“Happiness, growth and satisfaction live in the journey, the challenges and even, the struggle.” – Craig Harper
Hit a fork in the road, a setback or just in a world of pain?
If you’ve ever tried to learn something new – tennis, an instrument, a language or losing weight, you know progress is never linear. Inevitably you encounter setbacks, plateaus or even roadblocks in your progress. Maybe you lost the first 10 kilos quickly, but the last 5 kilos you can’t budge or it creeps back on over Christmas.
You concentrate on a particular area, only to drop the ball in another area. For instance focusing on your food and exercise, but your head or mindset isn’t in the right place so you keep sabotaging yourself.
It happens often to many of us. We’re travelling along and pain and resistance is starting to build. Discomfort creeps in then it increases exponentially. Some of us go silent, withdraw, give up, escape through sleep, alcohol, eating or the like or perhaps yell and scream.
Hormones and Weight Gain After 40 – Don’t Give Into Fat, Frumpy and Grumpy
Hormones and Weight Gain After 40 – I was inspired to write this week when I came across a recent social media comment, that really shocked me – ‘I think for women in 40-55-year-old age group we’ve given up on being able to lose weight, with metabolism & hormone changes through menopause…’
Wow….really! I was totally horrified by the collective acceptance of that comment. It gave me instant visuals of lying on a train track, ready to get severed in half and saying it’s my destiny.
There’s no resignation to fat, frumpiness and grumpiness on my watch!
Hormones and Weight Gain After 40, It’s all so fixable. I do it multiple times a day five days a week – fix, tweak and rebalance hormonal issues. It’s so doable. Having a background in pharmacy and naturopathy, with 25 years experience under my belt, makes it all second nature. And of course, being in this age bracket myself, I do have an appreciation for what this wonderful lady was expressing.
But generally feeling and looking less than great is not OK, nor is it simply a normal sign of ageing. Your hormones are just out of balance and in need of a little TLC or a reboot.
Hormones sweepingly refer to many endocrine organs, which are essentially your thyroid, adrenal, pancreatic and sex hormones.
Here are some signs that will point you in the right direction. And yes, you can often have multiple imbalances….since they are linked in many feedback loops….and we’re not that simple that it’ll be just one thing. Plus, I don’t want to get bored!
Sluggish thyroid problems, often show up as fatigue along with constipation, thinning hair, weight gain you can’t seem to shift, depression, brain fog.
Adrenal problems, involving DHEA, cortisol, often shows up as fatigue and difficulty sleeping, anxiety, weight gain around the middle, craving sugar, irritability, night sweats.
Pancreatic problems or insulin resistance often shows up as expanding waist line, brain fog, dry mouth, variable energy.
Sex hormone problems, involving oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone often shows up as low libido, menstrual changes, hot flushes, PMS, dryness, fibroids (heavy bleeding), irritation, moodiness.
Hormonal serum blood tests, from your doctor, won’t always pick up the problem. Since blood tests only test for total hormones, bound and unbound. We’re interested in unbound hormones since these are the active ones. That’s why salivary hormone testing is a better option for adrenal and sex hormones.
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“Stress is the trash of modern life – we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.” – Terri Guillmets
In cave man times, stress meant being stalked by sabre tooth tigers and outwitting or fleeing them to survive.
Today, we don’t have these physical threat, rather stress generated through our thoughts, perceptions and stories that we continuously replay in our heads.
Most days in my naturopathic clinic at Mt Martha, the number one hormone disruptor of your thyroid, blood sugar, adrenals, sex hormones is STRESS. Chronic, unrelenting, destructive and disempowering.
I’ve always said you can’t medicate out of a bad lifestyle long term. Lasting results are based on changing your patterns of how you show up every day.
Here’s 11 simple ways to de-stress your life and balance your hormones –
Female Hormone Specialists – Are Hormones Causing Your Fatigue, Weight Gain Or Moodiness?
Feel like your hormones are a little out of whack?
Here’s a few tips to steer you in the right direction.
Female Hormone Specialists – Hormones are chemical messengers in your body. They send constant messages to every organ and alters things like energy levels, mood, weight, digestion, temperature and much more. Hormone producing organs include your brain (hypothalamus, pituitary and pineal glands), thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, adrenals, gastrointestinal tract and reproductive glands (ovaries and testes).
As it is in life, we never truly appreciating the effects of something, until it’s not working as it should. This imbalance can be from, too much or too little or not the right ratio of this to that. In hormone land, there are loads of negative & positive feedback loops, so one anomaly can cause a cascade of effects.
In Naturopathic or integrative medicine, we aim to find the root cause and rectify and support your natural hormonal balance and keep you symptom free. This is why we often use salivary hormone testing. It’s more sensitive and measures the unbound or free portion of hormones that acts on your tissues. So it’s easier to titrate doses of natural hormones, herbs, nutrients and the like and correlates better with symptoms.
Mainstream medicine however tends to favour serum blood tests, which measure total blood levels, so bound and unbound. So, it’s hard to see what’s working and what’s not to fine tune it. You’re often given high doses of synthetic tablets or creams, to replace a deficiency and often result in an array of side effects and potentially hazardous long term outcomes. Otherwise, if your symptoms don’t correlate with abnormal blood results you’re told you’re just getting old, offered antidepressants or told to lose weight. When really the testing wasn’t sensitive enough to pick up the problem.
Here’s some common hormonal symptoms I see and you may be experiencing right now.