Menopause is a natural process, which occurs with age as a woman’s body adapts to the changes that result from ovarian decline. The Pituitary gland, found in the brain, attempts to stimulate the ovaries back into function, which in turn results in the symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flushes. At this time, the adrenal glands are expected to take over the role of the declining ovaries, so if they are exhausted or compromised in any way the process becomes harder work for the hormonal system to process and adapt to. Likewise, if the liver is overburdened with toxicity from diet and lifestyle choices, it is unable to assist in the detoxing of the body and processing of hormones.
The onset of menopause usually occurs between the ages of 50 and 55 and is a gradual cessation of menstruation. Peri-menopause, seen as the transitional period before menopause, can occur anytime between 2 and 20 years before menopause. During this time, women usually see irregularity of their menstrual cycle caused by fluctuations in the levels of oestrogen and progesterone. Scientists believe that the peri-menopausal stage is occurring earlier and earlier due to the number of hormone-like chemicals in today’s environment, which disrupt a woman’s natural cycle.
When patients come to see me for support, I generally offer a combination of Homeopathic remedies, herbal and nutritional supplements, which together alleviate symptoms and support this transition stage.
So how can you help your body through this time of transition?
Adding Calcium and Magnesium to your diet will help alleviate anxiety and protect bone health.
Vitamins B & E can reduce hot flushes and improve circulation, Vitamin B also helps with feelings of stress and anxiety, often felt by menopausal women.
Essential Fatty Acids also alleviate hot flushes and act as a diuretic for those who experience fluid retention.
By avoiding foods which stimulate the adrenal glands, which are already under additional demand you will help to lessen symptoms such as hot flushes. For example, caffeinated drinks and alcohol stimulate the adrenals and also over stimulate the nervous system.
Most health food shops also stock a good range of herbal tinctures, such as Hypericum, Agnus Castus and Black Cohosh, all of which help to rebalance the hormonal symptom and relieve symptoms.
If supplements are your preference, Evening Primrose Oil is a good source of Omega 6 and fatty acids. Ashwagandha is a well known Ayurverdic herb which supports the symptoms of menopause.
There are so many ways for us as women to support our bodies, drop me a line if you’d like some advice and support.
I first heard about the Platinum 10 day Transformational Cleanse when a fellow Homeopath introduced me to it as something she was going to do to help drop a bit of weight and lose the need for caffeine and sugar to get through the day!
As a relatively slim person, I’ve never felt the need to undertake a detox to lose weight, but to no longer rely on caffeine and sugar to gain extra energy did resonate with me. The cleanse also promised that you would gain clarity of thought and any brain fog would lift, leaving your mind to focus on the tasks and thoughts of the day. This part intrigued me, as I wasn’t wholly sold on the fact that a detox could do this. I was also keen to complete the ten days, purely because my husband was convinced I wouldn’t be able to manage it and go a whole 10 days without a handful of crisps – this was reason enough for me to embark on the cleanse IMMEDIATELY!
The claims of the cleanse were high – improved energy, lose between 5-20lbs, re-set your metabolism and break the addictions to foods such as sugar, wheat and caffeine, alongside giving your body a complete detox and cleanse.
As a company, Platinum offer a £50 gift card to everyone who places their first order, so although the cleanse isn’t cheap (around £200), by deducting the discount and realising you don’t need to buy much food for the 10 days, it isn’t such a bad price. The products are all non GM, organic and don’t contain the fillers that some products do. There’s also a gluten free option.
So I ordered my box of goodies: (http://platinumeurope.azurewebsites.net/wisehealth/product/1137x)
- Hippokrates Green Powder which helps curb cravings and supports healthy blood sugar levels.
- MAP Amino Acid complex plant proteins that help the body to minimise fat storage.
- Ionic Element a combination of trace elements and minerals
- Cracked Cell Chlorella which cleanses the body of heavy metals and supports healthy cholesterol levels.
- Black Walnut capsules which cleanse the bowel of candida and parasites.
- Apothe Cherry (tart cherry juice) an anti-oxidant which aids sleep and supports joint function.
Each day I had three power shakes and three meals, eating as much of the various flex foods as I liked (there’s a big list of foods you can add to your daily intake that are nutrient dense fruits and vegetables) and I actually found some days I only had two of the shakes, as I was still full from my last snack (you have something every two hours!)
Days one and two were a bit challenging as I had to get into a new routine of eating, but by day three I was flying and by the end of the cleanse I felt transformed!
I’ve completed the cleanse three times in the last six months and each time I’ve noticed a different positive change to how I feel and how I choose to eat. EVERYONE notices the changes and more and more people are choosing to join me on the clean, green, nutritious road to health. Drop me an email if you’re ready to join the journey too!
The wonders of watermelon are endless, and although I’ve never been much of a fan in particular of the seeds, which seem to be in every mouthful when you take into account the benefits, the seeds become easier to swallow!
However, as it’s one of the ‘flex foods’ that are part of the 10 Day Transformational Cleanse, I’ve taken to doing 3 or 4 times a year (email me if you’d like more information!) I’ve looked into the benefits of the fruit and been quite amazed by how many benefits there are.
Watermelon is an alkalising food – the pH balance of the body is regarded as crucial for good health, eating watermelon helps to counteract harmful acidity levels that are produced by many common foods.
The fruit can reduce high blood pressure and heart disease. Consumption of watermelon juice has been found to increase plasma concentrations of lycopene and beta-carotene and numerous scientific studies have already shown lycopeneto be good for the cardiovascular health.
Watermelon reduces blood sugar levels, which makes it a great fruit for diabetes sufferers!
Watermelons are over 90% water, so they help the body to rehydrate.
High levels of vitamin C and A found in watermelons will give your immune system a valuable boost. Lycopene and beta-carotene, found in the fruit, also help to remove free radicals that cause cell damage. Lycopene is generally accepted as being beneficial for bone health so it helps combat degenerative bone diseases such as Osteoporosis.
They boost energy! Watermelon contains natural sugars and vitamin B to boost your energy levels without the unwanted effects of refined sugar or chemically enhanced energy drinks.
Anti-Cancer properties: Studies have indicated that the antioxidant Lycopene, which gives watermelons their characteristic red colour (also found in tomatoes), may have supplementary benefits in the treatment and prevention of prostate and other cancers. Lycopene is noted for its ability to combat free radicals that trigger the onset and development of many chronic degenerative diseases like cancer. The seeds also contain Triterpenes that can help to inhibit the growth of leukaemia cells.
So on reflection, maybe I can get over my aversion to the seeds!
With so many colds and flu still in the air, very few of us will escape catching something.
As well as making sure we take good quality immune boosting supplements and ‘superfoods’ Homeopathy can offer support to help our bodies deal with the symptoms and support our general health and well being.
Pulsatilla is one of my ‘go to’ remedies for colds that have symptoms of congestion and thick yellow mucus.
Belladonna helps to bring down temperatures,
Gelsemium is a great flu remedy, for that aching drowsy feeling, which often comes with colds and flu.
Spongia is a great remedy for a ‘barking’ cough and Rumex is good for coughs that are worse as soon as you lie down at night. No two coughs are the same though, so it can take a keen ear to spot which of the many remedies are best for alleviating cough symptoms!
Don’t forget the importance of supporting your immune system. This is what protects our bodies each and every day from invading viruses and bacteria. Including a good quality vitamin and mineral supplement will help cover any shortfalls in a daily diet. Eating as much fresh, whole foods as possible, staying hydrated and avoiding processed foods, which contain additives that compromise and add a strain to our immune system all have a positive effect on our bodies ability to keep viruses away.