A Multifaceted Approach Improves Menopause Symptoms

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
  • Learn meditation
  • 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.

For those living in the Southport area (North West UK), I offer Reflexology and dietary advice combined. Click her to enquire.

A Good Brew can soothe your worries……..

If only that was true…. where a brew can’t solve your immediate worries, the calming effect of the warm liquid shared with a friend can begin to make those worries seem less daunting.

Traditionally herbs have been brewed to provide inner healing, today certain teas can support your health.

I love the Vitabiotics teas especially the cleanse tea. I may be a nutritionist, but I am only human and succumb to tempting food indulgences. However, having my cleanse tea on standby in the cupboard I can help my digestive system regain its effective function.

Vitabiotics TEA+ is a new range of vitamin infused teas designed to help maintain general health and wellbeing. They have created a unique blend of vitamins, herbs, fruit and green tea with the aim to help in your daily wellness goals when needed most in a convenient, nutritious and delicious cup of tea.

  • Each box contains a 14 day routine (14 tea bags)
  • Selenium, biotin and vitamin C
  • Milk thistle, dandelion root & green tea
  • Natural apple & blackcurrant flavourings

Cell Protection

Vitamin C & selenium contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Free radicals are found naturally in the environment, sources of which include sunlight, cigarette smoke, pollution, and other factors in modern life.

Hair, Skin & Nail Health

Selenium contributes to the maintenance of normal hair and nails. Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for normal function of skin.

Immune System Function

Selenium contributes to the normal function of the immune system.

There are 4 different varieties to chose from.

TEA+ Vitamin D Vitamin Tea

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TEA+ Defence Vitamin Tea

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TEA+ Energy Vitamin Tea

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TEA+ Cleanse Vitamin Tea

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Unsure which supplements you could benefit from? Click here to visit the Vitabiotics Supplement Selector

Boost Your Mood

Being a mum is challenging at the best of times, though during school holidays even the most efficient of us can feel the strain, and experience a drop in mood.

Being a Nutritionist I appreciate that even those who eat a balanced diet can benefit from a boost every now and then, and I direct my clients to Higher Nature products. Why? because I like the transparency of the company and the majority of their products are natural hence reduce further disruption to our bodies at times of need.

There are 6 products listed under the Mood tab on the Higher Nature website.
My two favourites are:

Positive Outlook

Positive Outlook – Greater well-being
(Click to purchase)

Aids healthy brain and nerve function

Sometimes, we all need a little help to look on the brighter side of life. Our Positive Outlook supplements balance amino acids with B vitamins, glutamine and lemon balm extract to aid normal psychological function. Formulated to support the neurotransmitters GABA, adrenalin, noradrenalin and dopamine, this carefully balanced formula helps you maintain mental and physical performance under stress, as well as promoting nerve function for a positive outlook and greater sense of wellbeing.

  • Aids healthy brain and nerve function
  • Encourages a positive outlook
  • Formulated with B vitamins and essential amino acids
  • Helps balance neurotransmitters that send signals to the brain 

Brighter Day (Click to purchase)

Mood enhancing blackberry drink

Are you feeling down in the dumps? Our Brighter Day blackcurrant flavour drink helps contribute to the normal function of the nervous system and aids normal psychological function, for an overall feeling of greater well being and comfort. Formulated with vitamin B6, B12, vitamin C, folic acid and magnesium, these effervescent tablets provide a quick pick-me-up that encourages a brighter outlook. Sweetened with stevia, this naturally delicious drink has a tasty blackcurrant flavour.


Contributes to the normal function of the nervous system

Helps encourage a brighter outlook

Ideal for use in the colder, darker winter months

Contains vitamins B6, B12 and vitamin C

15 effervescent tablets per tube

Higher Nature also have a ‘Health Matters‘ Page full of FREE Health and Wellness advice and tips.

Individual Success: Stop Beating Yourself UP! – You’re Doing Just Fine!

Chakra

Success is a personal thing, we each allocate a level of success to individual tasks we accomplish throughout the day , through to enormous challenges that may take months possibly years to achieve. Not only do we decide if we have ‘succeeded’ we subconsciously set a standard to which we wish our success of the tasks to reflect.

From the moment we open our eyes we are subconsciously checking off routine unconscious actions/tasks, such as shower, brush teeth, prepare packed lunch, drive the car. Each of these actions has a set standardised level of success we personally allocate to it. The outcome/result of that task/action will impact on our emotive self.

Self sabotage is a trending term, many empowerment gurus use it, basically it suggests that the individual is using negative internal thoughts to prevent taking action. This is commonly seen when individuals attempt to move out of their ‘comfort zone’, take on new roles etc. It is primarily driven by fear, which is often a deep rooted emotion from our younger years, a learnt behaviour from our peers or those we held in high esteem.

Breaking inner fears can often provoke further fear and self sabotaging thoughts can become life controlling in as such they influence external behaviours and may potentially impact negatively on the individuals health.

So how do we stop ‘beating ourselves up’, stop setting unrealistic goals and crazy inner fear frenzies. Unfortunately there is no simple quick fix solution, but there are multiple proven techniques that have transformed individuals lives way beyond their own expectations.

Below are a few of my favourite self- help books that I have at some stages in my life referred to and developed from its content. It is important to remember that each one of us is individual and unique in our own styles and characteristics so not all the contents within the books will work, though I compiled my own self-help routine taking bits from multiple resources. I wish you well on your journey to finding your own success at a standard that is correct for you.

Mood boosting foods for your wellbeing

Nutrients affect your overall wellbeing and what you eat can boost your mood.

Dopamine and serotonin are neurotransmitters which are responsible for your mood.

It is a complete process but if your diet contains nutrients that promote the production or enhance the performance of neurotransmitters then research supports evidence of improved mood, mental alertness and recall efficiency.

So what food do we need to consume to maintain a healthy mind?

Omega-3 primarily found in oily fish, However, a quality supplement is ideal for those who do not consume fish or only eat one to two portions a week. 

Leafy Greens such as spinach and broccoli contain folic acid and some B vitamins both recognised as contributors to improved sleep and alertness. Research has suggested that selenium found in broccoli can help alleviate anxiety.

Filtered water the secret to inner health. We often mistake hunger for thirst, we ignore the dryness of our skin and reach for face or hand cream, we dismiss headaches as a sign of hydration and blame stress or current pressures of the daily routine.

Drinking water is literally your life source. When your body cells dehydrate all your internal systems begin to malfunction. We experience disturbed sleep, cramps, brain fog, increased anxiety, general aches and pains and most importantly lack of energy.

The amount of water your body requires depends on your daily activity and food intake. However as a rule of thumb an adult should aim for approximately 6-8 glass (1.2 litres)

Filtering your water can enhance the purity,