“Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots” ~ Rumi
You navigated to this page, because you are looking for answers. You're not feeling like you want to you, and you suspect your hormones.
You're not sleeping well and you're waking up on edge, and then feeling out of sorts all day.
You've put on weight, and you know that a slow metabolism may be making it harder to get it off.
You've had menstrual cycles that drove you mad with irritability, cramping and feeling sluggish, so now that you're all over the place it feels like your hormones on just can't find balance.
Hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, irregular periods, anxiety, irritability, depressions, emotional breakdowns, not into sex, and a general feeling of being invisible coupled with a loss of confidence…these are common symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause. And it can feel like you're on a hormone roller-coaster that never ends.
Now you're here on this page, looking for answers. It's likely you've visited a lot of pages looking for answers. You've probably asked your doctor for help, talked about hormone therapy – maybe you're on hormone therapy…
But none of the advice you've been given, none the supplements and hormones you're taking and none of the pages are telling you anything you haven't already tried…until now.
When we talk about hormones, we often speak terms of balance and imbalance. If your hormones are imbalanced, you can experience symptoms such as:
- Heavy, irregular or painful periods
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Low libido
- Breast tenderness
- Mood swings
- Panic attacks
- Constipation and/or diarrhea
- And more…
Doesn't sound pleasant does it? But, what does balanced hormones mean?
It means that your endocrine system is functioning properly.
You are eating the right foods and are able to break down and use the right nutrients; B vitamins and healthy fats in addition to clean protein, plenty of water and lots of phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables, to produce hormones, signals are being relayed properly and you're able to flush out the unused or used hormones from your system.
Look Inside – Get To Know Your Physical Self
It's important that you follow advice on diet, rest, and exercise, and find a way for it to work for you.
Hormones require a healthy diet, one that contains healthy fats, proteins and even carbohydrates. You do want to avoid high-carbohydrate diets to avoid blood sugar imbalances, which can interfere with hormone regulation.
And you want to prioritize sleep and energy management. Too many people push sleep off, thinking it's not that important. And yet, even as we age sleep is critical for your brain to function properly and remain resilient. It's important to remember, you want your brain to stay healthy for many reasons to include hormone health. Your brain is responsible for sending and receiving signals to your body's organs and tissues, and it does this via hormones.
Finally, exercise. Research on how exercise and movement affect your hormone health point to two processes that support hormone health; stimulation and detoxification.
First, exercise can help to stimulate the production of hormones such as:
- Irisin – a hormone that can help prevent fat storage
- Testosterone – a hormone that can help boost your sex drive, increase muscle mass and reduce belly fat
- Human Growth Hormone (HGH) – a hormone that increases muscle and bone strength, and regulates your fat metabolism
Exercise also helps to flush your system of unused and used hormones. Without flushing old and unused hormones from your system, you can experience higher levels of hormones than you want. For instance, if you do not flush estrogen from your system you could find yourself experiencing estrogen dominance.
Look Inside – Get To Know Your Physical Inner Self
It might also be important to be on hormone therapy when applied skillfully. What that means is you're on right therapy which has been determine by going deep into your health history, food history, how you handle and manage stress and you have done broad-spectrum testing.
You want to know more than if you are low in progesterone or estrogen. Just adding extra hormones to replace those – you no longer need – may help you feel better temporarily, but won't correct the dysfunction unless it's minor.
What hormone therapy does do is to provide relief which allows your body some breathing room to try and find balance.
But if it's not minor, you need to support your body more and this requires knowing more. You want to check out your cortisol sums, circadian rhythms, DHEA cortisol ratios, melatonin, as well as neurotransmitters in addition to your sex hormones.
You also want to check for nutrient deficiencies and conduct a thorough evaluation of your gut health. All conditions, whether emotional or physical have both a hormone and a gut connection.
Your body is capable of producing the amounts of hormones you need, at any age, as long as you provide the right resources, nutrients, have a working digestive system and give your body the space it needs.
What do I mean by space?
Space refers to time, particularly time without stress. Stress is anything that triggers your stress response system which is a main pathway within the endocrine system. When you are faced with a real or even perceived threat, your brain sends an alert through the endocrine system to ready your body for action.
Hormones are released in the brain which eventually triggers the adrenal glands to release hormones; primarily epinephrine (adrenaline), norepinephrine, cortisone and cortisol. These hormones are your stress hormones, and when they are active most other hormones are depressed, and systems not necessary for immediate survival are also depressed.
That means, if a system is not critical for your survival there's no need to send precious resources to it. You don't need to digest the contents of your stomach if you don't survive. Digestion is one of the most energy intensive processes your body undertakes, so if you need energy to run away or fight a threat, your body is not going to want to expend the bulk of its energy on digesting your meal.
This is a highly-evolved process and makes a lot of sense, except today we create a lot of stress for ourselves that is unnecessary for which our bodies must contend with.
If you struggle with chronic stress, you will not be able to properly digest and utilize the nutrients you consume – even if you eat well.
You will not produce non-survival hormones like estrogen in the levels you need to feel your best.
Your detoxification system will not flush out metabolized, used, or unused hormones.
Basically, resources and energy will go toward surviving and not toward thriving.
Look Inside – Get To Know Your Mind
Therefore, your physical health isn't the only root you need to examine. You also want to understand how you handle and manage stress. Yes, your hormones will affect how you react, but you can change the way you handle stress on a daily basis.
You have the ability to influence your environments. For instance, if your commute often has you arriving at work stressed out, look for an alternative route. Even a longer drive is better if it's an enjoyable drive. I changed my route from the freeway to a longer, windy road that went through the country. It took about 10-15 minutes longer on average, but when I arrived at work, I was in a better head space to deal with my job.
You also can predict stressors and develop a game plan for them. For instance, if you have a co-worker that routinely drops a ton of changes on your desk first thing in the morning, know that it happens and then decide on just how much of an emergency is it.
How much energy do you need to spend being frustrated at something that happens all the time, that does need to be addressed, but isn't critical?
It's important to react initially, most of the time…but do you need to hold on it?
If a driver cuts you off, you need to avoid the accident…but then what do you do with it?
Are you grateful you avoided the accident and that you're not the driver of the other car who is obviously having a bad day?
Or, do you need to grumble about it for hours, tell your co-workers about it and recreate the scene and the stress over and over again?
Ask yourself, what do you need instances like these? Do you need recognition from other that you avoided the accident and that you were the “good” person in the scenario? Are you looking for approval?
If the answer is yes, that's okay. We all need to be included and recognized, but what was the cost? Instead of retelling this story, try telling other stories that get you what you need and have you feeling confident.
How about how you helped someone, randomly?
A task that has taken you a long time, but you got it done?
The key here is to understand what you need, and then fill it with something that has a positive affect on you and doesn't add to your stress levels.
You are responsible for your health, and you have a lot more power to influence your hormone balance than you may realize. Progesterone and estrogen are not your only hormones, they are two out of about fifty, and they all work together.
If you believe your hormones are imbalanced and your struggling with depression, anxiety, weight, temperature regulation…look to yourself. Get to know your physical and mental inner self.
If you don't know where to start or what to do once you start getting to know yourself, I can help.
Not only can I help you determine what lab tests you need and help you look into your health histories, I can help you learn how to manage your life systematically. In a way that is designed by you, so you have less stress and experience more freedom – daily.
It's not that hard, but no one has taught you how to do it. I wasn't taught directly either. I had to learn over time using various systems and then broke it down into a system for myself. The methods that work for me might not work for you, but the principles are still the same.
If you want more information, need some clarity or want to learn how to do this and develop a process that will help you solve your real problems systematically, contact me. I have set aside time to meet with women like yourself who want to take charge of their health, who want to support their body's natural hormonal rhythms, and who know they need some extra support for feeling like themselves again.
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You can feel like yourself again and feel confident in your body, but the answers aren't “out there.” The answers are within you.
Your partner in health,
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