Healthy Perimenopause and Menopause
Do you have any of the following: hot flashes, vaginal dryness, weight gain, anxiety, fatigue, muscle mass loss, muscle weakness, low libido, sleep disturbances, brain fog or just feeling low?
The effect of hormones on ageing can leave you feeling like you’re on a rollercoaster. Declining levels of oestrogen in the run-up to menopause (known as the perimenopause) have a big impact on you mood and memory, weight (and where you store fat), sleep, energy levels, sex drive, bone health, cravings and how well your body adapts to stress.
Once into menopause the hormonal scenario changes again. It can be hard to figure out where the old you went and how to create a new life for yourself.
The time of perimenopause can go on for 10 years or more until menopause. Oestrogen levels may swing between too high and too low with different symptoms arising.
It is not just a question of oestrogen and progesterone levels running smoothly however. Other glands and their hormones are involved too and they all have to act in concert with each other. If one hormone is down, the others have to shift to allow for the deficit.
Hot flashes put women at risk for lowered bone mineral density and lower HDL levels (the good cholesterol), atherosclerosis and depression. Too much oestrogen is bad and too little is bad!
While oestrogen is good for the brain, it is bad for the breast and can lead to thrombosis – so knowing what levels you have is important!
Hormonal imbalance can arise from multiple causes including chronic stress, nutrient deficiencies. weight gain, poor liver detoxification, food allergies and intolerances.
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