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Empowering Women: Conquering Perimenopause Moods

January 25, 2024

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I'm a functional medicine practitioner & hormone expert working primarily with women in their 40's and 50's to create lasting health.
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Over the last few months have you noticed yourself getting more easily frustrated, feeling more sadness or anxiety than usual, or just generally feeling strangely emotional? You know you’re not normally like this but it’s been getting harder to feel like yourself. If so, you’re not alone. So many of us find ourselves embarking on a wild rollercoaster ride of emotions as we start entering perimenopause. While it can certainly feel like you’re losing your mind some days (trust me, I’ve been there!), I’m here to tell you that acknowledging what’s really going on is the first step to conquering those moods and regaining your sense of calm. In this post, I’ll share some insights from both my personal experience and from experts on navigating perimenopause emotionally. My hope is that by understanding the biological reasons behind what you may be feeling, you’ll feel less alone and more empowered to start taking back control.

The Impact of Hormonal Changes

Many women have confided in me that when the cycling circus rolls into town, they feel it coming. Whether it’s a monthly occurrence or a bi/tri-monthly extravaganza, things can start getting a tad wonky as menopause looms nearer. 

Month after month, they become increasingly irritable, struggling to juggle family, work, and life in general. They’re desperately seeking ways to regain their balance, stability, and sanity. It’s like they’re on a rollercoaster they never signed up for, searching for the emergency exit.

Common Solutions: Birth Control and Medication

So, picture this: many women find themselves turning to practitioners, maybe even doctors, in hopes of finding some magical solutions to manage these pesky symptoms. And what are the most common options offered? Birth control or mood management medication! 

But wait, here’s the catch: these solutions might just be temporary relief and sadly, they don’t tackle the root cause of those pesky symptoms. Oh, the irony!

Understanding Hormone Imbalance and Mood Changes

Ah, the rollercoaster of perimenopause and menopause! The culprits behind those mood swings? Estrogen and progesterone – the dynamic duo of female hormones. 

As they dance their way down, their unpredictable levels can throw us off balance. But fear not, ladies! There are alternative options we can explore to reclaim our sanity and ride this hormonal wave with style. 

Detoxifying the Body for Mood Balance

One effective approach to support the body’s natural detoxification processes is by focusing on optimizing the function of the liver and gut. During perimenopause, hormonal changes can affect the movement of estrogen and progesterone through the gut, potentially causing a decrease in their elimination. 

Additionally, the liver, which plays a crucial role in detoxification, may experience a decline in its efficiency due to accumulated toxin exposure over a lifetime. By prioritizing strategies that address these specific challenges, individuals can help maintain hormonal balance and overall well-being during this transitional phase.

Lifestyle Strategies for Better Emotional Health

To support hormone balance and improve mood health, it’s important to adopt certain lifestyle strategies:

1. Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Eating an anti-inflammatory diet can help reduce liver congestion and prevent an imbalance in gut bacteria. Avoid foods high in sugar, saturated fats, and processed junk foods, as they can slow liver detoxification and promote an overgrowth of bad gut bacteria.

2. Exercise and Sweating

Regular exercise can aid in detoxification by promoting sweating, which helps eliminate toxins. If rigorous exercise is not possible, options like saunas or castor oil packs can be useful alternatives.

3. Balancing Gut Health

Maintaining a healthy gut microbiome is vital for estrogen breakdown and elimination. Consistently having daily bowel movements, ideally two per day, can help prevent estrogen backup. Incorporate a fiber-rich diet, exercise, and other lifestyle strategies to promote optimal gut health.

Individualized Approach to Hormone Balance

If you are experiencing specific deficiencies and seeking to rebalance hormone detoxification pathways, it may be beneficial to collaborate with a knowledgeable functional medicine practitioner. By conducting comprehensive lab tests and carefully analyzing your unique situation, we can develop personalized strategies to effectively support hormone balance as you navigate the transitions of perimenopause and menopause. 

You will be assured that our expert guidance and tailored approach will empower you to optimize your well-being during this transformative phase of life.

Regain Control 

I hope you have gained a better understanding of how hormonal changes can impact our moods and emotional well-being during perimenopause. While birth control and medication may seem like common solutions, it’s important to also explore the root cause of these imbalances and focus on detoxifying our bodies for long-term mood balance. By incorporating an anti-inflammatory diet, exercise and sweating, and balancing our gut health, we can boost our emotional health. However, remember that hormone balance is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Each individual’s journey is unique and requires a personalized plan. That’s why I invite you to schedule a discovery call with me to dive deeper into your specific needs and create an empowering plan to conquer your perimenopause moods. Let’s work together to embrace this beautiful phase of life with positivity and confidence! Thank you for joining me on this journey towards better emotional health.

Tired of mood swings during (peri)menopause? Let’s kick them to the curb! Take the first step towards finding relief by setting up a Free Discovery Call with me today. Trust me, you deserve it!

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DISCLAIMER:  The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional

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