Nourish’s Guide to Managing Menopause the Natural Way -Part 1

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From the age of 40, a woman’s body will start preparing for the menopause. Put simply, the menopause is when women literally run out of eggs. From birth, each woman has a supply of eggs and over the years they are used up and die off.

As the menopause happens, the woman’s hormones produced by the pituitary gland decline. Biologically, menopause marks the end of the fertile period in a woman’s life. Since ovulation is over, levels of progesterone and oestrogen fall. Changes in hormone levels during the menopause tend to be the cause of a variety of symptoms. 

Many women will find that they go through the menopause experiencing a minimum of symptoms and cope well without the need for any treatment. Some, however, will find that they experience menopausal symptoms that affect their quality of life. Therefore, they naturally look for some help and advice. After all, while this is a natural process, it can be quite taxing for the body, meaning preparation is sometimes needed for some of the side effects. 

That’s where this blog post-series comes in. Here I’d like to offer some advice to help you do this in the most natural way possible. We’ll cover exercise and diet tips to a few supplements designed to give you an extra boost. This blog series is designed to help you figure out some of the ins and outs of supporting your body naturally during menopause.

Guide to Managing Menopause the Natural Way

What Are The Symptoms of Menopause?

Menopausal symptoms vary from woman to woman, with some experiencing them more than others. Symptoms often include:

  • hot flushes
  • night sweats
  • mood swings
  • anxiety
  • changes in weight
  • declining skin and hair health
  • declining libido
  • osteoporosis
  • lack of energy
  • joint pains
  • weight gain
  • headaches
  • vaginal dryness

How Do I know That It Is The Menopause?

Although the question posed is common, it’s not always easy to answer. Many women may experience menopausal symptoms for quite some time before their final menstrual period.
That being said, here are some things to look out for:

  • Age. The average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 52 years. However, it is possible it could start as early as 35 or as late as 60. Although not impossible, if you are under 45 years of age, it is less likely that the symptoms you are experiencing are related to the menopause
  • Menopausal symptoms. See if the symptoms above describe you. Symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats are the most commonly experienced.  However, mood changes (typically feeling low) or suffering from muscle aches and joint pains is another common one.
  • If you are in any doubt, please consult your doctor or other healthcare professional. They will be able to take blood tests and assess your symptoms and so on.

To learn more about how to cope with menopausal symptoms with natural solutions, explore the rest of our blog series on Menopause here:

Good books to read in addition to the series:

Marilyn Glenville PhD – Natural Solutions to Menopause
Patrick Holford Good Medicine – Safe, natural ways to solve over 75 common health problems

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Emily Nöth

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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.