master’s in Public Health. She has over 15 years in the field of functional and integrative medicine and has taught courses in Gynecology and Advanced Endocrinology. She’s also the Medical Director for two large integrative clinics in Portland, Oregon as well as the Medical Director for Precision Analytical Inc, which are the creators behind the DUTCH Test, a comprehensive and cutting edge hormone test.

Dr. Jones comes on the podcast to share her wealth of knowledge on the topic of hormone health. So you’ll hear about how to properly test your hormones even if your doctor says your labs are normal, how hormone levels change, and how to pinpoint the cause of fatigue. Dr. Jones also chats about the hormones connected to anxiety and depression, the stress hormone cortisol, PMS, PCOS, and so much more.

Here’s a look at the topics Dr. Jones dives into in this episode:

00:00 Introduction to the Keto Answers podcast

00:29 Introduction on Dr. Carrie Jones and her professional background

02:33 How Dr. Jones gravitated towards hormones and the problems connected with them

04:04 Dr. Jones’ role at Precision Analytical and the DUTCH Test, including what that is

06:03 The interesting thing that the creators of the Oura ring discovered and how your body temperature changes leading up to ovulation

09:28 How many hormones does the DUTCH Test measure?

12:03 Dr. Jones’ approach

14:04 Understanding how hormone levels change

18:06 Is there an ideal time to take the DUTCH Test?

20:44 What people get wrong about the stress hormone cortisol and what you should know about it

25:25 Do hormone receptors become non-responsive if we’re chronically stressed and have high cortisol levels?

27:48 Why feeling fatigued all the time may not be connected to cortisol and what it could be instead

31:12 What happens when your hormone levels come back normal but you still don’t feel well?

35:05 Is there a specific hormone that’s off for depression and anxiety?

36:05 What can you do if your hormones are out-of-whack?

39:47 Dr. Jones’ take on birth control

46:25 What causes PMS?

50:07 Eating carbs during this specific time in your monthly cycle

53:25 PCOS, what is it and is it reversible?

58:30 Are hormone issues genetic?

1:06:15 The role gut health plays in keeping your hormones balanced

Resources mentioned in the episode:

Dr. Carrie Jones’ website (The DUTCH Test and educational resources can be found here)

Dr. Jones’ Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

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