Meet your Feisty 4

Meet your Feisty 4

February 14, 2020 0 By Jose Scott


– It’s Nicki here from
Happy Hormones For Life. And today I’m going to be introducing you to the four main hormones that dictate how we look, feel, think and behave. Now, there are many complex factors behind hormone imbalances. But these four hormones
tend to be in control, especially as we get older. And we’ve got over 100 hormones
running around the body. But these four have
quite a powerful impact. So once we can understand them, and how they work and how to balance them, we can really get them working
for us and not against us. So hormones are little chemical messengers that are released from your
body’s endocrine glands, and they travel through the body to various cells, obviously, to elicit a
specific response in the body. So they’re telling your
cells exactly what to do and how to behave. And they are involved in almost
every function of your body. So, when I used to look at hormones, I used to think, they’re
just about puberty, pregnancy, menopause and they make you feel
cranky once a month, but they are so underrated. Hormones actually
regulate your metabolism, your energy, your mood,
the way your brain works, your sleep, your appetite, the digestion, your weight and so much more, and your immune system as well. And if the balance is out, you can have symptoms in
almost any area of the body. So they’re really important to understand and to know how to manage them. So let’s have a look
at these four hormones which I call your feisty four hormones. The first one is cortisol. Now cortisol is your one of
your main stress hormones, and it rules the roost when it
comes to your other hormones. If cortisol is out of balance, you can pretty much guarantee that most of the other hormones
aren’t going to be optimal. When your body’s under stress, cortisol is released
from your adrenal glands. And it’s part of your
ancient survival mechanism, your fight or flight response, and it keeps you alive
in times of real danger like being attacked by a lion. But in modern times, not that particularly that useful or relevant ’cause we’re not being attacked by lions, but we have micro stresses
going on all day long. So our evolutionary stress response can be a problem if we
don’t get to switch it off, which we used to be able to do. We used to go back to our man caves and rest and recover from the attack. But these days, we don’t
get to switch off very much. So one of the main symptoms
of a cortisol imbalance where you’re gonna feel
wired, tired, overwhelmed, foggy, over emotional, anxious,
kind of flat or lonely, low motivation, irritable, snappy, might have that belly
fat around your middle that you just can’t shift, and obviously your sleep
can be affected as well. So what do we want to focus on if cortisol is out of balance? We wanna focus on rest
and stress management. Switching off daily, sleeping well, getting those supplements
in to support your adrenal, which can be a mixture
of adaptogens, vitamin C, magnesium, B vitamins, all of
them get very much depleted when we’re majorly stress. We’re really trying to manage our stress and get rid of it where we can, obviously, not that easy, but we’ve gotta prioritize that self care that we been talk about, and
that daily switching off. The second hormone is insulin. Now insulin is a hormone
secreted by the pancreas, and it controls our blood sugar, and often when there’s too
much sugar in the blood, so if we eat too many
carbohydrates or sugary foods, then it goes around and
turns that sugar into fat, which is why I call it
that fat storing hormone and why generally a diet
high in carbs and sugar is likely gonna make you gain weight. Now the main symptoms of
an of an insulin imbalance or blood sugar imbalance are when you have a
high waist to hip ratio, so your waist is bigger than your hips. Where you have that mid afternoon slump where you just literally want
to lie down and fall asleep. Or that middle of the night wake up at three o’clock in the morning wake up when your blood sugar might be a bit low. You feel kind of hungry,
mixture of hungry and angry. You might have extra PMS or excess thirst or sugar or carb cravings. These are kind of key signs
of a blood sugar imbalance. What to focus on if you’ve
got those kind of symptoms; you want to be making sure that you’re getting enough fat, protein and low glycemic carbs
for your main meals. So grazing is not gonna help you because that’s gonna produce
more and more insulin. You wanna be eating nice,
full, balanced meals, three times a day, if you can. Now if you feel dizzy or faint, if you know between meals, and obviously have a snack, but make sure it’s kind
of protein fat based like nuts or seeds, something like that, or something like that. But really looking at getting
enough fat and protein in your main meals because that’s what’s gonna
fill you up and stop those and keep your blood sugar nice and stable. So obviously to getting off the sugar and the refined carbs is going to help, and alcohol as well if limit that ’cause that’s just gonna mess
with the blood sugar as well. The third of your feisty four is thyroid. Now, thyroid is your metabolism regulator. It either turns your metabolism up so that your fat burning
and you’re full of energy, or it turns it down so
that your fat storing and you’re in energy conservation mode. It’s like a switch on your cells, and for most women, it tends
to be low rather than high, making everything kind of just slow down. So your main symptoms of fatigue, bordering on exhaustion, weight gain that you just can’t shift no matter what you do, feeling cold particularly hands and feet, hair loss, dry itchy skin, brittle nails, brain fog, low mood,
anxiety, constipation, because your bowels are slowed down, all of that kind of stuff. So what you want to focus on with that is getting those nutrients in. So thyroid needs lots of
amino acids, proteins, lots of minerals, so get your get yourself on
a really good multivitamin, which I’ll put a link to. You wanna focus on
stress management as well because stress has a big
negative impact on your thyroid. And if your thyroid, if you
have a condition already and it’s autoimmune related, you’ve gotta be focusing
on your gut health which is a whole different topic. So I suggest with thyroid
if you have any symptoms, you probably need to properly get tested and on the other testing
is a little bit limited, but at least get your TSH T4 tested, and we do proper
comprehensive thyroid testing if you want to talk to us about that. The fourth of your first
default is oestrogen. Now obviously that works
alongside progesterone, they’re both very important, but focusing on oestrogen because the symptoms are easy to explain. And oestrogen is obviously
a female sex hormone. It’s responsible for our curves and our ability to have
babies and all of that stuff. But it’s also really vital
for your brain house, your mood, your energy, your weight, and your bones and your
heart, so really critical. Now, we can have symptoms of too much and too little oestrogen, especially as we get towards that perimenopausal stage of life. Too much oestrogen can result in PMS, bloating, weight retention,
irregular or heavy periods, mood swings, hot flashes, brain fog, memory loss, all stuff like that. Too little estrogen; mainly you’re gonna be
getting the hot flashes, night sweats, forgetfulness, sticky vaginal dryness,
wrinkles, poor sleep, joint pain, and obviously a
higher risk of osteoporosis, heart disease and dementia. So what do we want to focus on to keep this oestrogen balanced? What if you’ve got
symptoms of high oestrogen, we wanna be really
focusing on liver support and getting those
detoxification pathways working really well. So hydration, limiting your alcohol, getting those cruciferous
veg in that I talked about, the cabbages, the
broccoli, the cauliflowers, really helpful for clearing out oestrogen, lots of fibre so that your
bowels can move through and get that oestrogen out and also focusing on your environment so you’re not exposed
to the fake oestrogens that can really over stimulate our system. Now for low oestrogen, we’re looking at putting
those phytoestrogens in that. Organic soy if you can tolerate soy, flaxseeds, chickpeas, lentils, those kind of things help
to regulate your estrogen. And if you are really low, you know you can get tested to find out, if you’re really low, then obviously body identical
HRT is gonna be really helpful for you to avoid any extra risk of those diseases that I mentioned. So now you know which four main hormones are in control of you, you can start to balance them. And my steps, my happy hormone code steps, one, two, three and four, go find the videos on those if you want more information
on how to balance them. Now, just to note that all four hormones really do rely on each other, they work in a synergistic balance. So when one’s out, the others
can be affected as well. So you almost also might find that you’ve got multiple symptoms, and that’s often due to
several different imbalances, which is really common
during perimenopause, when hormones are fluctuating. So it’s always advisable
to get proper testing. We do comprehensive testing
of all feisty four hormones and more, so that we can see for sure which ones need the most support. So you can message me
for more info on that or you can go to the
Happy Hormones website, happyhormonesforlife.com and contact us at the contact page. Hope that was useful,
I’ll see you next time.