When it comes to health, there are many symptoms I refer to as being “common, but not normal.” In other words, you accept that you need to suffer, not knowing that there are steps you can take to alleviate your challenges. This statement can be particularly true when it comes to menopause.

Too many women today believe that hot flushes, sleeplessness and weight gain are all “accepted” symptoms of menopause. But that’s not true.

It is entirely possible to experience a gentle transition through menopause. Providing your body with the additional support it requires in the lead up to menopause, as well as during menopause, can be key.

By medical definition, menopause has three phases.

The first phase, perimenopause, begins when the ovaries gradually produce less estrogen. Progesterone production is typically low for most women by this stage, mostly as a result of stress and hectic lifestyles. Perimenopause lasts up until menopause when the drop in estrogen levels speeds up. It’s incredibly important to focus on supporting your adrenal health (via stress reduction techniques) and that you maintain optimal levels of progesterone during this time as your ovaries begin to wind down their production of your sex hormones.

Menopause ‘begins’ when you haven’t menstruated for 12 months. This is where women tend to experience an increase in unpleasant symptoms such as hot flushes, interrupted sleep, mood changes, fatigue and vaginal dryness. To best support your body during this time, it’s important to embrace a calming breath-focused practice and nourish yourself with plenty of real wholefoods, minimise or avoid alcohol and to deal with emotions as they arise. It’s also important to maintain good adrenal health, as this is now the sole source of your progesterone production. Progesterone acts as a powerful anti-anxiety agent, an anti-depressant and a diuretic, meaning it allows us to get rid of excess fluid, so optimal levels are critical for our health and wellness.

As your body moves through menopause, you enter post-menopause and this is where menopause symptoms tend to finish. As your body begins to adjust to the change in your sex hormone levels, it’s important to support your thyroid gland. You may notice you tire more easily so supplying your thyroid with selenium and iodine is not only critical to feeling energised but also for your metabolism and fat utilisation capabilities.

Preparing for menopause is just as important as supporting yourself through menopause. The nutrients and lifestyle changes you make ahead of time can have a profound effect on your day-to-day health and set you up for a more comfortable transition into and through menopause.

When creating Cycle Essentials, I wanted to formulate a product that could benefit women of all ages – from a teenager who has just started to menstruate, through to women who were entering or going through menopause. The key to this was a product that harnessed the power of plants to enhance the body’s own progesterone production with concentrated nutrients.

Having optimal levels of progesterone will help you feel more centred, and better able to cope with the pressures of modern life.

To help your body prepare for menopause and during menopause, it can be highly beneficial to take Cycle Essentials for at least three to six months. This gives your body enough time to replenish any deficiencies and to begin using the powerful combination of nutrients to make changes to your well being.

At the moment, we have a special bundle offer on a three months’ supply of Cycle Essentials. Cycle Essentials also works exceptionally well when taken with Liver Love and Organic Daily Greens as the nutrients in all three products are optimised when taken together.

I hope your body benefits from the support offered in the Bio Blends range.