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Natural Ways to Support Your Body During Perimenopause

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: What can you expect going into perimenopause?
Air Date: 4/1/15
Duration: 10
Host: Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Guest Bio: Doni Wilson, ND
Doni Wilson Doni Wilson, ND, is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, natural health expert, nutritionist and midwife. She specializes in gluten sensitivity, intestinal permeability, adrenal stress, neurotransmitter imbalances, hypothyroidism, women's health, autoimmunity, insulin resistance and genetic variations called 'SNPs,' which can have a profound impact upon your health.

For nearly 20 years, she has helped women, men and children overcome their most perplexing health challenges and achieve their wellness goals by crafting individualized strategies that address the whole body and the underlying causes of health issues. She is the creator of The Hamptons Cleanse and author of The Stress Remedy: Master Your Body's Synergy & Optimize Your Health as well as the bestselling e-book Stress Remedies: How to Reduce Stress and Boost Your Health in Just 15 Minutes a Day.
  • Book Title: The Stress Remedy: Master Your Body’s Synergy & Optimize Your Health
Natural Ways to Support Your Body During Perimenopause
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As your body ages, it’s natural for you to experience menopause. One stage that is often overlooked, however, is perimenopause, which tends to occur around the time menopause begins and ends.

This stage usually begins when your ovaries start decreasing their production of eggs, right up until they stop functioning. During this time, you may experience a slew of symptoms, ranging from minor headaches to noticeable weight gains.

Luckily, there are natural ways you can help support your body during perimenopause.

Perimenopause Symptoms May Vary

There is a lot of mystery surrounding perimenopause and menopause symptoms. Some are well known and oft-talked about, like hot flashes, which can happen as frequently as every 10 to 15 minutes throughout the entire day or night. But, others are less common.

Achiness, headaches, joint pain, and migraines may seem out of place, but they can be caused by perimenopause. Other less-common symptoms can include vaginal dryness, a change in bowel movements, acne, an increased urinary frequency, and unwanted weight gain, especially around the middle.

Doni Wilson, ND, notes that every area can be affected: sexual health, sleep, weight, and energy levels.

Everyone is different, and, as such, may experience different symptoms. Some women are more prone to vaginal or bladder infections, while others may not get any infections at all but experience hard mood swings and hot flashes. Irritability and anxiety can also be common.

The Natural Way to Detox and Treat Perimenopause

Because of the wide range of symptoms, overall wellness should be the main goal, instead of seeking to individually treat each symptom as it occurs. To meet this demand, Doni Wilson has created a natural liver detox full of estrogen support for all stages of perimenopause and menopause. The detox includes:

  • B vitamins: B6 (P5P), folate (5MTHF), and B12
  • Methylation support: choline, SAMe
  • Magnesium
  • Indole-3 carbinol, diindolmethionine (DIM), and sulfurophane
  • Turmeric (Curcumin) and Resveratrol
  • Milk Thistle (Silymarin)
  • Green Tea Extract

This solution effectively targets each symptom and can help regulate your estrogen level whether you have low estrogen or need to increase it.

Lastly, Wilson recommends switching to a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet rich in lean proteins and antioxidants. Eat small meals frequently throughout the day to keep your metabolism running and your appetite in check, and be aware of your body’s needs in terms of missing nutrients or vitamins.

In the accompanying audio segment, Dr. Doni Wilson joins Dr. Holly to share several tips on how you can support your body during perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause.

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