My Menopause Roller-Coaster
My own experience tells me that “The menopause is one heck of a roller-coaster”. This is the nicer way to describe what we women go through from aged 40 onwards. While I have other words that are not for putting on paper, if I’m honest, I can really say that most days I really don’t feel like using them.
I truly know that my easier menopause days are because of my own lifestyle choices which are focused around wanting a natural journey through menopause and personal awareness.
Oestrogen Is More Than A Sex Hormone
Oestrogen and progesterone play a huge part in your body. Apart from the use of oestrogen in puberty, during menstruation and menopause, it also affects:
- Blood Sugar Levels
- Bone Mass
- Muscle Mass
- Blood Flow
- Collagen Production
- Dry Skin
- Brain Function – like your ability to function
Why Is The Menopause So Traumatic?
It is not surprising that when your oestrogen begins to drop, all manner of things begin to go wrong with your body. You may begin to have high cholesterol, rising blood pressure, dry and itchy skin, become easily fatigued, forgetful, easily irritated, unable to sleep and overheat all the time!
It is quite normal to panic when you begin to realise all these things are starting to happen and quite often they happen all at once. Given the strong influence of the medical way on our society, you could be fooled into thinking that the only way forward is drugs like HRT.
I often ask, “if this is a normal and natural part of life, how come it is so stressful and traumatic?” My conclusion, based on my own experience, training and study, is that menopause becomes traumatic because of your stress levels as you move towards menopause.
Menopause And The Adrenal Glands
When you are stressed the one organ that is actually built to help with the changing oestrogen levels can’t. The adrenal glands are meant to kick in and produce the oestrogen and progesterone that you need to help make the menopause a more gentle experience. But because the adrenals are too busy helping you keep the stress response going, they have little to offer by way of support.
Reduce The Stress
One of the Key things that you can do to help yourself before, during and after menopause is reduce your stress. I know there are many things you can’t control in your life. But the things you can control are the things you need to control most of all:
- Diet – fresh fruit and veg (organic where possible) have a lot of what you need. Cutting out processed sugars and trans fats from your diet is also key
- Nutritional support
- Exercise – walking in daylight, rebounding, aqua-jogging, yoga, pilates, tai chi..
- Stress Management Techniques – Tapping, Breathing, Process of Resolution
- Better Sleep management
- Focus on The Positive
- Water Drinking
My recommendation is always to first – calm the stress. I say this because until this is done, it doesn’t matter what good nutrition you take, it will all be going for the fight, flight, freeze response.
While I include vitamin B6 and Zinc in the title of this post, they are two of many supplements that have been supporting me through the menopause.
Missing Nutritional Support In Menopause
I need to begin by saying while vitamin B6 (or the broken down form of it called P5P 50) and Zinc could be your menopause missing links. This will not be the same for every woman, but most women will benefit from taking them.
Why vitamin B6 & Zinc
B6/P5P is needed by the body at a key phase when you are converting amino acids to neurotransmitters and hormones. For example to convert the non-essential amino acid Tyrosine to Dopamine you need B6 and Zinc. Some may also need magnesium.
You also need B6 to convert Tryptophan to Serotonin and to convert Histidine to Histamine. While not all amino acids need B6 in the initial conversion stage, many do.
A Kinesiologist Can Help Support You Through Your Menopause
Here I come with my broken record bit. The best way to know which vitamin or mineral you need, is to visit a kinesiologist near you. Some of us are also offering online consultation if you don’t have a Kinesiologist in your area.
A kinesiologist will be able to test your vibrational energy system, find what is out of balance and more importantly, what you can do to help rebalance your whole energy system.
You do get lots of homework after a Kinesiology Session, but the reward will make the journey worth the effort.
Tapping Will Also Help Balance Menopause Stress
It is not that the menopause is causing you stress, but your already high stress levels are really affecting your menopause journey. Tapping – The New Advanced TMT way – can also help rebalance the neurotransmitter energies through balancing their related meridians.
Stress can be what is knocking out your neurotransmitters and so retuning that stress vibration will help you balance your bodies energy – that to me is the greatest success, especially during menopause.
Stress and the Adrenal Glands
In conclusion, stress puts pressure on your Adrenal Glands which also knocks out your blood sugars and can lead to many stress related illnesses. This will have an adverse affect on your menopause journey, making your symptoms a lot worse. When you’re that stressed and suffering menopause stress as well you will seek help fast.
Daily Wellness practices, including a healthy balanced diet, some good nutrition, enough water, the right exercise, Tapping and support can help ease a lot of stress making the menopause a more natural experience for you.
Bottom Line – you need to find out what nutritional support will help you as you go through these precious years of your life. You want to be the best you can be especially during your menopause years. You also want to enjoy your changing life.
The Importance of Nutrition During My Menopause
I truly believe that my rounded and grounded natural approach to my wellness through my menopause years is making a huge a difference in relation to things like hot flashes, muscle fatigue, joint pain, mood, not to mention my sleeping pattern.
My last sentence will be – Nutrition will work best when you have a healthy and sugar free diet and daily wellness practices that will reduce your stress levels. Tapping has helped me calm the stress response so I can then keep myself naturally healthy at this special time in my life.