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I originally set up Menopause Support to pass on information and experiences I gathered through my tricky menopause. If you want my ideas, tips and products to help you with your symptoms, or if you want to know more about the latest menopause research then read my blog. I?d love to hear your feedback so please post a comment at the bottom of the page!

How much fruit and veg should I be eating?

4. February 2011 07:34

At least five and preferably eight is the result of two new research studies from Oxford University.  In the first study 300,000 people from countries across Europe were assessed and it was found that eating at least eight portions reduces the risk of dying from heart disease by 22% compared with eating less than three portions.  The second study found that eating at least five portions could save 15,000 lives a year by reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke.    


For menopausal women this is really important as the risk of heart disease and strokes increases dramatically as your female hormones reduce as you go through the menopause.  Also by eating a wide range of plant foods including garlic, celery, broccoli, carrots, potatoes, apples, plums, cherries and rhubarb you are supporting your dropping oestrogen levels as these foods provide beneficial ‘phyto-oestrogen’ nutrients too. 


So how to start eating more fruit and veg?  The best way I know is to snack on fruit between meals (rather than the chocolate bars or biscuits) and at proper meal times make half your plate covered with vegetables.  You might also like to think about some vegetable based recipes.  Two of the favourites here at Menopause Support are for mushroom stroganoff and roasted red peppers.  They’re delicious! If you’d like to have these recipes just send us an email to – enjoy!  

British women suffer more during menopause than women abroad!

22. September 2010 12:21

An interesting survey from The University of Westminster was published recently about the level of reported menopausal symptoms from women living in London, America, Canada, China and Japan.  The report concludes that British women experienced more severe symptoms than those in other countries from around the world and that this is probably due to stress.  The researchers believe that stress could be one of the key factors exacerbating the condition in British women.  I wonder about this too, as I’m sure our generation are having a harder time at menopause than our mother’s and grandmother’s generations and just maybe this is because we try to pack so much into our lives?


The range of symptoms included all the normal ones that we know so well – night sweats, hot flushes, fatigue, insomnia, constipation, upset stomach, aching joints and depression. The results show that hot flushes and night sweats were common to all women but other symptoms such as tiredness, insomnia and irritability depended on culture, age and where they lived. 


Higher levels of hot flushes were experienced by British and American women compared with Chinese and Japanese.  The study suggests that this may be due to the large amounts of soya in Eastern diets helping to support the drop in oestrogen through the menopause.  I think this could be true, but suggest you stick to the fermented whole bean soya foods such as tofu, temph and miso.


The final conclusion of the study is that “Each women needs to be treated according to her unique experiences going through the menopause and we shouldn’t allow stereotypes to distort what the menopause entails.”  Here at Menopause Support we totally agree with this statement and aim through our Menopause Support Programme to give women the information, advice and support they need to make the right decision about their own menopause treatments.


The Cosmetic ‘Con’!

19. August 2010 12:00

At menopause our bodies become more sensitive to what’s in the beauty products and cosmetics that we put on our skin.


We know that our skin absorbs whatever we put on it – great when you’re using peppermint aromatherapy oil to sooth your headache but not so good if the contents of your shampoo, body lotion or toothpaste make your menopausal symptoms worse.


But what to look out for?  The  ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ labels are unreliable – I spend my time reading the ingredients listed on the back (with a magnifying glass!) and often find a list of chemicals – some of which are known to make menopausal symptoms worse.  For example, SLS or SLES – sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulphate, a foaming agent which is in everything from shampoos to toothpastes.  It is a known irritant and should be avoided if possible. 


Also there’s the Parabens, a group of chemicals used for over 50 years as preservatives – which are thought to act as ‘xeno-oestrogens’  – upsetting the oestrogen balance in your body. Highly undesirable at any time of life but definitely to be avoided at the menopause.


At the Menopause Support on-line shop (where all the profits go to support our work with menopausal women) we only sell properly 100% organic products you can trust.  Why not take a look at ?