From the book of ‘Balance Hormones, Balance Your Life’, Dr Claudia Welch
I’ve finished this book yesterday and it is a great read for women (30 + and up), but I’d advice it even for those who are younger (I can’t say I’d be so interested in hormones or the balance in my 25yo as I do now). Very well-written, easy to understand how hormones works in the body (probably even your doctor do not understand that properly lol). There’s no weird or difficult terminology, very straight-to-the-point, helpful (a lot of appendix, webs, books you can check and find more help). I won’t post any review, but I’ll post two more excerpts about the food and duality of hormones (balance in the female body). The book is focused on the women only and it is really awesome!
If you ever took a pill, if your doctor have prescribed to take hormones because something wrong with your estrogen-levels, if you are too tired and falling apart, if you know nothing about duality inside of your body and if you dont know where to start and whom to listen and how to CHANGE life-course – this book is FOR YOU.
HOW DID WE GET INTO THIS SITUATION? THE STRESS EPIDEMIC.
“We know, that when we experience stress our bodies releases extra stress hormones (throwing off our hormonal balance) until the danger resolves itself. When our whole lives are stressful, this imbalance becomes chronic. Healing begins when we start to live the life we really want to be living, when we’ll have less stress, because only then we experience the REAL WELL-BEING that comes, in general, from having balanced hormones,” – says Dr Claudia Welch in her book.
Many modern women mistake the feeling of being under stress for having energy. She starts running at dawn and doesn’t rest until late evening (recognize yourself?). Perhaps she grabs some fast food, a doughnut, or even healthy food, but she bolts it down to ground her so she can continue running.
She is the human equivalent of Energizer Bunny.
She is driven by the need (or ambition) to do it ALL.
But from the perspective of Eastern medicine, her health is becoming fragile, maybe even ‘Weak‘. The Eastern concept of energy (by Eastern I mean Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda mostly) is quite different from that of our Western Energizer Bunny. Life energy called qi (spelled chi) or ‘prana’ and if you seen someone practicing tai chi or qi gong you know how economically and efficiently they use the life force (in movement).
Let’s get back to Bunny aka You!
It is one thing to go through stress one day or week, or month (we might even be able to tolerate it for a year or two), but we are living ‘on credit‘, borrowing from our reserves of good health. At the end all that mess can lead to the breakdown of bones, skin, muscles and brain tissue. While there’s always hope that we can regain our health, it can be an uphill climb. It is far easier to maintain our health than regain it.
Eastern medicine teaches us that our bodies are microcosms
that reflects the state of the world around us.
When a woman is stressed, her body releases stress hormones. These hormones makes her hyper-vigilant, she begins to experience even benign events as critical situations. This stimulates the release of even more stress hormones. The woman’s desire to meet all of her family needs, her boss’s needs, her friends needs, and her own expectations lead to a disaster (hormonal imbalance). The thing is…it becomes habitual. And as all habits (think about sugar, smoking etc) – we stop noticing we are doing it.
We become so chronically stressed –
we may not even realize it is NOT our natural state.
Maybe you (who is reading now) hear these pleas from your body, but don’t know how to stop running, pushing, overreaching yourself. Our lovers will leave us. Oh-ah! Our families will collapse. Oh-ah! Our personal worlds will come crushing down around our ears. Aaaaaaa!
So we keep going,
going… and our hormonal balance becomes the victim.
ARE WE TALKING ABOUT YOU? Check!
- Do you jump when the phone rings?
- Do you feel anxiety about checking your mailbox?
- Do you dwell on the many things that could go wrong later today, later this week, month, year?
- Do you commonly feel anxiety, stress or worry for any reason?
- Do you have panic attacks?
- Do you experience any of the following (for women: with your menstrual cycle): headaches, mood swings, acne, bloating, constipation, painful cramping, heavy or scanty bleeding?
- Do you use synthetic hormone therapy of any kind?
- Do you have hot flashes, insomnia, heart palpitations, accelerated heartbeat, thyroid trouble of any kind, low immunity, osteoporosis, diabetes, adrenal burnout or endocrine disorders?
If you answered YES to even one of these questions, it is likely your hormonal balance is affected.
THINK: to continue running doesn’t usually require courage. What really takes courage is to stop running, stop pushing, stop trying to please everyone, stop outspending our reserves. Just stop. Stop and begin to live the life we really want to be living.
If we take little steps to slow our pace and have more time, we find life becomes more enjoyable, even easier: and we begin to gain the confidence to slow things down further. The downward cycle becomes an upward spiral:
More Joy than Stress
More Meaning than Emptiness
More Health than Disorder
HOW TO CHANGE COURSE?
Step 1. To achieve hormonal balance – understand it. Most people, including doctors, are confused about hormones. There’s a simple way to grasp it: hormones can be separated in 2 categories – yin and yang.
Step 2. What is the cure? – u’ll ask. The secret is, there’s no big secret. The secrets are always in basics. There’re only 3 pillars that supports our health and happiness.
OUR LIFESTYLE (including exercise)
HOW WE MANAGE STRESS
When there’s a crack in any of these pillars, disease can creep in and take root! Of course changing our habits or balance the diet isn’t piece of cake, but it is not complicated to learn and it is really worth it (one of the benefits – you’ll avoid drug your body and surgery in the future).
Our health-care system really pays more attention to disease than to health. Most of the money are used to treat disease, but not to prevent it. But you CAN prevent…that’s why you should read the book.
When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.
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