Global wellness thought leaders are calling out hormones as one of the big things to watch in wellness in 2019 and beyond. We happen to agree.
You take a probiotic because #guthealth. You go to the gym because #strongnotskinny. You do yoga because #yogaeveydamnday. You drink green smoothies because #cleaneating.
But what do you know about the natural chemical messengers inside you that are literally telling your other cells what to do?
As a woman, hormones are one of the most important keys to your health. 50% of the population has a period every month for most of their lives and yet it remains a mystery to most of us how and why this happens, and how your hormone balance is dictating so much of how we feel day to day.
We’ve got three good reasons why hormones are not just ‘the next big thing’, but have always been ‘the thing’ when it comes to your wellness. Read on to find out.
1. Essentially, as women, hormones are kiiiinda everything
Hormones have been linked to: Skin issues, weight management and fertility.
- e.g. acne, dryness and fine lines and wrinkles
- Mental health e.g. anxiety, depression, unstable moods and PMS
- e.g. inability to lose or gain weight, and explained weight gain
- Energy levels e.g. low energy or fatigue
- Gut health e.g. all health starts in your gut and any issues here could be contributing towards hormone unhappiness
- Period problems e.g. heavy or irregular periods, or a lack of periods (amenorrhea)
- Pre-menstrual issues e.g. pain or cramping, bloating or gas, sore breasts
- e.g. trouble getting or staying pregnant
- Headaches e.g. pre or post-period
- Challenges with exercise e.g. the inability to gain muscle mass...
...and this is not even a complete list. As scientists learn more and more about these powerful little chemicals, we discover new roles that they are playing in our bodies.
Basically, as women, hormones are life. It’s time we taught ourselves about them to unlock greater freedom, health and vitality in our lives.
2. We are unique. You need to find out what works for you
Celery juice! Keto! Paleo! Vegan! HIIT! Yoga! Intermittent fasting! 6 small meals a day! High fat! Low fat! High carb! Low carb! Weight lifting! 10,000 steps!
Oh. My. God. All of the wellness trends we’re bombarded with daily really put the ‘tense’ in ‘intense’. Just writing that sentence was a bit stressful.
We all want to:
- feel a little bit better,
- lose or gain a bit of weight,
- have a bit more energy,
- get our skin a bit clearer…
But with wellness trends popping up like new shades of lipgloss in the 90’s it’s nigh on impossible to figure out what is going to work for you and your hormones.
Your hormone balance is unique, and therefore the things that will work best for you will probably be different than what works for your favourite Insta influencer.
- If you’ve got lower oestrogen levels then keto and HIIT probably aren’t your friends.
- Lower progesterone? You’ll want to focus on restorative movement like yoga or pilates.
- Depending on your hormone balance there are certain foods that you’ll go better or worse on and there are some nutrients you won’t want to miss.
It’s time to take the pressure off. Stop guessing. Stop spending all your money on supplements, exercise plans and diets that don’t make you feel any better. , and just cater to their needs. Your needs. Keep it simple. Find out what your hormones are up to.
New wellness fads? Next please.
3. We’re on State Highway Stressed on the way to Burnout City
Woman 1: “How was your day?” Woman 2: “oh my god so busy.” - overheard across the entire Western World.
Much busy. All stressed. No time to pee. No time to eat. Must run 5km per day. Must pay bills. Must dodge Susan from Accounts. Must, must, must.
It’s been long understood that stress is less than ideal for our health, but it is also possibly the biggest contributor to hormonal issues. With stress increasing in our modern lifestyles, the need to focus on our hormone health is greater than ever.
Here’s what you need to know:
- A hormone called pregnenolone is needed to make our sex hormones (progesterone, oestrogen and testosterone) AND our stress hormones (cortisol and cortisone).
- When we’re chill most of the time (as intended) we can use pregnenolone to make plenty of sex hormones and the perfect drop of cortisol to keep us motivated.
- But, when stressed, our brains opt to use pregnenolone to increase cortisol production, while production of other hormones is neglected.
- Basically, stressful life = unhappy hormones = potential for a schmorgas board of the bullet pointed fun listed in point 1.
Our hormones have been hushed, and it’s time for them to rise
“Why don’t I know anything about hormones if they’re a big deal?” is a question we hear a lot. The honest answer? We think that in general, women’s health (and most things linked to reproductive health for both sexes) has been considered taboo. People haven’t been comfortable to talk about and the magic involved ‘cos, ya know, *hushed voice* blood and stuff.
Thankfully, that is changing.
As hormones drive so much in our lives, we must understand them, get to know them, and listen to their needs in order to love ourselves and live our best lives.
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