Over the years, doctors worked with several patients who are nearing or have already entered the menopause stage.
A lot of these women are under the assumption that at this point, they will be in a constant battle to keep their hormones and overall health in check. However, they should remember that this is a natural part of life and most females are built to go through this phase at some point in their lives. Menopause in general, should not be seen an issue, but as a way to ensure that you stay alive for as long as possible.
A lot of women complain that they gain weight easier upon reaching this stage. This is a common feature of menopause but at the same time, it’s not the only contributing factor. As a matter of fact, the work of many elements is what leads to weight gain along with a decrease in estrogen production.
Estrogen Production Throughout a Woman’s Life
When females enter the teenage years of their lives, there is a significant boost in estrogen levels that lead to ovary activation and eggs being released into the fallopian tubes. This usually continues into the late 50s and begins to decrease as they grow older. At this point, the release of eggs stops altogether and the body shifts its attention from reproduction to health maintenance. Many changes tend to occur in this phase and they can also lead to increased fat storage in the midsection.
As mentioned earlier, estrogen is not the only hormone that plays a role. Given that, hormones are accurately gauged to ensure balance. Any changes with one hormone can throw the rest out of balance. Some of these include Thyroid hormones, Cortisol, Leptin and Insulin.
These hormones usually determine the amount of energy produced by the cells. When the level is increased it causes the cells to use more fats and carbohydrates to produce cellular energy. Any imbalance of this hormone will lead lower usage of fats and carbs. This will in turn, lead to less energy production and increase fat storage in the cells.
The adrenal glands are responsible for releasing this particular stress hormone. It works by boosting blood sugar levels and gives the body additional energy to perform various activities. If the blood sugar level in the body is too high, it can cause adrenal fatigue and cortisol resistance. Eventually, this will convert the unused energy into fat.
The fat cells produce this particular hormone. The hormone tells the brain that we are satisfied. It can also be triggered by an increase in blood sugar, which can eventually lead to leptin resistance. This will trick our body into believing that we aren’t full and gives way to overeating and eventual weight gain.
This hormone is responsible for regulating blood sugar levels in the body. It is important to make certain that your diet has a low glycemic index to keep blood sugar levels in check. A diet with a high glycemic index can lead to fluctuation as it relates to production. This will cause the body to build a resistance which will eventually cause weight gain and diabetes in extreme cases.
How to Balance Hormones When Entering Menopause
Maintain a balanced diet
Well-balanced diet is an important part of keeping healthy. The foods that you eat help to balance blood sugar levels and hormones respectively. An Unwritten rule for most people when shopping, is the select Foods that are clean and green. This simply means that you should try to include lots of dark green leafy vegetables to your diet. The genetically modified food have adverse effects on the body, so it’s best to avoid them. As it relates to meat selection, choosing those that are lean is your best option. Lean meats contain healthy fats such as Omega-3 which is good for weight control and brain development.
For most people, this is probably one of the hardest things to do. However, what most of us don’t know is that for women over the age of 50 especially, are likely to experience a reduction in muscle mass because of little or no exercise. Staying active doesn’t necessarily mean running several miles each day or anything along those lines. Something as simple as walking for 20 minutes at least three times a week is a good start. Just be careful not to push yourself too much. The benefits from exercise will surprise you.