Our hormones play a huge role in our lives, but they don’t have to dictate what we can and can’t do. Women especially can relate to the effect that hormones can have on mood and energy. But do we all truly grasp the role hormones play in our health and wellbeing?
Hormones have specific roles to play in the body, and must exist in a state of balance. If this balance shifts then our health suffers. Let’s focus on one commonly troublesome hormone – oestrogen.
Oestrogen : important for female health right through every lifestage.
Oestrogen is important for female reproductive health, heart health, bone health and nervous system function. It is important right from early childhood, through pregnancy, childbirth and finally, menopause.
Oestrogen is produced in the ovaries, adrenal glands and fat stores. But it comes in different forms, which we classify broadly as ‘oestrogen’. And broadly speaking it comes in ‘good’ forms for health, and ‘bad’ forms for health also. When there is more ‘bad’ than ‘good’, there can be symptoms like;
Hot flushes & night sweats
How can we make more ‘good’ than ‘bad oestrogen?
This is a big question, which we will be addressing further as part of our ‘Happy Hormones’ seminar series. But one of the best things you can do is to focus on cruciferous vegetables as part of your regular diet each day. If you aim for 3 handfuls of these veges, (which include broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, rocket, kale, bok choy ), each day you will be feeding your body to correctly balance the oestrogen types. And you will also be injecting lots of essential minerals and vitamins into yourself also, the perfect multivitamin!
If you want to learn more about how to have “Happy Hormones’, contact us