Wonder women” are expected to do it all: cook, clean, excel in their career, care for precious babies, chaperone extracurricular activities for the older kids and look good while getting it all done. It is no wonder that women are more likely than men to deal with a host of chronic health issues. We’re simply asking too much of ourselves without allowing time for our bodies to heal and restore on a regular basis.
Modern stressors have a significant impact on the female endocrine system, particularly the adrenal glands. For example, in childbearing years, when a woman is stressed physically, chemically and emotionally, the adrenals will produce more stress hormones. This disrupts the hormone balance necessary for ovulation—often called “cortisol steal”—which can make it more difficult to have a successful pregnancy.
When a woman is going through menopause, the longer the adrenals have been burning the candle at both ends, so to speak, the greater the menopausal symptoms, suchas increased chances forautoimmune diseases likechronic fatigue and fibromyalgia,thyroid disordersand severe depression.The adrenals also produceestrogen, and shouldbe able to balance thenatural decrease from theovaries as we go throughmenopause, but if theadrenals are already fatigued from yearsof stress, they cannot perform this vitalfunction for an easy transition.
Hormone imbalance responds well to systematic care, and vibrant health can be a reality at any age. However, women need to take specific steps in five categories to ensure their health—nerve function, nutrition, detoxification, movement/exercise and mental attitude.
Simple tips for nutritionally balancing hormones include eating plenty of good fats and avoiding the bad ones. The body needs saturated fats, including lard, butter, coconut and palm oil from organic, sustainable sources. Avoid processed and fake fats like canola or anything that’s been hydrogenated. Also avoid caffeine and commercially processed dairy, and use sugar only as a treat. Movement and rest must be in sync. Women that need to balance hormones should lift heavy weights and move lightly throughout each day. Rest is just as important as movement. Make sure to get eight or more hours of sleep and don’t overdo any exercise. Work with a trainer on unfamiliar exercises.
Healthworks, A Family Wellness Center, is presenting a program, Do You Have Wonder Woman Syndrome? From6 to 7 p.m., May 7, which discusses signs of hormone imbalance such as PMS, infertility, menopause, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, migraines, premature aging and stress that may come as a result of trying to be so super.
Program location: 2317 Coit Rd., Plano. For more information and RSVP, call 972-612-1800 or visit Facebook.com/HealthworksTX. Dr. Christy Porterfield and Dr. Jennifer Taylor, of HealthWorks: A Creating Wellness Center, are practicing doctors of chiropractic in Plano and chapter leaders for Weston A. Price. For more information, call 972-612-1800 or visit HealthWorksTX.com.