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I’m Charlotte, founder of Mena-pause.com, a food company that harnesses the power of nature to create a healthy and nutritious range of menopause-friendly food. As a scientist and keen herbologist, I want to allow women to easily incorporate plant oestrogen-rich foods and beneficial botanicals into their diet, and bring women natural relief from unwanted symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause.
Charlotte Blackler, Founder
Many people have discovered that eating a natural diet which is rich in phytoestrogens, or plant oestrogens can help relieve menopause symptoms. As women age, our bodies naturally slow down in preparation for stopping menstruation. As a result, oestrogen hormone levels drop, during the initial phase called perimenopause. Women can start experiencing symptoms that can impact every aspect of their life; physically, mentally and emotionally.
What are the signs of menopause?
The symptoms of menopause can begin long before your periods actually end. The signs usually begin between the ages of 45 and 55 years. Perimenopause can cause symptoms of anxiety, mood swings, with periods becoming heavier and more erratic. During menopause itself, a year after your periods have stopped, your body’s hormone levels become more stable, but it can still cause further unwelcome side effects for years afterwards.
What are menopause symptoms?
Lower levels of the oestrogen hormone can affect everyone differently, but symptoms can include; hot flushes, night sweats, joint pain, bladder issues, insomnia, vaginal dryness, changes to heart rate and bone density and issues with dry hair and skin, low mood and anxiety, poor concentration levels and low libido. These symptoms have a huge impact on some women’s lives.
Menopause in different cultures
There is evidence that women from Japan and Asia experience less severe menopause symptoms than their western counterparts. Their diet contains a higher percentage of vegetables and soy than ours in the west. These foods contain higher levels of phytoestrogens or plant oestrogens, and it is believed that increasing your intake of food, which is rich in phytoestrogens or having a diet rich in oestrogen-rich foods can help relieve menopause symptoms naturally.
At Mena-pause.com we work in harmony with the natural world, selecting the finest ingredients to create great-tasting foods which make it easy for women to incorporate oestrogen-rich foods and snacks into their daily diet.
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