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Why You Need to Boost Your Protein Absorption at the Menopause

Aug 03, 2018

Last week we looked into the importance of maintaining muscle mass during the years of the menopause and beyond, and how this can help you start active, independent and youthful well into your golden years.

[If you haven’t read it already, click here. I’ll wait…]

Now I’ll continue this topic of ageing gracefully by taking a look at the most important nutrient you need if you want to stay as strong, healthy and youthful as you deserve.

It’s protein.

However, it’s not enough to just up your intake and cross your fingers. You also need to make sure you’re absorbing the protein in your diet so your body can use it effectively and you can keep glowing with health.

If you don’t, you could pile on more weight, suffer from insomnia, struggle to find enough energy to make it through the day without your mid-afternoon ‘treats’, and start ageing much faster.

So let’s talk more about protein. We’ll be looking at what...

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Strength and the Menopause: Why It’s Vital to Maintain Muscle as We Age

Jul 27, 2018

It’s extremely important that you take steps to maintain your muscle mass and strength before, during and after the menopause.

Why?

Because after the age of 35, we lose an average of 5% of our muscle mass every ten years in an age-related process known as sarcopenia, and it’s one of the primary side-effects of ageing. Although the process is the same for men, us women have it worse post-menopause.

I’m aware that this might not be news for you, because most of us are pretty clued-up about what happens when we get older, aren’t we? So much so that you might think you don’t need to worry about it at all just yet.

But actually, it’s this process that will have a massive impact upon your health now and well into the future.

If you want to stay youthful, healthy, energetic, confident and independent into your golden years, you NEED to think about maintaining your muscle mass, starting right now.

Why are strength and muscle mass so important when...

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Self Care: 4 Self-Care Tips to Help You Take Care of Your Hormones

Jul 20, 2018

This week I’ve been sharing my favourite self-care tips on Instagram and Facebook with the aim of inspiring you to be kinder to yourself and nurture yourself just a little bit more.

To make sure no one missed these posts, I’ve decided to put them all together into this easy-reference blog that you can come back to whenever you need a quick reminder.

I do all of these things every day and they really help me to keep my energy levels up, keep my hormones in balance and also take care of my mental and physical health.

Which of these self-care practices do you already do? Which could YOU add to your daily routine?

Day 1. Choose fluoride-free toothpaste

The first thing you should do to take care of your hormones is switch to a fluoride-free toothpaste.

Whether you’re peri-menopausal, menopausal or post-menopausal, this simple switch will make a massive difference to your overall hormone balance.

Watch the short video below to find out why.

Day 2: Practice tongue...

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How to Reduce Your Hot Flushes Naturally

Jul 14, 2018

Hot flushes are one of the most common symptoms of the menopause, and most of us will experience them at least once in our lives.

In some ways, they’re also one of the worst.

They don’t just disturb your sleep, disrupt your life and make you feel constantly on edge, wondering when the next hot flush is about to strike.

Hot flushes are also far too public.

You can’t exactly hide them when your cheeks are glowing, your carefully-applied make up is starting to slide off your face and your clothes are getting clammy and uncomfortable.

The summer months or trips abroad can be especially bad when you’re battling these hot flushes because you’re already feeling hot, so those internal temperature fluctuations only make things worse.

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already looked for a solution to your hot flushes.

You’ve probably tired the usual tricks such as using a fan, drinking cold drinks and spraying your face with cool water....

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Menopause and Food Sensitivities- It’s Not Just Your Changing Hormones

Jul 05, 2018

Food sensitivities often come to rear their nasty heads as you approach the menopause.

Even if you’ve happily eaten a certain food hundreds of times before, these days you only have to look at it and you find yourself struggling with indigestion, bloating, nausea, constipation, itchy skin, headaches, a cough or runny nose, hives, IBS, stomach ache or excess gas.

It can be incredibly uncomfortable, not to mention frustrating.

And if that wasn’t enough, your food intolerance or sensitivity also worsens your hot flushes and leaves you feeling completely and utterly rubbish. It’s not much fun at all.

So let me help you do something about it.

Follow me as I explain why you’re much more likely to suffer with food sensitivities like these during the menopausal years, what the usual food sensitivity triggers are and why these foods trigger a reaction.

Then I’ll share with you a six-step plan that will help you ease those digestive issues, balance your hormones...

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How I Created Hormonal Balance [PODCAST #15]

Jun 29, 2018

Long-lasting hormone balance can be a tricky thing to attain.

It’s far too tempting to look for quick fixes like HRT which promise you’ll get fast results.

But who could blame you? It’s tough dealing with fluctuating hormones, fatigue, hot flushes, weight gain and everything else that comes along during the peri-menopause and menopause.

However, there is another way you can create hormonal balance, reduce any symptoms and feel energetic, youthful and sexy for as long as possible.

It’s taking a more holistic, long-term approach to your health.

It’s being patient enough to know that you can achieve better health if you take daily action to heal both inside and out.

That’s why every day I use my hormonal toolkit.

It helps me give my hormones some TLC, ensures I’m feeding my body with the nutrients it needs to thrive, and it helps me make the healthiest lifestyle choices that help me feel energetic, amazing and gorgeous.

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Do You Need to Worry about Your High Androgen Levels?

Jun 21, 2018

Have you noticed you’re getting more than your fair share of unwanted facial hair?

Perhaps despite being well out of your teenage years (ahem!), you still keep breaking out with acne?

Or you’re starting to get slightly worried about how thin your hair is becoming, the mood swings are becoming more intense, the belly fat is piling on and you’ve never felt worse.

If this sounds familiar, then your androgen levels could be high, and you might also be suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) too.

Unlike many of the other hormonal imbalances I talk about, this is one which has probably been there throughout most of your life, yet has never been diagnosed. Even if you have been formally diagnosed with PCOS or high androgen levels (hyperandrogenism), you’ll often find that your symptoms often get worse as you approach the menopause.

I see it on a regular basis when working with my clients. I see the huge impact the symptoms have on their health, their...

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Podcast #14: How Sex Toys Can Heal Your Sexual Problems (with Sam Evans of Jo Divine Sexual Health)

Jun 15, 2018

Sex toys.

How do you feel when you read that word?

Do you feel uncomfortable? Start shifting uncomfortably in your seat? Look over your shoulder to check whether your partner is looking or wonder if you should click away?

Many people view sex toys as something which should never be discussed, let alone used.

But today I want you to be brave. Don’t click away.

Because sex toys could be the answer you've been waiting for. 

Click the play button this week’s podcast and listen to Kathryn’s interview with Sam Evans- founder of Jo Divine Sexual Health.

She’s a former nurse who is working hard to help women embrace their sexuality, heal themselves naturally and discover how pleasure can transform your self-image and health.

Listen to the podcast to discover:

  • The connection between optimal sexual health and sexual satisfaction

  • Why vaginas don’t need perfumed products and the damage these products can do

  • How to understand what is ‘normal’ and...
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There’s No Such Thing as An Average Menopausal Woman

Jun 01, 2018

If you believe everything you read about the menopause you’ll think that the average age for the menopause is fifty one.

And that the average menopause lasts four years.

And that the average menopausal woman suffers from hot sweats once or twice per day, and will also battle night sweats, difficulty sleeping, headaches, anxiety, a reduced sex drive and so on.

But there’s one major problem in all of this talk about the ‘average woman’.

You’re not average.

I’m not average.

And there’s no such thing as an average menopause!

It really annoys me when I read misleading information such as this. It tricks us into thinking that if our hormones don’t conform to this ‘average’ or we don’t fit the ‘norm’ that there’s automatically fundamentally wrong with us. But there really isn’t.

So this week I’d like to dispel some of these myths about the average menopausal woman and explain to you what you...

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Podcast #13: How Bio-Identical Hormones Could Help Your Menopause Symptoms (with Dr. Anu Arasu)

May 25, 2018

Do you ever wish that you could take HRT without worrying about the potential side effects such as an increased risk of breast cancer? Want to stick to your natural healing principles but you’re finding that everything you’ve tried so far just isn’t working?

Then you’ll love this week’s podcast episode!

Earlier this week, I sat down with Dr. Anu Arasu, a London-based GP who specialises in bio-identical hormones to find out more about this natural alternative to HRT as well as learn more about her unique approach to the menopause.

We discuss everything from the impact lifestyle choices have on hormones (don’t miss what she says about meditation!), why you don’t ‘run out of hormones’ post-menopause, whether it’s ever OK to take the pill and much more besides.

I loved talking to her because she's a valuable link between the NHS and an approach known as Functional Medicine, and provides a women’s healthcare service which...

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