We’re so thrilled to host this month’s Guest Editor, Dr. Sara Gottfried. She’s a powerhouse of life-changing information on hormones – a topic you don’t think you need to know about, but – trust us – you’re going to want to know much more about.

Essentially, in unofficial terms, when the hormones are out of balance, so is everything else that contributes to the quality of your day-to-day happiness: your mood, weight, emotional state, energy levels and everything else that determines whether you’re feeling ‘so-so’ or ‘hell, yes.’ We’re all about “living well” at TCM. And the topic of hormone balance is one of those key topics that, once you grasp it, will let you live better than you might’ve imagined possible. Below Dr. Sara is debunking a few myths on hormone balance. Get the full story in her just-released book, The Hormone Reset Diet. We’re giving away three copies below! 

Myth: Prozac and birth control are the only solutions to re-balancing the hormones.
Truth: We definitely have an epidemic of hormone imbalance, but it’s being treated with exactly the wrong things. I want to change the conversation that we’re having about hormones. The truth is, if you figure out the reason why you don’t want to have sex, why you’re feeling fat, cranky and overwhelmed, then you can address the root cause, which means you’re going to feel better and get a sustained benefit. You’re not going to be craving that wine, or hearing jungle drums telling you that you need to eat chocolate. It’s going to make your life so much better! (Editor’s Note: the chart inside Dr. Sara’s new book, The Hormone Reset Diet, explains the direct relationship between specific hormones and the foods that can trigger their imbalance.)

Myth: Hormones are just about sex.
Truth: Your sex hormones, like estrogen and progesterone, get all the attention, but hormones are like text messages in your body that drive everything from what you’re interested in to whether you burn fat. You want to pay attention to the hormones of metabolism, such as insulin, leptin, thyroid and cortisol – plus hormones of love and play, such as oxytocin, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Keep the wide view!

Myth: Feeling sluggish and fat is just what happens to women as they get older.
Truth: Hormonal misfires can make you sluggish and fat and make you feel like you have a spare beach floatie around your waist, but there are just a few subtle changes that can get these hormones back into balance. Too many women think that a steady decline in sexiness and vitality is their future, but the truth is that you have a choice — and if you’re not choosing to get your hormones into balance, you’re probably choosing hormone imbalance by way of default. Fortunately, it’s not some huge project. It’s actually easier to get your hormones into balance than to live with the misery of them being out of whack.

Myth: “Adrenal fatigue” is not a real medical condition. There are no scientific facts to support the theory that long-term mental, emotional or physical stress drains the adrenal glands and causes many common symptoms.
Truth: I have about 1000 studies documenting the role of chronic stress in burning out your adrenal function and the master glands in your brain that control other hormones, including cortisol, thyroid and estrogen. Not only is adrenal fatigue real, psychiatrists use “cortisol” levels to help diagnose depression and suicidality. Why would one branch of medicine believe in it and not another? Because there aren’t prescription medications that fix it. Instead, the way to heal adrenal fatigue is a lifestyle-driven protocol of tweaking the way you eat, move, think, and supplement.

Win A Copy Of The Hormone Reset Diet! Three lucky reader will win a copy of Dr. Sarah Gottfried’s new book, The Hormone Reset Diet, to jump start their hormone health journey! Simply sign up for our weekly TCM Newsletter, then leave a comment below telling us why you want to win the book. Open to U.S. residents only. Giveaway ends Friday, March 13th at 5pm PST. Good luck, readers!

Stick with us this month as we host hormone pro, Dr. Sara Gottfried as our monthly Guest Editor. We promise you at least one revelatory moment per week...

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  1. I believe that hormones are underrated in terms of figuring out the cause of physical and mental issues within modern society. I’d love to learn more through Dr. Gottfried’s book and spread the word to my friends!

  2. I would love to win a copy of Dr. Sara Gottfried’s book. I am a 54 year old Registered Nurse who had a hysterectomy 7 years ago however, I had to have an oophorectomy 4 years ago after my beautiful, healthy, amazing 72 year old mom was suddenly diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She passed away 4 years ago. I have been a mess ever since. I exercise daily and eat a very healthy diet. I know my hormones are very “out of whack” and really can’t seem to get definitive information to help me figure it out! So…I would love to read the book.

    Robin Shapiro | 03.09.2015 | Reply
  3. I am so glad that Dr. Gottfried is the guest editor on TCM this month! I am exhausted with having been told that steroids and birth control are the only things that will help me with my chronic skin ailments. I have been working hard on healing my body from the inside out and I think re-balancing my hormones will be a crucial step in doing so. I will be following TCM closely all month and will also love to win the book!

    Priyanka | 03.09.2015 | Reply
  4. I’ve been struggling with hormone-related issues for over three years. I’m 23. I refuse to believe birth control is the answer! I would love to win a copy of Dr. Sara Gottfried’s book and further my education in the alternative medicine department. But, in the mean time, I’m elated to read her future TCM posts! So glad you picked her as a guest editor.

    Sarah Stringfellow | 03.09.2015 | Reply
  5. I am struggling with hormonal issues and have read and tried so many alternative options. Dr. Sara is such an inspiration and I would love implement some of her knowledge into my life.

    Abigail | 03.09.2015 | Reply
  6. I would love to win Dr. Sarah Gottfried’s book! I have researched and have found nothing to help my adult acne except birth control! I would love to find another alternative that is healthier and doesn’t make my hormones go crazy.

    Leah | 03.09.2015 | Reply
  7. After seeking medical help from various doctors, nutritionists, and psychiatrists, I have just come to realize the serious side effects I have been experiencing for the past several years are inline with a hormone imbalance. After experiementing with prescription drugs, I would love to find a food-related cure, so I can get my life back and function at work!

    Marissa | 03.09.2015 | Reply
  8. I’d love a copy to learn about how hormones play into acne as I’ve been struggling with that for awhile. I would also love to learn more about dietary/exercise/etc influence on hormones and how hormones dictate certain parts of our health

    Keeley | 03.09.2015 | Reply
  9. I want to win this book because I can see what a role hormones are playing in my health and want to get it fixed before I hit 40!

    Heather S | 03.10.2015 | Reply
  10. My skin! And the fact that my when my skin is freaking out due to hormones, I know my insides aren’t doing as well either!

    Megan Caton | 03.11.2015 | Reply
  11. Well, I’m approaching that blessed-age of hormone flux and imbalance, but I don’t want to GO THERE without a fight! At 43, with four children and a fabulous husband, I would like to spare myself and them the curse of a mama who can’t manage the stress of this season of life. Dr. Robert Lee has been my go-to and I’m excited to read about Dr. Gottfried’s research! Please!!! Please!!!

    Gina Holbrook | 03.11.2015 | Reply
  12. Dr. Gottfried is spot on. My cortisol levels have been high and all I hear is take birth control and anti-depressants to keep all the hormones In check. I have some weight to lose and thinner hair and know that my hormones are the culprit. I would love to win the book and get going on the right path!

    Annie | 03.11.2015 | Reply
  13. Love Dr. Gottfried’s book, ‘The Hormone Cure,’ and anticipate reading her newest book ASAP! Her natural approach is spot on!

    Laurel | 03.12.2015 | Reply
  14. I have been chronically ill for the past six months and have seen three doctors who all have different opinions. I’m only 24 so it’s been a really scary process. I have finally found an integrative doctor who believes what I’m saying. This book sounds like a great addition to her guidance. And hopefully it might have some information about why my hair is falling out!

  15. I started taking thyroid medicine two years ago, and just recently noticed that if I stick to a mostly protein and plant-based diet, I have A LOT more energy. Dr. Gottfried’s integrative approach is just information we all need! I’d love to win her book so I can keep eating better and share good food with all the folks I love!

    tina | 03.12.2015 | Reply
  16. I suffer from fatigue all the time. i would venture to say it’s chronic….i’ve started a yoga practice and that has helped a great deal – but i have always thought my exhaustion was partially hormone related. i just cant figure out where to start – this book would be so great!

    kirsten | 03.12.2015 | Reply
  17. I’ve been trying to rebalance my hormones since a medical crisis over a decade ago. This book could be a game changer.

    Robin | 03.12.2015 | Reply
  18. I’d love to win a copy of Dr. Gottfried’s book! I’m 24 years old and have been taking various heavy duty prescriptions to treat rheumatoid arthritis for the past 7 years. I’ve been taking an antidepressant for around 3 years and can’t help but wonder if there is a hormonal imbalance that may play a part in both the chronic RA and depression. I lead a healthy lifestyle and eat a balanced, vegetarian diet, but that may not be enough. I’d be interested to learn which foods may be triggering a hormonal response that’s contributing to my poor health.

  19. So happy to see Dr. Gottfried as a guest editor! I’ve been a hormonal mess for the past few years and a super interested in Dr. Gottfried’s work since I heard her on a podcast last year. I’d love nothing more than to learn more about balancing hormones from her new book! Can’t wait for it to come out!

    Emily | 03.12.2015 | Reply
  20. Sounds like a wonderful book! Love to ‘win’ a copy as it would be very helpful insight on my middle age clients that are trying so hard to do everything right and not getting the results they deserve.

    Debbie | 03.12.2015 | Reply
  21. Would love to win this book, since I’ve been struggling with hormonal issues since having Cushing’s disease.

    lillypie | 03.12.2015 | Reply
  22. I want to win this book b/c I am definitely dealing with hormone imbalance in my life and am desperately hoping to get things back on track. I take prescription medications for a bevvy of issues and still deal with frequent sinus headaches and acid reflux among other things. I lead an otherwise healthy lifestyle but would be interested to know what changes I could make to really balance things out!!

    Jennifer C. | 03.12.2015 | Reply
  23. I enjoyed the article on “Is Adrenal Fatigue Real? 5 Hormone Myths Demystified” I have been in menopause for fours years. I try to work out as much as possible every week and eat a healthy diet. Sometimes work can interfere with working out so I would love to have a copy of the book by Dr. Gottfried on “The Hormone Reset Diet.” I don’t take any type of medications to treat the symptoms of menopause so I am certain that I would benefit from resetting my hormones through diet.

    Lottie | 03.12.2015 | Reply
  24. I’m a yoga teacher and in culinary school, and would love to win this book to contribute to my knowledge and understanding of energy in our lives! Dr. Gottfried seems to have so much to offer in her wisdom of hormones and women’s energy, and I want to learn more 🙂 Excited for this book!

    Lindsey | 03.12.2015 | Reply
  25. I’ve struggled with acne for 10 years and have been on birth control for just as long. I’ve been diagnosed with possibly PCOS. I’ve asked so many doctors what I can do to help balance my hormones and they all suggest I keep taking birth control and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That’s so vague and not very helpful. I would love to stop relying on medicine and rely on food and lifestyle and definitely could use the help of a doctor that believes in a homeopathic way of curing a problem. I hope I win this product so I can be a happier and better person and pet parent!

    Marie | 03.12.2015 | Reply
  26. I’m a hormone imbalanced mess! I’ve been told that there is no way that I have adrenal fatigue because there is no such thing. I had my son when I was in my mid-forties and after briefly bouncing back, it has been a downhill battle with my weight, my stress, sex…you pretty much name it! It is refreshing to see that someone in the medical profession is listening! I would love this book to help me find my way back to my balanced and healthy self! Thanks so much!

    Susan | 03.12.2015 | Reply
  27. I would love to read this. I myself have been struggling with hormones my entire life. After a hysterectomy in my early thirties and suffering with early menopause you would think the hormone shots would help! I actually think they increase my acne, fatigue and lack of sex drive! I am celebrating my 43rd birthday next month. I hope now is not what I have to look forward to the rest of my life!

  28. I nearly jumped out of my skin with excitement when I read that Dr. Gottfried would be the guest editor this month! Like many women, I have been struggling with hormone imbalance issues for years without knowing it. Frustrated by so many inadequate answers from doctors, I took my health into my own hands and sought out an alternative medicine practitioner. I wanted to regain my quality of life, which had become so frustratingly poor at the age of 23. Throughout the past year I have devoted myself to correcting the issues we’ve discovered, through hours of reading, diet changes, and alternative therapies. Healing my body is extremely important to me personally, but I also hope that as I heal, I can help other young women to begin to think about their health in new ways. I still have a long way to go, and I feel that Dr. Gottfried’s book will help me tremendously. I look forward to reading her posts this month!

    Melanie | 03.12.2015 | Reply
  29. I definitely want to understand more issues about hormones and issues with hormonal balance. I tend to suffer from depression and other disorders. I feel like reading her book will help me get back on track!

    Rani | 03.13.2015 | Reply
  30. I would love to win this book for a number of reasons.
    1. I’m currently studying to be a health coach, and I think it would be a great add to my library of info for my future clients.
    2. My best friend and I both suffer from hormonal acne and other hormonal imbalances, and I would love to make us both well balanced and well rounded.

    Cirrus | 03.13.2015 | Reply
  31. I’ve been convinced there’s been something going on with my hormones the past couple of years. I had an insanely stressful time in 2013, followed by a less stressful, but still significant time in 2014, and still don’t feel like I’ve completely recovered on some days. I eat well and work out (not too hard too often), get a good amount of sleep, and have many other healthy habits. But there’s something else going on that I can sense…

    Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork | 03.13.2015 | Reply
  32. I love Dr. Sara’s work. I have been dealing with Adrenal Fatigue and hormone imbalance that continues to get worse rather than better. I would love to have this book to help me with effective reset strategies.

    Danielle | 03.13.2015 | Reply
  33. Hormones – please emphasize the “moan” part. I have three diagnosed autoimmune diseases and am currently testing for more. I truly believe my whole body is out of whack stemming from a critical imbalance of my hormone systems. I can’t lose weight, I am tired, I can’t sleep, and I give into cravings (Yes, I am one of those!). Living in an exceptional rural area, I can’t just catch a noon yoga class, a stress management class, or the local functional medicine doctor (there isn’t one near here!). I am so excited for this book. I can’t digest enough information fast enough to help heal myself. Please help this 58-year old get my groove back!

    Geralyn | 03.13.2015 | Reply
  34. I want to win because I’m a mess. I feel fat, sluggish, cranky, imbalanced. I’d love to balance my hormones and feel better!

    Michele | 03.13.2015 | Reply
  35. I would love to get Dr. Sara’s new book. I suffer from PCOS and an autoimmune disease and would love to get both under control without all the meds. Weight loss would be great as well as I want to have my own children by the time I hit 40 and that time is approaching to fast. I have always been overweight and I think the hormones are the partly to blame.

    Danielle | 03.13.2015 | Reply
  36. Been fighting adrenal fatigue issues and really need all the help and information that I can find.

    Kay S | 03.13.2015 | Reply
  37. I’d love to win because I have been a long time sufferer of hormonal acne and have gained a fair amount of weight around my mid section as I’ve gotten older. In addition, I’d love to finally kick those chocolate cravings to the curb!

    Heather R. | 03.13.2015 | Reply
  38. My hormones have been all out of whack for years now and really would like to know what I can do to get them functioning properly again in a natural way. Thank you!

    Angel | 03.13.2015 | Reply
  39. I bought Dr Sara’s online course Hormone Cure. I recommend it. Well worth the time and money. I’ve downloaded all course components so I can rewatch and keep myself on track. Thank you for your work Sara!! Knowledge is power, power to take charge of our lives

    Michelle | 03.13.2015 | Reply
  40. I am a health coach and I work with people to transform their lives free of cost. I would love to learn from Dr. Sara’s book so that I can help people in getting out if the thyroid madness, balance their hormones and live the life they are meant to live.

    Neha shah | 03.13.2015 | Reply
  41. I would love a copy of your book. I want to have more energy to keep up with my family and darling granddaughter. I haven’t slept good for at least 18 years. I’m ready to fix all my hormones. I have fibromyalgia, thyroid problems, adrenal fatigue and other hormones are out of wack (in menopause). Need help!!

    Serena | 03.13.2015 | Reply
  42. I am interested in reading your philosophy and my doctor has stated most all of my hormones are off balance.

    renee | 03.13.2015 | Reply
  43. I would love to win and read this book so I can start feeling like, me again. At, age 30, I should feel youthful, energetic, sexy, healthy and happy. Instead, I have no libido, need to nap, feel exhausted, bloated, and not at all wanting to continue my life like this.

    Sara | 03.13.2015 | Reply
  44. I would so love to read and win a copy of this book. When I was 21-years-old, I was in a traumatic MVA that changed my life. I have never been the same since and have always wanted to regain a balance in my life. I have been to a highly regarded endocrinologist who pretty much said I had no energy or motivation and had depression because I was an exhausted mom of three and overweight. I questioned her as to the hpa axis, and postured that perhaps my head injury damaged my pituitary which in turn damaged the signals sent to the adrenals, thyroid etc. post MVA. She looked at me like I was bonkers and said if I wanted she’d test me for Cushings. I didn’t and haven’t ever had symptoms of Cushings. I’m pretty sure she just wanted me gone. I never went back.

    I’m 46 and still trying to find a way to get my life back before it’s too late.

    Michelle | 03.13.2015 | Reply
  45. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. As a medical provider with hypothyroidism, adrenal insufficiency and a mother who has had 3 different cancers in 3 years I can use all the help I can get!

    susan w | 03.14.2015 | Reply
  46. Im of THAT age….alost 60. This is an interesting topic to me…I love food as medicine as an approach. Oh yes, aging gracefully is for the brave and spirited. …just hoping by this time I have developed a good sense of humor and can continue learning. With a degree in both Home Economics ( yes I do think that is relevant ) and BSN I have always enjoyed blending the lifestyle approach of science and nutrition. Yes, this means cooking and eating and feeding people! YUM and YEA!


    The Chalkboard Mag | 03.16.2015 | Reply
  48. I’m 56 and have since 42 been a regular exerciser and have healthy eating habits. But I put on 10 lbs in 2 years , and a huge problem with belly fat, with absolutely no change in diet or exercise! Every conventional MD– my GYN, internist, and endocrinologist have just said ‘that’s what happens in your 50s and with menopause’. WHile I understand that there are hormonal changes responsible, they are biochemical in nature and can be changed, so to speak. It’s very frustrating, but I am seeking treatment with a functional medicine MD and that approach.

    dawn | 03.28.2015 | Reply
  49. I was recommended this website by way of my cousin. I’m no longer positive whether this
    put up is written through him as nobody else understand such
    particular about my problem. You’re wonderful!

    Thank you!

    รับจำนำ iphone | 03.30.2015 | Reply
  50. Hi Dr. Sarah! I spend much of my time listening to women of all ages express growing concern about hair loss, declining sex drive, and concerns about thyroid imbalance. Why?? I’m a hairdresser and a woman myself! I would love to add your book to my growing collection of resourceful information to share with my clients, as well as educating myself on what has increasingly been referred to as result of “hormones” since my 30th birthday 4 months ago. Enlighten me!

    Abigail Curry | 03.30.2015 | Reply
  51. I want to win this book because I have been on the pill for more than 5 years and when I tried to go off of it, hormonal acne and Doctor’s recommendations led me right back to it. I need to educate myself on the truth about hormones and empower myself to make the right choices for my body. This book can help me understand how to take back control!
    Thanks Dr. Sarah for creating a dialogue!

    Jody Docksteader | 04.02.2015 | Reply
  52. I haven’t really done anything about the hormonal imbalance and would love to know why my testosterone is so high. Docs haven’t figured it out either. So anything that could point me in a positive direction would be great.

    Amy Bielawski | 03.08.2016 | Reply
  53. Sounds great for most women. Question is does this also apply to women in their seventies? I would love to get an copy and apply it to myself. Thanks for listening.

  54. It bugs me so much that GP’s do not acknowledge adrenal stress. It’s actually something that is so common in many of us these days. I’m currently dealing w/ adrenal and pancreatic stress due to some blood sugar dysregulation issues. My hormones have been crazy out of whack and I had no idea why. Working w/ an NTP and putting the pieces together has been extremely helpful thus far. I know of Dr. Gottfried and her work. She is great! And I’m sure her book is wonderful & full of so much information we are missing when it comes to hormones in the body and the why. Great to see her on TCM!

    Laura mcqueen | 05.04.2017 | Reply
  55. I have been trying to “figure out my issues” on my own for a about 6 months. I hope the book would help.

    lalalily | 05.04.2017 | Reply
  56. I missed my period for 8 years and now have it, even if it’s kinda irregular. I know that my female hormones are low, and this could easily be a problem when we’ll decide to try conceiving. This book could really help!

    Valentina | 05.04.2017 | Reply
  57. I would truly benefit from a copy of your book. I am 53 years old and struggle with histimine intolerence as well as all the other symptoms you listed in post. One thing positive is I am enthusiastic and look forward to making a change in my life. I also believe that education is power. Thank you for you inspiring Newsletters!
    MJ Tesoln

    Mary jo Tesolin | 05.04.2017 | Reply
  58. I would love to win a copy of your book to further the research and knowledge I have. I’m 29 years old, have an almost 1 1/2 year old and I have PCOS. At the age of 3 I was an insulin dependent diabetic but through the help of my family I was able to help heal that with diet control. Now that I’m older I struggle with insulin resistance (in conjunction with my PCOS), chronic fatigue, sluggishness, weight gain and I can’t seem to get it under control. Any help at this point would be so appreciated as I’m starting to lose hope that I will ever be able to get control of it.

    Megan | 05.05.2017 | Reply
  59. I would love to win a book! I believe my hormones are out of balance and would love guidance!

    Margaret Frazier | 05.05.2017 | Reply
  60. I’m currently dealing with adrenal fatigue issues and could use all the help/info I can get. So much to learn!

    Lindsay C | 04.06.2018 | Reply
  61. I want the free book because I don’t want to go back to antidepressants!

    Ingrid | 07.06.2018 | Reply