Help Keep Hormones HealthyThis Month Andrea will be talking at the Seven Sisters Festival on Aging with Healthy Hormones, here is a sneak peak of what she will be talking about…
You know those “Ah ha” moments when everything just comes together. Well I had one of those and that was a huge moment in my career that I knew I wanted to really specialise in this area.
I was at a conference and the speaker said “It is not our cells that age us, but our hormones”. Our hormones send messages to our cells. This was a pivitol moment for me. Now after more years of study, I do think it is even more complex than that and includes our mind’s health and what we think about most, what we eat, and also our perception of aging. But those things, we have control over (whether we know it or not).
Although the fact is that our hormones do decline with age, the fact is that there are many things that we can do to avoid hormone imbalance, and even, to some extent, regenerate them naturally. Here are my top 3 tips for keeping your hormones healthy or help to rebuild them (some help from your naturopath may help this process to become easier).
1. Meditate regularly
In a study conducted by Deepak Chopra, transcendental meditation in older people helps to rebuild DHEA levels. DHEA is one of our “anti-aging” hormones and helps to regulate weight and youthfulness. I have seen this in clinical practise for myself and acpuncuture seems to have a similar affect.
2. Increase Calmness
While meditation will help to increase calmness it can be important to assess whether, out of a meditative state, whether you are a “worryier” or a “warrior”. Worrying about things can increase your cortisol on a short term (cortisol is your stress hormone) and then decrease it over time. This has an affect on progesterone levels.
In menstruating women, lower progesterone levels can mean PMS, which includes mood changes, sore or tender breasts, headaches and period pain. In menopausal women, this can affect hot flushes. Speaking to a councellor, friend or learning some NLP techniques to help change your “normal” thought patterns from worryier to warrior.
3. Eat good fats in your diet
There is so much misinformation out there about fat’s. In the 80’s we were told that all fat is bad. However, research has shown that this is not the case. And this has now brought mixed messages and confusion. Each and every cell wall is made up of fat and water. The types of fat’s that we have in our diet, govern the fats that are imbedded into our cells. If you eat good fats, then your cells will be a lot healthier and their signalling (like an antenna) will send healthier messages too.
Choosing good fats includes olive oil (for 80% of the population- some people don’t do well genetically with olive oil), coconut oil, avocado, nuts and seeds, fatty fish, organically grass fed meats and chicken eggs. As much as you can, avoid vegetable oil, palm oil, safflower oil, canola oil. These oils are generally in processed foods and have a long shelf life. If you have more of the “bad oils”, it can outweight the good oils that you’re consuming, so start reading the back of packaged foods, or cut down on the amount of packaged foods you eat.
Good fats are needed for good “signalling” and good animal sourced oils have cholesterol in them, so if you’re not vegan, good oils can help to make your hormones. Hormones are made out of cholesterol. IF you don’t have enough cholesterol, your liver can make it, but we also want to support your body with good fats. If you have been on cholesterol lowering medication long term and your hormones (or lack thereof) are giving you grief, it may be worth having a conversation with your doctor or naturopath.
There are many other ways to get your cholesterol into a normal level without having to go on or stay on cholesterol lowering medications.
So here are some of my tips about how to keep your hormones healthy throughout the ages! I hope to see you at the Seven Sisters Event in March for more tips and explainations as to why your hormones can become unbalanced and what you can do about it!
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