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With: Dr. Deanna Minich

About the Episode

Are you struggling with sleep and hormone regulation? Discover the surprising benefits of melatonin supplementation and the importance of selecting high-quality supplements. But be warned, not all melatonin supplements are created equal, leaving you with a crucial decision to make.

In this episode, Dr. Deanna Minich, a renowned expert in holistic health, shares her discoveries about melatonin supplementation for perimenopausal women. As a perimenopausal woman herself, Dr. Minich experienced sleep disturbances and sought relief. She learned that the peak production of melatonin, the hormone responsible for sleep regulation and recovery, occurs between 2 to 4 a.m. However, perimenopausal issues often disrupt this natural rhythm, leading to poor sleep and compromised hormone regulation.

Listen now and start improving your sleep with a bit of melatonin!

What We Discuss

Dr. Minich found that taking melatonin at night helped her significantly. Her research also revealed that most melatonin supplements on the market are synthetic and can contain contaminants. To ensure quality and safety, she recommends choosing a plant-based melatonin supplement like herbatonin, derived from whole plants without any additional processing. Dr. Minich’s insights shed light on the importance of understanding the source and quality of supplements, emphasizing the need for informed choices to support overall well-being.

Hormone Balance Made Simple

Irregular hormonal activity is a common challenge during perimenopause. Fortunately, the use of high-quality melatonin supplements can support hormonal regulation, as Dr. Deanna Minich highlighted. In a nutshell, it helps to create balance and stability during this transitional phase.

Unlock Restful Nights

Perimenopause often comes with sleep disruptions that can impact a woman’s overall health and well-being. Melatonin supplementation can be an effective solution to combat these disturbances as well. The naturally produced hormone aids in sleep regulation and restoration, providing a significantly better night’s sleep.

Embrace Natural Solutions

Dr. Minich emphasized the benefits of embracing natural solutions for health, specifically plant-based melatonin supplements such as herbatonin. These natural alternatives are safer, and free from chemical processing, as long as they are certified as organic. Taking one step towards nature can lead to significant improvements in sleep, hormone regulation, and overall well-being during perimenopause.

Listen now and start balancing your hormones with the right melatonin supplements today!

Bio

Dr. Deanna Minich is a nutrition scientist, international lecturer, educator, and author, with over twenty years of experience in academia and in the food and dietary supplement industries, currently serving as Chief Science Officer at Symphony Natural Health. She has been active as a functional medicine clinician in clinical trials and in her own practice (Food & Spirit™). She is the author of six consumer books on wellness topics, four book chapters, and over fifty scientific publications. Her academic background is in nutrition science, including a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1995) and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Medical Sciences from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands (1999). She has served on the Nutrition Advisory Board for The Institute of Functional Medicine and on the Board of Directors for the American Nutrition Association. Currently, she teaches for the Institute for Functional Medicine, University of Western States, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and Institute for Brain Potential. Through her talks, workshops, groups, and in-person retreats, she helps people to practically and artfully transform their lives through nutrition and lifestyle. Visit her at:
www.deannaminich.com

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https://deannaminich.com/dr-deanna-minich-blog-2/
Extensive information on the science of melatonin with an update on clinical uses

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