With so much misinformation out in the market regarding the menopause, I’m delighted to bring the first in a series of video interviews with the UK’s leading women’s nutritionist , and author of Natural Solutions to Menopause, Marilyn Glenville.
In this video Marilyn discusses:
- How to relieve key symptoms of the menopause
- What causes hot flushes
- The triggers for hot flushes and how to avoid them
- What causes night sweats
- The effect of hormones on the menopause
- How to alleviate symptoms of the menopause with herbal supplements and lifestyle changes.
Video: How to manage symptoms of the menopause
Ceri: Hi. With me today I’ve got Marilyn Glenville with me and Marilyn is the UK’s leading nutritionist in women’s health. So, Marilyn, thank you very much talking to Fabafterfifty today.
Marilyn: And nice to speak to you, Ceri.
Ceri: We have had a lot of confusing messages regarding the menopause. And I think there is a lot of confusion, as well, amongst our readers. I thank you so much for taking the time with us today Marilyn to go through and perhaps navigate our way through the mist. Perhaps we can talk about some of the things that confuse. First of all, are there simple things we can do to relieve the key symptoms of the menopause?
Hot Flushes and Night Sweats
Marilyn: Well, the majority of symptoms that most women would get, about 80%, would be hot flashes and night sweats.
So they’re the major ones that most women would find debilitating, maybe in affecting their quality of life. So, there are certain natural remedies that could be use. There are phytoestrogens which we know are things like soya or soy flax. Those foods that will help balance the hormones. There are good herbs like black cohosh and sage. Agnus castus can be very useful as well. And there are really simple lifestyle tips. Because sometimes if a woman feels stressed, she’ll feel a hot flash coming on. But, also, there could be certain triggers, like a hot drink, or it might be caffeine, or it could be red wine. So, certain things that are going on in our lifestyle can trigger hot flashes as well as them just coming because of the menopause hormones.
Ceri: And if somebody felt what could be a trigger like that, are they best to eliminate one at a time? Or to eliminate them all, and then add each back in- add the caffeine in or the red wine in….
Marilyn: Well, it’s pretty quick. If it’s, say, a hot drink, it might be the temperature of a drink.
Marilyn: And it will be fairly quick after that happening.
Marilyn: Say, for stress. If they feel anxious, they’ll get a hot flash coming on and they’ll actually know what’s triggering it off. So, those are pretty straightforward. It’s more that are coming generally randomly that we’re thinking of using herbs or different foods in order to try and alleviate some of those symptoms.
Ceri: And the herbs that you mention there, how easy are they for women to find? Is it something you can go into any shop for, is it a supplement that you can easily find? Or is it something you need to order on-line?
Marilyn: They are better to look at getting the quality supplements and herbs. Obviously, I use organic herbs in the clinic. And it’s always really important to get good quality as well.
Marilyn: Especially from the companies they’re getting it from. Otherwise they may be getting things that quality isn’t good, or may not be the right species of a herb, that sort of thing. So, quality does make a difference.
Ceri: Right. And you mentioned also that for the hot flashes, does the same thing apply to night sweats as well?
Marilyn: Yes, it does. It’s the same mechanism. It’s just one more is happening at night and the other during the day. So, it’s the same mechanism. It’s just for some women they may get predominantly night sweats.
Marilyn: Some get the most hot flashes mostly in the day. And some women get a mixture of both. So, we’re very individual how we experience these symptoms and how severe they are. So, every woman is different, really.
What causes Hot Flushes and Night Sweats?
Ceri: All right. And what actually causes them?
Marilyn: Now that’s an interesting question because the menopause itself happens because we literally run out of eggs as women, so we have no more eggs left in the ovaries and we then don’t ovulate, we don’t have a period. And certain hormones, estrogen goes down, FSH, which is follicle stimulating hormone, goes up.
And it’s thought that it is the rise in FSH that actually causes these symptoms. Although, there are some women who just sail through the menopause. All that happens is their periods stop and that’s it. So, not every woman gets the symptoms, and not every woman gets them so severely that it affects their quality of life. So, it’s very difficult, but they think it’s due to that rise in FSH and that drop in estrogen.
Future videos will cover the Menopause and Weight Gain, HRT – risks and benefits, Diet and Menopause Symptoms, Minimising risk of osteoporosis during and post menopause.
If you have any questions, do feel free to post in the comments below and we will try to answer as many as possible in future videos.
More information regarding the herbs discussed can be found at www.naturalhealthpractice.com