Thriving in your 40’s/50’s!
Reaching your 50’s marks a significant phase in a woman’s life—a time often characterised by kids that have left home, maybe even alterations in your other relationships, menopausal changes and unique health considerations.
Navigating this period with attention to health and nutrition becomes paramount to ensure optimal well-being and vitality as you progress into your later years. Understanding your specific needs at this stage empowers you to embrace this life transition with grace and resilience.
Women’s Health Considerations in Mid Life
Many women typically experience menopause in their 50’s although you may have felt its onset during your 40’s, marking the end of ‘that time of the month’! This “change” brings along many menopausal and hormonal changes and unwanted symptoms including:
- Weight gain,
- Hot flashes,
- Mood swings,
- Night sweats,
- Low libido,
- Energy slumps,
- Poor or unrefreshed sleep,
- Reduced bone density,
- Increased risk of heart disease.
Whilst menopause is inevitable you don’t have to put up in silence with those unwanted symptoms.
Tips from a Menopause Nutritionist
1. Balanced Diet:
Eating a well-rounded diet comprising quality proteins, vegetables, some whole grains, healthy fats and fruits is a great place to start. Ditching the reliance on processed/packaged food is a must.
This diverse diet can help meet various nutritional needs and support weight loss, balanced moods, increased energy and a lessening of other menopausal symptoms. If you want to know more about the foods that really suit your body, take a look at how the Metabolic Balance Program helps support women’s health. The Metabolic Balance Program is more than just another diet.
2. Gut health:
If you have a compromised digestive system which may cause constipation or loose stools, then this may be exacerbating your symptoms. Did you know that 95% of the body’s serotonin (the feel good hormone), is produced in your intestines? The balance of gut bacteria is critical to help manage your symptoms, from depression to weight issues.
Research shows that gut bacteria produce and/or consume a wide range of human neurotransmitters, including dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, or gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which are all linked to mood.
You can read more about gut health here.
Unfortunately, many people don’t get all the nutrition that they need from their diet, particularly if they have digestive issues and this is where targetted nutritional supplementation may help you at this stage of life.
Perhaps you need calming GABA or maybe energy supporting nutrients such as B-Vitamins and/or magnesium. If you are particularly stressed you may need some adrenal support.
It’s essential to note that while supplements might offer relief for some women, they aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Dosages, efficacy, and potential interactions with medications or existing health conditions vary. It’s crucial to discuss supplement use with a qualified nutritionist/naturopath to ensure they are safe and appropriate for your needs.
4. Regular Exercise:
Engaging in regular physical activity, including weight-bearing exercises for bone health and cardiovascular workouts, supports overall well-being. Having said that it’s important to find an exercise routine that you enjoy so walking with hand-held weights or yoga or dancing could be part of your practice.
5. Stress Management:
Managing stress through techniques like meditation, affirmations, yoga, or mindfulness can help alleviate menopausal symptoms and contribute to better mental health. Finding a technique that works for you may take a bit of trial and error. Sometimes it’s a matter of finding a way of letting go of old patterns that keep us stuck.
Women in their 40’s and 50’s are at a unique juncture where prioritizing health and nutrition becomes a cornerstone for a fulfilling and vibrant life.
By embracing a holistic approach that combines nutrition and regular exercise, with mindset and stress management techniques, you can navigate this phase. Feeling empowered at this stage of your life ensures that you thrive physically, emotionally, and mentally, embracing the best version of yourself as you journey through life’s remarkable chapters.
So if you’re ready to find out how as a Menopause Nutritionist I can help you, call Bev on 0484 314 163 to arrange your online consultation.