Your Menstrual Cycle is your Fifth Vital Sign – an important marker for Your Health!
When checking in on your Health, your Dr most of the time will use as your Health Barometers your Blood Pressure, Respiratory Rate, Body Temperature and Pulse Rate. Your Menstruation Cycle is another indicator. As we are becoming more aware of the importance for us to take our health into our own hands, understanding our markers or health barometers – empowers us become more aware of our body and how it is functioning.
Symptoms of pain, bloating, heavy flow, acne, fatigue, depression, anxiety and more are signs of an abnormal Menstrual Cycle – it is our body’s way of telling us there is something underlying going on and needs to be fixed.
Ovulation and Menstruation is Health! Inability to cycle or painful multiple cycles – need to be investigated. Lack of Ovulation is an imbalance or dis-ease!
Women have two body clocks that we need to keep in check – from when we start our menstrual cycle (11-14yrs) until menopause(40-50yrs). The Circadian Rhythm which effects our Cortisol (stress and wakening hormone) and Melatonin (our sleepy hormone). The natural cycle of physical, mental, and behaviour changes is what the body goes through in a 24-hour cycle. Circadian rhythms are mostly affected by light and darkness and are controlled by a small area in the middle of our brain. It also controls our temperature cycle.
Our Infradian Cycle is a period of time over a month where there is cyclical fluctuations of our hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone). These “Fluctuating hormones” have been historically seen as a disadvantage – and women deemed negatively as “hormonal” – accepting also that this is normal.
Our symptoms of hot flashes, waking in the night, mood changes, waking up feeling tired or fatigued need to be understood. So how can we support our Health through our Pre, Peri and Menopause Years?
Learn to understand and check in on your 5 Health Indicators/Markers – know your body and how it functions. If you understand from an early age – then you are empowered to make the right choices for the rest of your life. Having said that – you are never too old or it is never too late to learn and understand your body and make changes for better health and cycles.
Investigate, learn and understand your triggers, symptoms and messages. These are not normal. They are your body’s way of telling you something is not right. Investigate before jumping onto hormone disruptors, such as the birth control pill or hormone replacement therapy. These in fact stop the cycle and stop the body from producing it’s important protective hormones, that the body needs for optimal health throughout life.?
Keep a check on what we put on, in and have around our body – our environment. Our food – processed or nutritious; our skin products – are they full of chemicals/toxins or natural. Chemicals in cleaning products, plastics and more. Many products/food have estrogen which our body accepts, however struggles to eliminate – adding to an excess of estrogen – hence imbalance of hormones! Movement, understand the right movement/exercise that is right for you. We were all not supposed to be marathon runners or yogis – and our movement changes as we go through our age. Being in nature and gathering Vit D from the sun is all important to balance our hormones!
Making one small change can help you see other improvements to your Health, Fitness and Wellness.
Learn more on our 6Week Programme “Getting to the Nitty Gritty of Menopause”