Women undergo many hormonal changes in their lifetime, one of the most drastic being during menopause, which typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, but can occur as early as the 30s to 40s. Menopause happens naturally when the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, two hormones that are responsible for various female characteristics. Menopause can be a miserable experience for many women, with lots of hot or cold flashes, sleepless nights, mood swings, and changes in libido - but it doesn’t have to be!
In an episode on female hormones of the Healthline Live Radio Show, Dr. Robert Marshall, PhD and co-founder of Quantum Nutrition Labs, discussed how the change in hormones can plague women during menopause. He explained it like this: from age 35-50, progesterone levels typically fall by 75% while estrogen levels fall by 35%. Therefore, by age 50, you have relatively higher estrogen levels as compared to progesterone. This can create many symptoms and place a lot of stress on the liver. This progesterone/estrogen imbalance is a major cause of distressing symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, sleep difficulties, and weight gain.
Dr. Marshall emphasized the importance of the liver in addressing proper hormone balance. “I think one of the most important things to realize is that when you are dealing with menopause or PMS, you’re really dealing with a liver that may be congested.” The liver may be overburdened with a poor diet already, then when menopause occurs, the liver may be unable to handle the added hormonal stress.
However, you can take essential steps to help mitigate menopause symptoms, such as cutting out refined oils in your diet by avoiding foods that contain canola oil, soy oil, safflower oil, etc. Better yet, consider adopting the Biofield Diet Plan for a super healthy diet regimen. To further support hormone balance, you can take a women’s nutritional support product that includes Chaste Tree berry (a natural progesterone-stimulating botanical).
For additional support of the liver, Dr. Marshall recommended liver support agents such as flower pollen and organic honey. “One of my favorite ways to promote the health of the liver: you can jump on pollen and organic honey. You just mix these two guys together... what a great taste!” In addition to a delicious morning treat, this combination helps support optimal liver health and function.
Listen to this episode of Healthline Live below!