Menopause marks an important stage in life. It is also the time when hormone fluctuations can lead to a range of symptoms including fatigue and weight gain.
The hormonal changes experienced during menopause will make you more likely to gain weight around your abdomen, rather than the hips and thighs.
Many of my menopausal clients report they feel ‘tired, grumpy and weighed down by life'. These are the unmistakable signs that too much stress has been a dominate feature of their lives.
When you rely on the energy of the stress hormones to help you cope with the demands of everyday life, you can arrive at menopause feeling drained and overwhelmed. There is a term for this, it is called 'adrenal fatigue'.
Adrenal fatigue is a state of exhaustion caused by low adrenal function. The adrenal glands regulate your critical fight or flight stress hormones to help you deal with stress. Over time too much stress weakens the adrenals.
For many women when they get to menopausal age a serious toll has been taken on the adrenal glands. They are simply exhausted.
When called upon to prop up declining oestrogen the adrenals are unable to meet demand. Without the adrenals ability to buffer the impact of declining hormone production from the ovaries women experience more severe menopausal symptoms.
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