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Anxiety is one of the first signs of menopause, but we don’t always make the connection. In early perimenopause your hormones start to fluctuate and oestrogen – which helps to manage the chemicals in your brain – drops, increasing anxiety levels. Pharmacist Shabir Daya says it’s one of the biggest concerns when going through the menopause.
THE ANSWER? Herbs known as adaptogens can often come to the rescue, helping the body adapt to and deal with stress. Ashwagandha is the biggie – ‘it helps achieve balance within the body,’ says Shabir. GOOD MOVE? Try taking ashwagandha daily as it helps to relieve anxiety while also improving focus and calming blood sugar levels. Try Pukka Herbs Wholistic Ashwagandha, £29.95 for 60 capsules (victoriahealth.com).