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OESTROGEN

Hi Chicks,

We hope you’re all doing great!

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Today’s topic is all about the hormone “Oestrogen”.  What is Oestrogen and more importantly, what does it do? Why is it so important to us especially during the menopause?

Are you like us, confused with this hormone…is it friend or foe?

Don’t worry because we’ve researched it and now we’re (hopefully) here to help break it down for you. We’ll try to shed some light on this powerhouse of a hormone as it’s pretty impressive and bonus it’s also there to help us look and feel fantastic. Woohoo Friend!!!!!

First let’s briefly discuss what hormones are and why they are so important to us?

Hormones are essentially the chemical messengers in the body that are created in the endocrine glands. These messages interact and control most of our bodily functions. From simple basic needs like hunger to keeping us alive, feeling good and sleeping well.

If our hormones are out of whack by not delivering the right messages we can experience mood swings, feel tearful and have a host of sleep problems. Basically our hormones are trying to tell us we are unbalanced somehow!! Eek!! If you can relate to any of the above then you’re not alone as we are feeling some of these symptoms too!! Moody… me?! Erm yes!!

In a later post we will explain how to not only spot the signs your body is out of whack, but also ways to help get us back on track, and feel more balanced. Phew!!

Let’s say hello to Oestrogen. As we mentioned this is a huge powerhouse hormone that defines us as women. Oestrogen is made in the ovaries, adrenal glands and in the fat cells and it regulates a women’s passage through menstruation, fertility and menopause.

It helps to develop our breasts, nourish our hair, distributes body fat evenly, supports the renewal and growth of our reproductive tissues and gives us gorgeous plump skin. We are full of vitality and all is well. Oestrogen is often referred as the “sex hormone”.

Oestrogen also helps regulate the menstrual cycle, controlling the growth of the uterine lining during the first part of the cycle. If a woman’s egg is not fertilized, oestrogen levels decrease sharply and menstruation begins. If the egg is fertilized, oestrogen works with progesterone, another hormone, to stop ovulation during pregnancy.

However, as we approach the menopause our Oestrogen levels fluctuate and they can become too high or too low which can lead to the following symptoms.

  • Irregular periods
  • Breast tenderness
  • Exacerbation of migraines
  • Mood swings
  • Hot flushes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Storing body fat around the middle
  • Heavy unpredictable bleeding
  • Irritable and anxious
  • Depressed and confused

Unfortunately, for a lot of us these symptoms can be so debilitating they can end up taking over our life. We presume this must be what the menopause is like and just suffer in silence leaving us feeling miserable, unhappy and understandably depressed.

We are here to tell you, no one should be feeling like this. Our hormones are out of balance and our body is desperately trying to let us know we’re out of whack!!

Please don’t worry there are things we can do to help balance our hormones, but in the first instance we would recommend you go speak to your doctor, especially if your symptoms are taking over your life, please do not suffer!

What we can all do is to start looking after ourselves through lifestyle changes, nutrition, exercise, supplements  and meditation to help keep our hormones in balance, help keep us happy, healthy and help to slow down the aging process, amazing!

Next week we will be talking about if you have too much or too little Oestrogen and what you can do to help to bring balance and harmony back to your life, feel better and look amazing… let’s do this together!!

Carol & Tina

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Pssst………do you want to know a little secret?

Happy New Year chicks, we hope you had an amazing time over the festive season, but now it’s a new year, and a perfect time to get back on track with our healthy mind, body and spirit journey after all the overindulging we did, wasn’t it worth it though!! We all need a guilt free blowout once in a while, right chicks!!

Use for blog JanAre you ready – are you with us?!! But first we want to share with you a couple of our personal secrets….

We all want to look and feel as fantastic as we can, and as we’ve mentioned a million times it’s not about looking younger, we want to maintain and possibly enhance what we already have, right?

We eat well (most of the time); we exercise, (some of the time, Carol!) and look after our hair and skin, and think about the right make-up and what clothes to wear. Is this enough, or is there a little something else we can do????????

Have you ever tried or thought about trying dun dun dun, botox, fillers or any other non-surgical treatments?

Does it excite you, scare you or are you completely against it. We think it’s all about choice and here at Hot Chicks HQ we say a big yes and hold our hands up we’ve tried it and like it!!

For us it makes us feel so much better, and no one really knows especially if you go to someone with magic hands who can make you look refreshed and basically better than you did!!. So who is she??

Doctor Sylvie Bourree, Sylvie, is an internationally recognised top aesthetician Doctor, who earned her reputation through her amazing non – surgical work and skin rejuvenation.

We have known Sylvie for a number of years (probably more than we realised) and the reason we keep going back to see her again and again is because of her amazing work for creating that ‘natural look’ and ability to achieve a youthful glow.

She really studies your face, symmetries everything, leaving you looking fresh and beautiful without looking like you have been trapped in a wind tunnel; you know what we are saying!

Our advice is, find someone who  is recommended to you, don’t be afraid to ask questions, tell them what you want to achieve and then, like us you can walk out with your very own little secret, and wait for those compliments,  ooh you look well, and you can say, yes I DO!

If you would like to contact Dr Boureee her details are: http://www.docteur-sylvie-bouree.com or Sylvie also works at HB Health in London, http://www.hbhealth.com

Love

Carol & Tina

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My peri-menopause update

Hi chicks, It’s time for an update on my menopause journey. Let’s start with the symptoms that I’ve been experiencing lately…well, if I could remember, that would be a good start!

Wearing Zara capeWhat’s happened to my memory? It’s shocking, I’m finding it really annoying and embarrassing that I’m unable to recall even the simplest of words…argh! And I’m having the most trouble with the names of people and places. Is anyone else experiencing this?

If so, take a deep breath and don’t worry. I’ve been reading all about this (and have written it down so I don’t forget it!). Short term memory loss in peri-menopause is normal. Phew! Love the short term part – apparently one of the main causes of our becoming a tad forgetful is our low-functioning thyroid, putting our hormones out of balance.

So the answer, it seems, is to find a way to naturally rebalance our hormones. There’s no quick fix for this, but I think there are some things we can do that will make a bit of a difference.

I’m going to start looking after our matey thyroid by upping my intake of foods with iodine, zinc, omega 3, and selenium.  There are loads of foods that contain these goodies, but my favourites include broccoli, spinach, eggs, chia seeds, cod, baked potatoes, salmon and brazil nuts. Delicious!

Will keep you posted!

Carol

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PSSST…HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT PHYTOESTROGENS?

Chicks, we’re in love……..With phytoestrogens. Never heard of them? Then read on…

 

Blackberries in a Ceramic BowlPhytoestrogens are causing a lot of excitement among us menopause enthusiasts (if you can call us that!). Phytoestrogens are a plant-based nutrient that behave like the hormone oestrogen. Because our declining level of oestrogen is responsible for many of the symptoms we experience during our journey towards (and through) menopause, finding something that can mimic it might really help.

Ok, we know phytoestrogens aren’t a miracle cure. But we believe they’re definitely worth trying. And we’re not the only ones.

As you know, we chicks at HC HQ love doing a spot of research. One of favourite experts on women and the menopause, Marilyn Glenville, writes that 85% of women in the western world experience menopause symptoms compared to only 14% in Asian countries. Why might that be?

Diet, it seems, is key. Asian diets are usually high in soya bean products. And soya is a high source of phytoestrogen. See the connection..?

OK, so what do we need to stock up on?

  • soya products – eat them in their traditional form including tofu, miso, and organic soya milk
  • chickpeas, lentils, peas, kidney beans
  • nuts and seeds, especially walnuts and flaxseeds
  • wholegrain, oats, lentils, rice, rye
  • vegetables
  • fruits
  • herbs and spices, including red clover, black cohosh, panax ginseng, cinnamon and parsley.

So we know what we’ll be stocking up on this weekend: all aboard the phytoestrogen train, choo choo!

Let us know how you get on as we love to hear from you.

Carol & Tina

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Let’s talk… dry skin

Hi chicks, this week’s blog is all about dry skin – something we’ve both been suffering with lately.

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Surprise surprise, it’s yet another thing that we can blame the pesky menopause for, boo! But on the positive side, it’s something that we can deal with fairly easily. Read on chicks…So, first the science: what’s causing it? During the perimenopause and menopause, our oestrogen levels drop. Oestrogen is our power house, responsible for many fabulous things including stimulating the formation of our skin. As our oestrogen levels drop, production drops, our bodies’ ability to retain moisture diminishes, and this in turn leads to drier, thinner skin.That’s the negative stuff out the way. As you know by now, we here at HC HQ are all about kicking the menopause’s butt, finding solutions to help us sparkle inside and out. And we have a few tried and tested top tips for combatting dry skin.

First, the feet.

Feet tend to be on the drier side anyway, all the more now the sun’s out (hmm, well it was yesterday!). The most effective way we’ve found to inject so much needed moisture into our tootsies is to smother them in petroleum jelly (cheap as chips!), pull on a pair of socks, tuck ourselves into bed for a good night’s sleep – and ta dah! Super soft feet in the morning, woo hoo! Now, we realise that this may not be the sexiest look on the planet, but a chick’s gotta do what a chick’s gotta do, and a chick’s gotta have super soft feet in the summer!

Next, your entire body…

Try to up your intake of omega 3 fatty acids (the ‘good fats’). These fatty acids are responsible for the health of the cell membrane, influencing the cell’s ability to hold water, leading to moister and softer skin. Foods high in omega 3 include salmon, walnuts, eggs and flaxseeds – yum!

Also give dry body brushing a go. This does feel a little strange to begin with, but we can’t rave about it enough. You can buy a brush from places like Boots, and the Body Shop and, just before you get in the shower, use upward movements to brush the skin until you get to your chest, then brush back down. It literally takes 2 minutes at the very most, and this is a fab way of removing the dead skin cells.

Make sure you only use a gentle body wash. Harsh, perfumed ones will only dry your skin out more and we absolutely don’t want that! Kids’ body washes are great – they’re so mild.

Grease yourself up! Apply baby oil or bio oil straight after a bath when you’re skin’s still wet – the perfect way to keep your skin hydrated (and slightly sexier than the Vaseline and socks!).

Up your intake of phytoestrogen (also called dietary oestrogen). Foods high in natural oestrogen include wholegrain, seeds (especially flaxseeds and nuts), tofu, oats, lentils, rice, apples and broccoli. Also try herbs like red clover, black cohosh, dong qui and panax gingseng (we’ll cover these in a future blog).

Let us know if any of these tips work for you, or if you have any other tried and tested strategies – we love to hear from you.

Carol & Tina

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IS IT HOT IN HERE!?

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Let’s chat about the dreaded Hot Flushes.

At HC HQ, we’ve both just started to notice the odd little warm sensation at the same time as our heart starts to beat a little faster. So far, our flushes have been fairly mild and haven’t lasted more than a few minutes (thank goodness!) but we know that there are plenty of women out there who have much stronger flushes and are feeling totally overwhelmed by them.

As with everything perimenopausal, we strongly believe that hot flushes aren’t something to be embarrassed about (after all, 50% of the population will get them at some point!), but rather something to be tackled head-on. Let’s show these flushes that they’re messing with the wrong chicks!

So, what can you do to reduce the severity and frequency of a flush? Here are our top tips:

  • Try cutting out / down foods that can trigger a hot flush – common culprits are hot drinks, chocolate, hot spicy food, and alcohol (boo!)
  • Try meditation. Stress is a key trigger of hot flushes. We’ve been meditating 10 minutes a day and are feeling starting to feel the benefits (we’ll be discussing this in more detail very soon – watch this space!)
  • Breathe deeply. If you feel a flush coming on, sit still for a minute, breathing in for the count of 4, hold your breath for 2, and then breathe out for 2
  • Drink a cold glass of water as soon as you feel a flush coming on
  • Take herbal supplements – Black Cohosh gets great reviews, but also try Red Clover, Dong Quai and Sage
  • Dr Marilyn Glenville, a leading expert in women’s nutrition, vitamin E and vitamin C with bioflavonoid can greatly reduce flushes

And finally, layer your clothing. If a hot flush comes on, taking a layer off can help to control body temperature

Remember vitamins and herbal remedies do not work immediately or might not be right for you. Try one give it a month or two, if not try something else.

Please let us know your story and what has worked for you, we love to hear from you.

Carol and Tina

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Where are we going???

Heart for blogToday’s message is all about the different symptoms you may experience during peri-menopause

We want to let you know that you’re not alone; we’ll all go through these changes at some point, so if we deal with them together, and recognise them for what they are – a change, not an ending – we’ll never lose sight of our fabulousness.

Here we go…

Everyone’s heard of the menopause, but not everyone knows about peri-menopause. So let’s start at the beginning. What is it?

Well, it’s the stage leading up to menopause. It usually starts around the age of 40 and lasts between 2 and 6 years, during which time you may start to experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Hot flushes
  • Lack of sex drive
  • Tiredness
  • Night sweats
  • Hair loss
  • Hair thinning
  • Joint pain
  • Drier skin and hair
  • Headaches
  • Changes to your periods
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Forgetfulness
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem.

So, that’s the negative stuff out of the way. Now we know what we’re dealing with, we can take steps to tackle each symptom together, find ways to alleviate them, take back control of our bodies and continue to feel fabulous.

Have a super day

Love

Carol & Tina

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Our blog is born!

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Today was a sad day. Tina and I arranged our Dad’s funeral, but we decided to turn the day into a wonderful day. So we launched our blog…Two hot chicks and the menopause.

Dad this is for you.

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