Episode 133

How to Use Your Menstrual Cycle to Supercharge Your Diet, Reclaim Your Energy, and Honor Your Unique Biology

With Dr. Stephanie Estima

A woman’s hormonal landscape changes dramatically throughout her life.  Because of this unique biology, understanding her menstrual cycle and its rhythm can be incredibly useful for optimizing productivity, weight, sex drive, energy, and mood. 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, I talk to Dr. Stephanie Estima about how to eat according to your menstrual cycle, and why women are not meant to calorie restrict over the long term or be in ketosis over the long term. We discuss when women’s bodies best tolerate fasting and the different types of fasts across a women’s cycle. We also talk about how to change your exercise routine based on your menstrual cycle and the importance of taking the time to recover and slow down.

For more on Dr. Stephanie Estima, you can follow her on Instagram @dr.stephanie.estima, on Facebook @drestima, and through her website here. Listen to her podcast, Better with Dr. Stephanie, here.

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. Why men and women respond differently to a ketogenic diet
  2. Why a woman shouldn’t be on a ketogenic diet all the time
  3. Why resistant starches are so important and how to incorporate them into your diet
  4. What is a ketogenic diet and why has it become so popular
  5. The four phases of a women’s menstrual cycle
  6. How to eat during the different phases of your cycle
  7. The two ways you build muscle in the body
  8. Outcome goals vs. behavioral goals  
  9. Why orgasms should be part of your self-care regime
  10. Nutrition, fasting, and exercise considerations if you are in menopause
  11. Setting boundaries and prioritizing your health
  12. Where to learn more about Dr. Estima


Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Dhru Purohit Podcast, a top 30 health podcast with over 30 million downloads. His interviews focus on the inner workings of the brain and the body and feature the brightest minds in wellness, medicine, and mindset.

Dhru Purohit is also a serial entrepreneur and investor in the health and wellness industry.

Dr. Stephanie Estima

Dr. Stephanie Estima is an expert in female metabolism and body composition. She is a doctor of chiropractic with a special interest in functional neurology, brain metabolism, and the specific application of the ketogenic diet and fasting to female physiology. Using her framework, The ESTIMA Method™, she is particularly focused on distilling strategies in nutritional proxies, movement, posture, and mindset to actualize human potential, healthspan, longevity and achievement.

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