#506: Optimizing Testosterone, Growth Hormone and Other Metabolic Hormones in Our 40s and Beyond with Dr. Stephanie Estima

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Episode Summary

As women, we have so much going on hormonally that it’s essential we understand how to best take care of our bodies. Our metabolism and hormones are constantly changing every single day throughout our menstrual cycle, leading to disturbances throughout multiple systems. 

But knowing how our bodies shift through these hormonal phases allows us to leverage our menstrual cycle to its full advantage. We can do this in regard to metabolism, body composition, and so much more– even in perimenopause. 

That’s what Dr. Stephanie Estima explains to us in this podcast. We talk about all things metabolic health for women– particularly in perimenopause and menopause when we see a decline in our hormones. This time feels like a roller coaster ride– we don’t really know what’s going to work for us and what’s not. But that’s why understanding your menstrual cycle can help ease these unknown symptoms. And it will help to optimize your health. 

Perimenopause comprises close to 50% of a woman’s life! So honoring this time, and understanding the best ways to navigate through this transition is discussed today, too. 

Hormonal changes have an impact on sugar metabolism, body composition and so much more. And we need more female-centric protocols so we can best understand how these changing hormones can be handled. Dr. Stephanie Estima takes a deep dive into this lack of information and protocols for perimenopausal and menopausal women. And she offers the guidance we need to be our best selves throughout all of life’s changes. 

So tune in today for a podcast you won’t want to miss. No matter where you are in your journey, there’s plenty of knowledge to gain from Dr. Stephanie that will help shape your day-to-day– now and through the future! 

Dr. Stephanie Estima 

Dr. Stephanie Estima is an expert in metabolism and body composition. She’s a chiropractor who focuses on functional neurology, brain metabolism, and the application of the ketogenic diet specifically for female physiology. Using her framework the ESTIMA METHODTM, she focuses on strategies in nutrition, movement, and mindset to maximize human potential, longevity, and achievement. She’s the author of Betty Body– The Geeky Goddess’s Way to Intuitive Eating, Balanced Hormones, and Transformative Sex. 


“Why haven’t we learned and gone into scrupulous detail about how to optimize women’s bodies to make it work, and then extrapolate that information down the road? That’s where I think we’ve ultimately failed women” 

“I find that we aren’t setting women up for success metabolically in terms of understanding their cycle, and in terms of optimizing their life in accordance to their biological rhythm”

“You’re going to get the mood benefits, you’re going to be upright, you’re going to be working some of the contralateral movement, which is very important for brain health, proprioception, coordination, mobility… all the things”

“Testosterone is the most abundant sex hormone in the male body and also the female body”

“I’ve landed now having gone through my own process and healed my own issues – and helping however many thousands of women”

In This Episode

  1. Need for female-centric protocols 
  2. Hormonal changes on blood sugar metabolism and body composition 
  3. Birth control usage and the effect on hormones 
  4. Nourishing and moving the body through your menstrual cycle 
  5. Optimizing metabolic function and hormones 
  6. Approaching exercises and new practices with commitment and consistency
  7. Prioritizing sleep and exercise 

Resources Mentioned


Hello Betty Blog & Media 

Betty Body Book

Connect with Dr. Stephanie on Instagram

Dr. Stephanie’s YouTube Channel 

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