Posts Tagged ‘hormones’

rc1Welcome to Advocate for Healing.  

My name is Lynn Altieri-Need and I have one mission:

to help families find the tools they need so they can heal

You may find me discussing through podcasts, webinars and blogging:   Kids Health 101, Nutrition for Seizures, Stress Hormones and digestion as my main focuses but you’ll see by my testimonials that my training as a functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner can help with nearly any symptom or illness that plagues an individual.   After all, I don’t treat the symptoms, I support the individual.  I don’t “guess”, I “test”. Come visit with me for a complimentary 30 minute consultation and be sure to sign up for updates on the right so you can be “in the know” of the most current knowledge available.



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Be well,

Lynn

FREE WEBINAR: Rule your hormones- How to take back control.

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If you just can’t figure out why:

  • You don’t feel positive most of the time
  • When stress attacks you’d rather run than take it on
  • You forgot what sleep is
  • You crave chocolate and coffee
  • You don’t have time to complete all of the tasks on your to do list without feeling overwhelmed
  • You wake up wanting to stay in bed
  • You can’t recall where you put your keys and your children (most of the time)
  • When your spouse or kids bug you, you are ready to flee
  • Your weight is wildly fluctuating

Then please JOIN ME in a FREE WEBINAR on “Rule Your Hormones: How to take back control ” on December 3rd, 2015 3pm PST.  Register here

Be well,

Lynn

Are you low in this hormone that promotes peace and relaxation?

Progesterone is our hormone that’s made in the adrenals and in women, in the ovaries.  It helps us feel energetic, sleep well through the night, support our stress response, keeps our memory strong, skin elastic and promotes GABA, a built-in calming mechanism.  

Unfortunately through perimenopause and menopause, it leaves women quickly.  

How do you know if you are low in progesterone?

  • Do you wake between 2 and 4 am?
  • Do you experience heavy bleeding?
  • Erratic periods?
  • Anxiety? 
  • Low libido?
  • Fibrocystic breasts?

Even though many of these symptoms above are “common” they are NOT “normal”.  

There are certain supplements you can take to support the levels of progesterone, such as Vitamin C and selenium. Exercising “relaxation” and  identifying what other stressors can be reducing your progesterone levels can also support you.  And if attempting these supports on your own aren’t working, further testing may be warranted.  

Remember: you are entitled to feel great, not just “normal”.  

Be well,

Lynn

WOMEN: Ever wondered what to eat & how to exercise throughout your cycle?

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Have you ever wondered if there’s a particular time “of the month” to eat certain foods or implement specific exercises?  Is it probable that the woman’s body needs different supports at different time of the months?  You may crave carbohydrates, chocolate or other foods just before you menstruate but weren’t sure why? If you have wondered the answers to these questions, then your intuition was spot on. (MEN: please don’t disregard because women have been targeted.  You too may find this information interesting). 

Before I proceed in giving you a brief summary of what’s occurring within a woman’s body and what it’s true needs are I must emphasize that each of us are individuals so this is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. I’ve included a basic diagram for support.   

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During Days 1 through 13, the follicular phase, estrogen is climbing and progesterone and a woman’s body temperature will usually maintain.  This is an increased period of insulin sensitivity and increased pain tolerance.  What does this mean?  This is a good time in the cycle for intense anaerobic workouts, carbohydrate loading (like sweet potatoes, yams, rice and starchy veggies) especially if you will be competing.

During Days 12 through 16, the ovulation phase, estrogen has peaked and progesterone begins to climb.  When this occurs serotonin (our feel good neurotransmitter) can decline and a woman may experience carbohydrate cravings.  Metabolism climbs and women typically feel the warmest in body temperature.  Overall, weight training is good during this time, being careful to not overdue the weight training (an increase in torn ACL’s have been correlated with heavy weight training and the ovulation period). 

During Days 17 through the 28th, 29, or 30th, the luteal phase, a woman begins menstruating.  The metabolism slows during this phase.  The body prefers fats over carbohydrates and benefits greatly during this time with fat burning exercises at a conversational pace. 

Please keep in mind there are other variables that can offset the nutritional needs and exercise performance of a woman.  Peri-menopause, the 10 year time frame prior to the onset of menopause can create hormonal imbalances.  Chronic stress (internal/external) can deplete a woman’s progesterone levels regardless of the type of exercises, times of the months and foods that are consumed.  If a woman is suffering from low progesterone, symptoms will present and fatigue may prevent a woman from wanting to exercise at any time during their monthly cycle.  In these circumstances, identifying hormonal imbalances and supporting them can be of tremendous support. 

You can find hormonal support programs here

Be well,

Lynn