During the menopause alcohol can increase the likelihood of hot flushes because it raises the body temperature. It can also become a go to, seeming to offer comfort when struggling with the physical and mental changes you may be going through. Mood elevation is only temporary and can often be followed by a crash. It can also aggravate the hormonal imbalance. Try reducing your intake…
The imbalance of hormones during your period can lower your blood sugar meaning you can crave foods with high sugar and fat content. Try and maintain a healthy balanced diet with all the food groups. Eating low GI carbs and protein will help you feel fuller longer and curb cravings by stabilising blood sugar levels.Avoid the quick fix…
Healthy fats found in oils such as cod liver, olive, rapeseed, coconut, and linseed all contain essential fatty acids which heal the body, cool inflammation, and lower bad cholesterol.They also improve the feeling of satiety and improve mood stability, brain function, and feelings of wellbeing.
Dance or Zumba classes are not only fun, releasing dopamine and serotonin, but they also have the added advantage of enhancing cognitive function.Hatha and Iyengar yoga are also brilliant as they can tone and strengthen the body while calming the mind and mood.
Weight-bearing exercise is essential for combating osteoporosis as it is good for bone density.It can also increase levels of testosterone which boosts the libido. Cardio is great for weight loss, and heart fitness, but avoid high-intensity during this time as this can aggravate the stress hormones.
The sex hormones are the driving force of our libido and during menopause they diminish. You can combat this by rebalancing the hormones with whichever means feels right for you — be it HRT, bio-identical hormone replacement, vitamin and minerals supplements, or adaptogenic herbs such as Maca and Siberian Ginseng. Sometimes a small dose of…
Do you ever find yourself struggling to remember the name of something, or with your working memory, the ability to calculate the tip in a restaurant, for example? Hormonal rebalancing through HRT or herbal medicine can combat this, as well as a diet rich in essential fatty acids such as oily fish, nuts and seeds.
To beat those hot flushes, cut down on caffeine as this can trigger hot flushes and anxiety. Try calming herbal teas instead such as chamomile, fennel and mint.
Meditation can train the body to not trigger the fight or flight response. Once it is triggered it is very difficult to pull it back. It also promotes feelings of well-being and harmony.
No longer a taboo subject, women such as Zoe Ball, Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Saunders, Meg Mathews, and Kim Cattrall are loud and proud in talking about their menopause and sharing their experience and advice with other women going through the same thing.