Nutrition before and after MENOPAUSE
Women are no strangers to the physical and emotional impact of the roller coaster rides induced by hormones - entering puberty, through menstruation, with pregnancy. This trend continues into peri-menopause, as our hormone levels fluctuate and start to drop, triggering physical and emotional symptoms associated with menopause.
Fluctuating and diminishing levels of sex hormones can be to blame for a whole host of symptoms and issues before and after menopause, including:
Hot flashes and night sweats
Mood swings, anxiety
Dryness (hair, skin, vaginal)
Loss of libido
Abdominal weight gain
Symptoms vary from woman to woman based on her genetics and dietary and lifestyle factors. Based on these varying influences, each woman can have a unique experience of the menopausal transition. Personalised Nutrition is well positioned to help with the unique needs of the individual.
Fortunately, hormonal changes don’t need to be the end of the road for our health and vitality. Nutrition and lifestyle recommendations can help to address the specific causes of hormonal imbalances, balance hormone levels and safely eliminate excess levels.
How nutrition can help you through menopause
A Nutritional Therapist can help to unravel extensive information obtained through detailed functional lab testing and analysis of your health history.
Functional lab testing before and after menopause can help to detect issues with the production, balance and detoxification of:
Sex hormones: estrogen, progesterone and testosterone;
Adrenal hormones, such as cortisol and DHEA; and
Neurotransmitters, including serotonin, melatonin and dopamine.
Based on this information gathered, and on your needs and challenges, you will receive a comprehensive Health Strategy to support your health through this phase of life. Areas of focus around menopause may include:
Adding phytoestrogens and minimising xenoestrogens, to balance estrogen levels;
Balancing blood sugar, to stabilise glucose levels and promote insulin sensitivity;
Protecting adrenal health, for mood and post-menopausal estrogen production;
Supporting liver detoxification, for the safe elimination of sex hormones;
Providing plentiful nutrients to support mood, sleep and bone health.
Exercise and stress management strategies to support mood, sleep, bones and adrenal glands.
Coaching techniques can be used to help you to make lasting behavioural changes towards improved health outcomes.