As women start to move towards the menopause this is called the perimenopause. The number of eggs a woman has is decreasing and oestrogen starts to slow down. This causes different symptoms in different women as we are not all the same.
Some women will sail through and not even realise this is happening for others they will get symptoms. The symptoms women can get are:

If you suffer with bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhoea or heartburn and indigestion this may mean you have an unhealthy gut.

  1. Hot flushes can start to occur in some people and these can be quite debilitating. If you are suffering from these then wear layers of clothing so if you feel hot you can take off some layers. Have a window open as this will also help to keep you cool, especially at night. Try reducing or cutting out coffee and alcohol as these are known triggers for hot flushes.
  2. Changes to the menstrual cycle. You can skip periods, or you can get them more frequently. Until you have gone a whole year without a bleed you are still in the cycle. Also, you can still get pregnant so you will need to use some form of contraception if you wish to avoid a pregnancy.
  3. Your sleep can change, and you may suffer from poor sleep or insomnia. It is important that you do go onto your phone or tablet at night as this will make things worse for you. Try some magnesium to help relax you. A nice relaxing bath can help, you can put some Epsom salts in it to really feel relaxed. Reading a book can also help you feel tired and fall asleep. Get out in the open air in the day if possible, as fresh air is always good for you and will aid sleep. Keep the room dark and have some blackout curtains, especially in the summer.
  4. When you enter the perimenopause your skin can start to change, it may become dryer and as we age the elasticity will start to go. Smoking is especially bad for the skin so you may want to consider giving this up, it will improve your overall health as well if you stop. Whatever you choose to put on your skin will enter your bloodstream in 26 seconds, so make sure it is good quality and has no nasty ingredients.
  5. Feeling tired and worn out is a common symptom. Make sure you have a really good diet as you are what you eat. So avoid processed meats and food, reduce sweeteners and other synthetic products, and reduce soy products also. Reduce your intake of alcohol.
    Instead eat fresh fruits and vegetables, have lean protein, and try to go for organic or grass-fed meat where possible. Eat more fibre rich foods such as wholemeal pasta, bread, and rice. It is important to keep the gut healthy. Have omega 3 fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, anchovies, and sardines that will help your joints.
    Lastly, have grapes and berries as they are rich in antioxidants.

 

Conclusion

 

My top tips for helping in the perimenopause are eat well, make sure you have plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, make sure you get enough sleep at night, exercise daily and manage your stress levels. Take a supplement if you need to. I am happy to advise. Use homeopathy as this can help reduce and clear symptoms. If you would like Bio resonance scans to help to settle your hormones, then please do book a discovery call and we can discuss if this is right for you.