— By Elena Michaels PhD, CCH, LMFT
As we move into our thirties, what we’ve done to keep fit, stay trim, and be youthful, may no longer be working. As we move into forties, fifties and beyond our bodies let us know changes must be made.I often hear women say they “can’t seem to lose those extra pounds”. As women move into menopause, our bodies let us know something different may be indicated.
Our endocrine glandular system often needs support, and our food choices and ways of eating may not be effective for our well being. There are misunderstandings about nutrition, which may stem from everyone being unique (look at Atkins and Pritikin). Many women think soy foods are helpful, yet soy foods have been linked to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism (low thyroid) has been linked to weight gain. Not everyone does well on soy foods, and many people gain weight.
Low thyroid function has also been linked to depression.There are misunderstandings about Vitamin E in clinical studies. D-alpha tocopherol or DL-alpha tocopherol (used in most of these studies) should NOT be taken. But a full-spectrum vitamin E (including the delta and gamma fractions and tocotrienols, made WITHOUT soy oil) is very beneficial to cardiovascular, hormonal, and skin health.
Estrogen dominance (internal and/or the environmental) may lead to problems ranging from emotional issues to weight gain and even cancer. Balancing our natural hormones can make huge changes in how we look and feel. Skin care is important, as many topical products used by women contain parabens, which have been linked to cancer. Topical anti-oxidant products WITHOUT parabens, can increase collagen in our skin and prevent aging.
There are also exciting, new internal antioxidants.Working with a clinician trained in anti-aging strategies can target and balance your unique concerns. Magazines, radio, television, news stories and books tout the latest craze. But addressing our unique imbalances may be the best way to live longer, healthier, youthful lives.
Dr. Elena Michaels has been counseling in nutrition for more than 3 decades. She is a Doctor of Natural Health, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Collaborative Divorce Professional. She can be reached at 661/250-4395, Elena@DrElena.com and www.DrElena.com and www.facebook.com/DrElenaMichaels