Month: October 2017

How well do you know your menstrual cycle?

This isn’t a trick question!   There are a few signs that tell you it’s worth becoming more familiar with your menstrual cycle.   Are you surprised every month when your period arrives? Do you get hit like a brick with PMS every month, feeling […]

Stories I loved this week.

No more ‘mysterious blue liquid’ and more realism in adverts for tampons and pads. Finally. (The Pool)   Prebiotics can potentially reduce stress response in those suffering from anxiety and depression. (NCBI)   Losing weight in the ‘anti-dieting’ age. (New York Times)   The case […]

Alcohol and your hormones

christmas lights

We’re creeping up on Christmas party season, traditionally a time when many of us indulge in a tipple or two and let our hair down.

 

We all know that alcohol is a toxin. Yes, I said it! It tastes great and can loosen you up, but your body has to work hard to clear this toxin from your body. And guess what organ does most of the work? Your liver!

 

Your liver is an incredible organ. It has over 200 functions, including cholesterol production and fat & protein metabolism. For women, the liver is where we metabolise or break down hormones like oestrogen, testosterone, progesterone and remove the excess from our bodies.

 

Because the liver does so much for us, when we drink alcohol, we put an extra burden on our livers. Alcohol is very toxic and cannot be stored by the body, so the liver prioritises clearing it from your body above its many other functions.

 

The thing is, if you have PMS, heavy & painful periods, PCOS or are perimenopausal or menopausal, alcohol can throw a spanner in the works, affecting your hormones and throwing them out of balance.

 

So when you drink a lot, your liver’s number one priority is removing alcohol in the form of ethanol from your body. And while it’s doing that, it can’t do things get rid of excess oestrogen that might by causing PMS or perimenopause symptoms.

 

More bad news: all of this means that your oestrogen levels are raised and your body’s capacity to burn fat slows down.

 

So what does this mean for you?  If you’re having hormonal issues, it’s time to think about much alcohol you drink. If you’re worried about losing weight, then it’s also time to think about how much alcohol you drink.

 

The British government recommend a maximum of 14 units of alcohol each week for men and women, which is the equivalent of 6 pints or 6 small glasses of wine. Not in one session, mind!

 

Have you found that alcohol has had an effect on your PMS or perimenopause symptoms?

 

Are your hormones getting the better of you? Get in touch for to book a free 20 minute health & hormone review to find out more about how you can get things back into balance.

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Stories I loved this week.

  Have you ever considered moving towards a minimalist lifestyle? I have. We seem to accumulate so much stuff, especially with a child and despite my regular clear outs, they never seem to make a dent in the stuff. (The Cut)   How getting rid of […]

6 ways to take care of yourself this weekend.

It’s been quite a week, hasn’t it?   The news has been overwhelming recently, with stories of loss, craven abuse of power, sexual misdeeds and stories of utter bravery.   It’s a lot to take in, and for many of us, these stories unearth old […]

Stories I loved this week.

sunday at the circus

How has your week been? I’ve been in training most of the week and all of Saturday, so I’m looking forward to some down time on Sunday. Here are some of the interesting health and wellness stories I’ve found this week.

 

Are you an oily person? This is a fascinating piece on the backstory of the two powerhouse essential oil companies, Young Living and DoTerra and how they’ve moved into the mainstream. (The New Yorker)

 

Middle age can fatten you up if you don’t increase your physical activity. (Science Daily)

 

Do you have a cast-iron pan? I have a few and I absolutely love them. They need a lot of love and attention, like a little pet. (Bon Appetit)

 

Women aren’t nags, we’re just fed up. (Harper’s Bazaar)

 

Why most diets fail. A first hint: diets are short term, lifestyle changes are for life. (goop).

 

Have you been following the vaginal mesh scandal? (The Guardian)

Do you get enough sleep?

How many hours do you sleep a night?  Ideally, according to the World Health Organisation, we should be sleeping at least 8 hours a night, uninterrupted. Anything less counts as sleep deprivation. And guess what: on average, most of us get 7 or fewer hours […]