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Oct 27, 2021

The Rollercoaster Ride of Menopause and Hormones

Feeling Blue and can’t understand why?

If you are feeling stressed, run-down and are constantly finding yourself ill, and are struggling and feeling alone, you are not alone.

We celebrated World Menopause Day on Monday 18th October. This day shines a spotlight on how menopause affects our emotional and general wellbeing. Many of us struggle with health issues before, during and after the menopause and may struggle in silence. In fact, this could be you.

Some of us may not realise how far-reaching the impacts of such a big hormonal shift can be, especially on our immune system. Menopause has a seismic impact on our emotional health feeding directly into our immunity.

World Menopause Day gives us the opportunity to dive into the subject of menopause together, especially the misconceptions as to what the menopause is.

The difference between perimenopause and menopause:

Menopause is often used as a “catch-all” term, but in truth menopause is the final day, a year after your last period. Perimenopause is the period before this moment. With perimenopause, there is no specific age it occurs. You may experience changes like irregular menstruation as early as your mid-30s.

What is more, the time span between these first changes and menopause could be as little as a few months to as many as eight years.

During perimenopause, your levels of the main female hormone oestrogen fluctuate.

Symptoms of perimenopause include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flushes - moments of feeling sudden heat
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Mood changes
  • Vaginal and bladder problems
  • Night sweats
  • Hair loss and thinning
  • Thin, dry skin

Symptoms of post menopause:

 This is the time after the menopause “day” when menopausal symptoms can begin to lessen, however, some symptoms may continue for ten years or more.

Skin and hair:

The effects of menopause on skin and hair can be particularly heart-breaking. In a world where so much of our identity is bound up in these external signs of vitality, menopause can be a real knock on our confidence levels.

These effects are very common and discussing the effects of menopause on our skin and hair will lead not only to a sense of understanding but to a renewed insight into how to regain our healthy, glowing skin and hair.

Oestrogen levels will fall, leading to skin becoming thinner and bruising more easily. We also will experience skin becoming dry, struggling to hold water. Our hair, meanwhile, experiences similar effects to the drop in oestrogen and progesterone levels. These hormones are responsible for hair growth and retention, and so with their drop, our hair quality is damaged.

Download our FREE E-book

Download our FREE e-book ‘Natural Ways to Look After Your Lady Garden’ to understand more about women's health and how we can take care of it during menopause. Simone Thomas shares insights and advice on various women's health issues such as menopause, PCOS, Endometritis and common hormonal changes we may expect during menopause. With natural ways we can best look after our lady garden to achieve a healthier, happier quality of life.

In this e-book you will find information on:

  • The different types of women's health issues explained
  • What to do when these health issues occur
  • How can we best look after our lady garden's during menopause
  • Natural and easy ways to address and improve these conditions throughout menopause as recommended by Simone Thomas, nutrition advisor and bioenergetic practitioner.

Simone Thomas has spent years delving into this area and the vital support supplements give to our body in easing these symptoms. As a result, the award-winning supplement SkinQuencher has helped so many of her clients to strengthen their hair, reduce hair loss and achieve glowing, youthful skin. Packed with marine collagen, a protein that is foundational for your body in maintaining strong skin, hair and nails, Vitamin C and 18 amino acids to protect and restore.

Mood and Immunity:

Research has revealed that perimenopause and post menopause also affect cortisol levels.

These control your stress hormones and may result in a low mood, anxiety and even depression when they fluctuate. With an increase in stress hormones, our immune system response becomes damaged.

As we head into the flu season this autumn, it is more important than ever to take extra care of our immunity. Longer, darker days can influence our mental health and wellbeing. Common effects of menopause include anxiety and depression.

Three in every hundred people experience low mood because of seasonal darkening, but by tapping into opportunities like World Menopause Day to talk about our emotional wellbeing and improved nutrition, we can positively uplift our mood.

Exercise is also an excellent way to increase our energy levels. Movement helps to balance mood and improves sleep, helping us to cope better with other aspects of menopause.

However, the most vital step in guarding our health is to invest in a diet that is high in nutrients to increase our serotonin levels.

These can include:

  • A variety of vegetables
  • Filtered water
  • Beans and legumes
  • Whole grains
  • Healthy fats
  • Hot water and lemon
  • Herbal teas

We must also avoid nutrients that act as serotonin and hormone disruptors.

For example:

  • Soy (in all forms)
  • Caffeine
  • Salt
  • Processed meats and foods
  • Colourings and MSGs in all forms

We know that a nutrient-rich diet can be hard to achieve, particularly when we are running about all day taking care of our family and work, which can at times make life overwhelming!

Our Nutrihome recipe- Shakshuka! is a tasty, nutrient-rich and easy-to-make dish that may have you eating out of the pan with a spoon. Simone Thomas pairs hers with soft, salty feta cheese and a slice of sourdough bread on the side.

Menopause is not something that should be discussed with embarrassment or be disregarded, it happens to all of us, and it is an important time in which to invest in our health and our wellbeing.

Our Super Greens supplement can bridge that gap for you. It is an energy and immunity-boosting blend of Vitamin E, C, selenium, and other vitamins & minerals, perfect for helping you avoid feeling run-down.

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