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The four levels of Perimenopause & why you need to understand them all.

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Here is a short radio show for you to listen to. I  recorded it for Silver Tent radio, and in it, I explain my view on the four levels of perimenopause and why you really do need to understand them all.

 

https://m.mixcloud.com/TheSilverTent/menopause-magic/

 

 

 

Understanding the spiritual technology of menopause. Really? (1/2)

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I can almost hear the collective groans of disbelief and exasperation from  thousands of women. These dear souls, worn down by months or years, of peri menopausal symptoms (and just want it TO END ) are now being presented with the hypothesis that there is a ‘spiritual technology’ underpinning their misery. What am I thinking of?

Give me a moment, please. You need to hear this. Read more

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Belly fat, sweating & exhausted? Is it really all because of the menopause?

 

 

If you are suffering from unwanted saggy belly fat, sweating during the day and at night (or having gruesome chills) and feeling exhausted, you’re likely to be told that it’s the inevitable result of the dreaded menopause.

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But why would 75% of women never report these symptoms? Or even tell you (as my ‘best’ friend did) ” I just sailed through it” Hmm.

 

Is it REALLY all because of the down regulation of your ovaries? Or could there be other factors at play? Factors that you may be able to work with… have a look at what Dr Berg has to say:

 

 

Have you got your copy of my “30 day sweat reduction programme”? It’s a good place to start taking back control.

Even if your flashes don’t respond and you need more support, you’ll learn a lot about your body and mind. Menopause is not just about your body – it is – in my opinion anyway – a doorway (well, a long tunnel sometimes) to a new and freer life. So don’t write it off, arbitarily medicate it away or feel you are being penalised. Honestly, messy as it can be – a gift awaits you on the other side.

 

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The brain and ovarian hormones

 

 

I’ve shared this video becauses – amongst other things – Marwa Azab has really underscored my “5R Sweat Reduction Plan”s main approach, which is to get to know yourself. She also makes it really simple to understand the HPA axis https://debsdevries.com/2017/09/14/hotter-colder-whatisgoingon/ and sheds some wonderful medical wisdom on female hormones. 17 minute and worth watching!! She is specific in mentioning that it is the ovarian hormones – and related endocrine system – that we are talking about.

Marwa Azab, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor of psychology and human development at California State University, Long Beach. She studied psychology for many years and completed a masters in counseling from Toronto, Canada and her Ph.D. in neurosciencefrom University of California, Irvine, where she taught in the biology department.

 

I particularly like the way – as an academic and scientist – she doesn’t shy away from making the point that the body is one holistic system. It’s OK to teach subjects separately, she says, but not to apply that knowledge separately.

 

Please help yourself to my “5R Sweat reduction programme” where you can begin to dig deep into your own sweat triggers.

 

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What type of menopause change agent are you?

So – what type of menopause ‘change’ agent are you?

 

It helps to know when you are setting out on this journey.

First of all, ask yourself – why is menopause often  mysteriously and rather secretly, referred to as “the change?”

Having been through it, I know why.

It literally caused me to change a lot of things in my life. And I am very happy that I did.

My  5R Sweat Reduction programme is also a mini ‘change’ programme. It’s a way of finding out what doesn’t work for you so you can make changes that will support you. Night sweats are often a real sign that your body is in perimenopause and make life very, very tiring and difficult.

But what kind of ‘change’ agent are you? Depending on your ‘type’ you’ll find that managing change is either a breeze – a bore – or just hopelessly frustrating.

Check it out – which  one are you? Or are you a combination of more than one? Read more

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8 Cool tips for hot flashes.

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Hi there! You’re in the right place for information and support on your menopause journey and this article is about hot sweats.

Hot flashes and night sweats  are a topic that occupies a lot of time and attention for many pre menopausal women. Approximately 25% of women in menopause (perimenopause too) suffer  them to a lesser or greater degree. If you have them, then you  know, it is not the same sensation as going for a run and feeling sweaty . It’s a crawling, stinging, or burning sensation that comes on unexpectedly.  If you haven’t experienced hot flashes, please don’t write off your sister’s/partner’s/mother’s  experience as trivial. Most of all – please…

 

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Key Symptoms (Romm A. M.D. 2010)

  • Sensation of intense heat creeping over the face, neck, and upper chest
  • Progresses to a generalized feeling of being overheated

Additional Symptoms of Menopause (Romm, 2010)

  • Rapid heart beat
  • Dizzy, light headed or faint feelings
  • Cold sweats
  • Sensation of insects crawling on skin
  • Pins and needles

These are symptoms you may feel. That is pretty ‘yuk’ on its own.  What also kicks in is the emotional response to the event. This is very important in understanding why menopause can be so distressing.
Some women handle it, some feel overwhelmed, angry, embarrassed and very frustrated. This emotional response is one of the inner keys to supporting yourself, so hang on for a second, while I get my editor’s head on. I promised 8 tips, and here they are:

 

  1. From an Ayurvedic perspective, your body is on a journey to becoming constitutionally more ‘vata’ (I will write in detail about this in another series). Hot flushes are  a sign of significant ‘ pitta’ (another type of energy that you use in your younger life)  running havoc throughout the bloodstream. Like most other menopausal symptoms, it is a signal to take rest and relax; your sympathetic nervous system is on high alert.  You need to train your mind and body to switch to the Parasympathetic systems (think of P for Peace) as often as possible, so as soon as you feel a flush/sweat begin, you can begin breathe deeply into your belly, then exhale slowly, at least 3 times. I don’t mind where you are, someone else can wait. This is about you and your health. Plant both of your feet on the ground (unless you are driving or doing something where this could be dangerous) and imagine roots or lines of energy running down from the soles of your feet into the middle of the planet. Curl your toes upwards so the arches of your feet are strong. Notice what emotions you feel. Just notice, don’t engage.
  2. Eat cooling foods that are seasonally appropriate. I found that red meat, white sugar,  white flours/pastas fizzy sodas, alcohol and cow products (especially cheese) made me sweat. In fact, cheese had always made me sweat a little but I loved it, so I ignored the signs. Swap these items for oily fish (salmon: mackerel: cod) and buy wholewheat alternatives for every white unrefined product, including rice.  Cooling foods include: cucumber, daikon radish, mung bean, dandelion greens, cabbage, bok choy, cauliflower, celery, kale, and romaine lettuce. Eat a least two servings of these a day for your internal ‘air conditioner’ to kick into action. Cold fruits include lemon, cantaloupe, grapefruit, mulberry, apples, pears, watermelon, apricots and persimmons. Mix these foods  into your main meal menus, so you don’t over cool your digestion and get diarrhea.
  3. Honestly, I know you have heard it before – but please keep your water fluids up. And don’t put ice in your drinks. If your face is unbearably hot, by all means open the fridge (if one is handy) door and let the air cool you but ice constricts the veins in your digestive system, which causes greater imbalances.
  4. Wearing layers – it’s obvious but maybe you need to look at your wardrobe again and weed out anything that makes  you feel sweatier (synthetics for example). Silk is NOT ideal because it marks under the arms – so look for short sleeved shirts that you can wear under floaty cardigan-type garments. You can buy underarm sweat pads too.
  5. Resting more. Just do it – it is what your body needs. Meditation, mindfulness, listening to soothing music – all of these help the nervous system to calm down. Make a date, every day, to have at least 20 minutes of this to build the habit – do it in bed, (ban electronics from the last hour of your day as a minimum for soooo many reasons!). Oh and remember, you do need regular exercise to keep your bones healthy. How about 2 x 20 minute brisk walks as a minimum? This will also help elevate your mood and therefore your happy hormones.
  6. Get your kidney energy up and have your adrenals checked. This will support your hormonal (endocrine) system. Traditional Chinese Medicine has a view that loss of kidney Chi drives ageing and the resulting imbalances. There are so many writings on this that I’d recommend you go look (here is one I like TCM/) and  I use Dr Christopher’s Kidney formula daily.Dr Christopher’s Kidney Formula. Likewise, you need to make sure your digestion is working properly. The drop in kidney and liver Chi can negatively impact this and as we know now, our gut makes a lot of important hormones. Don’t ignore bloating, burping, constant low back pain or inconsistent bowel movements. They can indicate a weak digestion and also issues around fibroids or other more challenging uterine illnesses. Go and see a doctor if this is going on for you for more than 3 weeks.
  7. Make a rose water spray/spritz (or make a few and have them in various places where they are easy to find). Add 3 drops of rose essential oil to a small spray bottle of distilled or filtered water (about 20 ml) to which you can add a drop of vodka to purify the mixture. Spray this on your chest when the flush starts (and remember to breathe and ground as well). Avoid your eyes, or anyone else’s eyes, come to that.
  8. My best tip – seek out a highly skilled nutritionalist/herbalist/kinesiologist who can see what your body needs. There are many  herbs that have helped women for centuries, but what works for one woman may not be what another needs. The list is endless – Black Cohosh: Skullcap: Sage: Ginseng:St John’s Wort. I’d advise you not to guess – you can spend a lot of money guessing and that money could be better spend getting an accurate assessment of your needs. Please, don’t short change yourself in the change. You are a valuable asset – unique, and irreplaceable!

 

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