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  1. Menopause: 4 golden rules to fight incontinence from Dr Marilyn Glenville

    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville   Bladder weakness, also known as incontinence, can affect women of all ages but it is particularly common during menopause. Thousands of women experience frequent bladder leaks in the UK, including Kate Winslet, who has recently broke this taboo and admitted that she suffers with incontinence, saying ‘It’s bl**dy awful’ This week, we asked Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist, author of Natural Solutions to Menopause  who specialises in women’s health and menopause, to tell us a bit more about this uncomfortable condition. Urge Incontinence ‘Urge Incontinence is where there is a sudden need to pass urine and the woman may not be able to get to the toilet in time. It is usually caused by an overactive or irritable bladder. The bladder will often register the need to...
  2. Menopause: How to Survive Hot Flushes

    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville   They can appear suddenly, or you may feel them coming on. Your face gets red and you start sweating. Sensations of almost unbearable, intense heat, commonly known as hot flushes, are among the most common and uncomfortable symptoms of menopause. Caused by low levels oestrogen, they affect almost 75% of women during this difficult time!* This week, we asked Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist, author of Natural Solutions to Menopause  who specialises in women’s health and menopause, to give us her to tips on how to survive hot flushes. Avoid clothes made from synthetic fabrics and wear layers instead so you can adjust your clothing to how you are feeling Use bedclothes made from cotton and layers rather than a big duvet Watch what you eat and drink: hot drink before...
  3. 10 golden rules for losing fat around the middle

    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville Have you noticed that with the onslaught of menopause  more weight accumulates around your middle? Your arms and legs may be acceptable looking, but your mid-section seems to defy all attempts at diet and exercise. Perhaps, your clothes feel uncomfortable, your waistband is too tight and you’ve got a “muffin top” pouring over the waistband of your jeans? If this sounds familiar, be careful! Excess weight around your middle does not only look unsightly but it can also be very damaging to your health. The latest study proves, that fat around the middle is actually more dangerous than being overweight!* Excess belly fat may increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and even cancer (especially breast cancer).  Unfortunately, this type of fat...
  4. Low libido and the menopause: tips to keep the spark alive

    Tips from Dr Marilyn Glenville   Low libido? Don’t worry; your sex life doesn’t have to stop after the menopause. In fact, you might enjoy yourself more than ever! We asked Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist, author of Natural Solutions to Menopause , who specialises in women’s health and menopause to explain, why our libido drops and how to get back in the mood again.   Not tonight, darling Many factors can cause a drop in sex drive and these can include tiredness, stress, depression, too much alcohol and low thyroid function so see if you need to take action to make changes in any of these areas. Also think about your relationship; is it fundamentally good and it is just that your sex drive seems to have diminished or do you feel that there...
  5. Osteoporosis – How to Prevent, Treat and Reverse It

    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville Osteoporosis is a major public health problem.  Osteoporosis affects many more women than men – striking 1 in 2 women over the age of 50.  And osteoporosis isn’t just a matter of brittle bones. It can kill. In fact it is a bigger female killer than ovarian, cervical and womb cancers combined. But the biggest problem is that osteoporosis is so often a ‘silent disease’, bone loss happens gradually over time, without any symptoms.  Osteoporosis, at the moment, remains woefully unrecognised and yet it is preventable and treatable. What is Osteoporosis? The word osteoporosis literally means ‘porous bones’ that is bone filled with tiny holes.  Bones change constantly – being broken down and rebuilt.  However, problems arise when the rate of renewal does not keep up with the rate of...
  6. Menopause: Top Ten Tips for Managing symptoms through diet

    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville The menopause is a time of change and your female hormones are going to be fluctuating up and down as you go through this stage until you come out the other side and into the postmenopause, when your hormones will stabilise.  The more gradually you go through the menopause, the less hormone fluctuations you experience and the easier the transition. The food you eat should help your body to adjust easily and comfortably to the hormonal changes you are undergoing and help smooth your menopause journey.  Your diet can have a big impact, nourishing your body and helping control and eliminate unwanted menopause symptoms along the way. Here are my top ten tips that you can use easily in your everyday life: 1.  Include hormone-balancing phytoestrogens in your diet...
  7. The Menopause is NOT an illness

    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD. The menopause is not an illness. If you subscribe to the standpoint currently held by the conventional medical profession, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was. In conventional terms the menopause and its symptoms are viewed as a disorder caused by falling hormone levels. So, by giving menopausal women hormones in the form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), the deficiency can be corrected and we have a ‘cure’. This argument is supported by the supposed similarity between the menopause and diabetes. When insulin levels are insufficient to maintain normal blood glucose levels, then insulin is supplied from outside and the balance is corrected. But diabetes is different from the menopause in one important respect: diabetes is not a natural event. It is not expected that everyone will get diabetes;...
  8. Spinach might have been great for Popeye but it seems it might not be quite so beneficial for women over 50!

    Tips from Dr Marilyn Glenville If like me, you were feeling virtuous by eating lots of spinach, it appears that where this particular vegetable is concerned you can have too much of a good thing. One if the biggest risks for women post menopause is osteoporosis. There are a number of risk factors for osteoporosis that apply whatever your age, but the emphasis for preventing and treating osteoporosis is to make your diet more alkaline. Calcium  neutralises acid, so the more acidic your food, the more calcium has to be taken from your bones to make your body  more alkaline. The more fruit and vegetables you eat the more alkaline your body becomes and there will be less loss of calcium from your bones. However, both spinach and rhubarb contain oxalic acid, which reacts with calcium in the digestive system...
  9. Using Natural Therapies to deal with the Menopause

    Article  By Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD  There are two views of the menopause – one that is a natural event and the other that it is a hormone deficiency disease.  If it is taken that the menopause is a natural stage in a woman’s life then it is something that the body can cope with perfectly well if given the chance.   Symptoms of the menopause Not all women have a miserable time during the menopause.  Symptoms can vary and some women sail through.  While others can experiences such extreme night sweats that they have to get up to change their night clothes two or three times a night. Symptoms of the menopause can include hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings, declining libido, osteoporosis, ageing skin, lack of energy, joint pains, weight gain, headaches and changes in hair quality. Hormone...
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