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10 Self-help ideas for an easier menopause

Emotionally and mentally at this stage of life women already have many physical and emotional demands on them whether women have kids or not.

Balancing hormones naturally

In my previous blog ‘Menopause and Homeopathy for Women’s’ Health I introduced the topic of menopause and listed various symptoms of this natural sequence of events. Why do many women experience these symptoms and how can we support our bodies and emotions at this often difficult time of change?

Emotionally and mentally at this stage of life women already have many physical and emotional demands on them whether women have kids or not. Many changes take place with realigning relationships, coping with teenage or young children, empty nests, elderly parents needing extra care and attention, challenges at work, coming to terms with getting older and establishing a new identity.

Physically, the main causes are changing levels of progesterone and oestrogen. Dwindling hormonal stimulation of the pituitary gland of the ovaries causes an intermittent production of oestrogen by the ovaries which gives rise to irregular periods. At perimenopause our hormone levels can return to the fluctuating hormones of puberty before oestrogen levelled out from the late teens. High oestrogen can be opposed by low progesterone and then it can drop dramatically. During these years a general reorganisation of the endocrine system, other glands and notably the adrenal glands takes place.

Toxins and stress make this reorganisation more difficult.

Fluctuations in hormones are worse when the liver is congested and our adrenal cortex out of balance.

Our adrenals take over the role of producing oestrogen in reduced amounts at perimenopause, and compensate for the less active ovaries, if we have stresses in our life the adrenals are going to struggle to make oestrogen. The natural lessening of physical energy from our late 30s/40s and the pressure from ourselves and society can add a load of stress and women can feel overwhelmed and vulnerable. Remember, our adrenals are our fight-flight-fright mechanism and amongst other functions helps regulate our response to stress, our immunity, metabolism, blood pressure and more.

Our liver helps to balance hormones and can get over stressed in menopause by toxins, (causing hot flushes for example). 1 of its jobs (out of many) is to cleanse our blood and break down hormones-natural or synthetic – like hormonal birth control, IVF and stress hormones, as well as toxins-medication, pain killers, anti-histamines, alcohol, and antibiotics all make its job harder.

A gentle liver detox provided by a course of homeopathic remedies and nutritional and lifestyle changes goes a long way to ease symptoms. Nourishing and supporting the adrenals and whole body with homeopathy and using the tips below will help ease your feelings of being so wired and tired, depressed/anxious and stressed. Do not underestimate lifestyle changes!

Top 10 Self help ideas

  1. REST! An Acupuncturist told me that this is the best thing you can do. It boosts the adrenals. Make time for you and prioritise yourself everyday.
  2. Improve nutrition – Eat a wide variety of fresh colourful fruit and vegetables especially berries, cherries, pomegranates, dark leafy greens (a plate a day to re-mineralise) and brassicas. Organic if possible. Eat a varied diet to include nuts, seeds, wholegrains, protein and healthy fats. Eat a ‘clean’ unprocessed diet as free of sugars and excess carbohydrates as possible.
  3. Increase phyto-oestrogens.
  4. Supplement with EFAs, Vitamin D, Magnesium (oil spray or gel) and fermented foods.
  5. Hydrate! Drink more water and herbal teas.
  6. Cut out caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine depletes the adrenals and alcohol is toxic to the liver.
  7. Sleep – Get more, go to bed before 11pm if possible.
  8. Laugh – Have fun, watch comedy, socialise.
  9. Exercise – move your body, your liver loves this. Yoga, Pilates, dance, walking. It doesn’t have to be extreme, it should be gentle and restorative.
  10. Meditation, breathwork, mindfulness. Get outside in nature. Even 5 minutes a day helps.
  11. I know, an extra 1! Be creative.

Homeopathic Support

These suggestions and homeopathy can help to settle hormones and:

  • improve sleep
  • ease mood swings
  • increase energy
  • clear brain fog and improve mental clarity
  • lessen anxiety
  • improve skin and hair condition

We cannot lay all the blame for menopausal symptoms solely at the feet of changing oestrogen levels, perimenopause is an optimum time to address other underlying or unresolved issues which effect our bodies and emotions. There are many possible causes from unresolved relationship problems to unhealed trauma or grief, exhaustion or insomnia. Homeopathic treatment offers a safe and natural approach to supporting women with these challenges.

If you would like support with gently supporting your hormones or easing stress I am happy to help. Book in a free 30 minute call to find out more or email me directly.

I practice from The Practice Rooms in Westbury on Trym, Bristol, BS9 3ED, face to face and online, Monday to Thursday.

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