SHAKE IT OFF!

Prima (UK) - - Your Wellbeing -

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).

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