Hormonal imbalance in the perimenopause phase is linked to weight gain in the abdomen
Women as young as late-thirties can experience a decrease in the production of progesterone which is sufficient to cause imbalance with her estrogen production. This disparity between progesterone and estrogen contributes to weight gain, especially in the abdomen region. As a double-whammy effect, progesterone is also the hormone which stimulates the thyroid to utilize stored fat as energy. With less progesterone, less of this accumulated fat is being burned. Stress is a further factor which messes with hormones: chronic, high levels of stress cause the increased production of cortisol which also contributes to weight gain, while simultaneously reducing progesterone levels. With all that being said, read below for weighs to naturally boost progesterone levels.
Boosting progesterone levels naturally
One of the best ways to do this is through diet:
- B-complex vitamins
- Magnesium and zinc
- Focus on soluble fire
- Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake
Another is to increase your frequency of aerobic exercise and work on stress reduction techniques. Stress is one of the hardest hitting malefactors when it comes to hormonal balance; keeping a hand on the pulse of your stress is a signal way to maintaining control over your hormones.
How we help you regulate your hormones at Ahkami Medical Group
If you are experiencing weight gain in the abdomen and you think it may be due to hormonal imbalance, it is a good idea to chat with a doctor. Regular testing gives us insight into your hormonal flux, which helps us shape a plan for establishing balance despite the changes of age. If you are interested in finding hormonal balance, maintaining a healthy weight and living your best life, give our office in Passaic a call to schedule an appointment today.