A nutritional approach to menopause
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 | Editor
Soothe the transition during menopause
Menopause for a woman is a time she is transitioning into a new phase of her life. This is a time for liberation, change and celebration. However for many it can be a difficult transition that can be painfully drawn out due to a number of lifestyle and emotional factors. Nutritionally speaking, we can support that woman into the next phase of her life by supplying her with the nutrients her body needs to successfully make that transition.
Menopause can lead to exhaustion and fatigue
Biologically, her body’s ovaries are retiring from a relentless task of producing the main female hormone, oestrogen. This baton is passed to the adrenal glands and fat tissue which take over the role of hormone production. If these adrenals have had a lifetime of stress with little time for R&R then it will be a difficult transition for the body to make as they will not be able to manage the extra burden.
This can lead to fatigue and exhaustion which has a bludgeoning impact on the body’s ability to cope emotionally and psychologically through an important time in a woman’s life.
Conventional medicine can only have a limited effect
Most menopausal fatigue is due to female hormone fluctuations, namely oestrogen and progesterone. These play a key role in sleep cycles. Oestrogen promotes REM during sleep, which is a vital process for heal and repair. When oestrogen levels drop so does time spent in REM cycles which leads to less refreshing and restorative sleep. This lack of good quality sleep contributes to perpetuating the cycle and exacerbating the symptoms of menopause such as loss of skin elasticity, mood changes such as anxiety and depression, headaches, hot flashes and palpitations.
Conventional medicine uses a symptom driven approach, which can only have a limited effect.
Some herbs can ease the menopause transition
Therapeutically there are a number of nutrients and herbs that can be used to ease the transition and prepare the female for a healthier future. A nutritional approach would include nutrients to balance hormone levels, support the adrenal glands, balance blood sugar levels and support mental health.
Here are some key nutrients to consider peri-menopausally:
With a targeted combination of products a woman can equip herself psychologically and biologically for the changes ahead so she can look towards a strong and healthy future.
[i] Park et al. Pilot Phase II trial of magnesium supplements to reduce menopausal hot flashes in breast cancer patients. Support Care Cancer. 2011; 19: 859-63.