Yes, absolutely! There is so much to discuss around this topic and can’t all be said here, in this article today. But I’ll start with a little of what I have learnt and phew what we women go through, it can be a blessing and a curse! Now do not turn off yet, it may well affect you as a partner or son/daughter of someone going through it or gone through it. Of course, exercise can help and it can definitely ease some symptoms and I highly promote it. Here, I wanted to share some other things I’ve discovered on the way but mostly a change in nutrition was the greatest impact for me.
First off I have to say that I am enjoying my 50’s and I’m coming to the end of many of the symptoms I experienced. But knowing what I know now, I’ve found out this…The weight gain, the foggy memory, hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia and more can either be a little nuisance or acutely life changing. I’ve tried many things such as Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture which I did get some relief from. I’ve taken the Dutch Test to see where my hormones were and started yoga to help relax me. Evening Primrose Oil, Magnesium, upping my greens were all undertaken as well.
It was the change in my overall nutritional picture that got many things under control and left me feeling so much better. We eat pretty well so I thought but I realised I’d sneak in a lot of food when I’m around my children like bread, lollies and biscuits. Firstly, I cut out or drastically reduced processed sugars, wheat, carbohydrates and dairy. And I cut out processed foods, had good protein and lots and lots of vegetables. The results were amazing. In the first 5 days I noticed I wasn’t feeling or looking as bloated. In 10 days I lost weight and centimetres around my waist & hips. I didn’t have the 3pm fatigues. I was sleeping better and my snoring (arghh) dramatically reduced. Plus no joint pain. I then tested adding good fats, more vegetables, fruits and listened to my body. I have continued on this journey albeit not so strictly and the good results continue – make good nutrition your best support to help reduce perimenopause and menopause symptoms.