Do you get a sense most days that your body’s working against you rather than with you? Are you:
- Wired but tired
- Battling middle age spread
- Suffering from brain fog
- Struggling to fall asleep or stay asleep at night
- Prone to mood swings
If you said yes to at least two of the items above you’re struggling with hormone imbalance. When your hormones are working for you, you look, feel and behave your best. When they’re imbalanced you look and feel older than your age and you behave like the mean girls at school.
Aside from pregnancy, the most common causes of hormone imbalance are:
- poor food choices
- excess stress
- wrong type of exercise
- lifestyle choices
- environmental exposure to toxins
There are many hormones at work in your body but the most important three for women are cortisol, oestrogen and thyroid. If you can get those three ladies working together you’ll avoid depression, slow metabolism and loss of vitality. The power of three can transform your existence.
Cortisol keeps your focused and functioning when you’re under stress but if you become chronically stressed levels can get too high or too low. As a result you feel exhausted and drained, you may have memory lapses and your body will store fat on your tummy.
Cortisol control tip: avoid long cardio sessions which increase cortisol, instead workout using HIIT (high intensity interval training).
Oestrogen ups your libido, keeps your mood stable, your sleep right and helps keep those wrinkles at bay. Xeno oestrogens which are chemical compounds that mimic oestrogen will disrupt your natural levels and create hormone imbalance. When your oestrogen levels are disrupted you’ll experience bloating, sleep disruption and weight gain especially on your hips and thighs.
Oestrogen control tip: Use BPA (Bisphenol-A) free water bottles and food containers.
Thyroid gland secretes thyroid hormones that regulate the activities of almost every cell in your body. It manages your metabolism and keeps you energized, warm and happy. Low levels mean you feel exhausted, have difficulty managing your weight and you notice the cold much more than you used to.
Thyroid control tip: Remove gluten from your diet.
Close your eyes and imagine yourself as the perfectly hormonally balanced woman with the power of three working for you rather than against you. How does that feel? Imagine stable moods, great energy levels, no sugary cravings, glossy hair, clear skin, good weight and a healthy libido.
If you want to experience that for real, every day book a fast start call with me to find out which of your hormones are ruining your day and what you can do to get them back on track.