Stressed and hormonal
Stress can negatively affect the menstrual cycle and menopause. The adrenal glands are the only source of testosterone for the body, and in menopause they are the only source of oestrogen and progesterone. These hormones combined with the adrenal hormones are important for healthy hormonal balance. Premenstrual tension and a difficult Menopause are common in women who are stressed and have overworked adrenal glands. To reduce the effects of stress on hormonal balance, stress support is essential.
• B Vitamins, Magnesium and Siberian ginseng offer stress support.
• 5HTP or St johns wort help to reduce anxiety and raise a low mood. (These cannot be taken alongside anti-depressants).
• Zinc and Vitamin B6 offer hormonal support and re-balancing.
• Liver support with Globe artichoke or Milk thistle is needed for excretion of excess oestrogens from the body. This is important for pre-menstrual tension, which is often due to excess oestrogen, and lowered levels of progesterone.
• Regular bowel motions are very important, as constipation can lead to the re-absorption of oestrogens into the body. If you tend towards constipation, keep yourself regular with Psyllium husks.
Other tips and hints:
• Include plenty of brassica vegetables in your diet such as cabbage, broccoli, kale, and brussels sprouts. They contain sulphur and a substance known as DIM which help the liver to excrete excess oestrogens
• Avoid alcohol, as it can elevate circulating oestrogen levels.
• Regular exercise is very helpful for reducing stress and pre-menstrual tension, and elevating endorphins which contribute to a happy mood.