Perimenopause and exercise.
For any female in their late 30’s early 40’s and also in their 50’s – hang on even some in their 60’s – experiencing a multitude of peculiarities this is a must read for you. I have read and read extensively about the effects of unbalanced hormones on us females. I have spent the last 18 months doing everything possible to balance mine – it’s not easy and sometimes the hormones win – but not for long. It can make you feel crazy, sad and feel overwhelmed with life itself – and you know what – of course it does. Our hormones control everything in our body – so when they go up the creek it’s of no surprise whatsoever that we do as well. It’s a life transition and a lot of women suffer in silence thinking that they are going mad – many go to the dr and they get given antidepressants (for many they are necessary so I am not against them at all) when really all they need is help balancing the hormones.
So – are you suffering with irregular and/or heavy bleeding, insomnia, night sweats and/or hot flashes, worsening PMS, migraine and abdominal weight gain. Changing hormones are linked to increased bouts of anxiety, depression, irritability and intense mood swings almost displaying symptoms similar to bi-polar. Many women have experienced chest pain or palpitations from their hormonal imbalance and think there is something wrong with their heart.
Is this you?
So how can we get through this time of our life intact – there are ways through it and mostly eliminating some of the symptoms. You see hormonal imbalances are caused by a combination of factors such as your diet, medical history, genetics, stress levels and exposure to toxins from your environment. Some of the major contributors to hormonal imbalances include:
1.Food allergies and gut issues.
3.High levels of inflammation caused by poor diet and not enough exercise
5.Toxicity (exposure to cigarettes, excessive alcohol)
6.High amount of stress, and a lack of sleep and rest.
So what can we do
1. Eat plenty of healthy fats – coconut oil, avocado are just 2 of many foods to consume
2. Improve your gut – steer clear of processed foods, hydrogenated foods and added sugar
3. Exercise – especially interval training programmes – Exercise in general is great for balancing hormones because it reduces inflammation, can help you maintain a healthy weight, lowers stress, helps regulate your appetite, helps you sleep
4. Try to reduce stress and get that good nights sleep
5. Watch your caffeine and alcohol intake. Caffeine has a negative effect on your adrenal glands – and alcohol is a depressant so if you are already feeling low – this could exasperate that feeling the next day.
So ladies if you are reading this and found this interesting then just click like so I know it helped in some way.
This is a hard time and tbh the men are suffering too cause they don’t know what’s happening to us either. If you can understand that your hormones are causing you to feel this way and be able to explain to your partner what’s going on then it will make life easier. Also because you understand the hormones are out of balance then you will also understand that you can rebalance them.
I’m not in any way qualified in this area – this is all from information I have gathered and from personal experience – hope it helps – if you have any questions please ask here or message me.
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