What Happens When Hormones Go Crazy? Better Strategies For Women

Feb 14, 2024



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Thriving Through Menopause

Challenges in menopause can feel like putting together a jigsaw puzzle with pieces missing. And figuring out what your body needs is often daunting and requires understanding and tailored strategies.  


Hormonal Challenges and Solutions

In menopause, our hormones, specifically estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, undergo significant changes. And one of the primary challenges women face in menopause is unexpected weight gain, particularly around the abdomen. Declining estrogen levels play a crucial role in fat storage, which affects body composition. However, new studies show that building muscle is a powerful tool in navigating this weight gain and boosting metabolism.

 "Estrogen helps regulate metabolism and body fat distribution and, believe it or not, muscle building."


The Role of Insulin in Menopausal Weight Management

Now, let's talk about insulin. It's an important hormone, but boy, can it throw a party when it goes haywire. Regulating insulin can be difficult and confusing but through mindful food choices, especially focusing on protein intake, we can turn down the volume on insulin resistance. It doesn’t need to control your weight gain during menopause.


Cortisol and Stress Management

Chronic stress and elevated cortisol levels contribute to fat storage as well, especially around the waist. When stress takes the lead, especially in the form of chronic stress, cortisol prompts our bodies to store fat. Managing stress isn't just about peace of mind; it's a strategic move in the battle against weight gain after 40.


Testosterone and Metabolism

Low testosterone levels can also stop weight loss in women over 40. Understanding how these hormones influence metabolism is paramount. This is why muscle-building in midlife and beyond is so essential. You burn maximum fat when you're focused on building muscle over cutting calories. 


Practical Strategies for Hormonal Harmony

Now, let me share my playbook of daily habits right now. It's like a checklist for hormone support and healing. 

  • Deep breathing exercises, check. 
  • Regular sessions on the vibration plate or treadmill, check. 
  • Creating intentional moments of reset and restoration, double-check.

These habits aren't just tasks; they're my arsenal against the stress and cravings from hormonal fluctuations.

 "Setting those habits, getting those habits set up in your life are key so that they become automatic."


Detox and Restoration Rituals

Detox and restoration are my secret weapons. Sauna sessions and cool showers are my go-to detox rituals. And when it comes to restoration, journaling, deep breathing, and moments of silence are my anchors. This approach isn't just about the body; it's about nurturing the mind and soul.


Embracing the Journey

As we walk through this maze of hormones, my friend, remember that thriving in menopause is a journey, not a destination. It's about embracing the process, armed with the key strategies to support hormones, the power of muscle, and the grace of listening to what your body and soul need. Here's to thriving in menopause and beyond, one step at a time.



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