Have your hormones work to keep you healthy
We all know the havoc hormones have on women during peri/menopause, from chin hairs to hot flashes and over 30 other symptoms women can experience. We wanted to arm you with ideas for how to keep your hormones in check.
The first thing people think of when they hear, “hormones” is women’s mood changes; which they can affect. But, hormones control almost everything in your body! And when they are out of whack the body will respond to let you know that things need to change.
Healthline Magazine states that the hormones that get imbalanced first are cortisol and insulin, which are your stress and blood sugar hormones. These hormones usually have an effect on the thyroid, the ovaries, and sleep. Decreasing estrogen levels can cause more than just hot flashes and night sweats. Hormonal imbalances can also lead to depression and feeling like you are in a constant state of PMS (premenstrual syndrome).
Why are my hormones off?
With all of these changes in your body during midlife, it is hard to figure out what might be causing these hormone shifts. Being stressed, not getting enough sleep, and not eating a healthy diet can take your hormones out of balance and make your peri/menopause symptoms heightened. Here are ways to get your hormones in check naturally:
- Sleep issues already affect women during peri/menopause because of night sweats and having to use the bathroom more frequently. But, what if you sleep uninterrupted for 8 hours and you still feel tired? It could be that your progesterone levels are low. If you have low progesterone, a study found that having 750mg of Vitamin C a day can naturally help increase your progesterone. 750mg of Vitamin C equals about 10 medium oranges to get there! Thankfully, there are a variety of fruits and vegetables that have Vitamin C, from green bell peppers and broccoli to kiwi and strawberries. So, eat a variety to get the full benefit.
- Everyone is talking about how women can experience flu-like symptoms right before their period. But, have you heard of allergies at the beginning of your period? Apparently, your hormones can make you have allergies, or worse, an asthma attack! Who would have known!? Progesterone and estrogen are teaming up to make allergies hit hard during the beginning of your period. Fight back by tracking your symptoms and your menstrual period in our app. This information should be shared with your doctor to help make things easier.
- Did you know that if you notice your skin getting drier than normal, it could be a thyroid issue? When the thyroid hormone thyroxine is low it affects your metabolic rate, which in turn makes your system slow down. This means your skin cell turnover will take longer and your skin will get dry. If you have been using lotions and oils and nothing is working, make an appointment to see your doctor and have your labs taken.
- Have you started gaining weight during midlife? It’s time to blame your hormones again! Constant stress can lead to weight gain and not getting a full, restful night’s sleep can lead to weight gain and unhealthy eating.
- Do you have a low libido and you can’t figure out what has happened? Your hormones may be working against you. Stress also leads to low libido. But, don’t give up! Move your body for at least 10 minutes a day to release feel-good endorphins to combat stress and keep your hormones frim getting the best of you. Research also shows that working out contributes to higher self-confidence!
The takeaway:Listen to your body. If you are having irregular symptoms start tracking them and review them with your doctor. Follow these recommendations:
- Avoid screen time
- Get the sleep you can
- Try to stay busy with things that interest you to avoid “sitting around”
- Avoid processed foods and eat a variety of fruits and vegetables
- Try to stay calm and avoid stress