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Taking Charge of Your Hormones & Sugar Cravings With Dr. Mariza Snyder

Welcome to Episode 4 of Season 6 of The PCOS Revolution Podcast:

Taking Charge of Your Hormones & Sugar Cravings With Dr. Mariza Snyder

The world full of toxins that we live impacts our health and hormones every single day. Hormones are simply chemical messengers. Many women face hormonal imbalances or struggles. Essential oils can be used for a variety of purposes, including balancing hormones. Learn more about managing hormones, essential oils and different ways to practice self-love.

This week on PCOS Revolution Podcast, I am joined by Dr. Mariza Snyder. Dr. Snyder is a functional practitioner as well as a national best-selling author. For the past 10 years, Dr. Snyder has lectured at wellness centers, conferences and corporations on essential oils, nutrition, health and detoxification. She has been featured in various publications.

In this episode, Dr. Snyder and I dive into a variety of topics related to self-care, women’s health and essential oils. She was diagnosed herself with Hashimoto’s and wanted to provide more options to women. During the episode we discuss topics such as how to advocate for yourself, using essential oils to balance hormones and how to get started.


 


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Farrar Duro 0:01
Hi, everybody, and welcome back to the PCOS Revolution Podcast. I am so excited today because I have a very special guest here. Her name is Mariza Snyder. Dr. Snyder is a functional practitioner and you might have recognized some of her books, the newest one being The Essential Oils Hormone Solution, which is a national bestseller. She also has several other books focused on balancing hormones with the power of essential oils. And also she has an Amazon number one bestseller called The Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils. Now for the past 10 years, Dr. Snyder has lectured at wellness centers, conferences and corporations on hormone health, essential oils, nutrition and detoxification. She’s also been featured on Dr. Oz, Fox News health, Oprah Magazine, Mind Body Green and many publications. She is also the host of the Essentially You podcast, a fabulous podcast that you should all check it out and it’s designed to empower women to become the CEO of their health. And you can also check out her website, which will be listed in our show notes as well at Drmariza.com. So welcome. I’m so glad to have you here.

Dr Mariza Snyder 1:10
Well, thank you so much. I am so happy to be here on this beautiful day.

Farrar Duro 1:14
So tell me about what inspired you to really get into women’s health and also go into the field of essential oils?

Absolutely such a great question. My interest in women’s health really happened about 10 to 11 years ago. So funny because as the years go by, I’m like, Okay, now it’s been 10 years and 11 years. And so about 10, 11 years ago, when I was 29, 30 years old, and I basically crashed and burned, I had chronic fatigue. And it was a kind of chronic fatigue, where I could barely get up out of bed every single day. It was just enough energy to get up to go to the office and see my patients. And I remember feeling very lost and confused about what was going on with my body and didn’t really understand how I got there. I mean, I didn’t and when I went to get tested, and basically I was sure enough, my hormones were pretty whacked out, including cortisol levels, estrogen and progesterone, the whole nine. I remember the doctor handed me a prescription for birth control and for anxiety, which I wasn’t struggling with. I remember looking down at these prescriptions and thinking to myself, this is not how I’m going to get well. And luckily, well, before I was a practitioner. I was a biochemist, I had been a biochemist for many years. And the one thing that I was really, really good at was just digging into the research. And if I wasn’t going to get the answers at the typical doctor’s office, I knew that I could figure them out. I knew the one thing that I knew to be true because I had women in my practice with similar issues and concerns. But the one thing that I knew to be true was that I was not unique, that if I was doing with this, there were millions of women dealing with it as well. And I just felt like we needed more advocates, we needed women feeling more confident in knowing what was going on with their bodies. And that just became a big part of my mission. Well, it’s been my mission ever since. And I’ll tell you what this journey is so interesting. Because right when you feel you know everything and you’re doing all the right things, you’re definitely could be thrown for a loop. And we can talk a little bit about my thyroid story in a little bit. But I just can’t imagine doing anything else.

Oh, you’re helping so many women. And I think it’s so important the work that you’re doing. And there’s just not enough quality information out there sometimes to really guide women a lot of times in the autoimmune field as well. And we know that PCOS can overlap with thyroid issues as well, I just saw today actually had a patient who just found she has Hashimoto’s and for the longest time, she struggled with her weight. And she thought I cannot lose weight. I tried it everything on Earth, my hair’s falling out, it must be the PCOS. And it’s like lo and behold, she had positive anti thyroid antibodies and high TSH, and it wasn’t really ever looked at before. I think because it was just so focused on the woman’s hormones and not looking at the thyroid. So no matter what she did, she wasn’t going to get anywhere really with just diet and exercise unless you address that. So how did you find out that you had Hashimoto’s? And did you have warning signs? Or is it just something that you you discovered in bloodwork?

Dr Mariza Snyder 4:35
Such a great question, that 10 years and I don’t know if what I had done to myself, you know, and not to say that we necessarily do things to ourselves, I don’t necessarily blame myself for being who I am. But I definitely probably set the tone for what was to come down the line. And I’ll be honest with you, I always kind of write the line of I love what I do, my passion, my mission. It’s not even a career. It’s so much more than that. And there are definitely a lot of late nights that we work in order to keep the Dr. Marisa brand running. And so I was actually…I feel like symptoms for Hashimoto’s had come on, probably about three to four years ago where I started to notice something. But I thought it was just my adrenal. It was HPA axis dysfunction. So, hypothalamic-pituitary-axis dysfunction. So I figured I was just finding myself back into the ground again, and I was like, Okay, well, I’ve been here before I know how to handle this. And so brain fog was an issue, fatigue was an issue and all of a sudden, I had put on weight, that no amount of exercise or eating, and I dialed down my nutrition in such a great way. Nutrition has been such an area of focus in terms of my research, and nothing that had worked in the past was working. I went and had a doctor run my thyroid labs. We did probably a panel of five thyroids. We did not look at antibodies. But everything looked normal. And I’ll be honest with you, I I probably was in a bit of denial. It was kind of one of those things where I just wanted to rule it out. Like Okay, well this isn’t it. Let me get back and maybe tweak, tweak the program, tweak my diet, tweak, tweak the exercise, maybe I’m over exercising, I’m burning out my adrenal, maybe that’s what’s going on here. So I kept trying to fiddle and play and I felt like I kind of plateaued the weight and in a couple of things.

But then other symptoms started coming in. My digestive system slowed down, my sex drive tanked and just all of a sudden a myriad of more symptoms came up that continue to point towards Hashimoto or hypothyroid, hypothyroid probably been driven by Hashimoto’s. So we finally did a full panel actually, when I was writing this book right here, and because I was pulling some big nights and some big weeks to get this book done. I got diagnosed about a year and a half ago with Hashimoto’s and hypothyroid. And it was it was a hard pill to swallow was actually during the time that I was writing this book. And I strongly debated whether I would address it in the book, whether I would have a big part of thyroid health in the book. I chose to stay with the outline that we originally created. But I really wanted to emphasize a lot of reducing inflammation and reducing toxicity in the book. Part three of my book has got the 14 day Hormone Rescue plan. And I was at that time I was on a Hashimoto and thyroid protocol, a food protocol, an anti inflammatory protocol. So a lot of that was influenced in part three of the book. But it wasn’t until after the book came out and I kind of wanted to get through that chapter of my life that I started talking about Hashimoto’s diagnosis. So it’s actually only been about three to four months I’ve been talking about it. But I went full tilt into having this conversation because the more and more I started talking about my thyroid diagnosis and the Hashimoto diagnosis, it was amazing to me how many women felt so dismissed. So just put to the wayside. Doctors not running tests, doctors telling women that it was all in their head. And, I knew that I needed to speak out more about it. And what I’ve been doing, I’m still far from 100%, but I’m doing much better. And it’s just one more piece of the puzzle when it comes to our hormones. Problem is, you and I both know, probably one of the most universal and important hormones in the body. I always think about those big, those big, all encapsulating hormones like cortisol, insulin and thyroid, and how they can have such a profound impact on our other hormone systems. And so I’m glad to be having this conversation.

Farrar Duro 8:57
I was reading the introduction of your book and the first page where you say that many women find themselves in a hormonal crisis, at some point, they seek advice from medical professionals who can sometimes downplay the symptoms, like depression, anxiety, weight gain, and brain fog. So it’s like, oh, you’re just getting older? Or it’s just perimenopause.

Dr Mariza Snyder 9:21
Yeah, exactly. It’s all all of it so downplayed, even our menstrual cramps, you know, think about, and I know, we’re not going to go down this alleyway too much. But I think about, you know, PCOS, for example, such a great example of this, how long it takes the average woman to get a full diagnosis for PCOS. After many, many years of complaining and going to the doctor and doing their best to advocate for themselves. I mean, this is such a great example. And a lot of it, I think, because we’ve normalized, the menstrual cramps, that that’s a normal process for women. That we just need to suck it up and get through it. And so I love having the conversation around PCOS, because there’s, as we know, there’s a lot of women who have PCOS right now who just haven’t been diagnosed or just don’t know what’s going on.

Farrar Duro 10:11
Yeah, so that’s always the question we have is where do you start? Because there’s so many different starting places a lot of people say, well just lose weight and exercise. And that’s the worst ever advice sometimes, because it’s so difficult. And you have to start even beyond that, I think, at the self care level and that sort of thing. So when you talk about self care, what things can we do as women to actually start resetting our hormones and helping with our metabolism? In preparation for those things?

Dr Mariza Snyder 10:43
Absolutely. Well, and it’s a big part of the puzzle, right, I was thinking about the three big needle movers for women, when it comes to our hormones, because hormones ultimately, at the end of the day, are chemical messengers, and they’re chemical messengers mediating some very important messages. And they’re usually the red flag, I feel like when something isn’t right in the body, our hormones are going to be one of the first flags to pull up and say, Hey, something isn’t right here. And it’s really important for us to listen to our bodies. And I think the three things that are so important for us is not only radical self care, and self love, but also what we’re eating so that we’re creating a really happy environment for our gut, our liver and decreasing inflammation. And then how do we reduce our toxic load? Because I think that toxins are actually one of the biggest reasons why we’re finding ourselves in this boat, whether it is our reproductive organs, or it’s our thyroid, or in our brain and our gut, right. But the one thing that I think is the easiest to shift is going to be the self care piece, because it’s that opportunity to really take care of ourselves and to love ourselves.

And where I started with self care is really it can be one of two things. Two things I love to start women on. And it may not feel like well, how is this going to get me to hormone balance? All of this is a journey and all of these little pieces every single day, we’re choosing in to get to that next level. So there’s two things that I love to educate about, or just inspire women to do is to 1. Have a joy list, where you have 10 things on that list that are either paid for or free, and you begin to integrate maybe two or three of those things on your joy list every single week, so that you are focusing on doing something good for you. The other thing that I feel really moves the needle, the joy list I think it’s critically important, but what I feel really moves the needle is having a morning routine, prioritizing yourself before you prioritize anything else, including Instagram and email, right? Because those things are oftentimes other people’s priorities. We call our gmail account, or email account other people’s priority, because that’s exactly what it is. It’s just emails with people needing something from you. Those first 15-20 minutes, 30 minutes of the day is just all about nourishing and loving and focusing on you and I think when we can set the tone for our day to decide the day that we want to have, we create profound changes in terms of our health, and our overall happiness.

Farrar Duro 13:11
What are some examples that you use for your morning routines as self-care goes?

Dr Mariza Snyder 13:15
Absolutely, one of the things that I use, no surprise at all being author of a couple essential oil books, I use essential oils, I start my day with citrus essential oils, either wild orange or tangerine or grapefruit, whatever citrus oil you love, maybe it’s bergamot, the oil of self love and self acceptance. I have it by my bedside and I just take one to two drops. Citrus oils, they’re very generous, they’re not very viscous. And so they tend to just come out two drops at a time. So take those drops, rub your palms together, take five conscious deep belly breaths, not only are you oxygenating the brain, you’re firing the brain up and you are boosting happy neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which are great for the morning. So I start my morning immediately with citrus essential oils, I go and I do a big glass of water with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice, kind of to start the digestive system. I do a matcha green tea, and I do a green smoothie, and it doesn’t all happen at once. I’m not like chugging all these things at once. Just you could imagine, like someone in a race trying to chug these things all at once. But that’s happening in the routine. And then I have a journal called the Speed Dial the Universe Journal. And it’s gratitude. It’s my six rocks for the day. It’s what I want the universe to assist me with, whatever I got on the docket for the coming years. And it’s just a really great journal to get my mind right. And I’d love to move some way somehow, either whether it’s a yoga, like five minutes of yoga, or going outside and I live on a pretty steep hill. So I just walk that hill a couple times. Just something that just get my…focusing on my mental state, my physical state, and then making sure that I’m nourishing my body. Those are the big things. And I just feel a lot more grounded and ready to tackle the day.

Farrar Duro 15:10
Very cool. Yeah, definitely. And that smoothie sounds nice, too, if maybe we could find a recipe for that.

Dr Mariza Snyder 15:16
I got a ton of recipes in the book. But I can give you a recipe right here. I’ve been making green smoothies for probably 12 years now. And I will say that when I was first trying to heal my body, I had just discovered green smoothies a little bit before that. And I remember thinking to myself, because I knew how healthy green smoothies were with the fiber and the healthy fats and all the veggies that you are getting. I was like, well, this is just literally an energy, you know, gut support injection. But one of the biggest things that was keeping me and preventing me from getting well, because it took me about three, I want to say two to three years to really heal the chronic fatigue. To get to a place where I felt like I was rocking my world again. And what was happening as I kept…all of us this happens, you know, it’s no perfect science. If anything I’ve learned on this journey of wellness is that you’re just going to always have these little slip ups, these kind of slide backs where you’re kind of restarting again. So this was happening and I was like What is going on? I’m drinking all this smoothies, I’m doing all the yoga, I’m I’m doing all the things on paper, right? I’m doing the protocols. But what was happening is I had this really dominating undercurrent, this belief system undercurrent. I kept continuing to say yes to things I didn’t want to do. I kept being obliging. I was doing a lot of stuff that I didn’t fuel me up, didn’t make me happy. Because I had this core belief that my worth, as a woman, as a person on this planet was predicated on how much I did for others, how many times I said yes to things, and how much I did not focus on myself. And that undercurrent was the driver for so much of my life and so much of what I did every single day, that until I was able to look that in the face and just and stare down that disempowering belief, I really wasn’t able to get to that place of healing. And my selfcare ritual that morning ritual every day is a declaration to myself, every day that not only am I worth the time to take care of myself, but I’m a bigger priority than all the crap on social media or in my email account, right? That I deserve that time before I go off and give, because that’s just it when you’re a healer or when you’re somebody who your number one job is to serve people, girl, it could suck you down the hole, like you’re just serving people 24/7 if you let it. And so that little moment in everybody morning is such a godsend to me, because it allows me to show up with the energy that I need to have for these women.

Farrar Duro 18:09
That’s so important. Definitely. And it’s a part of physician heal thyself. And I think that some of the listeners out there, though, you know, I want to talk about your book and a second with some of your essential recipes for women’s health. But I think that right now, I want to ask if anyone’s listening with thyroid issues. Is it possible to heal your thyroid and Hashimotos and how do you go about that? I know there’s a lot involved with it. But for somebody who’s realizing, oh, okay, I do have this, am I doomed? Like, what? Am I gonna have to be on medication for the rest of my life? What would your advice be to them?

Dr Mariza Snyder 18:48
Absolutely. You know, it really, really depends. The heartbreaking thing about something like Hashimoto’s and hypothyroid is that right now there’s what 35 million people in America, mostly women diagnosed. And there’s another 10 plus million people who have no idea. The average length of diagnosis from onset of symptoms, to a full diagnosis is usually between, I would say, eight to 10 years. And unfortunately, we can do a lot of damage in that time. I find that the majority of the time and I can speak to myself and a lot of the labs and a lot of the people that I’ve seen over the years, that’s a very often although we can get the Hashimotos under control, most likely the potential damage of that thyroid maybe to a point where you may not ever be able to get off the medications. Now it could be a lower dose of medications. And indefinitely, you’re going to feel significantly better. Given the state of where I’m at, I’m still not in Hashimotos remission yet. Even after all this time, and all this work that I do every single day, my antibodies are still higher than we want them to be. And we’ve looked at labs, and we’ve looked at results, it doesn’t look like I’m going to be coming off of medication ever, personally. And that sucks. I’m not gonna lie. That’s super sucks. But I it also in a one way, in another way I feel so much better, and I am so grateful that I have a team of functional doctors who literally with precision exactness have me exactly where I need to be kind of like that Goldilocks state. And I wouldn’t be able to do that on my own, I would definitely need someone to be monitoring that with me. Even as much as I know, I just feel like I need an unbiased person who can look at my labs in a very unbiased way versus myself. But the majority of times I have found unless that it’s just a conversion from T4 to T3, most of the time, if you’ve got hypothyroid and it’s definitely the type of thyroid driven by Hashimotos, you’re probably going to, in most instances, stay on some kind of medication.

Farrar Duro 21:16
Definitely. And some people might not know this, but if you have normal TSH, it’s still possible to have antibodies. It’s just that a lot of times they will not check for thyroid antibodies if your TSH is normal.

Dr Mariza Snyder 21:29
Which is such BS, let me just tell you because TSH isn’t even a thyroid hormone. It’s a pituitary hormone. It’s not an output hormone. And so that just Oh, girl…make’s me angry. So yeah, so I have full episodes that I talk about, and what I always tell women is that you need to demand a full panel. And if you can’t get a full panel, there are labs that you can order on your own, where they’ll do the full panel, it’s a part of that lab. So TSH is never going to give you exactly what you need. You need the full panel, I can give the list of the full panel as well if you like, but yes, that’s what you’re going to be really mindful. And you always want to have antibodies looked at just in case, because there’s so many reasons. We live in a time that our level of toxic load and the things that we’re exposed to where our immune system is just trying to get by. It’s just surviving and our immune system is hypersensitive. It’s designed for shoot to kill. And there’s a lot of molecular mimicry that happens where it accidentally identifies healthy tissue for something that should be foreign in the body. And it’s just because our immune system is just confused and haywire. Because we just have a lot more stuff in the environment that we haven’t had in like you even 50 years ago. And so if indeed you’re starting to see symptoms like low sex drive, thinning hair, the fatigue, you’re finding your stubborn weight won’t move anywhere. Brain fog, sluggish digestion, constipation, any of these symptoms, sound familiar to what’s going on with you? It’s time to ask for a full thyroid panel.

Farrar Duro 23:24
For sure. I think that’s so confusing sometimes because PCOS symptoms and thyroid symptoms can overlap.

Dr Mariza Snyder 23:30
And adrenal symptoms can give an overlap. Right? The thing is, as a good friend of mine, I had a good friend of mine, Dr. Tom O’Brien on the other day, and he’s like hormones, and he does a lot of sports analogies. And I was like, Huh, you know, for women, not to say that women don’t watch sports, but he was cracking me up. But he was like, basically, your hormones are like a baseball team. Right? And those nine players, which there’s more than nine players, but they’re all coordinating, they all have a major impact on one another. And what we see, especially when we track our menstrual cycle, we find that we have something like PCOS, it’s important to wonder, well, how did I get this, you know, what else could be triggering? What else could be involved in this? And it’s important to be looking at those other hormone systems as well.

Farrar Duro 24:14
And so what would you recommend if somebody is wanting to kind of experiment with essential oils and saying, Okay, I’m going to try it. I have all my labs, I know that I’m supposed to be doing this, but I want to do other things that can hopefully, help get me there. And, start by something simple that they can do at home. You mentioned one of my favorite blends is the peppermint and orange oil, which I like to diffuse in my office. And sometimes it just gives you a little like, I’m awake, it’s like an alert sort of smell. What things can you do topically to help with hormonal balance in general?

Dr Mariza Snyder 24:50
Absolutely. I have a menstrual cramp which is technically a PCOS blend, it’s on my phone, which is right over there. And I’ll see if I can reach it, is usually next to me. But here are my best oils for PCOS. Number one is clary sage. Clary sage is one of the best all around oils for PCOS, clary sage fights acne, it relieves anxiety, depression and stress. It boosts hair growth, and more importantly it helps to balance hormones and fertility. So I love clary sage. I have a Superwoman blend that is in a 10 ml roller like this. I think it’s just ultimate for PCOS and hormonal balance. Not only is it great for mood support, and great for reducing stress and anxiety, but it’s also great for menstrual cramps or just pain in our ovaries or in our uterus. You can apply it right over the ovaries and the uterus about three inches below the belly button.

That blend is 12 drops of clary sage because clary sage I call her the “Beyonce” of hormonal essential oils. So 12 drops of Clary Sage, 10 drops of lavender, both lower prostaglandins and they’re phenomenal pain relievers. 10 drops of lavender, 5 drops of cedar wood which is phenomenal for stress and anxiety and sleep as well. 5 drops of geranium and we’re talking about geranium in just a second. Not only is it great for stimulating the adrenal cortex to supporting the adrenals, balancing emotions, alleviating anxiety, depression and improving focus, but it’s also great for improving fertility and increasing progesterone. So I love some geranium, it is phenomenal for balancing oils on the skin and for dealing with acne. 5 drops of geranium and then four drops of ylang ylang. Ylang ylang is not only a phenomenal antidepressant, but it works to balance cortisol and adrenals, so it’s great for reducing stress. It’s a heart-centered oil, so it’s great for emotional healing and it helps to boost libido. I love the little four drops of ylang ylang. You top it off with coconut oil, you can roll it on your wrist, you can roll it in your arms, because essential oils are lipophilic, they go right into the bloodstream. And let me tell you, that chemistry is so profound and your body’s chemistry is so profound, that there’s this amazing intelligence that goes down where your body just knows where to put these oils. That’s what makes them so adaptive. But I love what I call path of least resistance, right? If you’ve got a stomach ache, you’re going to put the oils on your tummy, right? If you’ve got a headache, you want to put the oils wherever the headache is, so that you can actually really feel them working pretty quickly. So in this instance, I do love the Superwoman blend right over the ovaries and the uterus.

Farrar Duro 27:35
Awesome. So we’ll have these links to these recipes in our show notes and for you guys to try and also with self care if you’re doing any fertility massage, that’s one thing I think the Superwoman I love the name by the way, the Superwoman blend would be really nice to do.

Dr Mariza Snyder 27:51
I do have an enhanced fertility blend, also I know a big thing where you were always so concerned about insulin sensitivity, cravings as well and cravings are playing a role with stress. It’s playing a role with our insulin deregulation and even our thyroid. Cravings come on for all kinds of reasons. And one of my favorite cravings blend is a combination of peppermint, lemon, ginger and cinnamon. Cinnamon can be omitted because it’s not as, it’s a more rare oil, and it’s a little bit more expensive. But cinnamon helps to reduce insulin resistance, and it supports blood sugar balance. So I love that piece as well. But it’s just a roller of 10 drops of peppermint and grapefruit and then five drops of the lemon and the cinnamon. You just top it off with fractionated coconut oil just like this one too. Just roll it over your palms and take some deep belly breaths. Anytime you feel a craving trigger come on. And so that’s a great, great blend, I call it just basically winning the stare-down contest with a cupcake or, or a donut, whatever, whatever you find gets you in trouble,

Farrar Duro 28:58
I probably will have listeners dousing themselves with this.

Dr Mariza Snyder 29:02
Amazing, it’s such an effective blend. Lots of research has shown that ginger and peppermint specifically are craving suppressors, and then the other two are equally as great. But I love cinnamon for reducing insulin resistance and increasing cell receptor sensitivity.

Farrar Duro 29:22
Perfect, this is awesome. So this is a great tool kit. And even if you’re traveling during the holidays, I love this little roller balls that you can just grab it and go. I have one in every every purse or bag or that sort of thing. They’re great. And so in your book, you focus a lot on hormonal balance in general. And are you giving essential recipes for each particular thing? Or also kind of infusing that with some nutritional recommendations as well?

Dr Mariza Snyder 29:50
Absolutely! Well, the book is broken into three very distinct parts. The first part I call it the hormone primer. And that is I feel more than ever, we deserve to understand what’s going on with our bodies. I think knowledge is power, the more that we understand how our bodies work and our hormones work, we can really advocate for what’s working. And we can know what’s happening in our bodies. So that first part of the book is not only breaking down all the hormones systems and showing you what labs you need to demand and ask for. But also the importance of self care rituals. And that’s all built into part one of the book. Part two is I interviewed 50,000 women and I asked them, What are the symptoms that you most want to work on? What are the things that are just rocking you and just affecting your day to day life and the biggest hormone symptoms, and I broke each one of those symptoms down in chapters. I explained what is going down with the fatigue or sleep or digestive issues like I gave a full rundown backed up with tons of research that we knew it’s one thing to say okay, I’ve got digestive issues, or I’ve got fatigue, tell me what the solution is. I think it’s so important to understand, well, why is it happening or what’s going on there. So then there are a ton of oil blends, tons of oil recommendations, and self care rituals. Then part three of the book, which is probably my favorite part of the book, of all parts of the book, although there’s a little something for everybody. That’s the full on 14 day hormone rescue plan that’s got meal plans, tons of recipes. It’s got oil recipes as well for the self care, it’s got my five pillars, it’s basically a 14 day program that you can implement. And although we know that it’s it takes longer than 14 days to make massive change it’s enough of the jumpstart where women start to really feel like oh my gosh, my wellness journey is possible. I can get well, I can feel better. And I’ve had thousands and thousands of women do the part through the program. Because 14 days is so easy. You know, anyone can say yes to half a month, right? And we’ve had women lose up to 15 pounds. We’ve had women get their energy back, sleep better, less anxiety. I mean, the testimonials that come back from that program are so wonderful, and it’s meant to be so easy.

And it’s predicated and rituals built into all of that as well just to make it just make it fun. And I think we should to relish in our wellness journey, we should get to enjoy getting better and feeling better. And that’s why that plan is.

Farrar Duro 32:29
Very cool. I can’t wait to delve into this because I think it’s just so much information that’s usable, and you can implement right away. And you know, if you could think of something that you wish every woman in the world with PCOS knew what would that be?

Dr Mariza Snyder 32:50
The number one thing that each and every woman deserves ease and grace. I know that there feels like a time where it’s a struggle, and it’s frustrating. But I’ll tell you what…your body is ripe for healing miracles. And it’s just that little bit of ease and grace every single day that you get to give yourself that just gets you a little bit closer to where you want to be. So that would be my big mission. Because I’ve been there. I’ve felt that kind of that place where I’m just like, what do I do with this, and believing that my body was down to heal with me with it was a big step.

Farrar Duro 33:28
So important. And I hope that everybody listening embraces that and knows that, it’s doable. I really don’t think that there’s anything that you can’t overcome with hormones, if you have the right plan in place. If you can give our listeners a parting piece of guidance, and just the best way they can connect with you, what would that be?

Dr Mariza Snyder 33:51
Absolutely. So the best place to connect with me if you guys want to come check it out is the podcast, The Essentially You podcast because what you’re seeing here is what you’re going to get more of, we bring on a lot of amazing experts to talk about women’s health care topics, every twice a week. So that would be a great place to come connect with me. I mean, clearly the book is everywhere books are sold. But that standing message is that deserving to focus on yourself. I would say that if there was one thing that I would impart is just add one, one little self care ritual to your day, every single day. That could be grabbing an oil and breathing in, it could be a new start to your morning routine where you say, you know what, I get this first 10 minutes, I’m just going to drink tea, or maybe I’m going to drink coffee, whatever it is where that is just my time, my moment. I think that the self care is the one thing that we’re missing. And I believe that self care is a non negotiable. And it’s absolutely necessary for our survival. I think that’s where we’re at today.

Farrar Duro 34:54
Perfect. Thank you so much for all of your information and wisdom and hope that all of you guys check out Dr. Mariza’s podcast. I know that I will be listening to it on my drive to my office. And I hope everybody has a wonderful week and takes a time to just check in with themselves and try some of these essential oil recipes we talked about too. All right. Thank you guys. Have a great week.

Dr Mariza Snyder 35:18
Thank you!


Episode Spotlights:

  • What inspired Dr. Mariza Snyder to get into women’s health and essential oils (1:26)
  • How she found out she had Hashimoto’s disease (4:36)
  • Medical professionals downplaying hormonal issues (9:15)
  • Where do you start? (10:17)
  • Things you can do as a woman to reset hormones and metabolism (10:45)
  • Radical self-care, self-love and nutrition (11:28)
  • Making a joy list and having a morning routine (12:15)
  • Examples of morning routines for self-care (13:16)
  • Is it possible to heal your thyroid and Hashimoto’s? (18:45)
  • TSH is never going to give you exactly what you need, requesting a full panel (22:13)
  • Recommendations for experimenting with essential oils (24:21)
  • Diving into Dr. Snyder’s book (30:04)
  • What every woman in the world with PCOS should know (32:51)

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Farrar Duro here, reproductive acupuncturist at Florida Complete Wellness and founder & host of The PCOS Revolution, a cutting-edge podcast where I interview PCOS experts and cysters who share their pearls of wisdom on how to kick PCOS symptoms to the curb once and for all!

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