Menopause and nutrition
The menopause generally takes place between the ages of 45 and 55 but for some it can start much earlier or as late 60. If you are currently going through the menopause you may be familiar with the following symptoms:
- Hot flushes
- Weight gain
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Low sex drive
- Dry skin
- Changes in periods
Menopause weight gain is common but fat cells produce oestrogen so it is important not to be too slim when you are going through the menopause. However, it is also important not to gain too much weight - following a nutritious diet during the menopause can help you to maintain your natural weight.
Although there is a tendency to view menopause as an illness in the western world, it is a natural stage of life for every single woman. In other cultures, the menopause is regarded not as a time of loss (i.e. loss of periods and hormones) but as a time of great wisdom and a time of sharing your life experiences with those around you. A healthy diet during menopause, and a positive outlook on life could help you to experience the menopause with very few problems.
Menopause and diet
We find that dietary changes and the use of nutritional and herbal supplements can have a significant impact on menopause symptoms. We will put together a personalised menopause diet to help alleviate your symptoms and minimise the impact that ‘the change’ has on your quality of life. But we don’t just look at addressing menopause symptoms - we also look at each body system, such as digestive, liver, adrenal and thyroid function, to ensure you are as healthy as possible as you go through the menopause.
To compensate for falling oestrogen levels from the ovaries, the adrenal glands begin to produce oestrogen during the menopause, so we always look at adrenal health, and if necessary we will recommend testing to assess adrenal function. We may also recommend female hormone testing to get an accurate view of hormone status and to see if you are actually approaching the menopause or if it is perhaps something else causing your symptoms.