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Menopause? “Life as you knew it is over?
…No, it doesn’t have to be.”
Millions of women in the United States are suffering from the effects of hormonal imbalance often referred to as menopause or pre-menopause. For women, the most pronounced changes come in their 40s and 50s, but can been seen as early as their mid-30s.
The signs of menopause and related hormonal issues include:
- Persistent Weight Gain
- Belly Fat and Loss of Muscle Mass
- Low Libido
- Anxiety, Irritability & Depression
- Insomnia & Disturbed Sleep Patterns
- Hot Flashes & Night Sweats
- Mood Swings
- Memory Loss
- Premenstrual symptoms
- Vaginal Dryness
With proper clinical and nutritional intervention, women can often avoid symptoms associated with hormone imbalance and menopause:
- Reduced osteoporosis and restoration of bone strength
- Reduced hot flashes and vaginal dryness
- Better maintenance of muscle mass and strength
- Lower Body Fat
- Improved cholesterol levels
- Reduced risk of endometrial and breast cancer
- Reduced risk of depression
- Improved sleep
- Better mood, concentration and memory
- Improved libido
- Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease
Some of the most common symptoms of menopause and hormonal imbalances are:
Persistent weight gain
Yes, there are lifestyle, diet and physical activity components to maintaining a healthy weight, but that isn’t the end of the story. Many women have underlying hormonal imbalances as they approach menopause that make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight.
Belly fat and loss of muscle mass
When your endocrine system is under stress there’s an underproduction of certain hormones and an overproduction of others (mainly cortisol). This makes your body store fat for future use, making an increase in belly fat a clue to adrenal fatigue. Menopause and pre-menopause also contribute to this issue.
One of the most noticeable symptoms of hormonal imbalance is low libido, which starts with disturbed sleep. Without quality sleep our sex hormone production can diminish. Menopause and hormone imbalance also contribute to this issue.
Can’t make it past mid-morning without some sort of pick-me-up? How about that mid-afternoon crash? It isn’t normal to feel sluggish, scattered or mentally foggy. Easy dietary changes, such as eliminating wheat and most grains, will help stabilize your blood sugar.
Anxiety, irritability and depression
Not feeling like yourself? Your hormones at work or are they? Menopause causes hormone imbalance. Anxiety and depression are clues that you have an imbalance, toxicity, are overworked, stressed out, and most likely aren’t nourishing your body the way it needs. Listen to your inner voice and take the actions necessary to meet your needs.
Insomnia and poor sleep patterns
This starts the cycle of physical stress and increases cortisol levels, which directly causes many hormonal imbalances. There isn’t one area of your life that insomnia doesn’t touch.
For many women, night sweats and hot flashes are the first uncomfortable sign that menopause is approaching.
After eating way more than you should have, or having gone through half a bottle of wine, do you look back and ask yourself why? Common causes of cravings and excess eating are adrenal fatigue, insulin resistance, and other hormonal imbalances.
Please note that many of these symptoms can be linked to other physical problems, and a simple blood test can tell you if there are other underlying concerns.
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