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What is perimenopause, and what holistic support is available

Perimenopause is a transition phase that women go through before reaching menopause. It usually starts in a woman's 40s but can begin earlier or later for each individual. During perimenopause, the body undergoes hormonal changes, leading to various symptoms such as irregular periods, hot flashes, mood swings, sleep disturbances, and vaginal changes.

Holistic support can be helpful in managing the symptoms and overall well-being during perimenopause. Holistic approaches emphasize addressing the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of an individual's health. Here are some holistic support options:

Lifestyle modifications: Incorporating healthy habits into your daily routine can support hormone balance and alleviate symptoms. This can include maintaining a nutritious diet, regular exercise, stress reduction techniques (such as meditation or yoga), and getting adequate sleep.

Herbal remedies: Some natural herbs and supplements may offer relief from perimenopause symptoms. Examples include black cohosh, red clover, evening primrose oil, and dong quai. However, it's important to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any herbal remedies to ensure safety and proper dosage.

Mind-body techniques: Practices like acupuncture, massage therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) have been found to be beneficial in managing symptoms and improving quality of life during perimenopause.

Nutritional support: Certain dietary changes may help alleviate perimenopause symptoms. Adding foods rich in phytoestrogens (such as soy, flaxseeds, and lentils) and omega-3 fatty acids (found in fatty fish, walnuts, and chia seeds) can be beneficial.

It's important to note that every person's experience with perimenopause is unique, and what works for one individual may not work for another. It's recommended to consult with a healthcare provider or a holistic practitioner to discuss individualized approaches and determine the best holistic support plan for you.

If you would like to discuss options specific to you, please book an initial consultation with Nourishe Natural Health.

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