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Changes in Menstruation and Breakthrough Bleeding

Changes in Menstruation and Breakthrough Bleeding

Experiencing changes in your menstrual cycle, breakthrough bleeding, or post-menopausal spotting during Phase I: FasTrac Cleanse of the SHAPE Program?

Don't fret; it's perfectly normal and actually indicates that your body is responding well to the program.

Let's delve into why these changes occur and how they relate to your overall health.

Firstly, it's important to understand that estrogen plays a crucial role in our bodies, but excess estrogen can lead to various health issues. Factors like hormone-laden animal products, food packaging materials, birth control pills, and hormone replacement therapy can contribute to estrogen buildup in our system. This excess estrogen is often stored in fat cells, leading to a condition known as estrogen dominance, which can manifest as weight gain and increase the risk of certain cancers.

During Phase I: FasTrac Cleanse, your body begins to break down fat cells, releasing stored estrogen into your system.

For pre-menopausal women, this may result in a heavier or irregular menstrual cycle. On the other hand, post-menopausal women who haven't had a cycle in a year or more may experience breakthrough bleeding or a return to a semblance of a normal cycle.

While these symptoms may seem concerning, they typically resolve themselves after one or two cycles as your body adjusts to the changes brought about by the cleanse. It's essential to keep your SHAPE practitioner, Gwen Krehbiel, informed of any changes you experience so they can provide additional support and guidance to help balance your hormones effectively.

Remember, these changes are a positive sign that your body is detoxifying and rebalancing itself, paving the way for improved overall health and well-being. Trust the process and stay in close communication with your practitioner to optimize your results and achieve your wellness goals.

What is a xenoestrogen?

Estrogen Structure

Estrogen is a hormone that plays a vital role in various physiological processes in the body, including regulating the menstrual cycle, supporting reproductive health, maintaining bone density, and influencing mood. It's primarily produced in the ovaries in women and in smaller amounts in the adrenal glands and fat tissues.

The estrogen molecule consists of a steroid structure with a characteristic ring system. This structure allows estrogen to bind to specific receptor sites, known as estrogen receptors, located throughout the body. When estrogen binds to these receptors, it initiates a cascade of signaling pathways that regulate gene expression and various cellular functions.

However, certain environmental compounds, known as xenoestrogens, mimic the structure of natural estrogen molecules and can bind to estrogen receptors as well. These xenoestrogens include synthetic chemicals found in pesticides, plastics, personal care products, and industrial pollutants. When xenoestrogens attach to estrogen receptors, they can disrupt normal hormone signaling pathways and interfere with the body's endocrine system.

Estrogen vs Xenoestrogen

The presence of xenoestrogens in the body can lead to estrogen dominance, a condition characterized by elevated levels of estrogen relative to progesterone. Estrogen dominance is associated with various health issues, including menstrual irregularities, fertility problems, breast tenderness, weight gain, and an increased risk of certain cancers, such as breast and uterine cancer.

To minimize exposure to xenoestrogens and support hormone balance, it's essential to adopt lifestyle practices that reduce contact with these environmental toxins.

This may include choosing organic foods, using natural and non-toxic household and personal care products, avoiding plastic food containers and water bottles, and implementing strategies to support detoxification pathways in the body. Additionally, working with a natural health professional can help identify and address hormone imbalances effectively.

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Medical disclaimer: This information is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment. Medical conditions require medical care.

Got stubborn belly fat no diet seems to shed?


Got stubborn belly fat?

I can tell you right now 3 simple reasons why that is:


  • You know how many women I work with who were massively undereating every day on some "diet" they were following? Nearly everyone. 🤯

  •  The "calories in calories out" mentality that so many of us have adopted over a lifetime of bad dieting advice is just WRONG!

  • STOP focusing on a calorie deficit and start focusing on the quality of the food you eat!

2. GET MORE SLEEP 💤😴   💤😴

 When you're not getting enough quality sleep, your metabolism slows down. It also affects your hormones.

✔️ Ghrelin (hunger hormone) increases when you don't get enough sleep.

✔️ Leptin ("I’m full" hormone so you know when to STOP eating) decreases. This is a recipe for weight gain.

✔️  And a big one, Cortisol, (the fat-storing hormone), will be thrown off by not getting enough sleep.

Hormones don't operate in a vacuum, they are all related, like a symphony. So when one is off, they're all off.


  • This may seem unimportant, but remember, reducing belly fat is a whole journey!

  • Belly fat is oftentimes the last thing to go. It can be a big source of insecurity for women.

  • But I will tell you, you are your own worst critic, so be kind to yourself and give yourself some grace. So, be consistent and just start!

Sounds super simple right? (Now that you know!) Fact is, understanding how your body works as you age and with shifts in hormones doesn’t have to be complicated! Once you know the little things that can make the difference in sustainable weight loss the process becomes easy!  

That doesn’t mean weight loss isn’t a tough journey but it is my goal to teach you how to make the journey a little simpler so you can make it sustainable!  

So if you’re interested in gaining the tools needed to transform your mind and body to experience true food freedom, sustainable weight loss, and learn how to truly love your body again…

Consider joining me for SHAPE ReClaimed. Get all the details and sign up now for this Program. I hope you gained a little something to help you on your weight loss journey.

Hope to connect with you soon! ❤️

To your thriving health,
Gwen Krehbiel
Certified Natural Health Professional
Certified SHAPE ReClaimed Practitioner
Certified Facial Analysis Practitioner
Certified ZYTO Practitioner

located inside Pure Serenity Wellness Center
202 2nd St. East
Hastings, Minnesota, 55033
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Love the information Gwen. Keep sharing so I can learn. :)

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