How Hormones Change at Midlife + Why this Matters
If you’re coaching women, you might have a client struggling with the effects of perimenopause or menopause. Maria Claps provides incredibly helpful information about how hormones impact our brain and body, why it’s important to really understand what estrogen is and does, and how health coaches can support clients experiencing hormone changes!
In this episode, Cathy and Maria discuss:
How hormones change and which hormones are changing
- What tests are given to determine hormone levels
- What happens to the body and brain when hormones change
- 3 main types of estrogen: estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), estriol (E3)
- What diet changes are most important for perimenopause and menopause
- Recommendations about hormone therapy if diet changes don’t work
- How health coaches can help women seeking hormone therapy
- “With hormones it depends on age and stage of life; the hormones for a 35 year old woman are probably going to look very different than a 45 year old woman, which is going to look very different from a 55 year old woman.”
- “A lot of health coaches don’t even really know what menopause is—it’s simply 12 months without a period.”
- “A lot of us think estrogen is about periods and gives us breasts and hips, but it’s in so many metabolic processes in the body…”
Maria and Kristin, The Wise and Well Team, are plain spoken friends and practitioners who share a passion for women’s health, especially women’s health at midlife. They have personal and clinical experience that has shown them that midlife is a time period in a woman’s life when she experiences challenges. Kristin is a former attorney turned board certified nutritionist by the NANP. She brings her formidable legal research skills to her work as a nutritionist to help guide clients through shifts in diet, lifestyle and mindset. Maria is a health coach and functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner who has completed The Hormone Practitioner program by Sara Gottfried and has been personally mentored by hormone scholar Lindsey Berkson. Together, both ladies make up the Wise and Well Team.
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