Health Matters

Managing the Menopause

Menopause can be a worrying and unpleasant time: hot flushes, mood swings, insomnia, higher risk of osteoporosis and other conditions, not to mention the loss of fertility and sense of ageing that can open up whole chasms of emotion.

Or how about experiencing your menopause as an empowering time, a transition that brings new challenges but also new opportunities? Welcoming in a new phase of life rather than a new phase of disease?

Menopause, like puberty, is a time when your body needs a lot more nutritional support – in the way of vitamins, minerals, energy, oils, proteins, water and other nutrients that provide fuel and resources for physical changes and a new hormonal balance. Not only that, but the changes your body goes through create a very different environment that may affect how well you utilise these nutrients and make energy, how well you detoxify and how well you readjust to your new hormonal balance.

By this stage, many of us have already put a lot of stress on our hormonal systems. Perhaps life has been hectic and stressful, putting a strain on the adrenals that supply your fight or flight hormones. Maybe you have had pregnancies close together or later in life that draw on your hormonal resources. Or perhaps you have had phases of burning the candle at both ends. The increased demand on your energy, hormones and enzymes during menopause will show up and deepen any deficiency that is already there.

It can be a bumpy ride, as your body has to work hard to find new ways of dealing with this different environment. Or you can help smooth the way and nourish yourself into a whole new lease of life.

Kirsten has been practising for 9 years, providing nutritional support for men, women and children of all ages. She offers one-to-one consultations both in person and over the phone as well as giving regular talks.

To find out more about nutritional support for menopause, come to Kirsten’s workshop at the Dragonfly Clinic on Tuesday 18 September 2012 at 7.30pm (£10). Booking is essential: call the Dragonfly Clinic on 01273 311711.

Kirsten Chick

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