Making Symptoms Worse
Many women entering menopause accept the fact that they’ll gain weight……an inevitable result of their “metabolism” slowing down.
Well, it turns out that these metabolic changes, though real enough, are NOT necessarily the result of menopause. Instead, these changes are the natural progression of a process that begins much earlier: Glycemic Stress, from blood sugar that is too high.
Eating lots of refined carbs (fries, cookies, white bread, etc.) triggers an immediate and substantial increase in blood sugar. Excess sugar is then converted to triglycerides in the liver. Additionally, excess blood sugar actually causes inflammation in the lining of blood vessels throughout your body….and what is known as glycemic stress.
Excess blood sugar over time eventually leads to insulin resistance. When blood sugar remains high, the pancreas secretes a large amount of insulin to process the blood sugar. Then the insulin receptors lose their ability to respond…..and the result is that blood sugar is stored as fat!
Glycemic stress and insulin resistance are also associated with insomnia, fatigue, and excess daytime sleepiness. Diets high in refined carbohydrates make ALL menopausal symptoms worse because it adversely affects the body’s hormone balance.
So what develops is a “circular reference”: Menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, sleeplessness, etc., are made worse by glycemic stress, which causes you to feel worse even as you’re gaining weight. And we collectively attribute all this to “menopause” and “metabolism”……and you’re miserable!
Stop!! This doesn’t have to be so!
Break this cycle by following some common sense steps:
Cut refined carbs. Most menopausal symptoms will respond to a diet that keeps blood sugar and insulin at stable levels.
Get enough sleep. Night sweats and hot flashes are a big culprit here. These symptoms can improve, and the chances for a good night’s sleep likewise improve.
This 700 year old “secret” from the Far East supports your body’s ability to be what it was meant to be….in perfect harmony and functioning at its best.
Don’t accept that you’ll be a victim of your “Metabolism.” Take charge, and you’ll be surprised how much better you’ll feel!