Being a woman and in your early 40s may bring about several significant changes in your mind and body. It is the start of health issues for some women that they didn’t have previously.
Women often are left asking themselves:
- “Why am I feeling so tired?”
- “Why am I overheating throughout the day at inconvenient times of the day?”
- “Why am I struggling to shift that 5kg of weight I have gradually put on despite eating well and exercising?”
- “Why am I having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?”
- “When did I become so snappy, irritable and short fused with those around me?”
It’s not uncommon for women to have chronic tiredness, difficulties keeping their body temperature steady, sleep problems, mood swings, and weight gain that can’t be reduced no matter how well they eat and exercise.
Why are you experiencing this?
That is the 64 million dollar question.
When your hormones are unbalanced, many of these health issues emerge. What exactly are YOUR hormones doing?
Hormone changes are a big issue at this age period. The normally well-controlled thyroid, blood sugar, tension, and women’s reproductive systems
hormones you may have had in your 20’s and 30’s start to change. How this impacts your health cannot be understated.
Peri menopause can begin in your early 40’s
We begin having problems with not releasing an egg at each ovulation as we approach our early 40’s. Estrogen and progesterone levels tend to drop around this age, and we may be able to release a follicle but not an egg. As your egg reserve deplete, your hormones go out of whack, mimicking peri menopausal signs and symptoms.
Irritability, sleeplessness, flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and loss of libido are all symptoms. Awesome…
More hormones changes!
We also observe a shift in other hormones as we get older. (around our 40’s) It’s like playing dominoes. You notice one hormone change, which starts a chain reaction of additional hormone changes in the body.
Cortisol, the stress hormone, spikes. When cortisol levels rise, so does insulin (our blood sugar regulating hormone). As a result of sugar cravings and excessive carbohydrates, you’ll notice a cortisol surge as well as an increase in insulin.
Thyroid function plummets as well. Thyroid hormones help you maintain a healthy weight, regulate your body’s thermostat, provide energy, and keep your mood stable. This may explain why the thyroid gland is known as the “master gland.”
With high cortisol, high insulin, thyroid problems and a drop in estrogen, we can observe decreased ovulation, irritability, that lovely spread across your mid section, exhaustion, feeling short-fusedness , poor stress tolerance and hot flashes! Does this sound like you’re going through menopause a bit early?
You can start to untangle what’s driving your symptoms and signs by using diagnostic testing to evaluate your gut and hormone function. Once you have that information, you’ll be able to tackle these gut and hormone concerns head-on. Then you won’t have to endure the hormonal rollercoaster ride anymore.