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Next, let’s talk about the aging process. What changes are taking place as we transition from our 20s to our 50s and beyond?  As women, we often notice changes in weight and body composition during the menopausal years of life. This effect is multifactorial but starts with estrogen. Estrogen is a sex hormone present from puberty into the adult years that drastically declines by 90% in menopause. We also see a 66% drop in progesterone and a 50% drop in testosterone, hormones that are important in maintaining bone density, muscle strength, and fat distribution. Estrogen has an effect on controlling body weight through its direct relationship on fat storage but interestingly enough and maybe more importantly, it also appears to play a role in motivation. In lab studies, animals with low estrogen levels had a tendency to eat more and be less physically active compared to those with higher estrogen levels. In other words, as we age we (much like the lab rats) tend to want to eat more and exercise less. Estrogen also regulates where fat is stored in the body and as estrogen levels fall, fat deposits increase centrally around the abdomen and internal organs. As early as age 30, the body begins to undergo a change in composition with a loss of bone density and lean muscle mass, coupled with increased fat mass. 
We can’t stop the internal clock from ticking, but we CAN modify the environment it exists in to allow the benefits of estrogen to live on!  In my final post of this series, I will discuss how specific exercise and supplementation can help to slow the aging process *featuring a photo of my beautiful Nan 
#norfolkchiropracticwellnesscentre #guelphchiro #yoga 
#wellness#healthcare#weightloss#aginggracefully

Next, let’s talk about the aging process. What changes are taking place as we transition from our 20s to our 50s and beyond? As women, we often notice changes in weight and body composition during the menopausal years of life. This effect is multifactorial but starts with estrogen. Estrogen is a sex hormone present from puberty into the adult years that drastically declines by 90% in menopause. We also see a 66% drop in progesterone and a 50% drop in testosterone, hormones that are important in maintaining bone density, muscle strength, and fat distribution. Estrogen has an effect on controlling body weight through its direct relationship on fat storage but interestingly enough and maybe more importantly, it also appears to play a role in motivation. In lab studies, animals with low estrogen levels had a tendency to eat more and be less physically active compared to those with higher estrogen levels. In other words, as we age we (much like the lab rats) tend to want to eat more and exercise less. Estrogen also regulates where fat is stored in the body and as estrogen levels fall, fat deposits increase centrally around the abdomen and internal organs. As early as age 30, the body begins to undergo a change in composition with a loss of bone density and lean muscle mass, coupled with increased fat mass. We can’t stop the internal clock from ticking, but we CAN modify the environment it exists in to allow the benefits of estrogen to live on! In my final post of this series, I will discuss how specific exercise and supplementation can help to slow the aging process *featuring a photo of my beautiful Nan #norfolkchiropracticwellnesscentre  #guelphchiro  #yoga  #wellness #healthcare #weightloss #aginggracefully 

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