How Can Nutritional Therapy Help With Menopause?
The menopause is a natural process that occurs between 45 and 55, with the average age for a woman to reach the menopause being 51. It is a time when the ovaries cease to produce female sex hormones, and a woman stops having periods. Oestrogen levels drop, and this can cause common symptoms such as hot flushes, mood swings, weight gain or insomnia. Many women seek natural solutions to handling these symptoms, by making nutritional and lifestyle changes.
The extent of hormonal changes brought on by menopause can be influenced by other factors besides the change in the hormones themselves. Consider that not all women experience menopausal symptoms. Why is that? For example, an imbalance in gut bacteria can result in excess oestrogen being recirculated in the body which can worsen menopausal symptoms. The liver too, may get out of balance, having to deal with toxins in our modern environment as well as detoxify excess oestrogen for excretion, and this can add to the bodily burden brought on by menopause. A diet of inflammatory foods further add to this burden, as do overall stress levels. Addressing these imbalances can help you to make changes that can positively influence your experience of menopause.
We’ll go through a detailed history, to get a picture of what may be contributing to your menopausal symptoms. It may be important to perform functional lab tests to ascertain your hormone levels and how your body is metabolising your oestrogen, as this can impact on your menopausal health. We’ll also look at your diet and lifestyle, and any habits or patterns that may be affecting your symptoms, and make sure that the changes we make are supportive of you and your body at this time of your life.
You’ll eat foods that are healthy and delicious, so you’ll never feel deprived or go hungry, and we’ll also take into account your likes and dislikes. Alongside a hormone test, I might recommend that you do certain tests if there appears to be other things going on that could be affecting your hormones, such as thyroid, adrenal or liver function, or a stool test.
Once your test results are returned (if relevant), we will gain a deeper understanding on what imbalances may be present and adjust your plan as needed.
The goal of your programme is to get you feeling better as quickly as possible, so you have more energy and feel vibrant once again. We will review your progress on a regular basis, and adapt your programme as we go along, so that you build a strong foundation of habits and strategies that you can become a natural part of your lifestyle, setting you up for the next chapter of your life.