Have you ever felt you’re on a hormonal roller coaster that’s sabotaging your weight loss?

This is why

When our hormones are in balance they work together to regulate our monthly cycle, including generating new tissue, creating an abundance of energy, fighting diseases and many other things.

Everything that happens to us within our body is under hormonal control.

As we get older our hormones stop working in harmony. We might start feeling low or start to put on weight in places we have never before, we start to go off sex or experience cravings, prone to headaches, insomnia, anxiety or depression.

Tomorrow we shall discuss hormonal problems and how we can reduce the symptoms.

BLOATING

Fluid retention is part of the menstrual cycle and can make us weigh more, depending on the time of the month. Then the increased desire to eat that many women experience in the days running up to their periods.

HOW TO HELP
If we stick to the SWE plan and snack on pro and pro plus foods, the damage during this period should be limited.

By maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise can help ease symptoms at various stages of the hormonal roller coaster.

PMS and PERIODS
Hormonal changes during the second half of your cycle including falling amounts of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone are thought to be the biggest factor.

You might start experiencing, bloating, abdominal pain, headaches, backache, breast pain, insomnia, appetite changes, mood swings, weight gain etc.

HOW TO HELP
Limiting salty food can help to reduce bloating.
Eat small regular meals for sustained energy.
Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake as these can affect your mood and energy levels.
Exercising can help as it will help with reducing anxiety, stress and improve your mood and quality of sleep.

POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME (PCO)
This is a condition where women have small cysts on their ovaries, plus one or a few more additional symptoms. It is associated with abnormal hormone levels, including high amounts of insulin and testosterone.

Sufferers might experience, missed or irregular periods, difficulty getting pregnant, increased facial hair, spots(acne) and weight gain.

As there’s no permanent cure, symptoms can be treated so please consult your doctor.
Symptoms are more severe if you are overweight.
Losing weight can help lower the high insulin levels often associated with PCO, which will also help in reducing testosterone levels which can help with period problems and fertility.
Exercise can also improve sensitivity to insulin and in turn reduce testosterone.
It’s advised to eat more slow energy releasing foods such as; beans, lentils, oat based cereals, milk and whole fruits, which can help control blood glucose levels and increase energy.

PRE MENOPAUSE
leading up to the menopause. During this period you may experience a range of symptoms that may last for several months or years.
Hormone levels fluctuate, ovulation and menstruation are unpredictable and production of eggs reduces.
The menopause usually occurs between the ages of 45-55.

You might experience;
Hot flushes
Night sweats
Insomnia
Mood swings
Irregular periods
Headache
Memory problems
Reduced libido
Loss of bone density.

HOW TO HELP
A balanced diet
Plenty of calcium (add on 1) and vitamin D found in oily fish, eggs and some breakfast cereals.
Regular weight bearing exercise such as walking.

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