Surfing the Menopause Wave
Your nutritional allies in transitioning and embracing.
By Colleen Kennedy
We go through many big transitions in our lifetime, but instead of treating them as a problem and retaliating against the tide, wouldn’t it make more sense to ride the wave and do what we can to prepare for and support these transitions?
The Menopause years can feel like a distressing time and society’s attitude to women and ageing can add further negative connotations. I’m all for accentuating our beauty and expressing our femininity but it’s important to empower ourselves and increase our confidence and comfort levels to remain unaffected or less affected by a billion dollar beauty industry that often aims to cash in on uncertainty, low self esteem and the desire for eternal youth! Facing the Menopause or going through it is a nice hint from our bodies to tune into and act on our intuition. Leading busy lives at home and in work as mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and wives, it’s tempting to blindly steamroll through this time, but perhaps that can lead to missing out on a potentially magical time of reflection and consolidation. Our bodies may be asking us to pause and refl ect on all that we’ve learned, experienced and integrated into who we are and who we are yet to become.
Perimenopause is the time when a woman begins to see changes in her cycle and ovulation, with or without symptoms. Postmenopause is when there is a cessation in menstruation. Technically, women are beginning to enter ‘The Change’ in their thirties! This is when a decline in the more powerful ovarian oestrogen, estridiol, begins. Of course, the range and speed of this differs in each woman. But preparing ourselves around this time may help us embrace rather than dread changes down the line.