A hormone detox?
Yes indeed, a hormone detox. It’s your route to happy hormones, a happy weight and a happy life. Plus it has the added bonus of radiant skin and oodles of energy.
We live in a world where we hear a lot about hormones. It’s quite a trendy subject right now but the buzz appears to fade when it comes to peri/menopause. Yet, oftentimes this can be exactly the time when we need more awareness and education. For it’s when even those who have sailed through their younger lives with no hormonal issues can suddenly become VERY aware of them.
Our progesterone levels drop by about 70 per cent around age 35, several years before perimenopause. Estrogen doesn’t begin declining (if we haven’t been catapulted into surgical menopause) until our early to mid-40s. The differences can create imbalance and lead to weight gain, mood swings, irregular periods, tender breasts and estrogen dominance.
All of these symptoms can be life-altering and many of us become frustrated with weight gain we can’t seem to budge. But, and here’s the thing, weight gain can often be a sign of hormone imbalance; if we get things back on an even keel it’s easier to lose.
What Are Hormones?
Hormones are chemical substances that influence the functioning of the body. Essentially, hormones are messengers that control and coordinate activities all through the body.
Why Are They Important?
Hormones help determine weight, physique, mood, fertility, behaviour, digestion, and pretty much everything else, so it’s paramount to keep them stable. If you have a clear understanding of what the major hormones do in the body, then you’ll be able to take charge of your health.
For example, melatonin in the brain ensures that you sleep soundly at night. Cortisol modulates your stress response. Thyroid hormones are responsible for metabolism.
Hormonal Imbalance – A Major Concern
Hormonal imbalance has the power to destroy your health, impact your weight, skin and the quality of your sleep. Hormone imbalance can trigger diarrhoea and constipation as well as nausea and that fight or flight response that makes you want to run for safety. Hormones help manage extreme stress and can keep depression at bay.
Your liver is the major organ in play when we’re working on hormones. It’s the primary detoxification and filtration system that cleanses your blood and protects your body from toxins. When hormones have done their job and are spent, the body dumps them into the bloodstream where they are sent to the liver to be neutralised and excreted through bile, poop, or urine.
The Benefits of Doing a Hormone Detox
Detoxification has many benefits:
1. It helps balance peri/menopause symptoms
The midlife transition – as menopause is sometimes called – can create a maelstrom of unwelcome changes in the body. If you find yourself crying frequently or flying off the handle at the drop of the hat it’s quite likely you’re at the gateway or fully into the transition. And, sorry to break it to you but it’s usually not a short journey, it can last anywhere from four-10 years depending on your unique body. Personally, to manage it naturally I use and recommend MenoMe’s products (I loved them so much I joined the company!) along with whole foods, exercise (not too hard out) and a bit of mind work. This foursome seems to settle things down. They have for me and I’ve managed to keep my weight stable but everyone is different.
2. It boosts your immune system
A huge effect of detoxification is that your body tends to perform much better at digestion, has stable cortisol levels, and gets out of the cycle of chronic stress and inflammation. This leads to an improved immune response.
3. It decreases inflammation
By keeping your diet healthy and full of nutrients (on a whole food detox), you will experience significantly reduced inflammation, thus making you less susceptible to chronic diseases and those aches and pains you may be experiencing can almost magically disappear in some instances.
4. It gives you healthier-looking skin
Getting rid of toxins, free radicals, and heavy metals will not only keep you healthy inside but will also make your skin look healthy and fresh. A whole food detox also floods the body with nutrients needed to really get your glow on!
5. It enhances your mood
An excess of toxins and free radicals affect brain performance and interfere with a person’s mental and emotional state. By getting rid of these toxins, you will experience a significant improvement in terms of mood and your overall energy level. Bonus? Reducing cortisol and regulating sleep also helps with mood.
6. It balances weight
A stressed body holds weight. Why? Stress equates to the feeling of being chased by a sabre-toothed tiger or facing famine and not knowing when the next meal will come. The body’s intrinsic survival mechanism opts to store fat if food is scarce or stress is prolonged. Fat is burned for fuel in a process called ketosis. The long and short is, reducing the stress often allows stubborn weight to balance without extraordinary effort as thyroid hormones normalise and the liver is better able to function weight balances.
Isn’t that brilliant?
I asked myself how would it feel to lose weight and fit my jeans again? How would it feel to stop feeling irritated and angry? How would it feel to have balanced energy, a rocking sex drive, sound, deep sleep, glowing skin, and no more fear of feeling like I was going mad?
That’s why Youology is Youology and why we have the 21-Day Hormone Detox. You can take a look at it here.
Yours in health & happiness 🙋