Hormonal sea saw

Dramatic changes occur to a woman’s hormones during her lifetime.  The endocrine system, which is responsible for releasing hormones, can be affected by stress, the upheavals of pregnancy and menopause, as well as what we eat and how much exercise we do.  An unbalanced endocrine system can cause unpleasant and sometimes debilitating effects, but one of the most frustrating is the fat deposits.

Some conditions below can relate to hormones and how they affect metabolism and weight issues.

PCOs (Polycystic ovary syndrome)
PCOs make your body resistant to the action of insulin, so it’s harder to get glucose into your muscles, you are more tired and even if you do a lot of exercise, it’s harder to lose weight.  Insulin resistance can increase your appetite and make you more likely to gain weight over time, but this is usually preventable by lifestyle.  Exercise, the really hardcore type that gets a sweat up, emerges as the most effective tool.  This increases the action of insulin in your body and can counteract the effects of PCOs.  It has also been shown that strength training can help with insulin resistance.
Symptoms of PCOs include heavy or irregular periods, infertility, increased face or body hair, acne, diabetes and elevated blood fats.

Herbs can be used to assist in the balancing of hormones, infertility and menstrual problems.

Adrenal Burnout and Cortisol
Reports have found that women from 35 onwards, with their juggling of stressful careers and motherhood, can find themselves with adrenal burnout.  The adrenals produce more cortisol, which in turn stores fat.  The adrenals can also slow down thyroid function. 

Fatigue is a big key to adrenal burnout.  Why not try some Adrenotone, which gives your adrenals a helping hand. This belend of adaptagens and tonics will give you a bounce back in your step.

Oestrogen Dominance
This can lead to weight gain and fat storage, especially around the mid-section.  Other signs of a hormone imbalance can include excessive PMS symptoms, headaches and urinary incontinence.

If you suffer PMS or other hormone issues, you may be in need of a naturopathic consult. Even if you have perfect menstruation your hormones maybe imbalanced leading to PMS.

Up to 25 percent of older women and around six to 10 per cent of younger women suffer from low thyroid function or hypothyroidism.  This contributes to weight gain.  When under high levels of stress, your body’s immune system can attack your thyroid, so you don’t produce enough thyroid hormones and your metabolism drops.  Symptoms can be non-specific such as weight gain, constipation, or tiredness.

I suffer from this myself and time and time again see many clients dealing with the symptoms.  Naturopathically assist your thyroid health. With the use of herbs like bladderwrack, withania and even goji berry we can get you back on track in no time.

Menopausal Mayhem
Menopause is the most obvious time women experience unexplained weight gain.  The sudden drop in oestrogen production in the ovaries, is the main thing that causes the weight gain.  High levels of fatigue occur in menopausal women.

Symptoms can send you crazy.  Avoid HRT and take the natural approach for night sweats and hot flushes.  There are many herbal ways to help with the symptoms.

Diet & Exercise
Food plays a huge role in balancing your hormones.  Increasing legumes is great for helping to reduce oestrogen dominance; foods with fibre such as raw beetroot, and bitter greens that promote a healthy liver are also a help.  High levels of trans-fatty acids and processed foods will contribute to weight gain around the middle.  Alcohol can also lead to weight gain.  It promotes oestrogen dominance and oestrogen will also produce fat itself.

Yoga could be of benefit in lowering cortisol as it lowers your stress levels.  Also, eating a diet low in refined foods, particularly white flour and sugars lowers nutritional stress.  As high sugar leads to insulin resistance, the more sugar you eat, the more you crave.

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