What happens when you hit menopause/andropause (men)?

I can have a word on this as I already passed my 50th birthday.

During menopause or perimenopause, the estrone levels climb  and estradial levels fall (can be tested with estrone metabolite test available in my clinic).  There may be symptoms of hypothyroid symptoms (weight gain, fatigue, mild depression, hair loss, dry skin, dry vagina etc.) even though your thyroxine levels are normal. This is because your cells don’t pick up the thyroxine. In fact, by the time the blood test detects deficiency, your thyroid may have already lost 70% of its function.

During this period, abdominal fats build up and there will be increased insulin resistance in cells. You don’t burn carbohydrate food easily and blood sugars keep fluctuating. This may lead to mood swings, depression, anxiety for no reason, poor concentration, heart diseases, stroke etc. Many are also not aware that Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, heart attacks and stroke are also related to hormonal imbalance.

Some people started to use hormone therapy such as HRT (which increases the risk of cancer) or progesterone replacement therapy offered by some anti-aging doctors. This not only creates havoc in your system in the long run like risk of cancer but it does not solve the root cause of the problem.

During menopause or perimenopause  or andropause for men, the adrenals (the 2 organs sitting on your kidneys) take over the job  of your ovaries (for women) as the ovaries stop secreting estrogen (which makes your skin dry and increased in heart disease) and progesterone.

The secret is to nourish your adrenals to support your hormonal system. This requires healthy fats which is why I advocated PhytoEFA. Phytolec is also used to reduce stress hormones which can exhaust the adrenals. Hart tongue elixir is also used to balance the hormones and thyroid and this should be taken at least for 1 month per year. Externally the skin care product from Germany Virita White Lily is an organic herbal cream to replenish loss of skin tone due to hormone depletion. Other herbs such as sage and violet can slow down hormone depletion.

However, to benefit from the above, we firstly need to remove obstacles to health with a the Gut rejuvenation program. This is a 3 to 6 weeks program that I advocated all to undertake for at least once a year.

We won’t be young forever. However there is something safe and natural you can do to slow down the process so that you may have many good years to come. Why not?  You don’t have to be a victim of aging.

The earlier you start to work on this, the better the outcome.






About sliew

I am a practicing Medical herbalist and doctor of naturopathy from Singapore.
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