My heart goes out to women like Yasmin Le Bon who says that her menopause has left her with a layer of padding all over her body and affected her memory. Women are often taken by surprise, and not in a good way, by the often-debilitating symptoms of menopause. Fat around the middle, brain fog, mood swings, aching to the point of feeling old prematurely, and experiencing uncharacteristic anxiety, as well as the hot flushes and night sweats are hard to live with; but it must be particularly devastating for a woman who was once the highest paid supermodel in the world. There is an overwhelming consensus among many women that menopause signals the end of life as they knew it. Often feeling like an alien has taken possession of their mind and body, as well as feeling switched off below the waist resulting in zero libido. It seems … Read More
Today I’m focusing on nutritional deficiencies. You might have heard me talk about nutritional deficiencies before and not really understand what that means. So what are nutritional deficiencies? Nutritional deficiencies happen when your body is getting an inadequate supply of essential nutrients (vitamins and minerals) in your diet. I want to explain that very often women who are going through the menopause have got low levels of important nutrients, and these are necessary for normal hormone function. If you want to have a smooth transition through menopause, you need to get your nutrients back into optimum range. This is about eating better food. You need to make sure you’re having wholesome food little and often and that you’re consuming what I call nutrient dense food while having some snacks mid-morning and late afternoon. You have to remember that you’re on a mission to get your brain and the nervous system … Read More
This week on the blog I am focusing on a topic that comes up time and time again in my Facebook group and virtualclass, and that’s headaches. Headaches during menopause are very common and can sadly incapacitate the women who experience them. I so commonly get asked for help with this awful symptom, and sometimes women who take Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) find that their migraine headaches get worse. There are lots of things that you can do to help yourself with headaches, And as always, here’s your cheat sheet summary If you haven’t tried any of these tips, give them a go one by one and see what suits you the best. I would love to hear about what works for you, so join my Facebook group and leave a comment. If you would like to find out more about what’s going on in your body as you hit … Read More
This week, menopause at work has been in the headlines with experts saying employers need to do more to “normalise conversations” about the menopause in the workplace. The comments came after a BBC survey found 70% of respondents did not tell their bosses they were experiencing symptoms. Some firms have brought in menopause-specific policies but experts said for many it was still a taboo subject. There’s no denying that menopause is tough, and for many women at midlife, they have to handle their difficult symptoms while working a full-time job. With this in mind, this week’s ‘Weekly Wisdom’ is about how to cope with menopausal symptoms in the workplace. In my Real Cost of Menopause survey, I found that 84% of the women interviewed, equal to about 8 million working women in the UK, believe their productivity at work was reduced because of menopause. Meanwhile, 75% feel that their productivity … Read More
Keeping Your Cool for the Holidays – Emotions. Tis the season to be jolly but that’s the last thing you feel like. Your hormones are running riot and your moods are swinging up and down like a yo-yo. One moment you feel like laughing the next your eyes are welling up with tears. 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
Chemical free makeup: Lastly you can use beauty products that have plenty of hydrating factors to help your skin look glowing and youthful. I recommend you go for the ones without the parabens and the ones with lots of natural oils and natural herbal products. You can go and find some of those in my shop, and you can get some discount as well at the same time if you put MidlifeSwitch2017 in as your code. So if you want to look 10 years younger, you need to get to work, but there’s plenty that you can do to benefit your skin and help wrinkles at midlife. 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 manage your symptoms without … Read More
Today, I want to talk about a common symptom of menopause… Anxiety! Sometimes just before you get a hot flush, you get this very weird sensation in your body. It’s really the brain malfunctioning and sending messages through your body so that you get an adrenaline surge, but it will make you feel very strange and maybe disoriented and then the flush comes on. Sometimes that’s all that happens, but many of us get extreme panic attacks and extreme anxiety. 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 Virtual Class. I will be explaining the changes that occur and how to manage your symptoms without resorting to drugs or hormones. Stay informed about the latest innovations and technology for treating menopause symptoms. Learn tips and tricks on keeping your own symptoms at bay.
Spending time away with my family this week has given me the opportunity to look at life from a different perspective, which is always good. These have been joyous days during which I found myself focusing on what really matters. As many of you will have seen I found myself in a field of sunflowers which summed up my overwhelming gratitude for all I have and the beauty of Mother Nature’s creations. I found it interesting that during the same week an article was published about Rushing Woman’s Syndrome focusing on the fact that we spend so much time running around and with little down time or time to even notice our environment. We know that rushing brings on hot flushes and makes us feel stressed, potentially making our menopause experience even worse. I can’t stress enough the importance of taking some time out of your busy day to do … Read More
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