The Pytomone Lifestyle Philosophy is about maintaining health and beauty during times of hormonal change.
It is our aim to provide women with knowledgeable advice about skin health and lifestyle choices to ensure life is lived to the fullest.
Eating the right foods during times of hormonal change can have a profound effect on the quality of your life, helping to minimise many symptoms such as low moods, fatigue, weight gain and the health of your body’s collagen supply.
*Aim for approximately 1600 calories per day, depending on lifestyle.
*The body can only utilise around 500-600 calories per meal, anything more is stored as fat.
*Use smaller plates to ensure correct portion size and prevent overeating.
A Balanced Diet Helps Balance Hormones
It is important to include food from all food groups to obtain the nutrients your body requires as hormones begin to decline. So, no more fad diets, low carb diets or no fat diets.
Carbohydrates are your body’s main source of energy. Just remember to stay away from refined carbohydrates found in white foods like bread, pasta, potatoes and cakes. They have limited nutritional value and will interfere with hormonal balance. Instead chose wholegrain breads, brown rice and whole wheat pasta.
Proteins are essential for manufacture of hormones, healthy bones and collagen health.
Plant proteins found in soya beans, chickpeas, flaxseeds and green leafy vegetables also benefit from rich sources of phytoestrogens, which can bind to oestrogen receptors throughout the body, helping to balance hormone regulation.
Fat is essential for survival and plays a major role in the functioning of the body and skin health. The important thing is to distinguish the good fats from the bad ones.
Eat foods rich in omegas, such as avocados, nuts, seeds, oily fish and eggs. Avoid saturated fats and trans fats found in fried foods, baked goods, biscuits, cakes and full fat dairy.
Fibre is technically a carbohydrate, the difference is you can’t digest it. It comes from the part of the plant that is resistant to the body’s digestive enzymes. Fibre absorbs water and will help you feel full after eating. It also stimulates your intestine walls to aid your digestive system.
Refined sugars are the enemy, but also be careful of natural sugars found in fruits and fruit juices, although balanced by the fibre, vitamins, enzymes and other healthy properties, too much can cause numerous health problems, including liver damage and insulin resistance.
Sugar is equally as damaging to the skin, where it causes collagen and elastin to breakdown, resulting in sagging and wrinkles.
Exercise – What our changing body requires
As we enter the second spring of life, we need to pay particular attention to our health.
As hormones begin to fluctuate and decline you are more at risk of developing osteoporosis, heart disease, high blood pressure, weight gain, loss of muscle mass and loss of balance.
The benefits of regular exercise are now more important than ever and you need to commit to at least 20 minutes of exercise every day, alternating with aerobic, muscle strengthening, stretching and balancing exercises. Include things such as brisk walking, swimming, water aerobics, stair climbing, tennis, weight training, pilates, yoga and tai chi into your exercise regimes.
We are all living longer than ever without the influence of hormones, so we need to make sure we take good care of our health and well-being in order to live life to the fullest.
If you have been browsing through our site, you will now probably be aware of the dramatic effect loss of oestrogen has on skin ageing. From your mid-thirties onward, you can expect to see a dramatic decline in skin health due to loss of collagen production.
To keep skin looking healthy and radiant, we strongly recommend you upgrade your skin care regime to incorporate our phytoestrogen rich products, which will address the main cause of deteriorating skin health.
Only by replacing loss oestrogen will you be able to achieve that radiant, youthful glow once more.
Our Advice for beautiful looking skin:
- Use Phytomone skin care products to increase skin density and improve collagen and elastin.
- Use a deeply nourishing face mask twice a month for an intense moisture shot.
- Exfoliate once a week to remove dead skin cells, which now take longer to renew.
- Always remove make-up before going to bed, otherwise your skin will look awful the following day.
- If you are outside more than average, make sure you use a separate sun screen. Do not rely on a moisturiser. They have two completely different jobs to do. A moisturiser is meant to penetrate into the skin, a sun screen should sit on the skin surface to protect the skin from harmful rays.
- A weekly facial will help improve blood circulation and keep facial muscles toned. Try using Phytomone Sleepless Nights Calming Face oil for a luxurious massage treatment at home.
- You don’t need to layer several different products on the face or use separate eye creams. There are no special ingredients for eye creams! Use Pause Hydra Crème as your “go to” all-in-one product.
- Vitamins A,C,D, E and B complex are all beneficial for skin health.
- Vitamin B6 helps hormone regulation which is reflected in appearance.
- Zinc will help clear hormonal spots or acne breakouts.
- Reduce sugar in diet to prevent further breakdown of collagen and elastin fibres.
Soothe the soul
Transiting through a time of hormonal fluctuations and decline can have a huge impact on both your physical and mental health, bringing with it a whole array of symptoms, such as fatigue, depression, headaches, hot flushes, anxiety, stress, aching joints, sleep problems and mood swings, to name but a few…
Which is why, it is very important during this often tumultuous time, to take time out for yourself and remember how wonderful life is.
Follow our tips to ensure you stay looking and feeling great.
- Practice meditation, or breathing exercises. Stress has negative effects both our health and on our appearance, elevated cortisol due to stress can cause uneven skin tone, breakouts and even hair loss.
- Burn essential oils or light scented candles in your home, the aroma will calm you and create a relaxed atmosphere.
- Buy yourself flowers and keep them in the hall way so you can see them when you leave or enter your home.
- Make time for yourself every day. It is important to have alone time where you can indulge in things you enjoy, whether it’s reading a book, visiting an art gallery or spending time on your hobby.
- Treat yourself whenever you feel it necessary. Buy a new lipstick or new fragrance. Have a manicure, facial, or have your hair done, whatever will make you feel good. You deserve it.
- Don’t ever stop having a dream or a goal, something to look forward to or to aim for.
- Surround yourself with positive feelings and things that inspire and uplift you. Place photographs or pictures on your desk or in your home that are meaningful for you. Chose objects that inspire you and smells that uplift your senses.
- Think good thoughts and look at events in your life with a positive eye. This will enhance the good times and soften the difficult ones.
- Know yourself, like yourself and be your own best friend.
- Appreciate your friends. Treat them well and let them know how much they mean to you.
- Be mindful – Notice the sky full of stars, appreciate the sunny day, enjoy the autumn leaves and pay attention to someone who loves you