Range of menopause solutions now available from Au Naturel

Menopause is technically defined as when a woman stops ovulation and can last up to seven years, peri-menopause usually starting between the ages of 45 – 50.

It is normal in peri-menopause to get irregular periods, and also shorter cycles for a year or two. These cycles may last for up to three weeks. After this phase they usually spread out and cycles become further apart. About a third of women have no symptoms at all. Lifestyle and diet can play a big part in this. Most women follow the pattern of their mother.

One of the main symptoms of menopause is hot flushes. Some women can have up to 10 per day, and some have none at all. Stress can play a part in this too. It is common to be kept awake tossing and turning with sweats throughout the night.

Magnesium is known as nature’s tranquiliser, and can be used for calming effects, while also being depleted during menopause.

Complimentary therapies can help like yoga, meditation, and can be made worse by spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine.

Herbs can really help especially red clover. Clinical trials have shown that it can reduce hot flushes and reduce anxiety by up to 80%.

Sage is also a well-used herb that can also prevent hot flushes. It works on the part of the brain that controls heat mechanisms in the body. Therefore a man who perspires a lot could try sage as it doesn’t act on hormones.

Vitamin E has been shown to reduce hot flushes, and can also protect the joints as it prevents the breakdown of collagen. The ayurvedic herb Ashwaganda has been used for over 4,000 years in the treatment of anxiety, calmness and is also used to increase libido. It helps also with adrenal fatigue. B vitamins are needed for energy and liver detoxification, and to flush out old hormones from being reabsorbed into the blood.

The body relies on the adrenal glands to produce sex hormones once the ovaries stop producing it. Vitamin B3, B6, folate and B12 contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system and psychological function.

Other symptoms may occur like sleep disruption, loss of libido, vaginal dryness, urinary problems, joint and muscle aches.

Hops has a sedative effect that helps with sleep, balances hormones and benefits the skin.

Sea buckthorn can be used as a source of omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9 having beneficial effects on the skin, aiding in regenerating new skin cells and protecting against sun damage.

By following a diet rich in lignans, you can help reduce the decline in oestrogen. Flaxseeds are the richest dietary source of lignans. When consumed they are converted by bacteria into enterodiol, which mimics oestrogen in the body.

These ingredients are all contained in Natures Plus Menopause support at a cost of €26.95 per month. Use your loyalty card for savings.

For further information contact Susan in Au Naturel, Irishtown, Athlone on 090 6487993 or at the Au Naturel Roscommon store on 090 6630492.


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