Supporting Your Body Through Menopause Naturally
Our society does not do a great job of preparing women for menopause or passing down wisdom on how to manage symptoms of menopause as naturally as possible! Many women do not even fully realise what Menopause is. In short – it is when a woman’s menstrual cycle stops. This causes a significant drop in the production of the hormones Estrogen and Progesterone. This drop-in turn can cause a range of symptoms and complications from hot flushes right through to weakening of the bones.
Thankfully, there is a range of things we can do to support the body with homeopathy and some natural choices to help your body stay healthy and well during this transition!
Menopause Friendly Diet
You are looking to support your body through the hormone changes of menopause. Try including foods rich in calcium, vitamin d and phytoestrogens. Some great options include flaxseeds, fish, eggs, beans and spinach.
Drink plenty of water to stay properly hydrated, This can help with bloating and with a general feeling of ‘dryness’. It can be helpful to look at including some electrolytes. Avoid drinking milk as research has shown milk to have an acidic effect on your body causing leaching of calcium.
Menopause also causes this skin to lose collagen quickly! Studies suggest approximately 30% reduction of collagen in the skin within the first 5 years! Adding in a good source of collagen-like bone broth or a collagen product can help keep your skin healthy.
On top of generally eating well and keeping healthy, you can utilise homeopathics to support your body in menopause!
Homeopathic Remedies for Menopause
Belladonna: Indicated by hot flushes that are sudden or when face ‘throbs’
Bryonia: Overall dryness including eyes, vagina and skin. There may be increased irritability and low levels of tolerance.
Nat mur: Physical symptoms may include irregular periods and fluid retention. Emotional profile is one of general unease. They feel resentful and easily aggravated.
Pulsatilla: Profile of ‘typical’ hormonal changes including mood swings, tears, hot flushes. feelings of failure or anxiety. May also experiences sudden lightheadedness or fainting and poor concentration. Generally in need of comfort.
Sepia: Craves silence – may be irritable, adverse to sex or want to just run away from everything. Experiences heavy bleeding with a ‘bearing down’ feeling. Also prone to hot flushes.
Sulphur: Whole-body feeling of extreme heat during a hot flush. May look to remove layers or wake at night feeling too hot. Better for sticking feet out from under the blanket to cool down. Frequently feels drowsy during the day.
Other remedies to consider are Argent nit, Calc carb, Lachesis, Staphysagria
Overall try to sleep well, drink plenty, eat fresh and keep active. Menopause can be a tricky transition for some and is tainted by mainstream taboo. Learn what you can now and lean into the new stage of life by embracing your inner sage!
For support, you can make an appointment here. I’d love to help you ease your body into these changes.
Magnesium is a mineral that is found in the earth, oceans, plants, animals and of course – in humans. It is essential for our health as it plays a role in over 300 functions in our body! It is required for nerve and muscle function, it helps to regulate blood sugar levels and blood pressure and it is needed for the process of growing bones. Magnesium is actually considered to be a micromineral. This essentially means it’s one of seven minerals that we need to consume a lot of in our foods to stay at optimum health. However, many people don’t consume enough magnesium with some studies even suggesting that 75% of the population is not getting enough in their diets.
Some people are more prone to become deficient in magnesium as they are more likely to have absorption issues. These people include those with gastrointestinal diseases, type 2 diabetes, the elderly and those who frequently consume too much alcohol.
The most common signs and symptoms of magnesium deficiency include:
- Muscle cramps, spasms and twitching
- High Blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Mental health struggles including anxiety, depression, apathy and irritability
- Trouble sleeping
People often report feeling an instant shift in their mental and nervous state and relief when used for muscle cramps. Magnesium can be found naturally in a variety of foods including
- dark green leafy vegetables including spinach, silverbeet, chard and beetroot leaves,
- nuts and seeds including sunflower seeds, pepitas, sesame seeds and almonds
- seaweed including nori and kelp
- beans, legumes and lentils
- Dark chocolate
- Fish including mackerel, salmon and halibut
When choosing to supplement your magnesium levels with a supplement take not of the different types of magnesium as there are different forms of magnesium that can be best suited to your needs.
This is the best for sleep, anxiety, depression and stress. It is deemed to be one of the gentlest on the stomach and most readily absorbed.
This is the best form for brain health, depression and age-related memory loss. It is also linked to improvement in overall memory and cognitive function.
The heart health magnesium! Magnesium Orotate is also useful for heartburn and indigestion too.
This form of magnesium is helpful for blood sugar levels, high blood pressure and overall heart health. This is considered the best form of magnesium if you have heart palpitations.
Magnesium malate is easy for the body to absorb. It is a good form for replenishing your overall magnesium levels. It may be beneficial for systemic inflammation such as for fibromyalgia. It is also reported to aid in cases of chronic fatigue, energy and muscle fatigue.
This is the form that will be most commonly used in topical applications such as magnesium baths and magnesium ‘oil’. It is helpful for muscle cramping and aching.
Ideally, we would consume enough magnesium in our daily diets. However, if you are dealing with the symptoms of low magnesium levels you may need to pick a supplement to bring your levels up and manage your current symptoms. During a consultation, we look at a complete health profile and your current diet so that I can recommend exactly the right products and protocols for you in your journey to good health. For more information about how I can support you please contact us.
World Doula Week 2021 has a different feel
2020 was an odd year for birth. Mothers were forced into isolation, separated from their supports and forced to fight for support at a time where fear appeared on almost every media platform. But a funny thing happened – in the face of these circumstances – Homebirths THRIVED!
The last 18 months have seen an increase in homebirths and in the need for Doulas! This is part of why I was so excited to be training more incredible Doulas this last weekend!