If you are a woman over the age of 35, you might start to experience a whirlwind of hormonal changes that can disrupt your physical and emotional well-being. It’s a time of life marked by fluctuating estrogen and progesterone levels, which can lead to a myriad of symptoms, including weight gain, sleep issues, anxiety, irritability, stress intolerance, and overwhelm.
It can be hard to accept the changes you are experiencing. You have always been active and in control of your health, but now you might feel like your body is betraying you. You might become frustrated if you’ve started having hot flashes, fatigue, or unexpected weight gain that seems to be piling on despite your otherwise healthy diet and exercise routine.
Unfortunately, the symptoms you have can also be exacerbated by the stress of having them. Many women find it challenging to navigate this time of life, but it is very important to be involved in the process of change your body is going through. If you are noticing symptoms of unbalanced hormones, it’s time to become actively engaged.
The first step towards embracing change is acknowledging that it’s happening. Hormonal changes are a natural part of a woman’s life. Fighting against them will only lead to more frustration and stress. Instead, try viewing these changes as an opportunity to learn more about your body and adjust your lifestyle to support your overall health.
Nourishing your body with healthy foods is one of the best ways to support hormonal balance and overall well-being. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins provides essential nutrients that support the body’s natural processes and can help alleviate symptoms.
Regular exercise is another important component and healthy way of managing hormonal imbalances. Physical activity not only helps maintain a healthy weight but also boosts mood, reduces stress, and improves sleep quality. Finding activities you enjoy, whether walking, swimming, dancing, or yoga, is important. It’s also important at this stage in life to transition from intense cardio workouts to more focused muscle and strength training.
Prioritizing sleep is crucial in regard to hormonal fluctuations as they can disrupt sleep patterns. Try to establish a regular sleep schedule, create a relaxing bedtime routine, and make your bedroom a dark, quiet, and cool environment to promote restful sleep.
Stress management is essential to your health and wellness during times of hormonal fluctuation. Incorporate stress-reducing techniques into your daily routine, such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, or spending time in nature.
In addition to lifestyle changes, we will do more in-depth hormonal testing of your blood and/ or saliva. While Western Medical Doctors are looking for hormones that are at “normal” levels, I take a different approach. I am wondering if your hormones are at “optimal” levels and, more importantly, whether or not they are balanced. The key to health and wellness for women is keeping hormones at optimal levels for as long as possible.
Do not worry, we are in this together. I am here to support you with natural medicine, acupuncture, herbs, and diet/ lifestyle suggestions. While this time of your life is temporary, you do not need to suffer through it. We can navigate hormonal imbalance together. You will be left feeling empowered and thriving by acknowledging the changes, embracing healthy habits, seeking support, and practicing self-care. I offer a complimentary call for new patients to discuss their symptoms. I can help you develop a personalized plan to help you balance your hormones and support you as you move through this transition. Contact me by calling 303-688-6698 or scheduling online.