I’m always encouraged by the questions I’m asked from followers and patients. You see, there’s just so much information out there – so many do’s and don’t, so many should and you shouldn’t – its super hard to work out exactly what is right.
With my Debunking Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) tour set to start in just a few short weeks, I’ve been digging into my bag of tricks to really be able to offer women some juicy solutions. In preparation for live events, I’ve had a lot of time to realise, that like every health condition, there’s so much more than meets the eye. But what’s more, we’re all unique beings – to think that there’s one big solution for everybody actually doesn’t make much sense at all.
So how do we approach health concerns and symptoms if we don’t sport our own PHD? We need to think logically and tune in the channel to our own honing device; your own signs and symptoms.
Genetically we are all different, then we throw into the mix things such as environment, diet, lifestyle, upbringing, and emotional wellness – there’s a lot to know. But here’s the thing, I don’t want to be the source of your confusion.
I don’t want your health and wellness to be in the too hard basket – heck, it needs to be on the top of the checklist! I want to be able to provide you with information that resonates with you and encourages you to dig deeper to find answers for your own special self.
So with that in mind, today I’m taking the opportunity to show you how to exercise smarter (not longer) and debunk a few myths around hormone health – because we may not all genetically be identical but we all have hormones and we all need to know how to better manage them.
Did you know – the wrong kind of exercise for those with hormone imbalance can have horrible effects?
The beautiful philosophy of Lorna and Move Nourish Believe holds much more power than keeping your exercise, interesting. It’s a movement toward all round wellness that starts with moving and feeding your body in the most perfect way that suits you right down to your cells. As a health practitioner, this ethos has me fist pumping the air. For many women, the monotonous approach rarely works because not only is it way to difficult to sustain but it’s down not suitable or effective.
1. Exercise for your hormones.
Any kind of stress or load on the body for women especially those with PCOS can be disastrous. And I’ve come to learn that exercising smarter and not harder is, for many, the best way. So with this in mind we need to consider this:
- Those with slow metabolism – frequent short bursts of exercise, ideally 20 minutes at a time to keep your hormones happy and firing along. This is because often the thyroid function is lagging, so short bursts help to fire it along. Typically those with a slow metabolism show other symptoms by easily gaining weight around the thighs and backs of the arms. In my experience, they also benefit more from small frequent meals to also boost things along.
- Those with a fast metabolism – can get away with longer more moderate workouts because their thyroids are working more efficiently. Same goes for meal times, these women benefit from eating 3 main meals per day.
2. De-stress: Stress doesn’t help anybody’s hormones, full stop.
Now it’s all good and dandy for me to say “relax”, although not very useful if you don’t have the tools to know just how.
These are a few simple, foolproof ways to de-stress:
- Meditate. I know it’s a learned and takes practice kind of thing, but extremely valuable and helps tremendously in balancing hormones. If you prefer guided meditation, they’re available all over the place.
- Schedule in your ‘you’ time. 4 hours per week. Make time, even if it is 30 minutes each day to take a walk around the block. It’s essential.
- Book that holiday – even if it’s 25 minutes north in a camping ground. Just do it already.
- Journal – write down what comes out on paper. Extremely therapeutic and pulls you out of your head!
3. Genetics may not play the big role
As we are learning more about the role of genes, there are some findings that have discovered we may be able to ‘turn off’ or ‘turn on’ our genes behaviour, be it by our thoughts, mindset, attitude, environment, diet and lifestyle.
So with this in mind, we know that emotional health plays a huge role – especially from a Traditional Chinese Medicine viewpoint. From this perspective, the heart plays a huge role in the sequence of events around ovulation (and if we needed to translate this into a modern standpoint, we’d look at the role of the pituitary). When these signals can’t be fired to promote ovulation, it simply won’t happen leading to amenorrhea or hormone imbalance. But equally it may be a case of poor gut function and excess toxins in the body. I hate to say it, but I told you so – you see – no two women are the same.
I’m getting pretty pumped with the upcoming Debunking PCOS live event. This stuff here today is just the tip of the iceberg. My aim, is to unravel PCOS and hormone imbalance like never before and get into the nitty-gritty so each and every woman that comes has so much information, she can only help but make informed decisions about her health. Because nobody can really tell you what’s best for you, other than you. And the only way you can do that is by collecting as much information as possible to help make those choices.
For more info on my upcoming Debunking PCOS tour (including dates and locations), click here.
Natalie Kringoudis is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturist, Natural Fertility Educator, Author and Speaker.
Natalie believes that fertility isn’t just about babies and her passion is to educate every woman on the use of alternative therapies and nutrition.
Her website is a rich source of up to the minute information on health and fertility, as well as recipes for healthy living and wellness.