There is total confusion all over the world.
COVID19 continues to touch most of our lives in one way or another and causing uncertainty about the future. How will we be able to spend the holidays, will the children be home from University, when can we see loved-ones? And more critical questions about job certainty, will I always have to work from home? So many questions to which we have no answers.
However, one thing for sure is that your perimenopause/menopause symptoms are not going anywhere. They are probably feeling more exaggerated with the added stress and anxiety. However, you can take control and start managing your symptoms. This is the right time to take action, regain your wellbeing allowing you to deal with whatever else life throws at you. I am not saying that there is a magic pill to cure everything, but by making changes to your diet and lifestyle, you could start to feel better in a matter of weeks.
Where to begin?
You need to understand what is happening to your body at the time of menopause and perimenopause, the years leading up to menopause. Menopause is defined as the day - one year after the date of your last period. Most women first begin developing menopause symptoms up to eight years before their last period. Symptoms often continue until about four years after a woman’s last period.
Lack of hormones
Menopause is a natural process that occurs as the ovaries age and produce less reproductive hormones, especially oestrogen. This imbalance needs to be addressed – many women turn to HRT as it’s the only alternative provided by GPs. However, this can be achieved naturally without taking hormones. By adding certain foods which contain naturally occurring oestrogens and scientifically researched supplements, you can redress the oestrogen balance. These foods contain Isoflavones which attempt to mimic what oestrogen did before the menopause when you had oestrogen flowing through your system. You have small receptor sites within your cells, and the oestrogen pops into that and keeps everything satisfied. It keeps your hormones on an even keel. Phytoestrogens also protect you from things like heart disease, bone loss osteoporosis, dementia, diabetes and even depression. By consuming naturally occurring oestrogen little and often we can fool the brain into thinking there is normal circulating oestrogen again.
Foods that contain natural phytoestrogens include soya, flaxseeds, chickpeas, lentils, among others.
Lack of essential nutrients
At the same time, as your body is lacking in hormones, it is suffering from nutritional deficiencies. Both issues need addressing. Low levels of essential nutrients at Midlife could be the underlying cause of many of your debilitating symptoms.
When essential nutrients including magnesium, zinc, iron, essential fatty acids, calcium and vitamin D are in short supply, it can dramatically change the colour of the lenses through which you see the world as well as rob you of any decent level of energy. Low levels of these nutrients can be responsible for a whole host of symptoms including aches, pains, mood swings or even depression.
However, I’ve created an assessment tool which you can view here that allows you to assess all of your nutrient levels for you to determine what you lack. This guide provides information enabling you to interpret what your body has been trying to tell you.
It’s essential to take a multivitamin as well; our recommended supplement is Lamberts Fema 45+ in the UK and Gynovite Plus in the USA. These supplements help to alleviate the side effects of hormone changes during menopause and promote long term bone health.
It takes about three months to get your nutrients back into an optimum range. Having what I call a ‘midlife refuel’ during the COVID Winter will help you feel so much more like your old self when the world opens up again in the Spring.
By making these changes to correct your hormone balance and nutrient levels, you can retake control of your body. By also taking time to exercise and meditate, you will reduce your symptoms considerably.
I have made this easy for you by creating my on-line programmes designed to take the guesswork out of everything. For more information, go to the symptom assessment tool on our website and look at the recommendations created just for you.
It’s time to take charge and Be a Better You at Midlife.
Are you feeling demotivated?
Have you lost your mojo?
Are you feeling tired and achy or old before your time?
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