It’s not just puberty and menopause: Women experience hormonal changes throughout their lives. New research shows the onset of menopausal systems is often linked to hallmarks of modern Western lifestyle, including nutrient-poor diets of refined foods, alcohol consumption, smoking, chronic stress, depression, lack of exercise and exposure to endocrine-disrupting toxins found in common household products.
About ten years before menopause, your egg quality declines and your hormones begin to shift-estrogen diminishes a little and progesterone plumments.
Brain fog. Researchers suspect lower estrogen may be partly to blame for difficulty some women report with memory and decision making- but the stress of busy lives make it worse.
Chronic stress cause overproduction of hormone cortisol, which can lead to adrenal fatigue, a collection of symptoms including insomnia, headaches, anxiety, and inability to concentrate.
Weight Gain. Yep, stress can make you fat. Cortisol releases sugar into bloodstream to provide fuel in stressful times, and insulin mops up the excess. With too much sugar to process, the body becomes insulin resistant and converts the excess to belly fat, or visceral fat, which is linked to greater risk for heart disease. Visceral fat is harder to
Sleep problems and hot flashes.
Perimenopausal women may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, possibly due to low progesterone, high cortisol demands, or a disturbance in melatonin, the sleep-wake hormone. Erratic estrogen levels cause hot flashes.
How to feel your best
Eat right, sleep, and meditate to keep cortisol and insulin stable. Choose low-glycemic foods like lean proteins and complex carbs, which break down more slowly in the body. Sleep 7hrs a night to stabilize cortisol and balance appetite hormones leptin and gherkin. New studies indicate that women who participated in a program of mediating and mindful stretching has fewer, less intense hot flashes, better sleep quality, less anxiety
Getting regular massages help eases the body’s hormonal dialogue keeping women happy & balanced.