Piecing Together The Menopause Puzzle: What Happens During Menopause.

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As Women Heading Toward Middle Age, Our Bodies Go Through Some Inexplicable Changes. Educating Ourselves About These Changes Is A Big Step Toward Helping Us Cope. Here Is Part Two Of The Menopause Puzzle.

Tech-talk Alert. 

Ok ladies so there's going to be a few health techy words in here but bare with me.  The more you get to know what's what, the easier it will be to get a picture in your head of what's going on.

HORMONES

It is important for the ratio of oestrogen to progesterone to remain in a healthy balance. 

Too much oestrogen and too little progesterone result in oestrogen dominance, and this can cause a cascade of symptoms.What happens during menopause

It is important to note that getting your hormones tested with your doctor may not alert him or her to the fact that you have oestrogen dominance.

This is not commonly addressed in the medical world.

Your blood may show that both your oestrogen and progesterone levels are within a healthy range; however, your oestrogen may be on the high side of reference, while your progesterone sits on the low side.

This means most women with oestrogen dominance go undiagnosed.

Higher Levels Of Oestrogen As We Age

As well as fat cells excreting oestrogen in our body, there are many other sources of oestrogen we are exposed to. Environmental factors include hormone-mimicking chemicals in the environment such as pesticides and herbicides.

Household chemicals, cosmetics, and plastics we use for food storage may contain oestrogen mimickers.how to lose weight after 40 and menopauselosing weight after menopause success stories

We are now aware that BPA or bisphenol-A is harmful, as it mimics oestrogen in the body

HOWEVER while many companies have removed BPA in their products, they have replaced this with BPS or bisphenol-S, which could be just as harmful.

Some foods also contain natural plant oestrogens called phytoestrogens, like soy, flaxseed, sesame, oats and wheat berries. However, other natural plant oestrogens, like coffee, may be laden in oestrogen-mimicking chemicals which are widely used in coffee plantations.

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While some plant oestrogens may be healthy for us, environmental oestrogens are not and may result in a build up of toxic oestrogen in the tissues such as the breast.

Oestrogen must detoxify through the correct pathway.

Indole-3-carbinol is a supplement you can take which corrects oestrogen metabolism.

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In The Next Article ...

Ok so let's take a deep breath and digest some of this information for a wee bit.  

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Next we'll learn a little about the hormone Progesterone

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