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Navigating Menopause: Unveiling the Secrets to Metabolic Health

July 19, 2023

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I'm a functional medicine practitioner & hormone expert working primarily with women in their 40's and 50's to create lasting health.
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Feeling like your metabolism has suddenly taken a nosedive? Struggling to keep up with your energy levels like you used to? And those extra pounds just appeared out of nowhere, right? Well, welcome to menopause – that phase in life that brings along a unique set of physical changes that can be challenging for many women aged 40 and above. But hey, no need to worry! Today, we’re going to dive into the secrets of metabolic health and explore how some lifestyle changes can help navigate this new chapter. Let’s chat about practical solutions specifically designed for women dealing with menopausal symptoms. We’ll uncover the secrets to setting achievable goals so you can get back into tip-top shape without sacrificing too much. Sound good? Let’s do this!

Metabolic Health. Why should we care?

I am dedicated to supporting women, like yourself, as they navigate the hormone imbalances that frequently occur during the transition into and throughout menopause. As part of this mission, I am excited to share another invaluable insight with you, highlighting the significance of functional medicine and metabolic health. 

As you approach your 40s and beyond, you may start noticing changes in your body and how you feel. These shifts can be disconcerting and may leave you longing for a way to regain control. I’ve personally experienced these hormone imbalance symptoms and understand just how challenging they can be. Thankfully, through functional medicine techniques, I found a way to improve my well-being long-term – and I want to help you do the same.

In your late forties to mid-fifties, many women are affected by metabolic health. Aging can lead to changes in weight distribution, including muscle loss and increased fat in certain areas, typically the waistline. This weight gain can pose health risks, including heart conditions, a leading cause of death for menopausal women.

Our goal isn’t just about preventing health issues, but also about boosting your overall well-being. I want to help you feel more energetic, get better sleep, and keep your moods in balance as your metabolic health improves.

Metabolic Flexibility

Metabolic flexibility refers to our body’s ability to adapt to metabolic changes. As women, our hormone levels – estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone – begin to decline as we transition into menopause. These hormones play a crucial role in maintaining our metabolic health and weight. 

As our metabolic flexibility decreases, we must make adjustments to our nutrition and lifestyle habits in order to adapt to these hormonal changes.

In my experience, I’ve found that taking a whole-body approach tends to work best. You know, it’s not just about the diet and daily habits; we also need to really get to know your unique metabolic blocks. If you’ve already given improving your nutrition and exercise routine a shot but haven’t seen any positive changes, maybe it’s time to dig a little deeper.

Hacking Your Metabolic Health

As a functional medicine practitioner, I use specific lab tests to understand your metabolic health better and identify any obstacles. These tests can reveal information about your consumption of certain types of foods, your macronutrient ratios, and even the status of your gut health. 

Sometimes, imbalances in your gut microbiome or liver function can have a negative impact on your metabolic health and weight management. These imbalances can occur due to various factors such as poor diet, lack of physical activity, and certain medications. Taking steps to improve the health of your gut and liver can help you optimize your metabolic health and effectively manage your weight.

Regular exercise, especially resistance training, offers a multitude of benefits that extend beyond just physical fitness. It serves as a powerful tool for enhancing metabolic health, helping to regulate glucose levels, boosting energy expenditure, and promoting overall well-being. With its positive impact on various aspects of our body’s functioning, incorporating exercise into our routine can significantly contribute to a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.

As we transition into menopause, maintaining muscle mass becomes increasingly important. Lifting weights two to three times a week for 20 to 30 minutes can significantly impact your metabolic health and weight.

If you’ve tried some of these strategies without success, it might be time to consult a functional medicine practitioner like myself. Together, we can conduct the proper lab testing to understand what’s happening with your metabolic health and create a personalized plan to improve your metabolic flexibility.

Just a Special Message

To you my dearest beautiful women who are at a certain “age” – we find ourselves in a new phase of life. As we witness the arrival of wrinkles, gray hair, and those extra pounds, we may also be acquainted with menopause or anticipate its arrival. It’s natural to glance at those youthful 25-year-olds and feel a pang of longing. But let’s remember, we were once 25 ourselves, just as they will one day join us in this stage of life. They bring the energy and exuberance of youth, while we bring wisdom, experience, and compassionate hearts. Each gray hair earned through a journey of raising children, and facing life’s challenges, be it bills or ailments – we are not just survivors, but fierce warriors. We are women, akin to classic cars or fine wine. Though our exteriors may have changed, we have gained an unwavering spirit, enduring courage, and inner strength as we embark upon this chapter of life with grace and pride. Let us never feel remorseful about growing older, for it is a privilege denied to many.

All in all, it’s fair to say that menopause should not be seen as a dead end for metabolic health. Instead, looking at it with the right lens you can look at it as a chance for something even better. We all want those things- optimal digestion, unshakable immunity, steady energy modes, and glowing skin – but what many don’t realize is how achievable these outcomes could be when approached properly. Nourish your body wisely- set yourself up with the tools that help you stay on the path! Scheduling a discovery call could be the first step. The things we uncover together might just surprise you, so why delay? Let’s dive in and explore the possibilities without hesitation. Once you have strategies like hacking your metabolic health nailed down, life becomes much larger and more open to exploration. Still, seems too good to be true. Give it a try. If not now then when? With this knowledge comes responsibility in navigating menopause as a season of learning and growth- make sure to take care of yourself too!

If you’re dealing with hormone imbalances and seeking assistance to improve your weight, I’m here to help. Let’s schedule a free discovery call, where we can delve into your symptoms further and tailor a personalized plan just for you.

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DISCLAIMER:  The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional

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