#60: How to Tune Your Hormones Like A Fine-Ass Instrument! with Candace Burch


Today’s guest has been a women’s health advocate, journalist and educator for over 30 years! That’s more years than I’ve been….a person. Candace Burch is extremely passionate about using hormone testing to detect and correct hormone imbalances in women so all the bummer symptoms of hormonal imbalances, which Candace lays out in this chat, can go away. I gotta say – I very much appreciate what she does because us gals gotta stick together! You know? And get rid of our hormonal imbalances…together.

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Notes From This Very Full Episode:

Candace’s whole thang is using testing and symptom monitoring to confirm hormonal imbalances.

NOTE TO SELF/YOU: It’s super important to identify to fundamental hormonal imbalances before (!!!) being put on medication with the goal being to get a handle on yo’ symptoms before they develop into chronic conditions.

What’s a sign of imbalance? When you have a persistent and troublesome feeling of being out of sorts/balance for a month or more…

There are a bunch of symptoms of hormonal imbalances that you might not realize are connected to hormones  – ex: anxiety, sleeplessness, low libido, excess belly fat, and weight gain!

Many peeps just accept these symptoms because they don’t realize there are tests and ways to feel better. BUT THERE ARE!

And Candace is kindly offering a free consultation to PIMP podcast listeners FOR FREE if you email her at candacebewell@gmail.com and mention this podcast!

K SO what are hormones??

Hormones → Chemical messengers that carry signals from the brain to different parts of the body (i.e. brain signals ovaries to regulate cycle, grow egg in the ovary, thicken the lining of the uterus so we can have a pregnancy, etc.)

→ they’re in charge of our our emotional, physical, and mental health from the day we are born till the day we die. And in the right balance, they synchronize all of our physical processes.

Candace says that “hormones are like instruments playing together in an orchestra – if one is out of tune, the whole song is off.”

What tests can be done to determine whether we have a hormonal imbalance? Many doctors are now using saliva testing because saliva is where you can capture active hormone levels. Saliva test is gold standard for measuring stress hormones or hormones over one day and provides results that you can use to make lifestyle changes (or as Candace says, give us “news you can use.”)

Again, to learn more about what tests you can take, Candace is kindly offering a free consultation to PIMP podcast listeners FOR FREE if you email her at candacebewell@gmail.com and mention this podcast!

BTW – what causes hormonal imbalances?

  • Undereating
  • Overexercising
  • Not getting enough protein
  • Not getting enough phytoestrogens in plant foods
  • Chemicals we’re absorbing

Helpful stuff you can do to regular yo’ hormones:

  • Get some Vitamin D! Since it’s a hormone made by the action of sun of the skin which is VERY important for hormone regulation.
  • Get on the adaptogen train! (SHOUTOUT TO FOUR SIGMATIC SHROOMS! MY FAV ADAPTOGENS! Learn more about them in this podcast episode.)
  • Eat regularly (no more than 4-5 hours without eating),
  • Rub progesterone on your body at night (talk to someone professional before doing this).
  • Avoiding food processed with growth hormone (meat and milk)
  • And avoiding plastic in your food like from microwaving it and drinking bottled water that’s been sitting out in the sun.


  • Avoid sulfates, sulfites, etc. in skincare products.
  • Look for simple ingredients with natural contents like SW Basics and Franklin and Whitman!
  • Stop using your cell at night because the blue light disrupts melatonin production and appetite cues (download the app: Flux which takes away the blue light-ness!)

Specific plants (!!) ya might wanna eat to keep your hormones healthy:

  • Maca
  • Ashwaganda
  • Soy is actually good for us because it acts like weak estrogen and can help alleviate symptoms many women experience. (Proof: the Japanese eat many soy-based foods and do not experience the same level of hot flashes!) It’s best to eat soy in the fermented form – miso, tempeh, tamari, mmmm now I’m hungry..
  • Flaxseeds
  • Legumes
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Dark, leafy greens – cruciferous vegetables in particular promote proper metabolism of hormones in the body, especially estrogen!
  • Turmeric
  • Chia seeds

Wanna read about this kinda stuff? Some recommended books and resources:

The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried 

Adrenal Fatigue

Check out Candace’s site!!

And again, to learn more about what tests you can take, Candace is kindly offering a free consultation to PIMP podcast listeners FOR FREE if you email her at candacebewell@gmail.com and mention this podcast!

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