Don’t be afraid.
Why are we embarrassed to talk about this transition? A natural phase that every woman goes through. We feel okay to talk about PMT, but not this.
When we use the term ‘menopausal’ what we really mean is peri-menopausal, because the true menopause is a year or so after a woman has her final menstrual period.
For some women it can be a really difficult time both emotionally and physically.
With it may come a sense of one’s youth disappearing with the onset of what can feel like frightening changes and changes that perhaps feel too taboo to talk about and share.
A sadness may arise because a chapter is closing and another beginning. But one that feels just another step closer to middle age.
But it can be embraced with the right support.
Don’t worry, you are definitely not alone if you are experiencing any of the following –
- TEARFUL EPISODES
- MOOD SWINGS
- LACK OF LIBIDO
- HOT FLUSHES
- LOW SELF ESTEEM
- VAGINAL DRYNESS
- JOINT PAIN
- BREAST TENDERNESS
- IRREGULAR MENSTRUAL CYCLE
- THINNING HAIR
- EXTRA WEIGHT AROUND THE MIDDLE
- FEELING UNABLE TO COPE
- DRY SKIN
WHAT JUST HAPPENED!
Popular medical opinion is that when women enter this transition they are facing a disease of ‘oestrogen insufficiency’ resulting in ovarian failure. Hence the slightest sniff of symptoms and it is assumed that you should rush out and start taking oestrogen therapy or HRT, but the truth is oestrogen doesn’t decrease appreciably until after a woman’s last period.
Far more women are suffering from ‘Oestrogen Dominance’ and you can read more about that here.
The symptoms mentioned above are due to hormone imbalance. Commonly there is sufficient or too much oestrogen, but insufficient progesterone which can lead to thyroid insufficiency and associated symptoms.
Progesterone deficiency is a complex of stress disorders which include excess iron (only supplement with iron under strict advice, don’t assume tiredness is low iron), high cortisol (stress hormone) and low thyroid.
Many women entering the peri-menopause phase are already exhausted due to pressured lifestyles, nutritional deficiencies, poor sleep patterns and stress and so are running on empty, lacking the raw materials to produce adequate hormones.
START BALANCING HORMONES WITH BREAKFAST
Flax seed (linseed) have high amounts of antioxidant compounds known as Lignans which have been shown to balance hormones, regulate bowels and be protective against hormonal cancers. One study found that eating flax seeds daily decreased hot flushes by nearly 60%.
Make this Easy Raw Breakfast to support hormonal health and regulate bowels.
“Anything that impairs liver function or ties up the detoxifying function will result in excess oestrogen levels.” Harvard physician John R. Lee, M.D.
A CARROT A DAY ……
Chronic constipation, and stress which decreases blood circulation in the intestine can increase the liver’s exposure to endotoxins (bad bacteria) which in turn cause the oestrogen concentration in the blood to rise.
A daily raw grated carrot drizzled with olive or coconut oil helps to detox the bowel and so lower oestrogen. The raw carrot fibre helps lower the amount of bad bacteria in the gut.
Bad bacteria creates a chronic burden for the liver, keeping it from its regular job of processing and regulating hormones.
Carrot salad improves the ratio of progesterone to oestrogen and cortisol.
LIVER FUNCTION IS VITAL FOR HORMONE BALANCE
If you have any of the following your liver may need supporting –
- Stomach upset by greasy food
- Light or pale coloured stools
- Pain between the shoulder blades
- Gall bladder attacks
- Easily hungover
- Easily intoxicated when drinking alcohol
- Bitter taste in the mouth after eating
SUPPORTIVE HERBS AND SUPPLEMENTS FOR MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS
Chaste tree (Agnus castus) – we find that 1ml taken in a little water on rising is sufficient.
For more information please seek advice from your healthcare provider.