Updated: Dec 19, 2019
Okay ladies, whether we like it or not, all of us at some stage will have to go through it. For some women it’s a very smooth ride...period gone, job done! Unfortunately for many women, it can be a nightmare of hot flushes and night sweats, day and night. The days of sleeping soundly through the night may become a distant memory. Many women also struggle with memory issues, low sex drive and painful intercourse should they decide to make it happen!
So why do some women get off lightly and some have real difficulties going transitioning into menopause? There is a theory that the oestrogen receptors in the brain become starved of oestrogen, and this affects temperature regulation and memory. This does make sense, but it certainly doesn’t explain why only some women suffer symptoms, because all women experience plummeting levels of oestrogen when going into menopause.
So there are definitely other factors involved… we must look at the endocrine system as a whole. Your sex hormones are affected by other hormones such as your thyroid hormones, your adrenal hormones e.g. cortisol and your blood sugar balance and insulin response. Your sex hormones will be out of balance if any of these hormones are out of balance.
This is really what makes the difference between menopause being a breeze or a daily struggle.
We must also consider how well we are detoxifying? Is your liver doing a good job of processing everyday toxins, breaking down and disposing of your ‘used’ hormones effectively? If not, this can contribute to menopause symptoms and you would likely benefit from some liver support.
Menopause can be a challenging time so here are my top 5 tips for making menopause a smoother ride:
Eat for hormonal balance. This means restricting processed sugar, increasing fibre and eating plenty of good quality protein (vegetarian or animal) with healthy fats.
Check your thyroid. Many of the symptoms of menopause are similar to that of thyroid dysfunction.
Do an adrenal saliva test. In menopause, we rely on our adrenal glands to take over the baton for producing oestrogen. To sail through the menopause’, robust adrenal glands are a must. Having healthy adrenal glands (not shattered ones due to prolonged or high levels of stress) is crucial.
Improve your detoxification and elimination of ‘used ‘ oestrogen. You can do this by increasing the amount of green leafy vegetable consumed in the diet. Cruciferous vegetable contain indole 3-carbinol, a compound which helps to rid the body of excess or no longer needed oestrogen.
Reduce alcohol and caffeine. They can send your temperature system out of balance and make symptoms of menopause such as hot flushes worse.
Let me know if these tips help you. Comment below.