Hey sorry for my lack of blogs, I've been concentrating on my YouTube videos to 'get the word out there, and with the amount of study I'm doing , as well as clients there are only so many hours in the day, but apologies. Here's the link if you'd like to see me waffle in on video though....
Today, I felt called to write something again.
So, many of my clients are menopausal or peri-menopausal and are looking for alleviation from their symptoms which can be heavy periods, more frequent periods, less-frequent periods, hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, brain fog, mood swing, low sex drive, vaginal dryness etc etc.
Menopause is a time when we should be slowing down, however modern life dictates that we are still taking care of families, jobs and well...life! This push against what is natural is often what puts our bodies (and heads) into a spin. It's a time when we need to come to grips with the fact that we can't have any more (or even any) children, and also that we are half way through our life...and also the very real realisations that our bodies are ageing. And also that our sex hormone levels are on the decline.
As I'm sure you know, I do not recommend pharmaceutical drugs to any of my clients unless every natural route has been tried before and symptoms still persist.
Personally, I find the push for HRT and Bio-Identical HRT (BHRT) by celebrities in the UK, especially, rather concerning.
Bio identical HRT is ‘derived from plants’ which means certain compounds found in plants are then put back together in a lab with other compounds. And while many women derive relief from symptoms while using BHRT, There are no long term studies completed on BHRT. It has been discussed that they may not be any better for us in the long run than 'old fashioned' HRT.
You can learn more about BHRT here:
Just like any pharmaceutical drug, side effects (noticed and unnoticed) are possible and indeed likely. The known side effects from old type HRT are heart disease, breast cancer, blood clots and strokes.
So if new type HRT comes from plants, why not go to the original source ie plants without side effects? Herbs have been used for millennia, for a variety of different health conditions, they are all natural, well- tolerated and for this particular subject, able to reduce the symptoms of menopause, without unwanted side effects now or in the future.
I stock an amazing Menopause Formula made form organic herbs (alfalfa, chickweed, dandelion root, dong quai, black cohosh, fengreek, horsetail, motherwort, nettles, red clover blossom, red raspberry leaves and wild yam root) and they are put together by a Master Herbalist in the uk.
In addition, I also advise clients to be as healthy as they can be going into menopause, by doing the following:
-Eat a nutritious (mainly plants) organic diet
-Exercise every day, including resistance training to build muscle and bones
-Get sufficient sleep and rest
-Removing chemicals and toxins from your life
-Manage stress and negative emotions
-Ensure your emotions are managed; consider whether you are on your correct life's path to make you truly happy? Do you need to change course?
Drop me a line if you’re keen on trying out some herbs or any other naturopathic solution. There is no need to suffer.