Departing the UK after a month long breath work and detox tour, there’s a disgruntled anguish and anxiety in the air – revolt even – like the precursor stages of a revolution. Most everyone we encounter, and the general feeling, is people aren’t happy about the island’s decision to exit the EU. The stress, fear for the future and what it all means has landed heavy. The macrocosm seems to be meeting the microcosm, in all our travels, in every country.
How we “privileged” people handle not only our own personal stress, yet that of world crisis, may be the difference between buckling and breaking down, or building within and being a bridge to a new world.
Clearly our own cup needs to be continuously replenished, like a spring fed by its source, to be whole and of service in such turbulent times. It may be very well one of the reasons why we are alive at this time in history – to serve, and create something new.
How resourced is your cup, to fulfill your own personal needs, help and create? For us women, how hormonally balanced we are determines the quality and quantity of energy we have to give, and what we need to stay in check. Each stage of a woman’s life, and how she understands her ever changing nature and needs – from embracing challenges as opportunities to know herself, to welcoming trials as ushers for truth – may very well determine how gracefully she grows older, and graduates into Greater Womanhood.
From the reproductive years to perimenopause to menopause, there is a solution to each stage of hormonal health a woman experiences. Being aware of how hormones affect you, and acting on that information, is to listen to your body as a messenger of the soul, balance your biochemistry, emotions, and life – and take charge of your health, and how you age.
It may take some letting go of lifestyle choices and even relationships? Likely, as we often postpone or ignore the call of our body, until it’s yelling with pain or not doing so well. Hearing and heeding our body and hormones, no matter your age or stage of life, is to see the bigger picture, put your self first, and take a stand for your health and happiness. Technically speaking, it could be said that a woman’s greatest power is her awareness of her hormonal resource (or bank), and exercising how to keep balanced at any age.
How we grow older is dependent upon how we live as a younger woman. If you’ve had difficult PMS for example, though haven’t changed factors that aggravate it, perimenopause, and menopause can be quite challenging. The middle and later stages come with more ease, and less symptoms, living a balanced and nutritionally supported life early on. No matter your time of life or how you’ve been living, understanding how you’re emotionally and physically affected by hormones, or a lack of them, and how to create balance, is to be proactive in taking care of yourself.
In the reproductive years we can recognize hormonal imbalances through intense PMS, skin issues, painful cramping and bloating, cysts, female and fertility issue, erratic emotions that can mess with your head (and life). In perimenopasual (late 30’s if issues are present, 40’s without) its not unusual to experience your hair and skin drying, weight gain as the body prepares for menopause, memory issues, mid-life crisis where one questions everything, grey hair, low sex drive, plus hot flashes and night sweats. In menopause, these symptoms can increase, and even go on for years, leading to emotional instability, a loss of bone density, osteoporosis, and accumulating health issues.
Remember, for every stage of life, there’s a solution. The following applies to them all, depending on the severity of symptoms:
- number 1, take a look at your stress levels, both in your body and emotions. What is your greatest stress? How can you alleviate it and take back your power? Stress is known to be the biggest culprit in robbing hormonal health.
- eat a high raw, organic diet. If you cook, only use coconut oil as most cooked oils load the liver with saturated poison.
- avoid sugar, white flour, iodized salt, caffeine, stimulants, empty carbs, preservatives, animals based foods, allergens and foods that rob your vitality (i.e. hormones).
- build your nutritional bank strong as habit! Each day consume:
-drink 1-3 liters of green juice
-dark leafy greens
-omega 3, 6, 9 (Udo’s flax oil)
-take super foods such as phytoplankton, vitamin C (from plant sources such as the ascerola berry), moringa, turmeric, and dragon’s blood.
-take probiotics (high in the millions of flora – specifically L-Planterum and L-Salvarus), and a good quality digestive enzymes. Maca, B vitamins including B12, chelated magnesium are also known to support hormonal health.
- improve your digestive health for better nutritional absorption and elimination. Do a detox! Clean your blood and bowels!!! Practice this as a lifestyle, with periods.
- relaxation is key to repair. Rest, take walks, do yoga, meditate, develop a breathing practice, etc. Take your time back… instead of borrowing on adrenal and hormonal health.
- are you doing what you love? There’s no time like the present, even if it means “starting over,” letting go of the known, or not knowing what you’re doing. To thyself be true.
- do you feel intimately connected in your relationships? Do you experience barriers that prevent you from expressing yourself, and growing closer with others? Do you need support/therapy to open to love (in all its various forms)? Without love (first in self), our efforts with diet, cleansing, and exercise – may not have as deep of an impact – as a loving heart that’s receptive to being vulnerable, connecting and growing.
- think you need a hormonal check? Get tested… you can buy a home test. Salivary tests are said to be the best because it shows not only available hormones, though distinguishes what your body can actually use. Mercola suggests: The Female Circadian Panel from Sabre Sciences. Be aware that blood and conventional testing may show total available hormones, though it doesn’t mean your body can use them.
- hormone replacement therapy? Try herbal formulas, diet, cleansing, and working with a professional first – as they are less invasive and destructive. Chemical drugs can contribute to more issues, that may cause long-term damage.
- build your immune system. Take care of your body, connect to your spirit, and tend to your emotions.
- -like to learn more? Check out Dr. Mercola’s work: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2000/11/12/womens-hormones.aspx#!
Living a long-term nutritionally supported life, from an earlier stage of life, with regular cleansing, clearing personal trauma, keeping stress levels low and love levels high, a woman can move into the middle and later stages of life with little symptoms. Not all of us have experienced this early on. It’s never too late to get started with better physical and emotional health, and to learn about our ever-changing nature as a woman, no matter our age or experience level.
May we never stop learning, and keep open with the exploratory wonder of a child, full of adventure. The opportunity for greater self-knowing and understanding, is an open-ended invitation. Accepting it, no matter ones age, can help us to mature with grounded beauty, depth, and wisdom. Healthy hormonal balance = feminine stability, awareness, and contributing to others with wholeness… no matter our time of life.
May all benefit from your self-care, beauty, hormonal stability, and all you have to give from this place.
Love & Blessings – from the beach in Italy, resting into my hormonal health….