"Prior to starting the programme I felt my weight and health were out of control - now I feel that I am fully in control of my body again"

- Franzeska Grobe

Charity Worker

 

'I have already lost 2 stone (after 11 weeks) without feeling starved or deprived. I keep thinking this must be the honeymoon period and at some point I will “fall off the wagon”, but I have little (still working on the chocolate habit) or no desire to eat the foods I used to. I now crave salad and veg, which would have been unbelievable 4 months ago and my energy levels are higher than I can ever remember. I feel fantastic.'

- Heather 

 


 

Perimenopause - Feel fab through the transition

As we move towards our 40s our hormones begin to change. Our levels of oestrogen and progesterone can become more erratic and our cycle length changes. 

Initially our hormones may rise as the last of the eggs are squeezed out of the ovaries, which in itself may lead to changing of symptoms. It is the falling of oestrogen that is more linked with hot flushes. 

I can help you in some key areas for your transition through this important time

Blood Glucose Balance

I often start with a blood glucose balance protocol. Blood glucose fluctuations can be linked with hot flushes as     hypoglycemic drops can cause a release of adrenaline which is like an on/off switch for a hot flush. There are many simple things we can do with diet and lifestyle to help readdress this balance. 

Detoxification

Gentle support for healthy metabolism and clearance of hormones can help to reduce 'swinging' of oestrogen and can be especially useful when these hormones are higher than usual. Things we might associated with high oestrogen are headaches, foggy thinking, tiredness, irritability, PMS, fibroids, heavy periods.  It is also important to recognise sources of  'xenooestrogens' which are chemical oestrogens found in our environment that can disrupt the delicate balance. For example BPA found in plastics is a known endocrine disruptor. 

Adrenal Gland Function

The adrenal glands produce our stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline and also DHEA which is the precursor to our sex hormones. After menopause, the adrenal glands become an important source of oestrogen (along with the fat cells) as oestrogen ceases to be produced by the ovaries. Long term emotional and environmental stressors can put a real strain on the adrenal glands. We can talk about ways to assess this and ways to support this balance. 

Thyroid Gland Function 

The production of thyroid hormone can be influenced by stress, nutrients, toxins and other factors. Sub optimal thyroid function can be underlying stubborn weight gain, tiredness, hair loss and constipation as the system slows down. This is another important area that we can investigate further and take into consideration within the food medicine plan.  

Functional Testing

All of these areas can be investigated further by means of testing in blood, saliva or urine to get a good baseline of our starting point. There are a number of functional tests available to help us take a look at this. For example assement of oestrogen, progesterone, oestrogen metabolism, thyroid function and adrenal stress. See Diagnostic Testing page for further details. 

 

 

 

 

 


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