Trial Version of Menstrual Health Made Easy
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Audio transcript:

Hormone health is the big sister of menstrual health, so we need some context in the story of menstruation by talking about hormones in general.

There are well over 100 hundred different hormones that play a vital role in our entire bodies, that we call the hormone collective.

Hormones are referred to as chemical messengers, drive every function you can imagine in the mind & body, and they in turn can be influenced by co-factors. Some we can make conscious decisions over, some we cannot. e.g. ageing, genetics, disease and conditions, environment, stress, nutrition, movement, respiration, sleep , lifestyle factors – smoking, alcohol, and socioeconomics

Hormones play a role in our physical and mental state our entire lives, not just monthly.

Hormones affect the probability of behaviour.

However we can also say they are the explanation, not the excuse

The reproductive processes centres around the reproductive hormones, but it’s also a big part of the story when you find out that oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone are also made in other glands (adrenals, liver) and tissues, like skin, fat cells, bone and the brain!

During your 20s and 30s the lifetime levels and hormone activity provide a metabolic flexibility that gives you a physiological resilience.  We can bounce back from pretty much anything such as a weekend of take way food or hard partying.

But was your body really designed to do that, and get away with it.

How long does a body last anyway? In evolutionary terms it’s only been the last 30K years we started to live past the age of 30.

Between 1500 – 1800 your life expectancy was around 35 and then after that it started to rise to your mid 40’s.

The shift was due to “the evolution of grandparents”. It marks the first time in human history that three generations might have co-existed

Today your life expectancy is 83 years. That’s a huge difference in terms of how long your physical being now lasts. It represents a fifty year increase in your use by date!

But what is  your best before date or as stated by the office of national statistic your ‘healthy life expectancy’ – so the kind where you can jump around, do lots of stuff with for example a grandchild (like I do)

200 years ago you lived until 40 – we have now doubled that – but how many of those years are you expected to be full of beans, active and able to do, well whatever you desire? …… drum roll

… 61. Yep 61 years of age is your best before date!

So while you’re working on your daily and monthly menstrual health, take a step back and view this with your lifetime filter, and try not to be too smug if you’ve just been partying hard and only had 4 hours sleep. Make the most of it or proceed with caution.

You maybe need to start thinking in terms of hormone health risk assessment – or feng shui your menstrual cycle.

When you read simple advice such as eat real food, move, stay hydrated, and watch your lifestyle choices … it’s for a reason. That is the basic definition of self-care.

Period self love is paramount to performance. Get the picture.

Keep tracking and building your menstrual health mosaic and tune in for the next episode.

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