Whether it's weight gain, hot flushes, unexplained fatigue, lack of motivation and concentration, memory loss or thinning hair, going through this stage of life for most Women is a real challenge.
The good news is, there is a lot you can do to reduce the debilitating symptoms of hormonal changes with diet and lifestyle
Age 61 I've been through the menopause and have to say that compared to some of my friends I had a fairly easy ride. I was fortunate enough to be able to manage my symptoms using the nutritional knowledge I had and by applying the basics of a hormone balancing diet, avoiding stimulants, sugars and getting plenty of exercise.
If only Women were taught earlier in life that diet and lifestyle prior to the Menopause also determines how you will fare through it.
Prevention is always easier than cure is it not?
However, before you stop reading and wonder how I can empathise if I haven't been through it too? I suffered more post-menopause!
Due to my passion for endurance sport which probably saved me from symptoms DURING the menopause, my hormones (or lack of them..) came back to bite me on the bum when I finally slowed down and had some enforced time off my bike.
Fatigue, lethargy, lack of motivation, a terrible memory, weight gain and, most dramatically hair loss really took their toll on my quality of life.
Once again I was fortunate enough to know where to look for answers and surprisingly they came from the latest research on light and circadian rhythm.
As ancient as civilisation itself but forgotten about and ignored until fairly recently, this basic information is key to balancing hormones and has been an absolute game changer for me.
Obviously you can't ignore the importance of a healthy diet, managing blood sugar, reducing exposure to chemicals in cleaning and personal care products, but actually, if you don't address light then everything else is much less effective.