Boost Menopausal Metabolism for Life-long Health
How Metabolism Changes with Age
We all know that metabolism slows as we age. The result for most people is less energy, feeling less vital, and often gaining weight around the mid-line. However, you need not feel you are a passive victim of the aging process on your metabolism. To boost menopausal metabolism, you will benefit from understanding what controls energy storage and use.
Metabolism is governed by three organ systems; the endocrine system, the neurological system and the immune system. These three systems closely manage our energy in a complicated dance of hormones, neurotransmitters and cytokines. Growth hormone dominates in youth. This hormone directs young bodies to spend large amounts of energy on growth and development. With puberty, sex hormones join the party to shape the bodies and the brains of young adults. In times of stress and danger neurotransmitters such as epinephrine and cortisol leap forward to commit resources to fight and flight. When pathogens are present, energy shifts to the immune system. Throughout the reproductive years, because of our biologic drive to survive and procreate, sex hormones dominate our metabolism.
Due to the shift in priorities away from childbearing, sex hormones take a back seat in menopause, and in the male counter-part called andropause. Our ovaries and gonads move into a much deserved retirement. While that may sound like a bad thing, it is not the end of health and vitality. That is because our adrenal glands are designed to step in and take up the slack.
Hormonal Cornerstone of Healthy Aging
The adrenal glands produce a variety of hormones including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. This is important because testosterone and estrogen positively increase metabolism. The adrenal glands also produce cortisol. First of all, this can be a good thing. A burst of cortisol can stimulate burning fuel during exercise. However, chronic stress can cause too much cortisol secretion. Chronic high levels of cortisol stimulate storage of fuel as belly fat. When cortisol is overproduced, we also experience muscle loss as protein from our muscles is broken down for quick fuel. Consequently, we need to support and protect our adrenal glands as we age.
A healthy thyroid is also essential for optimal metabolism. Unfortunately, many people burn out their thyroid glands when they are young due to burning the candle at both ends. Chemical exposures is another modern insult that the thyroid is particularly sensitive to. These two factors have driven the incidence of hypothyroidism, for both women and men, sky-high. While it is possible to restore thyroid function naturally, it is important to medically assess and treat poor thyroid function at any age.
The pituitary gland must be mentioned in this conversation of of the endocrine system and metabolism. It is the conductor of sex hormones, thyroid hormones, growth hormone and adrenal hormones. The pituitary receives information from the brain via the hypothalamus. Hence, this is a major interface of hormones and neurotransmitters in the control of metabolism.
I am guessing by now, you are beginning to see the problem, but what is the solution? Lets first take a look at the interface of the brain with the glands. The hypothalamus and the pituitary gland meet at that junction with the brain sending messages to stimulate hormones that control metabolism. But what controls our brains? Emerging evidence points to life-style as the key to health promoting neurotransmitters. This is great news. As Bruce Lipton states in the Biology of Belief, this moves us from victims of our genetics to masters of our health by how we live.
This means we have the ability to create metabolic flexibility by how we live. Metabolic flexibility is the ability of your body to use fat or carbohydrates for energy. Unfortunately, most people are carbohydrate dependent and not metabolically flexible. In the Keto-Boot Camp you will learn how to rewire your metabolism to burn fats. Once you can access fat stores and dietary fats for energy, you can begin to boost menopausal metabolism.
Beneficial Side Effects
I am a big fan of health plans that reach my patient’s goals while providing an array of positive side effects. You may be motivated to attend Keto-Boot Camp for weight loss, diabetes treatment, cancer prevention or some other health goal important to you. Whatever gets you in the door and helps you commit to the the program is just the catalyst. Below are a list of positive health effects reported by clients who have gone through the program.
- Better sleep
- No blood sugar ups-and-downs
- Increased exercise tolerance
- Lower blood pressure
- Better cholesterol ratios
- Less inflammation
- Clearer thinking
- Improved libido
- Less anxiety
- More energy
Practical Steps to Boost Menopausal Metabolism
- Reduce stress with exercise, social support and through relaxing techniques such as meditation
- Make sure your thyroid is healthy and treat as needed
- Avoid overconsumption of processed foods
- Eat enough healthy fat to fuel the adrenal glands
- Reduce chemical exposures
- Create metabolic flexibility
For those of you in Northern California, join me at Farmacopia on Thursday January 25th 6:15-7:45 pm or Saturday Jan 27th 9:00-10:30 to find out more about metabolic flexibility and metabolism. Early registration is recommended as space is limited