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Menopause-Let's Talk About It

Let's Talk Menopause

I am glad to see that there’s lots of talk about the perimenopause and the various symptoms. We see lots of women at the shop who have questions, sometimes they think they are going crazy. We can offer suggestions but sometimes it’s good talk to a Nutritional Therapist one-to-one.

Davina Dowling is a Nutritional Therapist who works with me at Natural Health Store, she also sees clients privately. Her favourite area of health is women’s health. I asked her what her approach is when dealing with the perimenopause.

How Nutritional Therapy can help

Davina has a personalised approach when working with women’s health concerns as no two women have the same experience when going through the menopause. She takes a detailed health and lifestyle history during a consultation including details of medication and supplements. She strongly believes that good nutrition is key but we might not be able to get all the nutrients from food.

Davina will ask about your gut health and if you have digestive symptoms like bloating or constipation. How you cope with stress and anxiety. What your sleep is like. She will consider any toxins you have been exposed to and how that impacts on your liver and lymphatic health. Toxins can include medication, contraception, household cleaners, body care, smoking, alcohol, and processed foods. All these areas are looked at and Davina can set up a tailored program for you.

There are many symptoms associated with this stage of life, some of you will sail through but if you are not one of those people why not call in to talk to one of us at the store. Davina will be there too; she would be delighted to talk to you about the perimenopause and to tell you more about her private clinic.

What symptoms can I expect?

There are many symptoms that you may experience. Hot flushes, night sweats, anxiety, depression, and irritability. Aches, pains, and joint problems. Sleep problems. Vaginal dryness and low libido. Weight gain and digestive issues. One woman told me that her family said she blames the menopause for everything. Like it was just an excuse and not a real thing. She knows it's the perimenopause but they just don't believe her. Many women have this experience, some of you feel like you are going crazy. This is why it is so important to talk about perimenopause and the menopausal journey. We can talk to you but check out in your local area if there is anyone specialising in hormone health that you could talk too. It is an investment in your health.

What's good to take?

As you know there are many supplements available and one of our favourite ones for pre and post menopause is Cleanmarine Menomin. It contains a great combination, Omega Oils from Krill, soya isoflavones, B vitamins, biotin and vitamin D. Many women feel better using it. They have more energy, fewer flushes, and improved vaginal dryness. MenoMin contains vitamin B6 which contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity, B12 to help the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, and biotin for the maintenance of normal hair and mucous membranes. It’s definitely worth taking a look at.

There is no need to take this journey all on your own, why not call into see us or check out Davina’s website at www.davinadowlingnutrition.com. If you're not near us, call into your local health store, they usually know who is doing what in town and can give you names and numbers of practitioners specialising in women's health.

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