Updated: Aug 18, 2019
Are hormones the key?
Take back your hormones
“Oh, honey, it is just part of getting older.” I have heard this time and again and it drives me crazy. I hear these platitudes from not only older mothers and friends but from colleagues as well. Imagine...my OB-GYN telling me that feeling tired, overweight, sleepless, irritable is normal and part of the aging process. If you are anything like me, this is not acceptable!
Being a woman is amazing. But, do you know that we are TWICE as likely to develop Alzheimer’s than we are to develop breast cancer? We are also TWICE as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as our male counterparts? We are also more likely to develop thyroid disorders and disease, breast cancer, and stroke. Also, not OK with me.
Do you ever wonder why we have this unfair advantage? Think estrogen. It is the thing we have in abundance over men. Estrogen is amazingly protective during the childbearing years. It keeps your body in tip-top shape before, during and after pregnancy (when it functions properly).
This amazing system can be and is often disrupted long before menopause. Women in their 20s and early 30s can have hormone disruption. Think acne, infertility, weight gain, problems with cycles, mood swings,and low libido.
The world around you assaults your hormones. Chemicals in foods, chemicals in body products, chemicals in food packaging, medications, even birth control pills. All estrogen disruptors. These are just the external factors.
Stress affects your estrogen. Sleep affects your estrogen. There is not a single body system that is untouched by these external factors. Now for the good news. It can be repaired.
Step 1: Get some answers. Have your hormone levels checked. Find out if your estrogen is behaving like it should. Knowing and making some changes can make the difference between “Oh, honey.” and “How do you stay so healthy?”
Step 2: Build a relationship with a healthcare practitioner who can give you guidance and support. There is a lot of evidence out there about hormone restoration. You do not have to find it all on your own. The best provider has not only been through the process him or herself but has trained to know how to get you to where you want to be in the fastest, most cost-effective way.
Step 3: Get your family and friends on board. You will need some support as you consider some of the changes needed to optimize your hormones. Are you ready to change it up? Eat some new foods? Try some new beauty products? Maybe train for that 5K you have been thinking about?
Jump in and decide how you want your aging process to go. I choose to fight for my vitality as I age. Perhaps you feel the same.
"I always get to where I am going by walking away
from where I have been." Pooh