Anxiety & Menopause.
In menopause, the fluctuation of oestrogen alongside progesterone affects many different parts of our body. But what we talk about less is the impact our hormones have on our emotions. And how those emotions impact us physically. From the firing up of our nervous system to heat fluctuations, sweating, heart palpitations, nausea and diarrhoea.
Research suggests that 40% of us will experience anxiety at some point in our menopause transition.
So what can we do to support our bodies and minds when we become anxious? Many in our community find their HRT prescription can be the first step to a calmer mind.
We can also do much to support our bodies with food. Avoid high sugar foods, processed food and refined carbs - all of which can push up insulin, which can cause inflammation in the brain and alters neurotransmitters and mood. Look to foods and supplements that feed the brain. Magnesium, Vitamin D (which we can grab in the garden this week!), B12, B6, Folate (helps B12 and iron), Iron (carries oxygen to brain cells), Omega 3 fats and zinc, are all great supporters.
Our Meno-Boost blend addresses anxiety head on too with the vitamins and minerals you need - but also with a spectrum of powerful herbs, including the amazingly powerful Ashwagandha.
One of the frustrations we have with the supplement space is the fact that not all ingredients are created equal! You may see a name on a label and assume it will deliver the results you seek, only to find it fails due to poor bioavailability, low dosage levels or poor extraction techniques. And Ashwagandha can be found in many forms. We only work with this Ashwagandha KSM-66 - which is a branded, full-spectrum extract, with the highest concentration of all major root only extracts available on the market today. It is produced using a unique proprietary extraction process, based on “Green Chemistry” principles, without using alcohol or any other chemical solvent. And it has been clinically proven to reduce stress, anxiety, cortisol levels and stress-related food cravings. It can also promote enhanced memory and cognitive function and support our libido.
There are also a number of lifestyle tweaks and holistic practices that can address how we respond to external stressors and the anxiety that bubbles up in the mind. Acupuncture. Yoga. Gentle Movement. Journalling. And, as a community you've told us you're really interested by the potential of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in midlife.
And as you know, when you guide - we listen!
So, CBT is the focus of our next digital workshop. Hosted by Emma Persand, co-founder of Lemur Health and a specialist in cognitive behavioural therapy and female wellness in the workplace. On Zoom. For you.
As always, it will be a mix of science, practice and open questions. Full details of how to join are below.
But if you want a taster of what to expect, why not make a date to join us for an Instagram LIVE with Emma on Monday. We’ll be talking from midday! And we’d love to see you there.
With love, Rebekah and the MPowder Team.