Herbal Tea for Menopause Symptom Relief

Herbal Tea for Menopause Symptom Relief

This is a guest post by Elissa Scott, The T Lady: Menopause Tea – Hot Flush Tea. More and more women every day are turning to herbal tea for menopause symptom relief. Let me ask you…are you one of those many women suffering from hot flushes and night sweats? Me too! I started to investigate further and found that hot flushes and night sweats are one of the most common and bothersome symptoms of Menopause. Hot Flushes and Night Sweats Hot flushes and night sweats are a common symptom of Menopause. Quite often you will see them grouped together, as night sweats are an unfortunate night time manifestation of hot flushes experienced during the day. Not all women suffer from these symptoms but for those of us who do, we can wake up with our bedclothes drenched in sweat and/or have sudden feelings of warmth or heat in the body during the day. Why Do They Occur? The real cause of hot flushes and night sweats are not clear, however, it is known that during Menopause, Estrogen levels fall and it is believed that this fall affects the way the body regulates whether it’s too hot or not.     Deciding that I needed to do something to combat these symptoms I started to research natural alternatives as the chemical world just does not sit well with my soul. My research got me thinking…what about a Herbal Tea for Menopause…why not?  The culmination of my thinking resulted in The T Lady Menopause Tea – Hot Flush Tea.  Yes! My dream was alive and the vision of saturating the world...
Diet During Menopause

Diet During Menopause

Our resident nutritionist, Charlotte Debeugney gives us the perfect recipe for our diet during menopause ensuring we maintain optimal nutritional health. There’s lots of interest in diets to support women during the menopause but before you get your shopping list ready, I’m going to highlight that diet is only part of the powerful toolkit for naturally supporting the menopause.  The whole shebang of moderate exercise, diet, stress management and sleep is ideally what we should all be aspiring too. Not only for dealing with the menopause but also for ensuring that we that we stay healthy, fit and strong for as long as possible.   Hormonal changes during the menopause As we start to approach menopause, our levels of oestrogen and progesterone decline.  So does our testosterone, but less so than the other two hormones.  The ratio of testosterone to oestrogen increases, even though levels of both hormones are lower. This explains the menopause barrel shape women tend to get, with excess fat being distributed around the waist as opposed to the hips and thighs in a classic ‘male’ type of distribution. Oestrogen helps to protect our bones as well as stimulating hair growth and giving our skin a youthful glow.  Recent research also links oestrogen as being a protective factor against ‘binging’ and this could explain why menstruating women often experience food cravings or find it impossible to control their food intake at the end of their cycle when oestrogen levels are low.  It could also be the reason that post-menopausal women can find it harder to control their appetites.  It’s not a lack of self-control but low...
Am I Menopausal?

Am I Menopausal?

This post is written by Dr Karen Morton, Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, medical director to Dr Morton’s – the medical helpline©  and MHM’s Medical Adviser. Am I Menopausal? If I had a pound for every woman who has said to me about whatever symptom you choose: periods getting heavier, gaining weight, getting hairs on the chin, leaking on the trampoline, or being forgetful ‘I just thought it was the change’, then I would be a very rich woman. Some women start by saying ‘I think I am premenopausal’, and I reply, well, I suppose we have all been premenopausal since we first started having periods, and of course what they really mean is perimenopausal. So then I get stuck into the definitions. The menopause is a single date in time. It is the date of the last period ever; when you look back and say ‘I never had another period after June 2016’. That was the date of my menopause. Then there is the perimenopause which is a length of time during which women get, or don’t get, symptoms of declining ovarian function. Some women don’t get a hot flush in their lives and others will get them to their dying day, with a variable amount of impact of their quality of life. They can be anything from a mild feeling of warmth to a river of sweat drenching the bedclothes and disturbing sleep and wellbeing to the point of exhaustion. Of course a change in menstrual pattern often accompanies the loss of regular egg production, which is the physiological event which tells the uterus what to do. Many...
Hypnosis – Mind Over Menopause

Hypnosis – Mind Over Menopause

This is a guest post by Helen Breward, International Hypnotherapist & Speaker and pioneer of the nationally and internationally recognised Menopause Relief Programme. Many people have heard about hypnosis, they have often seen the stage shows where individuals have done daft things and appear to have no control. Whilst this is entertaining, it can give the wrong impression. No hypnotist can make anyone do something they don’t want to. Subjects are carefully selected through a series of suggestibility tests, to find the most likely candidate, who will do what is required on stage. Hypnotherapy is a different thing. It’s using the skills and tools of hypnosis to help the client in a beneficial way, to improve and make changes within themselves, which has a positive impact on their lives. In my view, it is about helping clients to transform their own lives with practical solutions to their problems. Teaching relaxation and tools is the mainstay of my work. Life happens, that’s never going to change. But, what we can do is learn how to react differently to those situations, how we see them, change our own personal behaviour and the way we think and feel about it. Arguably, hot flushes are probably the most common symptom when going through the menopause. But it seems to be the night sweats in particular that cause the most disruption. Lack of good quality sleep can have a huge knock on effect, as tiredness affects our ability to think, work, perform and do everyday tasks. Lack of control, feeling like menopause is being ‘done to me’ can have a big psychological effect. However,...
Nourish Menus from Charlotte Debeugney

Nourish Menus from Charlotte Debeugney

Our Resident Nutritionist, Charlotte Debeugney has compiled for you, easy, delicious and healthy recipes to celebrate the New Year! There is a weekly meal planner together with 15 recipes ideal for pre and post menopause.   You can download your meal planner and recipes in pdf form here.   Charlotte Debeugney, a British nutritionist and author, based in France. Website  ...
How Safe am I as a Night Time Driver?

How Safe am I as a Night Time Driver?

For the past few years, I’ve felt very anxious driving at night –  so much so that I recently brought it up with my ophthalmologist at my yearly check-up. When the doc informed me that there was no deterioration of my short-sighted vision, I specifically asked about my issues around night time driving, only to be told that headlights were most probably bouncing off my glasses. Why my glasses aren’t metal nor ‘blingy’, so what on earth was my ophthalmologist talking about?! I took a step back to think about my overall health since menopause. Most of us over 50 have reached menopause and are going through the many changes that postmenopause brings with it; insomnia, fatigue, difficulty concentrating (now, where was I?), random pains in joints and muscles, only to find that some of us now have issues when driving at night. Obviously we are all aware that our eyesight deteriorates once we get over 40, but vision for day-to-day activities can be corrected by glasses, contacts etc. During the day this works perfectly well, but driving at night is a whole different ball game. Fortunately, I only need glasses only for my short-sightedness, but I certainly can’t drive without them! While we may ‘test well’ at our yearly eye check-ups, it does not mean that we won’t have a hard time focusing at night. This is what I see… The Facts 40% of people over 40 feel uncomfortable/uneasy when driving at night. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration fatalities on the road occur three times more often at night than during the day even though only...