Shabir and Trinny On Menopause

Shabir and Trinny

If you missed Shabir and Trinny Woodall’s Facebook Live this weekend, catch up on everything here. Themed solely around the menopause, Shabir offered advice on how to tackle the most common symptoms with natural remedies.

Here are the top takeaway tips and you can watch the full video too. It’s also worth noting that Shabir has written extensively about the menopause in Hormone Mimicking Supplements Should Be Used By Almost Every Woman Over 35! too.

What are hormones?

Hormones are chemicals circulating around the bloodstream, each gland produces their own hormones. When there is a disturbance to that hormone, that’s when there is a problem as they have a knock-on effect with the others.

How can you treat the menopause symptoms?

There are three approaches: HRT, bioidentical hormone replacement or natural remedies. We don’t recommend you mix the approaches, but rather find the one that works best for you as we don’t know what the interaction is going to be if you blend the different approaches.

How to reduce hot flushes and night sweats

Declining oestrogen affects the temperature-regulating gland in your brain and triggers it to heart to pump faster, blood vessels dilate and you sweat more. It can last for a few seconds or a few minutes at a time. You want to use herbs that have phytoestrogens, which are chemically similar to oestrogen. Sage Complex has phytoestrogens and doesn’t contain soya. A lot of supplements contain soya to control the menopause. If your menopause lasts for ten years, that’s a lot of soya, which has been known to affect your thyroid over a long period of time.

For those who need instant relief while out-and-about, Rapid Cooling Mist is a good option as 93 percent of users said they would recommend it. Plus, you can use it over make-up and the cooling relief lasts for over an hour.

How to lower stress and anxiety

Hormones work in synergy with each other. Adrenal glands, which modulate stress and energy levels, start producing more cortisol when your hormones are out of kilter. Cortisol is the stress hormonal and stops the uptake of serotonin, the happiness hormone, to the brain. Cortisol stimulates insulin, which makes you crave sugar and therefore can sometimes result in weight gain around the midriff.

While it might be tempting to reach for metabolism boosting or weight loss supplements, it’s better to rebalance your mood and lower your cortisol levels. Magnolia Rhodiola Complex relaxes your muscles and nerves. It has also been proved clinically to reduce your cortisol levels and boost serotonin levels. You cannot take Magnolia Rhodiola if you’re taking antidepressants, instead look for a good quality B vitamin complex.

How to prevent sleep disturbance

At night, serotonin is converted into melatonin, which is your sleep hormone. If you have sufficient levels in your body you will have your six to eight hours a night easily. Cortisol prevents the uptake of serotonin to the brain. Cherry Night by Viridian contains an extract of cherries, which are rich in naturally occurring melatonin. It won’t send you to sleep on day one, but over the weeks as you build-up your melatonin levels you will notice a different in your sleep pattern. It also contains magnesium to relax muscles and red dates, which have nerve calming properties.  

How to relieve vaginal dryness

One in four women suffer from vaginal dryness. The neck of womb releases a slightly acidic lubricant keeps everything moist and supple, but it also prevents infection. Taking a good quality essential fatty acid omega 7 supplement, such as Pharma Nord Omega-7 Sea Buckthorn Oil will help to rectify this. A lubricant, such as Yes OB will also offer more instant results.

To watch more from Trinny, visit her YouTube page.

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  • Iris

    Hi Shabir
    I am 43 and 2 years ago a lost left ovarium due to the cist. Last year I was without menstruation for 5 months, and it came back in the beginning of this year. Every month when I have menstruation I feel great half of the month and totally depressed the rest of it. First I get big herpes on lips, my digestion stops, I have sugar cravings, insomnia and feel totally without energy. During the 5 months last year when I did not have the cycle, I felt just great. I had similar problems with my mood also before the operation of ovarium, but I have never linked all of these symptoms with my hormones. I take many supplements (C, D3, magnesium, probiotics, B complex, zinc) and exercise regularly but without significant improvement. What would you recommend to add? Thank you very much for sharing such valuable information in the video!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Dear Iris, hormonal insufficiency invariably leads to the adrenals being affected. The adrenals are the body’s glands responsible for energy production and also for stress response and at times of female hormonal insufficiency they over-produce cortisol – the stress hormone which leads to all the symptoms of stress, anxiety, mood disturbances and so on. Cortisol also lowers our immunity making us more susceptible to infections and all the symptoms you have described are link to an over-production of this hormone.
    Please introduce Magnolia Rhodiola Complex into your supplement regimen and I am sure that you will experience the benefits.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Iris

    Shabir, thank you for swift reply!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Dear Amanda, you can take Sage Complex, Cherry Night and Magnolia Rhodiola Complex (optional since you are not experiencing mood swings though I think it prudent to use this to reduce cortisol levels in the body) alongside vitamins and minerals without fear of side effects.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Shauna McDonald

    Hi Shabir
    I really enjoyed the facebook live with Trinny. I am 45yr old and am perimenopausal !
    I have no sweats yet ! but lots of anxiety and fatigue. I am going to give the Magnolia Rhodiola complex a go. I would be interested in a probiotic, what would you recommend ? Gut health seems to be so important too ? I am taking Magnesium also.
    Love you site and all the great information keep it going !

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Shauna, glad you enjoyed the live show with Trinny.
    You can indeed start taking the Magnolia Rhodiola Complex to address anxiety and fatigue and then perhaps later on if you do get hot flushes or night sweats then introduce Sage Complex.
    One of the best complete probiotic supplement is Mega Probiotic ND by Food Science of Vermont. This provides eight strains of bacteria that can survive the harsh environment of the stomach and reach the gut where they can colonise and perform their myriad of functions.
    So glad you love our site and the content.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Shauna McDonald

    Thanks so much for the great advice will give them both a go !

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome Shauna and please keep us posted if you can.
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Tracey, I am glad you found the discussion with Trinny interesting. Sage Complex contains phytoestrogens which may offer protective properties for joints and infections however since you already have arthritic symptoms it would be prudent to use the glucosamine supplement and the omega 3 for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as the multiple benefits of these essential fatty acids.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Jane, there are several choices such as the use of CLA and green tea extracts. CLA is thought to mobilise fat whilst green tea is a thermogenic herb to burn calories. A supplement that contains both of these is Healthaid’s BodyLean CLA as per link below.
    https://www.victoriahealth.com/product/Bodylean-CLA-Plus/8886

    Another option:
    Mid-riff weight gain is associated usually with a decline in female hormones which leads to excess cortisol. Cortisol stimulates insulin production and since insulin is the fat depositing hormone of the body, this gain is experienced. The anti-stress herbal supplement Magnolia Phellodendron may help because it does help reduce excess cortisol within the body.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Marcia, BodyLean CLA unfortunately contains green tea with caffeine. I suggest purchasing two supplements; Decaffeinated Green Tea and CLA as per links below.
    https://www.victoriahealth.com/product/Mega-Green-Tea-Extract-Decaffeinated/10349
    https://www.victoriahealth.com/product/CLA-1000mg/10081
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Clare

    Hi, I am 44 and haven’t had a period for almost a year now, which I keep reading means I have gone through menopause. I have no hot flushes, sleep ok, but get muscle tension, headache, restless legs, and I’m on antidepressants for anxiety. I’ve also just started taking magnesium. Would sage complex help me? Thanks

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Dear Clare, Sage Complex may prove to be useful for its long term protective properties however all the symptoms you are exhibiting may be alleviated by the simple use of a quality magnesium supplement such as Neuro-Mag by Life Extension. Magnesium helps relax muscles and nerves including the nerves within the brain allowing vital oxygen and nutrients to get to this region. With magnesium deficiencies running at all all time high, please use Neuro-Mag and keep us posted if you can. Please see link below to this supplement.
    https://www.victoriahealth.com/product/Neuro-Mag/9764
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Clare

    Thank you very much for your reply. I will certainly try this.

  • Clare

    Shabir, I recently purchased the FoodScience magnesium +. Is this not as beneficial as Neuro-Mag? Thanks

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Clare, since you have the Magnesium +, please use this and gauge its effectiveness.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Lynda

    Sorry forgot to ask… is there any link between phytoestrogens and breast cancer? There has been breast cancer in a our family. Many thanks again.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Dear Lynda, when there is female hormonal insufficiency, the first glands to get affected, and show symptoms, are the adrenals. The symptoms of abdominal bloating, lack of energy, mood disturbances are all linked to excess cortisol whilst breast tenderness may be associated with the balance between the two sex hormones. My recommendations as below are:
    Sage Complex to address female hormone insufficiency and gradually restore healthy adrenal function.
    Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes – take one capsule before a main meal to break down food efficiently, relieve bloating and help extract vitamins from the foods you ingest.
    Cherry Night to relax the body and help restore healthy sleeping patterns.
    Best wishes,
    shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Lynda, Please call me during office hours (0208 951 4144) and we can discuss.
    Shabir

  • Charlotte

    Hi Shabir
    Thank you for such an insightful discussion about the menopause; the effects of hormone imbalances has such significant impact regardless of whether you’re menopausal. I’m 45 years old and in the early stages of perimenopause, night sweats and day-time, especially just after breakfast and the start of any exercise; mood swings; and my body weight has increased by 10kg in last 2 years, particularly midriff, hips, thighs and back that just won’t shift. I’m a busy mother of 3, run my own business but exercise regularly and look after myself. I’m on a low dose of anti-depressants to keep my base-line if anxiety in check particularly when I’m super busy. I’ve put an order in for Sage Complex, CLA Body Lean but given your previous comments regarding Magnolia supplement would you recommend this; any anything else you’d suggest to address cortisol/adrenal imbalances. Thanks so much.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Charlotte, glad you found the discussion of benefit. Certainly the symptoms you describe point to adrenal stress and yes please use the Sage Complex and BodyLean CLA. I would not recommend Magnolia Rhodiola Complex alongside antidepressants however we know that Florassist Mood may be invaluable because of its impact on lowering cortisol levels.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Thank you Charlotte, keep us posted if you can.
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Dear Stephanie, I always tend to be cautious and would recommend not using Sage Complex based on your history. You can use Vitamin E if hot flushes become a problem always starting with the lowest dose around 200iu. You can take the other supplements mentioned for sleep distubances, adrenal stress and numerous other concerns mentioned.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Claire,
    The philodendron herb is already within the Magnolia supplement so please continue with the same – it is the excess cortisol which causes an issue as far as weight gain is concerned. For your partner, he can also use Magnolia Rhodiola Complex assuming he is not taking any mood modifying drugs or sleeping pills.

    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Claire Bland

    Great thank you very much

  • Karen

    I struggle to sleep and I have low mood. I take the Magnolia Rhodiola Complex. Can I increase the dose.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Karen, you can increase the Magnolia Rhodiola Complex to a maximum of three capsules a day. This may be divided as one capsule during the day and two at night. Alternatively you may stick with the two capsules a day of Magnolia Rhodiola Complex and use Cherry Night powder at night on a daily basis to enhance melatonin levels in the body.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Karen

    Thanks, I’ll try that.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Sarah, I believe that the palpitations may have been idiopathic because magnolia extracts help relax muscles and nerves so i would continue with this because theanine helps alpha wave production and you can safely take the two together in order to reduce cortisol which will help elevate mood.
    As far as hot flushes are concerned, please try and introduce vitamin E capsules at a strength of 200iu for one month followed by 400iu daily.

    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Polly, I am unsure exactly what you are taking but generally bloating during menopause is associated with decreased progesterone levels relative oestrogen. You could consider agnus cactus supplements but please see if they are compatible with your regimen.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Polly, you may wish to consider the use of a magnesium supplement since it helps to maintain healthy progesterone levels by its action on reducing stress hormone levels and also because it is thought to assist in the breakdown of oestrogen metabolites.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Sandra Oliver

    Good Morning Shabir, I have used your site for information and suppliments for quite a few years now and have been very satisfied.

    having read the posts here and seen the advice given i wonder if I could ask a question please?

    I am 63 years old my last menstrual period was at the age of 46. Both peri and full blown menopause were awful in so many ways. Things have settled down. Also at the age of 59 I was experience very sever SVT attacks which had gone on most of my life.After a particularly sever attack 3 years ago I finally got the diagnosis (This was after collapsing and ending up in A&E by ambulance where I needed to have my heart stopped!) six months later I had a heart ablation.My poor body has been so stressed with one thing and another including menopause.

    I now find im struggling with weight gain, dry hair,dry skin and so much facial hair….inflammation in my knees. I am as active as possible walk at least 10000 steps a day most days more than this anything up to 10 miles on a good day .been struggling to lose weight, I follow the weight watchers flex plan….not working for me at the moment.I have lost a stone and fluctuate between gains and losses of the the same 5 lbs.

    Suppliments are

    Omega 7

    Milk-thistle

    Garlic

    Today I started vitamin e

    I have ordered form V health Mega Green Tea Extract – Decaffeinated by Life Extension which should arrive any day now.

    Any advice would be so helpful best regards
    Sandra

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Sandra, I am glad that you have found the editorials useful. You certainly have been through a lot and I have no doubt that stress has played a major part in some of the symptoms you exhibit however most of the symptoms you are exhibiting point to adrenal stress arising as a result of low female hormonal status. When oestrogen levels decline, the adrenals over-produce cortisol which causes excessive insulin production leading to weight gain. This declining oestrogen may also be responsible for dry hair, excess hair on face (due to testosterone dominance as a result of low oestrogen levels) and dry skin and numerous other concerns.
    You might wish to consider the use of Magnolia Philodendron Complex capsules which help to reduce cortisol and have been used in small studies to help reduce cortisol and therefore normalise insulin levels. This when used with a calorie controlled diet and exercise may influence weight loss. Int might also be prudent to get your thyroid hormone status checked.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Sandra, glad to learn that the thyroid hormonal status is normal. You can most definitely take Magnolia Phellodendron Complex alongside your current supplement regimen.

    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Lisa Rothwell

    Hi Shabir
    I wonder if you could clarify something for me? Everything I’m reading say that if you take oestrogen then you must also take progesterone or your uterus lining may thicken and you may get problems later. Is this also the case for oestrogen mimicking supplements like Sage Complex and if so what natural progesterone source is there?
    I would be grateful for any help that you can give
    Many thanks
    Lisa

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Lisa, oestrogen only HRT is prescribed when one has a hysterectomy otherwise the combination of the two is necessary in order to prevent the thickening of the uterus lining. Sage Complex contains phytoestrogens and also Chaste Berry used by the body to manufacture progesterone.

    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Lisa Rothwell

    Many thanks that is good to know.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    you are welcome Lisa.

  • Tinisha Lambeth

    Hi,
    I just received the Sage Complex and Magnolia Rhodiola Complex. Can the capsules be opened and the contents mixed with a little bit of smoothie or yogurt? It is difficult to swallow the large capsules.
    Thanks

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi, you can open the capsules and definitely empty the contents into yoghurt, smoothie or fruit juice without compromising their effectiveness.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Milena

    Hello,
    No questions from me, just a rave review! I am 50 and I’ve been taking Sage Complex for a month. Within the first week I was already feeling better: brain fog is gone, mood swings have disappeared and I have a lot more energy. A whole month into this treatment and I’m feeling like my old self, I now realise how poorly I felt before the summer. I didn’t have any hot flushes nor night sweats so I cannot comment on the efficacity of Sage Complex for those. Thank you!!!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Milena, thank you for sharing and I am glad that Sage Complex has been of benefit.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Tinisha Lambeth

    Hi Shabir,
    I have been taking Sage Complex, Magnolia Rhodiola, and Cherry Night for about two weeks. I took a break due to a major event in my life and have started them back. They have worked remarkably well for all that was ailing me. One question, is there an explanation for why I am gaining weight? I am as active as ever, no changes. I’m not eating any differently. It is very upsetting. Any thoughts?
    Thanks!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Tinisha, the supplements themselves do not encourage weight gain, on the contrary Magnolia extracts have been studied for their ability to reduce elevated cortisol which normally causes excess insulin production leading to weight gain. So it could be other factors such as stress or perhaps the internal stress arising as a result of female hormonal balance may be greater than the ability of Sage to balance the hormones. It might be worth trying to increase the dose of Sage Complex for one month and see what happens.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Tinisha Lambeth

    Hi Shabir,

    I am taking Sage Complex and Magnolia Rhodiola in the mornings during my intermittent fasting period. Will either of these break my fast? I practice the 8 hours eating and 16 hours fasting. What are your thoughts on IF?

    Thanks so much!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Tinisha, taking Sage and Magnolia should not break your IF. I think that women should be careful with IF because there are reports of hormonal imbalances occurring as a result of IF as well as an inability of the body to control sugar levels – these obviously does not apply to everyone and only a fraction. Aside from this, there is absolutely nothing wrong with IF and if anything more people should be following this way.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Tinisha Lambeth

    Hi Shabir,
    Can Magnolia Rhodiola Complex and Neubria Shine be used interchangeably for premenopausal symptoms?
    Thanks!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Tinisha, you can most definitely interchange but I am unsure if this way is going to be effective because extracts of magnolia work to reduce cortisol which takes time and continuous usage would provide the results quickly.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Pam, yes absolutely – oestrogen protects our joints and bones as well as numerous other structures such as eyes and heart. When oestrogen levels decline or are virtually zero post a full hysterectomy, the first thing that women notice is often joint pain. Oestrogen regulates fluid levels in the body and lower levels of this hormone can affect the hydration and lubrication of joints as well as the cartilage in between the bones.
    I would recommend that you consider the use of Superior Joints. Superior Joints contains Natural Eggshell Membrane which has been clinically studied and found to have potent anti-inflammatory properties. Natural Eggshell Membrane contains two rare amino acids including proline which are thought to encourage healthy cartilage production. For the majority, pain relief is often within days and the supplement is safe to be taken on an ongoing basis or for as long as is necessary. Superior Joints also contains tart cherries to remove uric acid which causes pain and stiffness as well as hyaluronic acid to cushion the cartilage matrix in between joint tissues. Turmeric is added to enhance circulation and for its anti-inflammatory properties. Studies indicate pain relief as early as ten days with the average being fourteen days as long as you take two capsules together in one dose.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir