Very soon you will be socialising again, donning that dress you purchased several months ago and then sheer panic as you can no longer fasten it or it’s a little too tight for comfort.
I am not selling any products or making any far-fetched claims, but I am going to share with you simple small changes that will give you the results you hope for providing you don’t cheat.
Firstly you need to set a date goal. This is the date you wish to see yourself looking absolutely fabulous in that outfit.
Secondly you need to start strict portion control. This is tough as we so often pile our plates high. Once your eyes see the correct portion size and your mind is not shouting out ‘How can that keep me full’, you will adjust. I won’t lie, you will experience hunger pangs for the first few days though with the snack suggestions you will be able to curb these without any guilt.https://nutritionbodyandsoul.com.gridhosted.co.uk/quick-portion-control/
Increase your water intake. This is not using flavoured waters, cordials it is drinking plain water. Aim for 2litres a day.
Control the alcohol. Removing alcohol from your daily intake will help you see results quicker. Alcohol is a suppressant slowing down your digestion and cell function. It can also result in false hunger pangs when your blood sugar levels drop.
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No matter how much we try to maintain a ‘normal’ life in the current climate, stress is rearing its ugly head and challenging us to explore innovative methods to reduce and manage it. We all know that walking, exercise, balanced diet and positive attitudes are the usual ‘go to’ solutions; yet yoga has been proven time and time again to support and promote your entire wellbeing both physically and mentally.
Practicing these simple yet highly effective postures once a day will give your digestion a boost.
Red clover tea is an excellent herbal tea with properties that are known to reduce hot flushes and night sweats.
Of the many herbs and botanicals that reduce menopause symptoms, red clover gets a special shout-out because it makes such a nice tea.
In case you’re not familiar with this menopause powerhouse, isoflavones in red clover help the body balance oestrogen, which diminishes hot flashes and night sweats.
According to a study published in Obstetrics and Gynaecology International, red clover also helps with other menopause-related symptoms like low libido, anxiety/depression, sleep troubles and fatigue. And there’s more scientific good news: red clover’s compounds relieve PMS and improve both women’s heart health and the appearance of skin and hair as we age.
A cup of fresh brewed red clover tea has a mild, sweet taste. Find red clover tea at health food stores, by itself or blended with mint and other herbs.
A study in 2018 looked at alternative therapies in contrast to prescribed HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). Despite a non conclusive result mainly due to the individuals interpretation of symptoms and the limited clinical support during the trial, the conclusive discussion stated that the safest and most effective way to treat menopausal symptoms will be different for each woman and will involve a multifaceted approach incorporating diet, exercise, supplementation, and possibly reflexology.
I have worked with clients who have expressed a reduction in their symptoms when they have made dietary changes, commenced taking supplements, introduced exercise (yoga) once a week and received reflexology once a week.
When we look at balancing the hormones it involves the endocrine system.
To romance and create a happy optimum functioning endocrine system you should aim to reduce stress within the body by:
Eating foods that are known to be anti-inflammatory and non digestive irritants
Free up the organ systems through gentle yoga postures that allow the body to stretch and organs rebalance and settle (particularly important if you have a job where you sit for prolonged time)
Take herbal supplements such as Black cohosh, Sage
Take vitamins and minerals B6, K2,D3 Magnesium, Boron, Calcium, Omega-3
Achieve complete deep relaxation through either deep tissue massage or reflexology.
To make changes in your diet connect with me for a 60 minute video call and hear how easy it is to start working towards a healthier and happier menopause.
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A study by Dadfar, F., & Bamdad, K. (2019) looked at the effect of Sage extract on the menopausal symptoms in menopausal women and concluded that tablets were effective in treatment of hot flashes, night sweats, and other menopausal symptoms in menopausal women. Thus, they can be considered as an alternative therapy for the individuals who are not able to use HRT. The findings of the current study showed that extracts of sage significantly reduced the frequency, severity, and duration of hot flashes and night sweats and improved the menopausal symptoms in menopausal women. Hence, this safe and effective herb can be recommended for treatment of menopausal symptoms.
When I research topics for my clients I like to support the suggestions with scientific evidence and this study does that.
Adding fresh sage to your daily diet is a great start though taking one tablet a day will guarantee you intake the required amount suggested by research to manage your menopausal symptoms.