Welcome to my Weekly Wisdom, I am very excited to be launching my brand new ‘Shape Up For Summer’ series. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be discussing everything from exercise to body image and a lot more. In week one I will be kicking off with hot flushes as this is something that affects many women going through menopause, especially during the Summer. Topping up oestrogen levels is really important and you can do so by eating foods containing naturally occurring oestrogen called phytoestrogens. These foods help to fool the brain into thinking you have normal circulating oestrogen. Phytoestrogens are found primarily in foods containing soy. I also recommend supplements with red clover in them, particularly a standardised one called Promensil. During the perimenopause and menopause, nutritional levels become lower which is what causes hormonal swings. These are unsustainable and the brain chemistry and hormones stop functioning. Take … Read More
No matter whether you choose to use HRT or the natural approach to manage your menopause symptoms it’s likely to take a while to control your hot flushes and night sweats. This week on the blog I’m bringing you something a little different which could help you feel minimise your flushes by the holidays. I want to share with you a new clothing brand called ‘Become’. It’s a basics range of vests and knickers for women with one major USP – it’s ‘intelligent’ and responds to your body to help regulate your temperature through a flush and out the other side, whilst at the same time reduce the odour from the sweat. The first clothing range of its kind, Become is a startup founded by women and employing mainly women. Become is built on the belief that women of all ages will achieve great things and they don’t need to … Read More
It’s cold outside so you’ve put on the winter covers, but although it’s lovely to snuggle into when you first get into bed by the early hours it’s a different story. You wake up at around 3am dripping with sweat and then you find it hard to get back to sleep. Stay informed about the latest innovations and technology for treating menopause symptoms. Learn tips and tricks on keeping your own symptoms at bay.
Going through menopause you will experience different types of symptoms and I like to break down menopausal symptoms into two categories: Whenever people think of menopause they associate it with the hot flushes and night sweats. But there’s much more to it then a hot flush and what amazes me is sometimes we don’t even know these changes are related to the menopause. In this week’s ‘Weekly Wisdom’ I’m focusing on the physical symptoms of menopause. Here are just a few of the physical symptoms women can experience during the menopause: Join me next time when I’m going to be talking more about the mental symptoms of menopause. If you would like to find out more about what’s going on in your body as you hit the menopause feel free to join my free menopause Virtual Class. I will be explaining the changes that occur and how to overcome your symptoms … Read More
It’s cold outside so you’ve put on the winter covers, but although it’s lovely to snuggle into when you first get into bed by the early hours it’s a different story. You wake up at around 3am dripping with sweat and then you find it hard to get back to sleep. Make sure your bedroom is cool at night and keep a fan, wet wipes and a cold drink by your bed. Stay informed about the latest innovations and technology for treating menopause symptoms. Learn tips and tricks on keeping your own symptoms at bay.
This is in addition to research from The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which found that over 56% of perimenopausal women are getting less than seven hours of sleep a night, and are at high risk of heart attack. What’s more, the changes in hormone levels during menopause said to be a double threat to our hearts, because menopause increases the amount of plaque build-up in the arteries, increasing blood pressure and the risk of a stroke. Meanwhile, 80% of women experience menopausal symptoms, including the physical – hot flushes, insomnia and weight gain, and the psychological and emotional, including mood changes, depression and anxiety. These revelations, coupled with the apparent positive news that HRT won’t kill you and merely increases your chances of getting cancer or having a stroke, is not how we best prepare 14 million women a year for entering what is just a natural phase of … Read More
This week’s ‘Weekly Wisdom’ is about whether or not being overweight makes menopause harder. And the answer is, YES, sadly, being overweight will only make your menopause harder than it should be. Research shows that if you are overweight as you go into menopause, you’re more likely to have more hot flushes, more night sweats, more urinary symptoms and more aches and pains. Given that in the UK, more than half of all women are overweight, then it follows that many will also find menopause difficult. I find that on my programme, when we get nutrients back into an optimum range, it has a normalising effect on the metabolism, and in fact, can not only result in improved menopause symptoms, but also stress free weight loss, so it’s really important to make sure you’re filling up on really good nutrients, having a wholesome diet and really focusing on looking after … Read More
Carol Smillie has been in the news this week talking about her menopause, in particular about gaining weight around the middle and discovering more wrinkles. I know that this is something that so many of you are struggling to overcome. Not looking how we used to can be very stressful. So, I have made a short Facebook video and written a blog this week giving you some advice on how you can make changes and reverse these symptoms and feel better than ever. Travelling is usually stressful and hot flushes get worse when we are rushing and stressing. It’s hard enough for most women coping with menopause symptoms during the winter, but warm weather and summer holidays can turn what would normally be an enjoyable holiday into a nightmare. For the sake of your sanity it’s worth taking time to reflect on how you might look after yourself and adhere … Read More
The weather has been very changeable over the last week or so. One minute it’s raining and the next its glorious with the sun shining over the last week. But for many of you going through the perimenopause and menopause, this can reek havoc with your symptoms – especially coping with unpredictable hot flushes. Quite a few people have been asking me for advice on how to cope with this, so I have included it in the Top Tips section of the newsletter this week. Please keep the questions coming and I will try to answer as many as possible in the upcoming newsletters. A recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology showed that women who consume a good ratio of vegetable protein in their diet stand a much better chance of delaying the onset of menopause.Early menopause is defined as before the age of 45 and women … Read More