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What You Need To Know For Great Results With DIM

DIM (Diindolyl-Methane) is a powerful compound, and there are a ton of reasons to take it as a supplement: Menopause relief, correcting estrogen dominance, chronic acne reduction, weight loss. The list goes on.

Unfortunately, there are also a few ways that taking DIM can fall short of being everything that it should.

DIM is one of our most popular products at SMNutrition, so we get to hear so many exciting success stories. We also see how people fail to get optimal results.

We don't like that much, so we've compiled a quick list of things you should know about DIM to get the full benefit.

DIM Promotes The Body's Natural Metabolism Of Hormone Excesses 

It's true that DIM eliminates excess estrogen (especially the excesses that come from estrogen mimicking chemicals that we absorb). 

But how this happens is important to know. DIM works to bring estrogen levels back into balance by promoting our bodies' own natural metabolism of these excesses.

Why does that matter?

Because your body knows what you need. If excess estrogen has been eliminated, the body does not continue to deplete estrogen levels. In other words, some people (especially those taking DIM for menopause-related estrogen dominance) worry about their estrogen levels dropping too low, and don't take DIM as directed. 

You can trust your body to metabolize only what is healthy to be rid of. DIM works by giving those smart systems a boost.

Headaches Can Happen (For A Few Days)

  

  

 

Headaches are one of the most common reasons people don't get the results that they should with DIM. Most people won't experience them, but it's also not uncommon at all for the first few days taking DIM to be marked by headaches, or even some slight fatigue. For those that do have this experience, it can be a little bit like the start of a detox.

 

If you do experience headache(s) during your first days taking DIM, there are two things that you have to know: 

A. They will go away.

The headaches are not a constant result of DIM usage, but rather, the result of hormonal shift and correction that is taking place in your body. Once the most dramatic corrections have been made, and levels are no longer in flux, detox-like symptoms also disappear. 

B. A rough first few days should actually be encouraging.

Because headaches and fatigue are the result of significant hormone shifting, they should actually be an encouragement that DIM is the right supplement for you. 

Hormone correction that is significant enough to cause a few days of discomfort, is also hormone correction that is significant enough to make a huge difference in your ongoing hormonal health.

In fact, many of the people that have the most significant gains from DIM will experience headaches or fatigue in the first few days.

If the detox-like phase of DIM is just too much for you, we recommend adding CDG (Calcium D-Glucarate). It binds to metabolized hormones, and keeps them from sneaking back into the blood, which can greatly reduce unpleasant symptoms.

Another DIM tip that will help you with this issue is...

You Shouldn't Take DIM On An Empty Stomach

 

 

 

You are much less likely to experience headaches, or other symptoms in the first few days with DIM if you always take it on a full stomach.

Absorbing DIM with a healthy meal allows the body a smoother and slower absorption process. That means less potential for headache, fatigue, or other noticeable disruption.

It's equally important to make sure that you are well hydrated while you are taking DIM. The body will be breaking down hormonal excesses, and keeping a ready supply of water on hand allows the body to expel the metabolites that are being produced.

We recommend at least a couple of additional glasses of water on top of what you might ordinarily drink during the day.

Darkened Urine Is Completely Normal On DIM

 

 

 

Speaking of moving higher levels of liquids through the body... the color and odor of your urine will probably change when you supplement with DIM.

Most people find that their urine is noticeably darker, and some variation of burnt orange. The smell also typically becomes more pungent than before.

These changes are so common that it's actually much more rare to have no such change to urine during DIM supplementation. 

Urine changes are the result of the body filtering out the broken down metabolites, as well as the DIM itself. But while the change is totally normal, they can be disconcerting if you don't know to look out for them.

Consistency Is Critical

 

 

 

Sadly, one of the most common reasons people fail to get everything out of DIM, is simple inconsistency.

It's something that we're all subject to. Life gets busy, and there are a million things to think about, and before you know it, you've missed three days in a row. 

Don't let that be you.

Remembering to take DIM every day is important because it keeps excess estrogen at bay, and prevents stores from building up. Whether you're in the initial phase of correcting imbalances, or maintaining your corrected healthy levels, you don't want to regress and lose ground.

That's the reason that DIM by SM Nutrition has been designed to work with only one dose every day. We recommend selecting a meal where you take DIM each day. Once it's a habit, you won't have to think about it any more, and consistency won't be a problem for you!

 

Are you interested in the benefits of DIM? Add DIM to your cart now, and start finding out what this simple supplement inspired by nature's healthiest vegetables has to offer! 

61 Responses

Laura

Laura

October 20, 2018

Hello I’m using the estrogen cream for vaginal dryness could i still use DIM?

Val

Val

October 15, 2018

Hello,
Im so happy because after 15 years of acne and all kind
Of treatments and pills only after two weeks dim cleaned
My face! Insane after all I been through with my face.
So how long I have to take this supplement?

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

October 08, 2018

Hey Nicole,
DIM promotes the metabolism of estrogen excesses. There should be no direct impact to your progesterone supplementation!

Nichole

Nichole

October 08, 2018

I’m currently taking 50mg of progesterone every night, will taking DIM interfere with the progesterone?
Thank you

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

September 27, 2018

Hey Val,
DIM does not have any stimulating or sedating effects, so the time that you take it should not be a large consideration. We just recommend taking it at the time where you are most likely to be consistent, and to take it with food and a glass of water.

Val

Val

September 26, 2018

Do you suggest a time of day for taking DIM? I didn’t know if taking it later in the day would be okay or if it would cause any issues with sleep, etc… Thank you

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

September 24, 2018

Hey Karen,
There’s no problem with taking two DIM capsules in a day necessarily. The issue is just diminished returns. The body can only utilize so much DIM per day, and the capsules are designed to put you right at about that mark. So feel free to try it and see if it makes a difference for you. The worst case scenario would probably just be wasted DIM that couldn’t be utilized.

Karen

Karen

September 21, 2018

Love the product just wondering if I can take more than one a
Day. I noticed my hot flashes come back in the am.. I take it every morning
Thank you

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

September 17, 2018

Hey Rubi,
DIM does usually darken urine, but we don’t expect any stool discoloration from this supplement. If you’re concerned, we would recommend talking with your doctor, as that issue is unrelated.

Rubi

Rubi

September 15, 2018

I’ve been taking DIM for about three months and I’ve notice that my stools look green. Even though I have not eaten any vegetables. Could this be a side effect of DIM?

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

September 11, 2018

Hey Kristan,
We have heard multiple reports of an outbreak of acne during the initial days of taking DIM, but we haven’t heard that enough to necessarily think that it is more than coincidental. It is possible that the initial shifting/rebalancing could be a contributing factor, but with DIM (as with all our supplements) we recommend giving it one month to make an assessment. A month will let you know what you can actually expect from the supplement!

Kristan

Kristan

September 06, 2018

Hi. I’ve been taking DIM for about a week now. The headaches have subsided and I’ve lost weight already but I’ve noticed an increases in acne only on the jawline. What is causing this as I thought this is supposed to help with acne?

Shery

Shery

August 31, 2018

I have been taking DIM for a week now but it gave me severe migraine so I did a research and I come to learn from Dr. Berg that when you get migraInes, it could mean your sodium have been depleted by estrogen and oxytocin which are effected by migraine. So he suggested drinking celery juice and that’s what exactly I did after an hour my migraine was 100% completely gone.

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

August 27, 2018

Hey Mary,
Great questions! There are three types of estrogen in our bodies, and in modern women, most of the time levels of some of them are elevated higher than normal (usually estradiol or estrone). But if all estrogen levels are low, then DIM would not be an effective supplement for you, regardless of the intended result. As far as time frame is concerned, we like to recommend giving all of our supplements at least one month of use to evaluate their impact for you. If you have doubts about what your levels are, or want to have that added security, we recommend getting one of the ZRT saliva test kits before supplementation.

Mary

Mary

August 24, 2018

In menopause ,FSH 139
Severe hot feeling and flushes .
Will this product help even if my estrogen is low now ?
Definate weight gain ,,,sleep disruption, mood swings ,and feeling super hot most of the time along with the flushes …
Also in the beginning will the hot feeling and flushes get worse before better?
About how long will it take for me to notice if it’s working?

Thank you

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

August 21, 2018

Hey Katie,
Great question! Mixing the capsule contents in something that is easier for you to consume is perfectly fine. It won’t have any impact on DIM’s effectiveness, so go for it.

Katie

Katie

August 19, 2018

I have a hard time swallowing pills. Would it be ok to take the capsules contents and mix them in applesauce or something else?

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

August 16, 2018

Hey Deborah,
We do recommend taking DIM with a meal and a glass of water, because some people do report an upset stomach when they take it without anything else. The bloating you described is less consistent with what we have heard though.

Deborah

Deborah

August 15, 2018

Hey"Can the use of DIM causes an upset stomach? Since I started taking DIM I have a bloated belly with stomach cramps, is this normal?

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

August 09, 2018

Hey Aleta,
Hormone imbalance and estrogen dominance in particular, can be a major factor in chronic acne, weight issues, and mood swings. So the impact of DIM could be really significant for you! But the sleep disruption wouldn’t necessarily be improved by this supplement.

Aleta

Aleta

August 08, 2018

I am 58 years old and have been in menopause for 8 years. I still get acne, have gained weight around my middle, have mood swings, and sleep disruption. Would DIM help me?

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

August 08, 2018

Hey Marie,
As a general rule, we always recommend taking DIM (or any of our other supplements) for one month to get a good idea about the results you can expect. Regarding period-related breast tenderness, that issue is generally caused by natural fluctuations of estrogen and progesterone during the cycle, and not necessarily estrogen excesses that DIM helps to eliminate.

Marie

Marie

August 07, 2018

Hello. I have been taking this supplement for about three weeks. I initially started taking it to reduce the breast swelling and tenderness I experience leading up to my period. So far, I am still experiencing the same symptoms. How long should I expect to take DIM before experiencing results?

Victoria Auger

Victoria Auger

August 02, 2018

Can I take it indefinitely or is there a point at which to stop?

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

July 31, 2018

Hey Jack,
You’re right; a lot of people do use DIM for a few months at a time to get rid of xenoestrogen buildup, like a cleanse. That isn’t our recommendation, as we suggest keeping those levels low. But there would probably be a lot of benefit in using DIM the way that you suggest as well. It just allows for buildup to occur again.

Jack

Jack

July 30, 2018

1. How long should a DIM cleanse go on. I read 120 days on some websites. Some say it should over at that point.
If so, then is this to be an annual cleanse?

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

July 27, 2018

Hey Sara,
The color and altered odor with DIM does tend to persist longer than any headache or fatigue. And unlike those symptoms, the urine alteration may also during the whole course of DIM usage. The urine effects do tend to lessen over time though, and increased hydration can also minimize their impact.

Sara Rutherford

Sara Rutherford

July 26, 2018

Will the dark pungent urine go back to normal or will it continue as long as Im taking the supplement?

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

July 25, 2018

Hey Margaret,
Great question! We’ve actually recently launched a product called Calcium D-Glucarate that pairs perfectly with DIM. It makes sure that all metabolized hormones are successfully excreted, instead of reabsorbed into the bloodstream. If you’re looking for something to improve and support DIM supplementation, that’s the way to go.

margaret

margaret

July 24, 2018

What other supplements should be taken with DIM to make it work effectively?

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

July 24, 2018

Hey Joie,
The fatigue is pretty normal, and it does go away! when fatigue or headache do occur, they usually take about 3-7 days to go away entirely. Long term that should be encouraging because headache and fatigue is the result of big results happening quickly.

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

July 24, 2018

Hey Louise,
200 mg is just fine for a post-menopausal woman. The amount of DIM in each capsule is intended to match the most our bodies can absorb and use in a day. And there’s no need to worry about excesses. Whatever DIM your body cannot use will be processed and eliminated without impact.

Joie Kui

Joie Kui

July 22, 2018

Hi!
I just started the DIM and noticed fatigue is this normal and does it go away ? I am 45 yr ols with perimenapause issues going on .!

Louise

Louise

July 20, 2018

Hello,
Would I take the dosage (200mg) if I’m post menopausal?
Thank you

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

July 16, 2018

Hey Donna,
That’s a great question, and potentially important for a lot of people, so we’re glad you asked! In your question, you outlined a particular set of circumstances that allows you to know that the source of your issues is that you have less estrogen than you used to (because you can no longer supplement it). Because of that, we would not recommend DIM as the solution for that problem. DIM will help correct estrogen excesses (especially artificial environmental estrogens) but it is not an estrogen supplement, which sounds like what has been doing good things for you until this latest development.

Donna

Donna

July 12, 2018

I had breast cancer surgery 12/17. Having terrible hot flashes bc I can no longer be on estrogen pellets. Will DIM reduce the hot flashes for me?

Dawn

Dawn

July 09, 2018

I received my DIM supplement with BioPerine in the mail today. I have taken this before with good results. My question is more about a card I received along with my product. One side of the card says "tips for using our creams successfully, and the other side about using our supplements successfully, Is this supplement considered a BRHT?

Katie

Katie

July 08, 2018

Hello,

I’ve started taking dim one week ago for acne and I’ve noticed more breakouts, and fatigue symptoms. Is an initial breakout part of estrogen detox? I don’t know if my hormonal acne is caused by estrogen dominance or low estrogen, and I’m unclear whether dim helps with only estrogen dominance, or any type of imbalance!

Thank you

peter marton

peter marton

June 20, 2018

You forgot the mention the timing of dim supplement. Very important because if you take it in the wrong time the results are not that good like you expecting. Please don’t forget this information when you write about vitamins and supplements. Regards Peter

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

June 18, 2018

Hey Gianna,
Your perspective about the headache and fatigue is great (and really the reason that we wrote this article). When they do occur, it’s so important to push through, and we are equally hopeful about the possibility of your getting great results. The increase in hot flashes is less common in the early phases of DIM, but could be connected with the hormone fluctuation that takes place in these initial days. That wouldn’t be a big concern unless you don’t see that going away with the headache and fatigue. We would love to hear more from you, and get updates as you go! Just reach out to us at email@smokymountainnaturals.com

Gianna Carini

Gianna Carini

June 17, 2018

Hello! I’m very excited to begin on DIM to see if it helps my hormones come into better balance. I’m suffering from severs perimenopausal distress and the symptoms are relentless. I’m just 44 years old I’ve tried everything and I mean that! The two things I’ve noticed some benefit from have been a great progesterone cream as well as vitex taken every single day. But it hasn’t been enough to balance me. So I’ve added DIM to the mix with high hopes. I’ve been taking it just about 3 days now and instantly began to experience three side effects, which I find encouraging that it’s doing what it should: Horrid Headaches, Fatigue, and Increased Hot Flashes! Is this a normal detox sign that DIM is working ahrd to correct my imbalances? I sure hope so… I’m crossing my fingers! Also, can DIM be taken long term?

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

June 15, 2018

Hey Leslie,
We get a ton of reports of DIM doing all of the things that you mentioned (Easing pms, clearing acne, helping with mood swings). So we would have quite a bit of hope for a positive impact on your teenage daughter. Obviously the teenage years are marked by hormone fluctuation that is natural, but we would still be very hopeful that these problem areas could be improved!

Leslie

Leslie

June 14, 2018

Would this product help teenagers with painful periods, hormonal acne, extreme mood swings, etc?

Thank you in advance for your response😊

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

June 05, 2018

Hey Yo Bow,
What you described with the headaches going away after a week is really what we would expect from any adverse initial effects. They should be purely attributed to hormonal shift, and go away once a new balance has been reached. Fatigue is the second most common symptom, but should have followed a similar pattern to the headaches. You may want to try stopping for a few days to see if the issue is definitely related. If you decide that it is, and that you can no longer use DIM, please let us know by emailing us directly, and we will make sure you are taken care of!

Yo Bow

Yo Bow

June 02, 2018

I’ve been taking this for about 3 weeks now, once at night or with dinner. I’m extremely tired… Should I stop? The headaches we’ve away after a week but I’m so tired it’s ridiculous. Thank you

Diane Thompson

Diane Thompson

May 26, 2018

I started taking DIM several months before menopause and I have never had a hot flash! Will continue post-menopause because I would hate for “the hammer to fall” after having such an easy time. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any weight loss benefit.

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

May 23, 2018

You can take more than one capsule a day, and we do hear from people who do that and report even greater results… but the capsules are really designed to contain about all the DIM your body can use in a day, so we expect diminished returns with additional doses. Hope that helps!

Tiur

Tiur

May 23, 2018

Can we take 2 capsules daily? My menorrhagia and fibroid are irritating me. Thank you

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

May 10, 2018

Estro-Life, Progesto-Life, and DIM are the three products that make up our Menopause Solution Bundle, and they pair really well together for that purpose. If you’re taking DIM for other reasons (Weight loss, acne reduction, etc.) pairing them with the creams is not automatic. If you have any doubts about the usefulness of any of these supplements, we recommend testing your hormone levels to learn what you actually need.

Jennifer

Jennifer

May 09, 2018

Should this be used along with the estriol & progesterone cream?

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

April 23, 2018

When it comes to the potential interaction between DIM and pregnenolone, the possibilities are varied, and will really vary from person to person. Pregnenolone is a hormone precursor that can be used by our bodies to make a ton of other hormones (That’s why it’s so dynamic for our nervous systems as we age). But that also means that it will be used a little differently by each body. It’s important to know what your goals are, and if you have any concerns about these supplements cancelling the benefit of the other, to test your levels. Hope that helps!

Aslana

Aslana

April 22, 2018

Hello, how is it best to supplement this with Pregnenolone. I’ve seen it said not to use Together and I’ve seen research that it’s ok to use it together. What ae your thoughts

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

April 11, 2018

The time you take DIM usually doesn’t matter too much since there isn’t any stimulative or depressive qualities. What’s most important is taking it at a time that helps you be consistent each day, and taking DIM with food and water. Hope that helps!

Debbie

Debbie

April 08, 2018

When is the best time to take this ? Am or at night, I have taken only 2 days so far. I can’t wait to see results.

Marion Villemure

Marion Villemure

April 02, 2018

Been on Dim for one week now and cant say enough about it effectiveness with cystic hormonal acne and night hot flashes. The acne was so bad I couldnt leave the house some days. Never had experienced this before and was wearing on my confidence nig time. It started helping wuthin one day and just got better from there. Love this priduct😁

Marion Villemure

Marion Villemure

April 02, 2018

Been on Dim for one week now and cant say enough about it effectiveness with cystic hormonal acne and night hot flashes. The acne was so bad I couldnt leave the house some days. Never had experienced this before and was wearing on my confidence nig time. It started helping wuthin one day and just got better from there. Love this priduct😁

Smoky Mountain Naturals

Smoky Mountain Naturals

March 28, 2018

Will this help men

Great question! One of the great things about DIM is that it serves a variety of functions for a wide range of people. The largest demographic of DIM users is women with menopausal imbalance, but the second largest is probably fitness athletes (men and women alike). That’s because DIM helps you get rid of body fat that would otherwise be retained because of an estrogen excess.

orrist

orrist

March 27, 2018

Will this help men

Renee

Renee

March 27, 2018

I have used for years with no issues. Would never go without it.

Gina Jackson

Gina Jackson

March 27, 2018

IT WORKS WONERS FOR ME!!! never a headache, but the most important thing is my HOT FLASHES are GONE!!! it worked for me in a few days .. I will not be without it!!! I order as soon as I see I have about 2 weeks left so I will not go a day without it,.. its a inexpensive way to cure my flashes with no side effects.. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!

Laurie Ann Zednick

Laurie Ann Zednick

March 27, 2018

I use My DIM Daily! Very ha and Never Had A Headache!

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