What exactly is a hormone and what role does it play in our health? Today we’re joined by Dr. Lauren Noel, a naturopathic doctor and expert in natural medicine. Lauren, also known as “Dr. Lo”, is the host for the podcast, The Dr. Lo Radio Show and owns Shine Natural Medicine where she focuses on hormonal health and fertility. She shares how her own personal health journey led her to her work as a naturopathic doctor, everything you need to know about hormones and your health, and how the brain and gut are connected. This episode will leave you feeling inspired to make small changes to your lifestyle that will benefit your health in a big way.
What’s In This Episode:
- Understanding what her patients go through firsthand
- How Lauren anticipates her career will change from motherhood
- Her first experience with a naturopathic doctor
- Deciding to become a naturopathic doctor
- Transitioning her practice to focus on fertility and hormonal balance
- What hormones do for the body
- Why everyone should get their hormones tested
- How hormones differ from men to women
- The correlation between your hormones and how you feel
- Bringing in anti-inflammatory foods
- Why sleep is so essential for hormones
- What role hormones play when you’re trying to conceive
- Understanding your fertility and ovulation
- What are the differences between HRT and BHRT?
- The role that estrogen and progesterone play in pregnancy
- What Lauren wishes more women knew about their hormones
- Setting time aside to do what makes you happy
Dr. Lauren Noel is the founder of Shine Natural Medicine. She was awarded her Bachelor Degree in psychology from Biola University in La Mirada, California. During her undergraduate studies, she worked in an acupuncture clinic and discovered the beauty of natural medicine. She also developed a passion for nutrition and began pursuing a career that viewed “food as medicine.” To convert this passion into a career, Dr. Noel completed a four-year graduate medical degree at the famed National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon. During her clinical years at NCNM, Dr. Noel interned at Outside In, a clinic that focuses on the health of at-risk youth and homeless teens. As a medical student, Dr. Noel was handpicked as a member of the Presidential Ambassadors Leadership Society (PALS), and was a nominee of the Leadership Award and the prestigious Benedict Lust award. She completed a one-year internship in naturopathic/integrative cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine under the mentorship of Martin Milner, ND.
Dr. Noel uses a unique, individualized approach with her patients. Dr. Noel views each patient as a whole person rather than a set of symptoms and diagnoses.
Dr. Noel uses a blend of naturopathic treatments including nutritional counseling, targeted supplementation, detoxification, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, intramuscular injections, and intravenous (IV) therapy. She welcomes men and women of all ages into her practice. Dr. Noel has a passion for teaching and takes her time to ensure that each patient fully understands her approach and the treatment plans.
Dr. Noel has a passion for healthcare reform and has been active in legislation at the state and national level. She has been a weekly lecturer on the topic of “food as medicine” as well as a lecturer to conventional medical doctors. She believes in the importance of doctors working together to improve the health of our country and is happy to converse with her patients’ primary care doctors regarding care.
Her areas of expertise include digestive disorders, hormone imbalances, and autoimmune disease.
Dr. Noel is the host of the popular radio show, “Dr. Lo Radio” which rates in the Top 10 Shows for Health on BlogTalkRadio and is a popular Podcast on iTunes and has attracted approximately 1 million listens. To subscribe to her podcast, visit www.drloradio.com
Dr. Noel resides in sunny San Diego, California with her dog, Dinah. Her hobbies include singing, kickboxing, playing volleyball, enjoying the ocean, and spending time with family and friends.
Connect with Lauren:
“I truly didn’t ever want to feel like a victim to medicine ever again.” – Lauren Noel
“Unfortunately, when it comes to conventional medicine, hormones are seen as something that just affects the body during menopause.” – Lauren Noel
“Hormones are everything. They govern the way you think, the way you feel the way you eat, the way you sleep, your metabolism, the pain in your body, your ability to burn fat, really every function that you can feel comes back to hormones.” – Lauren Noel
“You want to get the full picture so that you can see how everything kind of plays together.” – Lauren Noel
“Why are doctors not trained in nutrition? That’s like a mechanic not being trained on how to change the oil for a car.” – Lauren Noel
“Gut health is essential for mood and brain function.” – Lauren Noel
“Food can either create inflammation or be anti-inflammatory.” – Lauren Noel
“I can’t have a patient come in and see me without focusing on diet and lifestyle first.” – Lauren Noel
“Chlosterstrol is a big misconception. It’s really about the inflammation.” – Lauren Noel
“A lot of it for fertility is really just about lifestyle.” – Lauren Noel
“Getting the quality of the eggs and the quality of the sperm optimized significantly impacts your chances of getting pregnant.” – Lauren Noel
“I think kids learn so much more from modeling. Like seeing what you do rather than what you say to do.” – Lauren Noel
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