Do you regularly get stressed deciding what to wear for work because you’re unhappy with your profile?
Are you already worrying about what you’re going to squeeze into for the Christmas party?
We women come in all shapes and sizes and whilst there’s no doubt your body shape is influenced by your genetic make up it’s also affected by your hormones.
So where do you mostly hold your weight?
Menopause weight gain is often most noticeable around your middle.
But if it’s your hips and bum carrying the extra weight your body could be misreading your natural oestrogen levels.
Oestrogen is the hormone that defines you most as a woman and with over 300 roles in the body she’s the ultimate multi tasker – just like you!
Yet, disrupted oestrogen levels affect over 70% of women over the age of 40 and one of the key visual indicators is your body shape – specifically around your hips and bum.
Other signs include:
- Bloating, puffiness or water retention
- Mood swings, irritability, weepiness
- Migraines and headaches
- Brain fog
Modern life constantly interrupts the workings of your natural hormones and common oestrogen disruptors include:
- Oral contraceptives
- Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides
- Excess alcohol
- Weight gain – oestrogen isn’t just produced in your ovaries it’s made in your fat cells too.
The biggest problem comes from xeno oestrogens.
These environmental chemicals mimic oestrogen, disrupt your natural hormone balance and make your menopause symptoms worse.
You’re exposed to several 100 each day and xenoestrogens can be found in cleaning products, toothpaste, deodorant, sunscreen, cosmetics, food preservatives, food packaging and various kinds of plastics.
And btw these chemical compounds aren’t just wreaking havoc in women’s lives they’re responsible for the moobs on your men too.
The good news is there are some simple steps you can take to help manage your oestrogen levels.
How to manage your oestrogen levels:
- Eat organic when possible and if you can’t go organic wash all your veg very carefully.
- Avoid caffeine.
- Use natural skincare products.
- Don’t heat food in plastic containers in the oven or the microwave.
- Drink water from a glass or BPA free bottle.
You really can get control of your hormones with a few tweaks to your eating and lifestyle.
If you need more specific advice on how to deal with your weight gain, energy levels or sleep lets chat.
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