What is Menopause?
Menopause is a word we have been taught to dread here in the UK ever since it was first introduced in 1821. But it is worth noting that other countries do not view this natural life stage quite so negatively. In Japan, for example, the word for menopause (konenki) translates as both ‘renewal years’ and ‘energy’. Menopause is not a disease or illness but a time of transition.
Menopause marks the time you end your menstrual cycle. This normally happens around 12 months after your last period. The years leading up to that point is when women tend to experience changes within their body such as hot flushes, dry skin, hair, and sleep problems. This is known as the menopausal transition or perimenopause stage.
The menopause transition often begins when you are 45-55 years old and can often last for around 7 years. During this transition, your ovaries production of two hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) decreases. There are significant physiological and metabolic changes that can occur during this stage which can have direct effects on the body. The most common side effects are hot flushes and anxiety.
Explaining the Symptoms
Hot flushes are best described as the feeling of heat rising through your body which can cause you to have the urge of unclothing and cooling down. This is a sudden process due to a drop in levels of oestrogen. This results in the brain thinking you are too hot, and the body is unable to regulate your temperature correctly. Once this process has started, it cannot be stopped. But do not worry hot flushes will decrease once your hormonal fluctuation settles down.
The most common psychological effect of menopause is anxiety. When menopause starts to happen, and your oestrogen levels begin to deplete. This can have an impact on your serotonin levels. This depletion can make women become more susceptible to mood swings and anxiety.
Finally, when your hormones start fluctuating during the process of menopause this can become very challenging on your daily energy and metabolism. This can then contribute to sleep deprivation, tiredness, and fatigue.
Dietary Changes for Menopause
There are many natural ways in which you can help your body when going through menopause. These are very simple, yet effective dietary changes that can have a positive impact on your cellular health when going through menopause.
Phytoestrogens are compounds that naturally occur in plants. These plant compound can actually imitate the effects oestrogen has on your body. Eating foods that contain a high number of phytoestrogens could balance your hormones more effectively resulting in a decrease in mood swings. Food that tend to be rich in phytoestrogens are soya products, tofu, and flaxseeds.
Furthermore, it is recommended to incorporate more fresh fruit and vegetables into your diet. This is because fruit and vegetables contain micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) which are crucial to help replenish your cells and aid bone health, especially when going through menopause.
Iron, magnesium, calcium, and zinc deficiencies can be linked to tiredness and fatigue which is a common side effect of menopause. It is recommended to increase your micronutrient intake through supplementation as this can replenish your cells and provide your body with the required amounts.
There are certain foods that are recommended to avoid if you are suffering from the side effects of menopause. The common triggers can be spicy foods, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. In general, it is best to avoid processed foods and refined sugars as well. These may deplete your minerals, weaken your bones and lead to rising blood pressure.
Cellnutrition; Natural Supplements to Aid Menopause
When going through menopause, you can often feel that there is no other solution but to take medication. At Cellnutrition we understand the requirements of the body at this life stage including the requirement of essential fatty acids, certain minerals, and vitamins and even the beneficial effects of some herbs.
We start with the basics, getting nutrition right, to help the body resolve certain things. We therefore provide unique solutions that work in the body at a cellular level, naturally supporting you through menopause.
Oily fish is a known food that contains a great source of Omega-3s. However due to a change in our climate and cooking habits the amount of omega-3 present in oily fish has decreased. Which is why omega oil supplementation is very beneficial to your diet. When you start looking at a range of omega oils currently being sold on the market you can be mind-blow by the vast amounts of products. It is key to remember that fish oil capsules do provide the essential fatty acids. However, they can often go rancid in the capsule and can contain a higher amount of impurities which will affect the dosage of nutrients and structure of essential fatty acids.
As foods rich in Omega 6 are easier to find than those rich in Omega 3, more often than not people have a higher ratio of Omega 6:Omega 3 than recommended. Most diets have a ratio of 12:1 to 20:1, but we are recommended to have 4:1 to aid health. Over time this high ratio of Omega 6:Omega 3 may lead to an imbalance of these EFA in the body, causing inflammation and increasing the risk of illness and disease.
At Cellnutrition we provide ultra-pure Omegabiocell 3,6,9 product which enhances your cellular nutrition by providing the highest concentrated dose of 100% plant based ultra-pure omegas 3-6 and 9 fatty acids using a unique mixture of four plant oils known as flaxseed, borage, evening primrose and blackcurrant.
Flaxseeds are essential as they are highly packed with lignans which have many health benefit effects. Lignans increase insulin sensitivity, prevent diabetes, and can help with high blood pressure.
Evening primrose can reduce the severity of hot flushes which is one of the most uncomfortable side effects of menopause. As well as this it can actually help relieve inflammation due to the GLA present in evening primrose.
Essential Fatty Acids Support.
- Hormone Production
- The Formation of Healthy Cell Membranes
- Development of your Brain and Nervous System.
- Regulation of Blood Pressure, Blood Clotting, and Inflammatory Response.
Cellnutrition Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) is currently the only one on the market that is created using a patented bio-ester technology. This gives your cells the ability to control the conversion of the Omega-3 alpha linolenic acid (ALA) into the correct amounts of EPA and DHA required. It also provides your cells with the purest form of omega oils with high bioavailability and retention, contributing to Cellular Intelligence.
Whilst essential fatty acids play a crucial role in the body at a cellular level, micronutrients (vitamins and minerals ) are also key.
Boron, silicon, and calcium are all types of minerals and trace elements that are essential to your health. These are essential components to incorporate into your diet when you are going through the transition of menopause. There is a strong association of women developing osteoporosis when going through menopause. These specific micronutrients work together and help build up your bones making them stronger. Over time this helps reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.
Magnesium is also an essential nutrient needed to be consumed when going through menopause. This is because magnesium helps supports your nervous system. Not only this but magnesium can be a natural treatment for anxiety, as it aids the process by activating the parasympathetic nervous system (responsible for calming and relaxing you).
Minerals are often depleted due to stress, coffee, fizzy drinks, and processed foods. Although we get many nutrients from our diet the quantity and quality of nutrients are decreasing which is having a spiral effect on health. Therefore, it is essential that we supplement minerals in the correct proportions to maintain optimal health and wellbeing. Cellnutrition Isotonic takes into account mineral synergy and provides 78 minerals and trace elements in the correct proportions to allow each nutrient to be absorbed effectively and efficiently at a cellular level.
It is a gentle solution that mirrors the bodies internal terrain helping to rebalance your body and support your immune system resulting in you restoring you overall health and wellbeing at cellular level. Isotonic helps support your body through menopause by providing your cells with all the mineral and trace mineral requirements in perfect proportions to your body’s needs. This includes each of the minerals mentioned above. By re-balancing your nutritional and cellular health, you will feel fresher, healthier and have higher energy levels. This better equips the body to cope with menopause.
A well- balanced diet enriched with a variety of whole foods, Cellnutrition Isotonic bioavailable minerals and Cellnutrition Essential Fatty Acids supports your body at a cellular level. This combination aids the absorption of water and other nutrients including the important B vitamins, Vitamin D and Vitamin C from food. This helps make intelligent cells. Intelligent cells are healthier cells and are master communicators which can stimulate you to not only feel healthier but be healthier, this is because when your cells have the main fundamentals, they can achieve intelligence resulting in them effortlessly working better together to support you through cellular communication and harmony.
We recommend Cellnutrition Isotonic and Omegabiocell369 to be taken together for optimum support through menopause. This provides your cells with the correct foundations to build a healthy cell. Every woman is unique, and so are your hormones.