014: Women’s health and hormones with Candace Burch

Hormones literally rule our world. When they’re out of balance, they can affect our sleep, mood, appetite, energy, libido, immune system, and so much more. It’s a delicate act to make sure that our lifestyle and nutrition habits positively affect our hormone levels, and it can be so overwhelming to sort through the information online. Doctors don’t often request thorough hormone level testing, and it’s a significant piece of our overall health.

I’m so excited for today’s podcast episode because some MAJOR knowledge was dropped my way and I can’t wait to share it with you. I was fortunate to speak with Candace Burch, who is dedicated to helping women discover and correct hormone imbalances. I talked hormones with Dr. Patrick Flynn in one of my earlier episodes, but thought it would be fun to also share tips and advice from a female hormone specialist.

Candace Burch Instagram


Here are some of the things that we discuss in this episode:

– What does it mean when you have a hormone imbalance and what can you do to correct it?

– Birth control

– Soy and how it affects hormones. (I know there was some confusion regarding soy since Dr. Flynn and Whitney had conflicting views, so I thought it would be interesting to ask Candace for her thoughts on soy)

– Menopause

– How can we get more sleep (especially if we have young kids)

– The difference between synthetic and bio-identical hormones

– Adrenal fatigue and how exercise affects hormones


Resources from this episode:

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer

Taking Charge of Your Fertility

Woman Code

Adrena Upift

Adrena Soothe

Blue light blocking glasses (I just ordered these)

For sleep: magnesium, resihi, protein snack before bed

Dohm machine

Get $50 any of Candace’s testing packages here with the code GINA


Here’s a bit about Candace: 

Candace Burch is a Hormone Health Educator and founder of Your Hormone Balance, a hormone testing + consulting practice that helps people of all ages detect and correct hormone imbalances that negatively impact health and longevity. She received her Masters in Health Education (M.A.) in 1979, and subsequently worked in medical publishing in the UK, and as Director of Education for ZRT Hormone testing labs. Candace is a co-founder of Women in Balance an educational non-profit.  Her mission as a wellness advocate is to educate, inspire and guide women towards safe natural approaches to hormone balance and breast cancer prevention.

Candace Burch has been working in health promotion and disease prevention for over 25 years as a woman’s health advocate and champion of natural approaches to hormone balance. She received her Masters in Health Education in 1979 and in her early career worked in media and publishing as a health editor and investigative journalist.

Candace developed the Body in Balance program at Metabolic Research Centers (MRC), the first nationwide weight loss center to integrate hormone testing and rebalancing into their weight loss program. As Director of Education at ZRT Laboratory (2001–2016), she worked closely with leading experts in the field of hormone testing, functional medicine, compounding and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).

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  1. Ashley on September 13, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    What was the app she suggested to use to check products for toxins?

    • Fitnessista on September 14, 2018 at 11:26 am

      EWG’s healthy living!

  2. Lin on September 15, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Thanks for the great podcast. Curious if you have done her hormone testing? Her website is all advertising so I’m wondering how legit it is. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on September 17, 2018 at 1:53 am

      i’m doing it right now! i’ll definitely report back with the results

  3. Wendy on September 15, 2018 at 11:44 am

    What was that drink that you said you take before bed at night? Thank you, interesting podcast!

    • Fitnessista on September 17, 2018 at 1:53 am

      it’s the four stigmatic reishi hot cacao mix! i mix it with warm almond milk and it’s amaaaazing
      thank you for listening!

  4. mayacook on September 18, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    What a great episode…once again. It’s a good miw of balance, expertise and real welness. I could relate to everything you described (early birth control, two years before ovulatin…and maybe approaching pre-menopause). Thank you and Candace for this generous sharing of knowledge and healthy advice!

  5. Micki on September 19, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Really enjoyed this episode! This, Dr. Flynn and the postpartum have been my favorites. Thank you for diving into these subjects. I especially feel postpartum and hormones are such an overlooked or ignored topic for women. I’ve learned a lot from your blog over the years and I’m excited about your new podcast adventure.

    • Fitnessista on September 20, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      thank you so much, micki! i’m so happy you’re enjoying the episodes. thank you for listening <3

  6. Ashley on October 23, 2018 at 10:55 am

    This was so interesting to me! I shared it with a lot of ladies in my life. I was curious and wished she touched on the hormones with pregnancy and post partum, lactation etc. Also, how/if the hormone filled fertility treatments effect things long term, or how to balance out their side effects. Really enjoying your podcasts Gina, keep it up!

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