This past Wednesday 20, we sat in for Part 2 of the “How To Stay Healthy During The New Normal” webinar with Dr. Shavon Jackson-Michel and Joycelyn Francis.
This session of the 3-part series covered topics like:
- Women + Hormone Health
- Fertility + Hormones
- Boredom + Eating While in Quarantine
- Stress + Hormones
Dr. Shavon touched on the three phases of hormones we experience throughout our female lives – Pre-Puberty, Puberty and Reproduction. (see short preview video below)
She spoke on hormonal health as it relates to weight gain and stress in each phase, particularly of interest to you may be the reproduction or pre-menopausal phases.
She explained that progesterone and estrogen balance each other out in the female body. Progesterone is necessary to negate the effects of estrogen and vice versa.
This means that a lack of natural progesterone or an excess of it wreaks havoc on the body.
It is interesting to note that these two sex hormones influence body weight, hair growth, and bone and muscle growth.
Both menopause and stress cause this imbalance leading to the unpleasant symptoms and a reduced quality of life.
Facts – One cause of progesterone imbalance is estrogen dominance by outside factors such as environmental hormones (i.e., xenoestrogen) found in the foods you eat. Other causes of diminished progesterone include insulin resistance, chronic stress, poor nutrition, and insufficient exercise.
Too much natural progesterone is also an issue, causing breast tenderness, depression, fatigue, low sex drive, vaginal dryness, and more. Causes include low estrogen levels found in menopause.
As we move through the stages of life, our hormone levels fluctuate. Between 20 and 40, our hormones control our metabolism. It is also when the dreaded weight gain starts if our hormone levels are not normal due to stress.
And given how stressful life is, these days, I cannot imagine what some women are experiencing at the moment.
I know the one thing that many women accept throughout their lives is painful menstrual cycles, which Dr. Shavon suggested is an indication of a hormonal imbalance, and should be addressed immediately.
Sidebar…Let me just say that after four decades on this planet, during this discussion it was clear that I have not paid all the attention to my body the way I should.
Case in point, having an abnormal period is a cause for concern. Abnormal meaning painful with PMS and other issues.
Yet, I’ve had painful periods and fibroids for the majority of my adult life and have not really researched what could be the root cause to stop it. I accepted that this is my normal. None of it is normal by any measure, according to Dr. Shavon.
Hopefully, this conversation will reach a woman out there who can take action to rectify her discomfort.
What is great about these sessions is that participants get their questions answered immediately and she provides a lot of tips for women.
Here is a short preview of the chat.