Do You Gain Most of Your Weight From the Waist Down?

Do you gain most of your weight from the waist down?

This could be an indication of a common, yet severely underdiagnosed hormonal imbalance: estrogen dominance. This happens when there is excess estrogen in the body in relation to progesterone. 

In women, estrogen is a vital hormone for puberty, menstruation, and childbearing. Estrogen is also present in small amounts in men and is crucial for libido and the production of sperm. For a variety of different reasons (that we will discuss below), your body can make too much estrogen and wreak havoc on your body.  

Common Signs of Estrogen Dominance in Women: 

Common Signs of Estrogen Dominance in Men: 

If you find yourself nodding your head to these symptoms, you might be estrogen dominant. There are many contributing reasons why you may have unbalanced hormones. I share some of the most common ones below. 

Possible Causes of Estrogen Dominance: 

So what can you do? Maybe you have already suspected a hormonal balance in yourself and discussed it with your doctor. Perhaps they brushed off your symptoms and told you that your hormones look just fine on paper. We see this all the time in our practice, and the good news is you aren’t doomed to feel crummy forever- there are many natural and effective things you can start doing today to balance your hormones at home!

8 Simple and Effective Ways to Balance Your Estrogen: 

Think you might be estrogen dominant? Schedule a Metabolic Discovery Call with me so I can learn about what symptoms you’re having and together we can co-create a plan for success!

6 Simple Ways to Reduce Inflammation

Many people with chronic conditions such as thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and joint pain frequently ask me what they can do to help manage their symptoms and feel better. 

These lovely human beings are sick of dealing with issues like:

Research shows that chronic inflammation plays a large role in the development of chronic disease. This is empowering to know because there are certain lifestyle and behavioral changes you can start making today to reduce your overall inflammation and become one step closer to living a more vibrant, energetic life. 

So before you reach for the anti-inflammatory supplements or over the counter anti-inflammatory medication give these tips a try!

 

6 Simple Ways to Reduce Inflammation:

 

1. Fasting: Try to fast from food and drink (besides water or organic herbal teas) for 13-16 hours per day. Don’t let this intimidate you! It is actually quite freeing to have a designated period of time every day where food is off limits. 

Tips for Success:

 

2. Prioritize Sleep: Aim to get around 8 hours of quality sleep every night within the hours of 10pm-6am. Your body releases the most melatonin between the hours of 10pm-2am. 

Tips for Success:

 

3. Enjoy a Whole Food Diet: Say goodbye to processed, packaged, sugary foods and say hello to the nutrient-dense foods that nature provides us with like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and high quality proteins. 

Tips for Success:

 

4. Spend time Outside:  Get outside as often as you can. Soak up that Vitamin D and enjoy spending time in the forest!

Tips for Success:

 

5. Lower Stress: We aren’t designed to be under constant stress in our lives. This step will take some time, but you can start by becoming quietly aware, without judgement, what is causing stress in your life. 

Tips for Success:

 

6. Weight Loss: This step will also take time and that’s okay. Start by committing to lose just 5 pounds- you can do it! 

Tips for Success:

Have fun with incorporating these steps into your daily life and believe that it is possible to reduce your chronic inflammation and start living life more freely and abundantly on your terms.