Over­com­ing change

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EVERY morn­ing, Michelle, who is turn­ing 8 this year, wakes up el­ing tired. Her skin eels dry and in­ti­macy has been dif­fi­cult.

Midlife changes

Dur­ing midlife, a woman’s body un­der­goes phys­i­cal, phys­i­o­log­i­cal and emo­tional changes. The most sig­nif­i­cant change is felt in terms of hor­monal changes driven by oe­stro­gen.

In your 40s how­ever, fine lines, weight gain and tired­ness all set in too eas­ily be­cause oe­stro­gen lev­els are fluc­tu­at­ing in a phase called per­i­menopause. Dur­ing per­i­menopause, skin be­comes thin­ner and loses its abil­ity to re­tain mois­ture thereby caus­ing dry­ness.

As the skin on the face and hands dries, this re­flects the con­di­tion of the skin in the vagi­nal area too, caus­ing not only painful sex but also an in­creased risk of uri­nary tract in­fec­tions (UTIs).

Midlife fat ac­cu­mu­la­tion is prob­a­bly one of the clas­sic symp­toms of per­i­menopause.

Dur­ing this time, fat me­tab­o­lism slows down dra­mat­i­cally while a fat re­dis­tri­bu­tion ex­er­cise takes place. In­stead of the hip ar­eas, fat ac­cu­mu­lates pref­er­en­tially in the belly.

The fat con­tent in breast tis­sue re­duces, which is why women may also no­tice a sig­nif­i­cant sag­ging ef­fect in the bust­line. Over­all, body weight in­creases while weight main­te­nance be­comes dif­fi­cult for them.

Stud­ies show that women tran­si­tion­ing to­wards menopause are 40% more likely to re­port for­get­ful­ness and may be vul­ner­a­ble to de­pres­sion as it is more com­mon in times of hor­monal change.

Stress ad­versely af­fects hor­mone lev­els re­sult­ing in neg­a­tive moods as well as risk of hav­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease.

Nat­u­ral ther­a­pies

Phy­toe­stro­gens are plant oe­stro­gen with the abil­ity to mimic the ac­tions of oe­stro­gen in the body. Soy isoflavones com­prise the best re­searched cat­e­gory of phy­toe­stro­gen used in the man­age­ment of symp­toms as­so­ci­ated with per­i­menopausal hor­monal changes.

Or­ganic genis­tein is a cer­ti­fied or­ganic source of soy isoflavones, which has been clin­i­cally tested to be pure and safe for your hor­monal care.

The most im­por­tant soy isoflavones to take are genis­tein and daidzein. Or­ganic genis­tein is a dou­ble stan­dard­ised soy isoflavones for­mula with stan­dard­ised lev­els of both genis­tein and daidzein.

Dur­ing midlife, a woman’s body un­der­goes phys­i­cal, phys­i­o­log­i­cal and emo­tional changes. The most sig­nif­i­cant change is felt in terms of hor­monal changes driven by oe­stro­gen. In your 40s how­ever, fine lines, weight gain and tired­ness all set in too eas­ily be­cause oe­stro­gen lev­els are fluc­tu­at­ing in a phase called per­i­menopause.

Daidzein con­tent is im­por­tant as it helps pre­vent hair loss in women and im­parts pro­tec­tive anti-can­cer ben­e­fits.

Armed with knowl­edge, Michelle started on or­ganic genis­tein and saw a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence into the sec­ond month. She has more en­ergy and reg­u­lar pe­ri­ods. Michelle now feels bet­ter equipped to face midlife.

This ar­ti­cle is brought to you by Nu­vanta Nu­vaceu­ti­cals di­vi­sion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03-5636 3758 or e-mail phar­ma­cist@nu­vanta.com.

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