Menopausal management tips
The menopausal years are potentially the richest years of a woman’s life.
A life’s worth of experience, wisdom and inner strength can be transformed into enhanced creativity and energy flow.
However, for many of the women I see, the opposite is true.
Their altered hormone production leads to a rollercoaster ride of wild mood swings, hot flushes, weight gain, fatigue, poor concentration and memory, insomnia, anxiety, depression and a flagging sex drive.
Many women arrive at menopause thoroughly worn out. They are likely suffering from compromised adrenal function from living with too much stress, combined with a less-thanideal diet and dubious lifestyle habits.
Natural medicine solutions
Support the liver: The liver helps metabolise hormones, particularly important if a woman is oestrogen-dominant. Clearing excess oestrogens reduces mood swings, irritability and anxiety, as well as reducing the risk of developing uterine fibroids and fibrocystic breast changes. Cruciferous veggies (broccoli, kale, cabbage), rosemary and liver herbs such as schisandra, bupleurum and dandelion are all valuable here.
Eat a Mediterranean diet: plenty of fish, olive oil, garlic, onions and a rainbow of vegetables.
Add 1tbsp flax meal to fruit/ porridge/smoothies. This helps clear surplus oestrogen out of the body through the gut.
Avoid coffee. This alone markedly reduces hot flushes.
Restore the adrenals with magnesium, vitamins C and B, and zinc. Rehmannia, licorice, Siberian ginseng, withania and zizyphus are effective at reducing sweating and help to replenish the adrenals.
Check your thyroid: low thyroid function exacerbates menopausal symptoms, especially fatigue, low mood and weight gain.
Support the nervous system: St John’s Wort is specific for menopausal anxiety and combines beautifully with black cohosh and valerian for insomnia.