Did you know that most medical research as not been done on women? Up until the 1970s women hardly worked in medicine or science and it wasn't until 1986 that NIH established a policy to include women in scientific studies.
So what does this mean?
You aren't crazy for being confused or frustrated with how you're feeling.
One of the main issues that women struggle with today is hormone dysregulation.
As more research emerges, it is now being discovered that hormone dysregulation can be caused by an array of factors such as the following:
Stress: Chronic stress can disrupt the balance of hormones in the body, particularly cortisol, the primary stress hormone. When stress is prolonged, it can lead to imbalances in other hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and thyroid hormones.
Poor Diet: A diet high in processed foods, refined sugars, and unhealthy fats can impact hormone production and regulation. Nutrient deficiencies may also affect hormone synthesis and function.
Weight Changes: Significant weight gain or loss can disrupt hormone levels, as hormones like estrogen are produced and stored in fat cells.
Physical Inactivity: Regular exercise is essential for hormone balance. Sedentary lifestyles can lead to hormone imbalances over time.
Birth Control Pills: Some women may experience hormonal imbalances as a side effect of birth control pills or other hormonal contraceptives.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): PCOS is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. It is characterized by high levels of androgens (male hormones) and insulin resistance, leading to irregular menstrual cycles and other symptoms.
Perimenopause and Menopause: As women approach menopause, their hormone levels fluctuate and eventually decrease. This transition can cause various symptoms due to changing estrogen and progesterone levels.
Thyroid Disorders: Conditions such as hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) can disrupt the balance of thyroid hormones and impact overall hormone regulation.
Chronic Illness: Certain chronic conditions can affect hormone production and regulation in the body.
Environmental Factors: Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) present in certain plastics, pesticides, and household products can interfere with hormone function.
Sleep Disruptions: Poor sleep quality or insufficient sleep can negatively impact hormone regulation.
Medications: Some medications, like corticosteroids or antidepressants, may affect hormone levels.
Genetics: Certain genetic factors can predispose women to hormone dysregulation.
Now with all of these contributing factors it can be difficult to find ones ideal solution particularly in western medicine that tends to focus on treating the symptom as opposed to the cause (ex: Tylenol for headaches and PMS cramping, Birth Control for any type of period dysregulation, prescription medication for poor sleep/anxiety/depression).
Through the emergence of integrative and functional medicine, there have been more ways to view women's health and their hormonal fluctuations in particular.
Today we are going to touch one one topic that has been incredibly overlooked.
Not just the importance of sleep for everyone, but for women in particular.
Sleep plays a vital role in hormone regulation, and women experience hormonal fluctuations throughout their menstrual cycle, during pregnancy, and as they go through perimenopause and menopause. Sufficient sleep supports the proper functioning of hormones like estrogen and progesterone, which are essential for reproductive health and overall well-being.
Sleep disturbances can impact the menstrual cycle and contribute to irregular periods or menstrual pain.
If you have young children, sleep can often times be hard to come by...but many women find that even if they can get sleep, the quality of that sleep is not great.
What is often recommended for sleep is a melatonin supplement but if this is taken too frequently then it can disrupt your natural melatonin production so just be cautious when using it.
What we have seen to be extremely effective is a magnesium supplement.
You can take magnesium in supplement form (you can find a fantastic version of that here on amazon) but it can also be absorbed through the skin via magnesium chloride. We created our Magnesium infusion serum Allure that you will find in our magnesium collection here.
Why does it work? Magnesium chloride can relax receptors within the nervous system and the brain, which helps improve your sleep and make you feel more relaxed. People suffering from insomnia can also give magnesium a go. Try rubbing some magnesium oil onto the skin right before sleep time.
So, take a look at our recommendations and read some reviews. The most important thing is to know that as a woman, your body NEEDS sleep....and so many issues you may be having with your health could contribute to a lack of proper sleep.
You can learn more about magnesium chloride in particular via this blog post where we cover the benefits of it specifically.
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