Many women dread it, some sail through unaffected, others suffer with every symptom, but however you are experiencing the menopause, this special time in your life needs different types of nourishment than you might have needed at other times.
Menopause is defined as having one year without any menstrual periods. So, unlike many phases in life, you can only be certain you have experienced it after the fact. With the average age of menopause being 51 years and life expectancy for women high at 82 years, women can expect to spend one third of their life in menopause/post-menopause.
Peri-menopausal symptoms are caused by a decrease in the ovaries’ production of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone, and changes can be felt throughout the body as many of our body systems have oestrogen and progesterone receptors. You might be experiencing changes in your bones, muscles, cardiovascular system, skin, joints, mucous membranes and central nervous system.
Because of the web-like interconnections between different hormone systems, neurological and immune systems, I use a functional approach to identify biochemical imbalances in your body. Menopause affects each woman in a different way, and I will recommend foods, supplements and lifestyle interventions to support optimal health for all your body systems as you transition through this stage. I recognise that each person is an individual with unique requirements and we’ll take time together to work out personalised nutrition plans that work for you rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.