Menopause is defined as 12 consecutive months without a period. What that term does not tell us is anything about the 10 to 15 years surrounding that inauspicious date and how it can hijack the quality of our life.
Hormonal changes affect every part of your inside and outside: your brain, sense of humor, heart health, bones, energy, weight, skin and confidence. No wonder there are so many books written about hormones!
It is said that we age because our hormones start to decline, but I believe it is the other way around. What’s more, healthy hormones aren’t just about adequate levels but about balanced levels. As our hormone levels begin to wane, they rarely decline all at the same rate and this imbalance causes dysfunctions of its own.
The hormones commonly thought to be associated with menopausal symptoms are estrogen and progesterone. However, the reality is that your hormones are much like a symphony in that they all work together; if the violins sound terrible, then the entire orchestra sounds terrible.
There is some promising new research that also shows that other hormones, such as cortisol and testosterone, can play a significant role in menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, brain fog, and sleep disturbances. This is exciting news, especially for women who have been advised by their doctors to stay away from estrogen or progesterone.
As our ovaries decline in the production of the hormones that help us to feel happy and confident in our bodies, our adrenal glands are supposed to pick up the slack. Unfortunately, our 24/7 lifestyle leaves our adrenals—little walnut-sized glands—overwhelmed and too tired to do their job.
The great news is that your adrenal glands, veritable hormone factories, can be healed and restored to increase the production of the hormones that bless your life instead of just dealing with the hormones that stress your life.
Here are 5 ways to help your body balance hormones in order to soothe the symptoms of menopause:
Your liver is one of the most important organs for your hormone health. In fact, it is so important that it’s the focus of the first part of my 30-day program in The Hormone Secret. If you take care of your liver, it will take care of you. Your liver gets rid of excess hormones, activates hormones, and stores vitamins that are used in the production of hormones, to name just a few of its many functions. We take the health and proper functioning of our liver for granted; the truth is that our liver works very hard to deal with all the toxins and chemicals that we breathe, absorb, and eat on a daily basis. We take care of the filter of our car, and yet we don’t think about the filter for our bodies. Doing a liver cleanse 1-2 times per year is essential for your hormones to be as abundant and functioning as properly as possible.
What is a liver cleanse? It usually involves a nutrition guide that allows the liver to rest. (This does not mean a deprivation diet.) The cleanse should also include vitamins, minerals, and herbs that will heal your liver such as Milk Thistle and B vitamins. Lastly, the entire point of a liver cleanse is to eliminate toxins from the body. Ensure you are drinking plenty of water and that you have 1-2 bowel movements per day.
Hot flashes, one of the most common menopausal symptoms, are often due to the decline of estrogen. You can ameliorate this imbalance without taking actual estrogen by supplementing with maca, 1000-2000 mg daily. This ancient herb will take any estrogen that is on a carrier protein (and not doing you any good) and kick it off. That way your estrogen can get onto the proper receptor and do your cells and you some good.
There are many great nutritional ways to boost estrogen levels. Legumes, lentils, and beans are all beneficial for balancing this vital hormone.
Progesterone is your peaceful hormone. When progesterone levels go down, women can become anxious, develop insomnia, and become more frustrated with simple things. Chaste berry, 500-1000 mg daily, has been shown to increase progesterone levels naturally.
Testosterone was shown in an Australian study to decrease hot flashes and night sweats in addition to boosting cognition and energy. The adrenal glands are the source of your testosterone and taking Ashwagandha, 1000 mg daily, will boost your testosterone without the side effects of taking testosterone supplement.
The science is clear, and there are ways to reboot our biology and change how we look, feel, and function. Don’t settle for fine. You deserve to feel FABULOUS.
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