We’ve all seen the classic depiction of menopause on TV as a sweaty, flustered, irritable middle-aged woman. But what exactly is menopause and what’s happening in the body?
First, let’s break down the important terms when discussing menopause:
Perimenopause is the period of time before menopause when hormones start to fluctuate and you may begin to experience some of the classic perimenopausal symptoms. On average, this phase lasts 3-4 years.
Menopause is when there has been no menstrual cycle for 12 months. On average, this occurs around age 50.
During perimenopause, there is a reduction in ovarian follicles (aka eggs). Ovarian follicles are the body’s main source of estrogen production, so throughout the perimenopause phase, estrogen and progesterone fluctuate irregularly, which causes the classic perimenopausal symptoms. With menopause, estrogen and progesterone production decrease and these hormone levels remain low.
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Poor memory
- Vaginal dryness
- Irregular and heavy periods
- Disrupted sleep
- Mood changes
Top Up Tonic to the Rescue
Staying topped up on key nutrients that support hormonal balance is key to riding the perimenopausal wave with ease. Nutrients like vitamin C and inulin have been shown to reduce the occurrence of hot flashes and night sweats.
CoQ10 and B Vitamins are essential for combatting fatigue.
Thyroid supporting nutrients (selenium, iodine & zinc) elevate mood and metabolism.
We know perimenopause & menopause can be overwhelming, but there are effective ways to drastically decrease these symptoms. Stay tuned to our blog to get some helpful lifestyle tips!
Hormones don’t get the final say. You Do.