I was invited by my friend Katie Phillips from www.theschoolofself.love to join her in her ‘My Menopause’ interview series. You can watch my video below 🙂
In Katies own words…….
“I just LOVE how the Universe guides me.
Who knew that I would be called to host an expert interview series on Menopause! And it has blown me away how many experts want to be involved in this project. This information is SO NEEDED!
It’s time to bring menopause into mainstream conversation!
It’s time to acknowledge this life transition and get prepared for it to be an empowering, enriching and life enhancing rite of passage – because it CAN be and having spoken to many experts now, I believe it’s meant to be.
So, if you are determined to transform any conditioning that tells you your menopause means you are over the hill, un-sexy, at the end of your life and that you will suffer terribly…..I invite you to get informed and discover how you can make your experience of menopause (because you WILL go through it) the best it can be for you.
I am a 43 year old woman in Peri-Menopause and I am creating this interview series so that I may learn how to prepare for and positively experience the next few years. I am committed to making this a graceful and life affirming experience that will help me to more deeply know and love myself. ”
I have a new client, she is 46, had a premature menopause age 37 and she is struggling with low mood, low energy and feels she has lost her ‘oomph’ for live.
When her POI (premature Ovarian Insufficiency) was confirmed she went onto HRT which really helped for a while. She spent a few years finding the right HRT type and dose. Last year (October 2017) age 45 she decided to stop the HRT and see how her body reacted. At first she felt ok but over the last few months her energy has dropped and poor mental health symptoms have returned.
Is there link to gut health, menopause and hormonal imbalance?
At the same time she is dealing with long term pain and feels like she regularly has sore muscles and tendons. On top of this she has had ongoing ‘gut issues’. About five years ago she had acute stomach pains and bloating and no one could give her a definitive answer what was going on. She has had digestive issues ever since. The pain has lessened but she gets extreme bloating and discomfort. This means she has to wear lycra most of the time to accommodate her expanding waistline. This and weight gain has had a negative impact on her self image and confidence.
Even though this client is feeling really crap (technical term!) she is resisting going back on HRT. She feels this may mask her gut problems and she wants to heal her gut so she has a better understanding of how her gut health is affecting her mental health. She has seen a herbalist who has given her a blend of herbs to help support her while she heals her gut.
I recommend that the client has a stool test ( I recommended the GI MAP + zonulin)
The results have shown she has:
C.difficile a bacterial pathogen
Giardia a parasitic pathogen
Low Escherichia spp. (species of gut bacteria)
High Firmicutes & Bacteroidetes (Phyla Microbiota)
Worms were detected (Trichuris trichiura)
Her secretory IgA is low which could indicate it’s struggling to cope.
Zonulin is high which indicates she has leaky gut
She has 6 strains of Antibiotic resistance genes.
What does that all mean? It means she has a lot going on in her gut and it’s no wonder she feels she is struggling along.
What is the answer? This client has had to invest in a big stack of supplements to help her gut to heal. This is not (and cannot be) fixed by taking some Anti-Biotics from the doctor.
It’s not going to be a ‘quick fix’, her gut has been out of balance for a long time and it will take a while to heal.
This client is me 🙂 I am my own client. I’m being looked after by my friend and functional medicine doctor Shania Lee (no relative ;-))
I’m going to share more about my journey back to health as we go along and as i learn more.
I’ve received a few emails from people I follow advising me how to ‘survive’ Christmas. I’d really like to enjoy it rather than endure it 😃
I appreciate that there are many reasons that people don’t like Christmas and that’s cool too.
Christmas can be a time that (generally) women, mothers, wife’s can end up utterly exhausted!
All the preparation, wrapping, shopping, organising we end up doing on top of everything else is usually unappreciated and knackering.
One of the best Christmases I had was when I went to Spain…..very little consumerism, lots of family and friends time and great food 😉 ….oh and sunshine lol
Yesterday I was grumpy and making everyone around me aware of it! I have a look that makes all of Santa’s elves whither and disappear….
I felt resentful, tired, unorganised and I was going around in circles getting nothing achieved. Bah humbug!
Not looking after myself; skipping meals, a few late nights, trying to cram too much into my days and….
Lack of gratitude….I was focusing on all the lack in my life rather than all the amazing things i have.
I had really high expectations of myself what I wanted to achieve before Christmas (finish all my work, a gleaming house, presents wrapped and distributed, food shopping done….etc. etc.)
It’s progress not perfection right?
I was taking LIFE waaaaay too seriously AGAIN! I easily slip into this when I’m in DOING mode and not BEING….
So my remedy is
Gratitude (writing gratitude list and telling people you appreciate them is great)
Expectations (have zero expectations of how the next few days go…..living one day at a time…….going with the flow)
Have FUN……sod the clean house, the perfect roast potatoes, and the experty wrapped presents. The holidays are about having fun with family and friends. This, for me, is what Christmas is all about……CONNECTION 💚
Delegation – nowhere does it state in the rules of Christmas that I have to do everything like some demented control freak while stating ‘I’m FINE” while everyone gives each other the ‘look’ and quietly exits the room.
Everyone has jobs to do this year so I don’t have to play the poor harassed wife/mother victim role in this year’s Christmas panto 😉
Whatever you are doing over the next few days …..I wish you a very Merry Christmas or happy holidays whatever that means for you.
I wish your days to be full of love, happiness and chocolate for breakfast 😉
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A message from Tanith
Founder, Mrs Menopause
Your forties are a time of change, I’m sure I read once that’s when the fun starts. The body changes and you cannot stop it. I want to help you accept it and embrace it…..cellulite, flabby bits and all!