40PLUS? It’s a jungle of confusion for many…

One day you’re cruising along feeling just like you, and the next your boobs are huge and sore, you’re bloated and exhausted!  You might even be forgiven for thinking you’re pregnant, but three negative tests later, it dawns on you that this might actually be something else!  Could it be the change, that great taboo you have heard so much about, but know very little about.

So this Blog site is here to help women like me make their way through the confusion and help us to find the clarity and bloating remedies we need to get through it, and back to feeling normal!

If you have issues you would like covered, please feel free to comment, and share the posts with your friends who need the sanity too!

Marie x

Hair loss over 40

We expect to lose anything up to 100 strands of hair a day, even as much as 250 when washing. We’ve all had the grotesque task of clearing out the plug hole of hairs and product – yuk! It’s pretty normal, but when you begin to notice your scalp showing through your hair more than normal, it can have a huge effect on your confidence and self esteem.

The peri menopausal changes in hormones can cause this more intense hair loss in women over 40. Other factors which are commonly associated with hair loss for any age group are stress, tiredness, and thyroid disorders.

Your hair health relies on balanced hormones. You might not see how sleep, for example, could cause hair to fall out, but let’s break it down...

The increased levels of hormonal stress and mineral deficiencies that result from or cause the lack of sleep reduces the capacity for normal cellular functioning and may result in conditions of hair loss or thinning hair.

The prolonged stress response to poor sleep can have a negative impact on the skin and its capacity to function appropriately, which can directly impact the health of the hair follicle.The activity of adult stem cells relies on the internal circadian clock to orchestrate the proliferation of the hair growth cycle. So ensuring you enjoy quality sleep and address mineral deficiencies, (such as magnesium, iodine) will greatly improve the environment your hair follicles need for good health.

We can’t eliminate stress, but we can handle it better. Our mental approach to stress will impact the way your body copes and define the physical outcome. So begin to approach your stress management differently, but how?…

    Meditation is known to balance your hormones effectively. Having a more chilled out approach to your problems will help.
    If your diet is low carbohydrate and high good fat with moderate protein, you dramatically reduce the stress that other foods would normally cause your body.
    Gentle and moderate exercise helps to reduce stress hormones… over exercising with too much cardio has the opposite effect on our delicate over 40 bodies, so change your long distance running to a combination of manageable HiiT sessions and yoga or tai chi.

Our bodies are ever evolving, hair loss is not the end of the road… it is a signpost that something needs addressing with your health, hormones and stress.

Perhaps book in with your medical practice and ask for a full check up and full blood test so you can pin point any deficiencies or hormone imbalance, then you at least have a clear place to start with your healing journey.

Talk to your doctor about Biotin supplements and start washing your hair with Nioxin Shampoo to prevent further hair loss.

In the meantime, look out for my next post relevant to your epic life changing journey of being 40plus!

Marie x

40Plus and Iodine Deficiency

So you feel tired, foggy, and have sore breasts, have cysts, fat tummy, dry mouth, can’t sleep very well, have headaches, eye twitches and the list goes on.

We can all roll our eyeballs and just blame menopause, whether it be in the run up or full blown phase. Can’t we?

Well, I’m going to throw a curveball at you and suggest that perhaps often these symptoms can actually be attributed to an Iodine deficiency… but what is Iodine??

Iodine is an essential element for life and is the heaviest element commonly needed by living organisms. (Lanthanum and the other lanthanides, as well as tungsten, are used by a few microorganisms.) It is required for the synthesis of the growth-regulating thyroid hormones thyroxine and triiodothyronine (T4 and T3 respectively, named after their number of iodine atoms).

Source: Wikipedia

Iodine is essential for healthy thyroid function, which can often be out of whack after we hit 40…

The thyroid gland secretes thyroid hormones, which primarily influence the metabolic rate and protein synthesis. The hormones also have many other effects including those on development. The thyroid hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) are created from iodine and tyrosine. The thyroid also produces the hormonecalcitonin, which plays a role in calcium homeostasis.[1]

Source: Wikipedia

So in basic terms if you are deficient in iodine, your thyroid will not work properly, so you will find your health deteriorates and your weight may be all over the place. Some may not realise their symptoms are relevant and just put them down to tiredness, time of life, work and family demands.

So what are the signs of iodine deficiency?

  • Weight gain, especially notable when actively watching what you eat and exercising
  • Brain fog, feeling like you are mentally struggling with normal daily tasks
  • Depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns
  • Fibrocystic breasts (painful lumps)
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Fatigue
  • Bulging thyroid or goiter
  • Skin problems
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches and migraines

How much iodine do we need?

The recommended daily allowance is 15mg per day, however, homeopathic health professionals suggest that some women going through change may need to take up to 50mg per day under the guidance of a health care professional.

Other groups RDA:

  • Birth to 6 months: 110 micrograms
  • 7–12 months: 130 micrograms
  • 1–8 years: 90 micrograms
  • 9–13 years: 120 micrograms
  • 14 years and older: 150 micrograms
  • Pregnant women: 220 micrograms
  • Breastfeeding women: 29 micrograms

Iodine deficiency in pregnancy can result in mental retardation of the foetus

How do we get iodine?

Aside from Iodine supplementation in the form of drops or tablets, there are easy food sources of Iodine available, to name a few:

• Sea Vegetables: Kelp, Arame, Hiziki, Kombu, and Wakame

• Cranberries

• Organic Yogurt

• Organic Navy Beans

• Organic Strawberries

• Raw, Organic Cheese

• Organic Potatoes

And of course, you should also be using pink Himalayan salt on your food!

There is so much to learn that I highly recommend you begin to research your symptoms and speak to your health professional about your suspicions so they can guide you safely to full good health!

Note, Iodine is best taken with Selenium, necessary for cellular function in many organisms, including all animals and humans .

I would love to hear your stories, especially how you feel once you supplement with Iodine and selenium.

In the meantime, look out for my next post relevant to your epic life changing journey of being 40plus!

Marie x

3 Basic Steps To Beat The 40PLUS spread

So it has begun! Trousers suddenly feeling a bit tight, knickers cutting in where they never used to, boobs aching like you’re 8 weeks pregnant!  What’s is going on?  If you’re in your forties and fifties, it’s most likely that you’re experiencing the hormonal changes of perimenopause and menopause.

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If you’re beginning to gain weight around your tummy and internal organs (visceral fat) making your tummy look bigger and bloated, you  might be feeling confused and a bit down about your changing shape.  Knowledge is power, so lets unravel the facts.

Women produce a number of different sex hormones including oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone. During this changing time of life these hormones will begin to reduce in quantity – some more quickly than others.  It is this reduction which causes most of the menopausal symptoms that women experience, but, hormonal changes alone don’t alone cause this mid-life weight gain. We can thank lifestyle and genetic factors too.

Lack of oestrogen can mean the body uses starches and blood sugar less effectively, which could increase fat storage and make it harder to lose weight, creating an apple shape around the abdomen.  The apple shape puts us at higher risk of developing metabolic illnesses, and is a known contributing factor to heart attack in women.

Along with these hormonal changes comes a shift in the way women cope with stress, meaning their cortisol levels are elevated.    You  might have noticed that things you usually wouldn’t be phased by, are more recently winding you up no end…

Tip: Don’t get angry! Elevation of stress affects your hormone balance and can mean your body will find it harder to burn the fat, and in fact, even contribute to storing fat.  Keep calm and get lean…

Add in a sedentary lifestyle, and you’re got a recipe for menopause related disaster increasing the risk of obesity heart attack and type 2 diabetes among other serious health issues!

It’s your choice…

You may be encouraged to take all kinds of hormone replacement therapies to ease your symptoms, some which have been linked to breast cancer.  But you may prefer a more natural solution.

It is well documented that sugar, alcohol and grains interfere negatively with our hormones.  All of these food groups increase stress in the body.  Women over forty are more likely to store body fat through stress.   People are emotionally connected to their food routines, so the mere suggestion that we should change our food habits and choices can fill us with horror.  So we have to ask ourselves this question.  What do we want more?  To feel really healthy, sleep well and look good, or to continue on the path of indulgence and as a result continue to bloat, gain weight, have hot flushes, night sweats, poor sleep patterns, mood swings and more…

So what can you do?

3 Basic Steps To Beat The 40PLUS spread

  1. Reduce Sugar, Alcohol and Grains – a high fat, low carbohydrate plan is ideal for women over 40.
  2. Learn how to manage your stress levels more effectively – hypopressive breathing, meditation, swimming, yoga, or simply walking in the countryside all help us to reduce the stress hormones and do our fitness the world of good.
  3. Eat more alkaline foods – most of us are too acidic causing fat storage, so ensuring you include alkaline foods in your diet is essential to helping us to reduce acidity and the resulting visceral fat.  Google has many reliable lists of alkaline food sources, you’ll be surprised by some.

More to come soon, ladies, please do make requests below for information regarding your changing hormones.  I will try to cover as many topics as you need…

Marie x