WOMEN’S HEALTH: DR. MARILYN GLENVILLE

For over thirty years, Dr. Marilyn Glenville has studied and practised nutritional medicine specialising in the natural approach to female hormone problems. Dr. Glenville is the author of 13 internationally bestselling books, many of which have become the standard reference books for practitioners and have sold over 1 million copies, which have been translated into over 20 languages.

Ahead of her Masterclass at Marbella Club on March 24, Dr. Glenville offers advice on fitness, nutrition and more specific health issues.

Why it’s important to stay active

Exercise is important not only for prevention of osteoporosis but also for your heart health so its importance beyond the menopause cannot be over-stressed. Regular exercise has been shown to increase joint mobility and flexibility in arthritis sufferers. It can also help keep your weight down as being overweight puts extra pressure on bone and joints.

Aim to take regular aerobic exercise for 30 to 40 minutes, three times a week, as it has been shown to lower blood pressure and prevent heart attacks. Exercise is also another way of lowering inflammation which is a factor in so many age-related diseases.

Eat your greens

Folate is often depleted in stress, and green vegetables are an excellent source. If you are battling with stress in any area of your life it’s worth making sure your diet is packed with enough green foods to support you.

Kale, bok choy, broccoli and asparagus are a good start. They are packed with other beneficial vitamins and minerals, too.

Minimise these in your diet to reduce fibroids

Fibroids are dependent on oestrogen, so it is important all sources of unnecessary oestrogens are controlled. This includes synthetic xenoestrogens that come from environmental sources. Fibroids have been found to contain larger amounts of the pesticide DDT than any other tissue in the womb. Although DDT is banned in the UK it is still used in some developing countries, and can therefore enter the food chain through imported goods. Buying organic produce is even more important when you are suffering from fibroids.

Causes of pregnancy diabetes

During pregnancy, various hormones typically block the usual action of insulin to make sure your baby gets enough glucose for its development. To compensate, your body produces more insulin. Gestational diabetes develops when your body can’t compensate properly. As a result your blood-sugar levels rise, and this can lead to problems for both you and your baby.

Shift work linked to unhealthy lifestyle

There could be a number of increased health risks for shift workers and those who work irregular hours. A new study that looked at Finnish airline workers found them to eat more fat, and less fruit and vegetables that their colleagues who worked during the day or in-flight. Female shift workers felt more stressed and led a more sedentary lifestyle than other employees.

Due to the demands of working irregular hours,shift workers can be prone to weight gain, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. If you work shifts try to maintain a healthy diet – make sure you have plenty of nutritious food in the fridge or freezer that you can eat while you are not at work. Try and sleep as much as you can.

To form part of the Masterclass on March 24 where Dr. Glenville will delve further into women’s health and how to balance one’s hormones naturally, please contact our Wellness Team at: wellness@marbellaclub.com. Limited to 12 attendees. The class will be done in English only.

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