Are you heading into natural menopause?
The transition into menopause is known as peri- or pre-menopause. It can sometimes last for two to three years. When you reach full menopause, your period will have stopped for at least 12 months. If you are in your late 40’s or early 50’s and you are experiencing a variety of symptoms from poor sleep and hot flashes/flushes to dry skin and cracked heels, then you are probably heading into peri-menopause.
Based on the Massachusetts Women’s Health Study of over 2,500 women, the average age of menopause is 51.3 years.
Although the ‘official’ sign that your ovaries have gone on strike is when your periods have stopped for a year or more, there are a host of ‘other’ hormonal changes that continue into your ‘post-menopause’ years.
Here at MyMT™ peri-menopause is seen as the ‘game-changer.’ For so many women around the world it’s either a time of calm or chaos!
For those of you experiencing a host of complex symptoms, there is a different way through menopause. You can manage and reduce your symptoms by changing your lifestyle. This is important because if symptoms are getting you down and you don’t manage then during menopause, then your post-menopause years may not be as healthy as you imagine.
For lots of women, menopause changes causes OTHER HORMONES to get out of sync. This creates a ‘perfect storm’ leading to other biochemical and inflammatory changes in the body, all of which are impacted by the food you eat, the exercise you do (or don’t do) and other aspects, such as stress, sleep and the health of your thyroid, adrenals and immune system. When aspects of your lifestyle are not well managed, menopause symptoms seem worse. Then in time, usually towards post-menopause, a cocktail of ‘other’ health changes settle in, and these can impact on whether or not you ‘age-well.’
Some of these include:
- High blood pressure (Hypertension)
- High blood fats (High Triglycerides)
- Joint inflammation and Fibromyalgia
- Bone loss eventually leading to Osteoporosis
- Muscle wasting (Sarcopenia)
- Fat gain around the diaphragm and abdominals leading to Metabolic Syndrome
- Some cancers
The main symptoms that women experience are:
Changing oestrogen/ estrogen levels in peri-menopause causes disruption to your sleep hormone, melatonin. This impacts on your hot flushes and night sweats which can keep you awake. When your current dietary and lifestyle habits don’t ‘sync’ with peri-menopause changes, the result is more sleepless nights.
When your body is ‘on-fire’ all the time, it’s tough. The cause of your hot flushes and night sweats is your body trying to GET RID of heat. The hormonal changes in menopause, in combination with your current lifestyle, are causing two areas – your brain (the pituitary gland) and your thyroid (which controls heat regulation and metabolism), to cause hot flush chaos. If you don’t get on top of this, not only might you experience other health problems as you age, but your energy levels may also stay low. If you are heating up at all hours of the day and night, our ‘Circuit-Breaker’ symptom reduction plan will teach you how to change this. Everything you need to know, is in STEP 2 of the programme.
- Lack of sleep
- A diet that is not specific to your menopause transition
- Low estrogen levels impacting on your thyroid gland which causes ‘sluggish’ metabolism
- The wrong exercise for peri-menopause
- Loss of muscle tone
- You can learn to turn all this around with our unique ’12-Step Health Improvement Programme’. In our easy-to-understand learning videos we step you through the changes you have to make to turn your body into fat-burning, not fat-gaining, during menopause.
Menopause causes low energy levels because:
- Your hormone balance is out of sync with your changing reproductive hormones in peri-menopause
- You are not eating the right type and amount of foods during menopause
- You are not sleeping well.
- You are either over- or under-exercising
- Your adrenal and thyroid glands are not ‘talking to each other’ and this causes your energy levels to fluctuate during the day.
The hormonal changes in menopause can cause your joints and muscles to over-heat, especially if you have done too much exercise or your gut health is not optimal. When this occurs, you may not be absorbing the correct nutrients for decreasing inflammation in your cells. If you don’t turn this around, then this internal-inflammation can result in health problems as you age.
Wondering why your mood is swinging all over the place? It’s all because of the hormonal changes in menopause AFFECTING your levels of serotonin production in the brain. And this all starts with a simple but vital vitamin. Your sunshine Vitamin – Vitamin D. Changing oestrogen levels affects the manufacture of this important little vitamin and it wrecks mood havoc. We teach you how to turn this around, leaving you calmer, emotionally and physically.