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.