Yes, hormone weight gain is a thing. We all know it. Going up 3-5 pounds with premenstrual bloating. Retaining that extra weight through menopause.
And then there’s the fat deposits on your hips and thighs when you’re younger and then you progress through perimenopause and your upper arms get chubby, your back, your belly…You’re pretty much carrying around a layer of extra fat from armpits to hips!
Because when your hormones get out of balance, your hypothalamus goes into survival mode. And women are survivors. The extra fat we can store is why women are the best ultra-marathoners. It’s that fat storage that helped the women of the Donner party survive the winter. So let’s not fight it. Let’s give our body what it needs to stay metabolically active and burn that fat.
Unopposed Estrogen is why we hold onto water weight and favor fat storage.
Now estrogen is not bad. She’s your joy hormone. Without her you’re going to feel moody and depressed. Estrogen helps us remember. Without her you can’t remember why you walked in the room. Estrogen helps keep our skin and hair and nails youthful and healthy. Without her, you’re saggy, wrinkly and balding.
So what do I mean by unopposed? You see estrogen needs progesterone to keep her in balance. When you’re under stress, your progesterone fuels your adrenal stress hormone production, leaving estrogen unopposed. When you’re going through perimenopause, you’re not ovulating regularly which means you’re not producing enough progesterone, leaving estrogen unopposed.
Remember Estrogen is the Fertilizer- nourishing your cells, from your eyes to your vagina, from your brain to your gut – keeping everything lush, juicy, youthful and healthy.
Progesterone is the gardener. It knows which cells have out lived their welcome…like when it’s time to shed the lining of your uterus and have a period. Like turning off breast cell growth so you don’t get cancer.
Estrogen and Progesterone are partners. They need to be in balance. Taking Genesis Gold® will help keep your hormones in balance. Plus by supporting your hypothalamus, Genesis Gold® can prevent it from going into survival mode so you don’t store every calorie you put in your mouth as body fat!
There are also foods that can help you lose the fat and the water weight induced by estrogen.
Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage – the stinky veggies, the ones that smell like rotten eggs when you cook them. It’s the sulfur bearing molecules in cruciferous vegetables that help you metabolize your estrogen safely. The molecule is an IC3-indole called di-indole methane or DIM. The more cruciferous veggies you eat, the better you can metabolize your estrogen into safe, non inflammatory estrone. That means less water weight, less fat storage! Yeah!
Soy is rich in ipriflavones which also help you metabolize estrogen more safely. Ipriflavones are weak estrogens that can block your estrogen receptors from responding to inflammatory 16OH-estrone. Meaning less water weight and fat storage. BUT… you need to limit the amount of soy protein you eat to less than 20 grams per day or the soy ipriflavones will also block your thyroid hormone receptors. Thyroid hormone controls metabolism. So if their receptors are blocked and T3 cannot get into your cells, you produce less energy. Less energy production means you won’t use the calories you consume and they’ll be stored as body fat.
The long chain fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) from fish oils helps protect you from inflammatory estrogen. You can only get EPA from fatty fish like salmon, halibut, tuna, cod, mackerel, sardines. Krill is also a good source of EPA. Three to four ounces of fatty fish a few times a week will help you lose the fat and water retention. Be sure to get wild caught, not farmed fish. Why? Because it’s the cold water that induces the fish to make Omega 3 essential fats like EPA.
Lean protein like chicken or turkey helps satiate you making you’re not as hungry. Lean protein induces your fat cells to make leptin. When your hypothalamus receives enough leptin from your fat cells it turns down your hunger hormone and turns up your metabolism. That means you burn more body fat! So include lean protein with every meal.
One of the best foods to help you release water weight is asparagus. Asparagus has a natural diuretic effect, meaning it helps flush your tissues and your kidneys. Include two or three half cup servings of cooked asparagus in your weekly menu. You can boost the diuretic effect by adding a cup of uva ursi tea when you’re feeling particularly bloated.
Remember estrogen’s job is to nourish your body. But it can be too much of a good thing, especially if you’re not metabolizing estrogen properly or you’re not making enough progesterone.
So let’s make friends with our estrogen and help her help us stay fit and healthy!