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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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