Guide to Managing Menopause the Natural Way Part 4: Tips for Defeating the “Drying Effect” Of Menopause


During the menopause, some women can find their hair loses its bounce and strength; their skin becomes drier and less firm, or that their nails lose their condition and strength.

These are all facts of life as we age, and thanks to those hormonal changes during the menopause they can cause the connective tissue under our skin to become thinner and less elastic, and our hair to thin down.

Eating a nutritionally rich diet, getting plenty of fresh air and exercise are always going to be the key players in keeping you looking and feeling at your best, but here are 3 of the main ones to ensure you’re including:

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No. 1 – Consume plenty of fresh fruits and veg

hese contain vitamin C which is known to help build up collagen which gives skin its elasticity.

They also contain bountiful amounts of antioxidants to repair damaged cells, bring nutrients to the skin, hair and nails, reduce inflammation and even slow down the signs of aging

High antioxidant foods include: blueberries, green tea, acai berriesgoji berries, pomegranates, spinach, raspberries, purple grapes, mulberries and green algaes to name a few.

No. 2 – Consume Omega-3 fats

Omega-3 rich foods include chia seedsflax seedswalnuts, oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines).
Other good fats include avocados, almonds and coconut oil (for its skin-friendly oils and MCT fats).

Signs of an Omega 3 fatty acid deficiency can include dry skin, lifeless hair, cracked nails, fatigue, depression, dry eyes, lack of motivation, aching joints, difficulty in losing weight and forgetfulness.

These fats need to be consumed and even supplemented around the menopause because they can help with many of the symptoms.

No. 3 – Hydrate

I encourage green juices every day to provide you with a whole host of nutrients, but mostly an abundance of minerals.

Greens have so many beneficial minerals to help support the health of your hair skin and nails so it’s worth piling your plate with them and drinking them too!

Pure water, coconut water and herbal teas are also A* choices, with Horsetail Tea being a particularly good choice as it contains minerals that may help with weak and brittle fingernails.

For more on skin health, see my previous post on Top Tips for Glowing skin here.

We’ve got lots more tips for handling menopausal symptoms with natural solutions in the rest of our series on Menopause:

Nourish’s Guide to Managing Menopause the Natural Way
For an introduction on menopause and a general overview on how natural supplements can help.

How to Treat Menopausal Hot Flushes the Natural Way
If you can’t kick those hot flushes to the curb, you can at least learn how to cope with them when they happen.

Combating Weight Gain, Anxiety and Irritability During Menopause
Bust through the blues and keep your body happy with these tips on how to keep both your mind and body in shape during menopause.

Staying Strong: How to Keep Your Bones Healthy During Menopause
Strong bones are imperative to our health, but sometimes menopause can take a toll on our bones. We give you a few tips to avoid that.

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– Emily
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*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention

Please remember that you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you’re on any medication