Several times in the last two weeks I have heard people talk about how confusing and complicated health and well being is in today’s world. There is no rule book on how to best maintain your health. This has pros and cons – the positive being every day science discovers something new, some new way to help our bodies, some new benefits of food, a new remedy for specific ailments etc.The downside is it makes it very confusing to try decipher all this information and for those of you who are time poor this is even more of a struggle. That is when it’s time to consider a wellness coach, a mentor, someone who will take the ambiguity out of all the information on Dr Google and other sources, someone who gives it to you straight and simple.
That is my goal, in my sessions with clients my one aim is to empower them with the knowledge that they can then go away and implement strategies to address the specific issues they are facing in perimenopause.
In today’s fast paced digital world addressing your health can seem akin to climbing Mount Everest – Daunting! Faced with time pressures, financial concerns, low motivation, anxiety, all make it difficult to make real changes that will bring well being and more importantly that will last.
If this rings a bell with you then consider a session for the following reasons:
1. Managing your symptoms and diet seems like a daunting task.
It feels like you are at the bottom of a very big mountain and the thought of climbing it is daunting….you’re not sure where to start, and the idea of relieving your symptoms, addressing your menopause symptoms feels too exhausting (because your already exhausted by lack of sleep), it all feels too far away and unreachable. This is where I can help, I look at where you are at right now and gently work with you to better health not just for the next 4 weeks, or 4 months but for lasting change. Small changes make that mountain climb easier, it’s not big changes, it’s all about the small tweaks you make to your daily habits that count. You don’t have to face this hurdle on your own, and you don’t have to change your entire lifestyle in an instant to make progress. ‘Progress not perfection’ Stephen Flynn The Happy Pear
2. You have tried before but hit a roadblock.
You have tried before, you have gotten over maybe 1 or 2 hurdles along the way but changes haven’t lasted. The idea with a consultation is that we work together to set achievable targets, we agree and make small tweaks to you daily habits and address issues along the way as they come up. My goal is to empower you to make permanent changes that will ensure you are living life to your fullest potential and help alleviate the challenges you are currently facing.
3. Your menopause symptoms have been going on for what seems likes ages.
Night sweats, insomnia, whatever the symptom - you have been experiencing it for a good few months and you have made no progress to resolve it. A consultation will look at your entire health history and your concerns holistically, a complete picture of your current life situation and symptoms which mean a completely personalized and effective wellness plan can be designed.
4. Your health challenges feel complicated and overwhelming.
Menopause is not straightforward, it is not a mapped out journey on straight terrain…it is a roller-coaster! It is constant change and upheaval, physically & mentally…the key is how you look at these changes. You may be struggling with depression, anxiety, IBS, weight issues, low libido…a myriad of issues can be happening, and these can seem overwhelming. My goal is to look at these issues, look for root causes and develop a wellness plan that covers all your life not just the physical symptoms that may be disrupting your life. The whole picture has to be taken into account….food, exercise, mental health, hormonal health and much more.
5. You are time poor.
Dr Google, Social Media…the sheer volume of information out there is just overwhelming. Getting the time to go through all the possible aids/cures for night sweats or any other symptoms takes time, and put that on top of another disrupted night of sleep and a busy work day ahead….not easy.
I am still learning every day, new research comes out every day and I love learning about everything related to health and wellness as it’s my passion. I eliminate the need for you to become an expert in menopausal health J that is my expertise, that is my passion. Armed with my knowledge I work with women to outline very personal effective strategies to address the challenges they face. That means you get access to a personalized plan that straight away will start to work. Every day I spend time reviewing, absorbing, researching the latest news in relation to menopause – this is my job. I am able to discern the latest research in health and wellness, and also commit time to you, when it suits you, to ensure this knowledge can be shared and that your feel empowered on this journey…master of your own ship.
6. Hard to keep that mojo going.
You may feel too exhausted to make changes, you may simple have given up, you have tried everything and still you are in the same place or worse even….this isn’t where I want you to be. You will get the help needed to revitalize your life and re-energize, to get your mojo back. You will feel excited about embarking on a wellness plan – you will feel like you are ready to hit this face on, ready for the challenges that you face. Keeping in touch throughout your journey, making tweaks as we need along the way, adjusting your routines as required. It’s all about keeping you motivated and feeling supported as you move through this chapter in your life.
7. The true cost of menopause…you feel like you are throwing good money after bad.
You have already spend loads of money on weight loss plans, books, supplements, etc and feel at a dead end. I’m all for the practical, down to earth simple approach – what is feasible, what is over the top, what I have seen work, what hasn’t…the goal is to take the ambiguity out of all the information now available and to help you stop wasting money in areas that just aren’t working for you.
We get one shot at life, we need to ensure it's the very best...whatever it takes we all deserve to Bloom and be our best, feel our best, feel energized by life. Take the steps you need to make lasting changes to ensure you are living life to it's fullest, to your fullest potential.
We always hear about high blood pressure and the associated issues, less talked about is low blood pressure. I suffer from low blood pressure and have done so for as long as I can remember, it mostly manifests itself in dizzy spells. I know now from experience that when my blood pressure is low I am more likely to get a cold and so I keep on top of it ...over the Christmas period and after I certainly let my guard down in this respect and now I have a cold I am struggling to shift...I know most of the country has too or at least everyone I talk to !
Enter with fanfare my superhero Liquorice root. I used to crave liquorice sweets when I was pregnant but back then I certainly didn't link it to low blood pressure or menopause symptoms!!
What to say about licorice...it's a powerhouse, it's a superhero, its utterly mighty in my books. It is one of the most potent antiviral herbs out there...
It has been famed for centuries and during the 13th century, the reign of Edward I a special tax was applied to this superherb due to the high demand for it..it was then mostly used for gout ! It is now well known as supporting the body's immune system and being of great benefit for chronic stress due to adrenal weakness. In menopause the adrenal glands can be under more pressure as they are responsible for hormones that affect digestion, inflammation, balancing hormones and stress...this is where liquorice comes to our aid, it is a great tonic when your energy feels low and sapped. It sparks the adrenals back into life and help restore that zest you may feel you are missing.
In the 1970's researchers discovered that it can function as a phytoestrogen which is very helpful for women in perimenopause and for this reason it can help reduce hot flushes and the duration of a hot flush.
Liquorice also has soothing properties which work very well as an anti inflammatory for a sore throat, cough or catarrh - it helps to loosen and expel mucous that the cough is trying to get rid of. As a soothing aid it needs to make direct contact with the part of the body that needs to be soothed therefore extracts of liquorice in cough syrups, herbal tinctures or tea are the most effective.
The benefits of this herb are never ending and it is also well known as a natural remedy for nausea, indigestion, heartburn and joint pain. For perimenopause and today's world the key benefits are the impact on the adrenals and for anyone who has low blood pressure it works a treat !
So how to incorporate into your bag of tricks:
Menopause as we know brings with it many changes and building your knowledge and empowering yourself will help greatly to address the physical and emotional changes as they happen. One of the most important foods and vitamins at this time is Vitamin B - we call them Bouncing Beans - you get great B's in beans and they give you energy and vitality :-).
While our bodies change in perimenopause our dietary needs also change - attention to nutrition can make the biggest difference at this time. When you look at the role of each of these super vitamins you will see how important they are to your daily regime.
There are several vitamins that make up the B complex and they all play a key role in maintaining health during these years. They are necessary for strong adrenal glands, a healthy nervous system and the conversion of carbohydrates into the glucose we need for energy. Vitamin B, keeps the mucous membranes healthy, including those of the vagina. It is also an antioxidant, especially when used with vitamin C. It helps alleviate memory loss, decreases sensitivity to noise, improves concentration, relieves depression and corrects loss of appetite.
B2 is key for the release and activity of many hormones, including estrogen. It also helps keep skin, nails, and hair healthy. Good sources of B2 are milk and eggs.
B3 (Niacin) helps our bodies produce estrogen and other sex hormones. It also reduces blood cholesterol, dilates blood vessels and is often used as a supplement to prevent premenstrual headaches. It can also help with anxiety, confusion, insomnia, memory loss, irritability, apathy and depression. If you’re using B vitamins to help prevent hot flashes, be sure to use the form of niacin called niacinamide. Other forms of niacin dilate the blood vessels, which can cause flushing and worsen hot flashes, rather than relieve them – that we do not want!
B6 (pyridoxine) is a natural diuretic which is effective in reducing water retention. You know those periods when you get bloating before or during your period – this is when you need B6. It also helps prevent depression and promotes calm moods and restful sleep. It also interacts with estrogen in the body. This vitamin is found in most foods and it is rare to see a deficiency. In some cases it has been found that hormone therapy can reduce your body’s levels of B6 and decreased levels can lead to depression – so if you are on HRT be mindful of this.
B9 (folic acid) helps the body make and utilise estrogen. It helps reduce forgetfulness, provides neuroprotection, eases irritability, can help insomnia and promotes the growth of healthy red blood cells (which is why a deficiency of this vitamin can lead to anemia). It is also worth noting a deficiency of folic acid has been associated with depression – you will see combined with the other B’s how essential they are for your mental and physical wellbeing in your perimenopause years. Sources of folic acid include green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans and peas.
Lastly but one of the most important - B12 lifts depression, reduces anxiety, helps decrease mood swings and also eliminates fatigue. Vegetarian sources containing high amounts of B12 include seaweeds such as arame, wakame and nori, and then back to my favourite foods – fermented foods - pickles, sauerkraut, tempeh, tamari, miso and finally B12-enriched soy products. Animal-derived sources include eggs, milk and fish. You can also get food supplements rich in B12 which are blue green algae, chlorella, barley green and spirulina.
So when you do your next food shop make sure you get those essential foods sources, include Vitamin C and get those B's into you.
Please note you can go overboard on B's - it happens to me alot :-). For me I know when I get bloods done and I'm over the range but for most people they are under the range generally - I get all my B's through my diet but if your diet isn't hitting them then do look to getting a good Vitamin B Complex - don't underestimate the power of this amazing Vitamin.
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