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“I’m losing my mind.”
“My hormones are out of control.”
How many peri-menopausal women have come to me saying these things… And my heart breaks for them.
Just as it is common with many women’s cycles, hormone fluctuations during menopause can contribute to shifts in our emotions and mental function.
Women who experience these symptoms often report:
But there is hope! While the transition into menopause is unavoidable, it doesn’t have to feel like you’re being swept out to sea. A few simple changes to your diet, along with stress reducing techniques, can make a huge difference in your peri-menopause experience.
As with all dietary hormonal support, the main goals are to provide your body with foods that will help you produce more of the hormones you need (hint: lean protein, dark green veg, and plant based fats) and to support your body’s ability to eliminate excess hormones (hint: water, and both soluble and insoluble fiber).
Reducing your stress has multiple benefits. You’ll produce less stress hormones, which means more balanced sex hormones. You’ll get better sleep which means more focus, more mental energy, and new cell production. And, you’ll have fewer cravings for not-so-nutritious foods which means cleaner diet, more physical energy, and less inflammation.
Stress reduction is actually more about being proactive than just finding ways to cope with stress when it arises. But that doesn’t mean it has to be super complicated or take up a lot of time. Since the key is consistency, you’re better off committing to 5-10 minutes a day to stress reduction than an hour once per week.
My top suggestions include:
My peri-menopause patients enjoy their acupuncture treatments as well as herbal formulas designed to help bring hot flushes, dryness, insomnia, and emotional roller coasters under control. I also carry in the clinic a BEAUTIFUL herbal-based sensory sexual lubricant called Dewy Fruit.
Dr. Sarah Hennessey (TCM) is a registered acupuncturist and herbalist. She has worked in women’s health for the past 8 years. Her background is in Western health science and traditional Chinese medicine. She lives in Melbourne, Australia where she runs her own clinic, South East Natural Health. When she’s not helping women sort out their health concerns, she enjoys making memories with her 3-year-old daughter.