Natural support for the menopause
The menopause is a natural phase of life experienced by every woman. It should be a time to enjoy life and look forward to new opportunities. For many women, however, the onset of uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flushes, insomnia, night sweats, mood swings, declining libido, lack of energy, weight gain, vaginal irritation, bladder discomfort and painful joints are a daily scourge.
Put simply, the menopause occurs when ovarian function declines and the delicate balance of hormones changes, including a fall in oestrogen levels.
To compensate for this change, oestrogen is produced by our adrenal (stress) glands and fat cells. That's why it's important to nurture the adrenals and it helps to carry a little extra fat as we get older.
Nutrition and the menopause
I see many women in my clinic who want to take a natural approach to alleviating menopausal symptoms. Women taking HRT also benefit from healthy eating and lifestyle changes.
Here are a few healthy eating tips you can try straight away:
- cut down on sugary and refined foods
- increase your consumption of vegetables
- eat more essential fats from fish, nuts and seeds
- reduce alcohol consumption
- drink water throughout the day.
Plant oestrogens (phytoestrogens) found in certain foods provide a mild hormone-balancing effect. I recommend that you eat some of these foods every day. Here is a selection of recipes from my Nutri Natters blog that contain some phyto-foods:
Your personalised nutritional therapy plan
A 3-month personalised nutritional therapy plan gives you time to make some beneficial dietary and lifestyle adjustments with the aim of restoring your body's natural rhythms. I'll also advise you on nutritional supplements and functional testing
, where appropriate, for a snapshot of how your body is working. You can find out more about my "healthy hormones" package on the Consultations
page of my web site. Or, email
me your phone number and I'll call you for a free no-obligation 10-minute chat. In three months' time you could be a different person!
Yours in good health,