August 2015 archive

PSSST…HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT PHYTOESTROGENS?

Chicks, we’re in love……..With phytoestrogens. Never heard of them? Then read on…

 

Blackberries in a Ceramic BowlPhytoestrogens are causing a lot of excitement among us menopause enthusiasts (if you can call us that!). Phytoestrogens are a plant-based nutrient that behave like the hormone oestrogen. Because our declining level of oestrogen is responsible for many of the symptoms we experience during our journey towards (and through) menopause, finding something that can mimic it might really help.

Ok, we know phytoestrogens aren’t a miracle cure. But we believe they’re definitely worth trying. And we’re not the only ones.

As you know, we chicks at HC HQ love doing a spot of research. One of favourite experts on women and the menopause, Marilyn Glenville, writes that 85% of women in the western world experience menopause symptoms compared to only 14% in Asian countries. Why might that be?

Diet, it seems, is key. Asian diets are usually high in soya bean products. And soya is a high source of phytoestrogen. See the connection..?

OK, so what do we need to stock up on?

  • soya products – eat them in their traditional form including tofu, miso, and organic soya milk
  • chickpeas, lentils, peas, kidney beans
  • nuts and seeds, especially walnuts and flaxseeds
  • wholegrain, oats, lentils, rice, rye
  • vegetables
  • fruits
  • herbs and spices, including red clover, black cohosh, panax ginseng, cinnamon and parsley.

So we know what we’ll be stocking up on this weekend: all aboard the phytoestrogen train, choo choo!

Let us know how you get on as we love to hear from you.

Carol & Tina

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Let’s talk… dry skin

Hi chicks, this week’s blog is all about dry skin – something we’ve both been suffering with lately.

coffee and coconut body scrub

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Surprise surprise, it’s yet another thing that we can blame the pesky menopause for, boo! But on the positive side, it’s something that we can deal with fairly easily. Read on chicks…So, first the science: what’s causing it? During the perimenopause and menopause, our oestrogen levels drop. Oestrogen is our power house, responsible for many fabulous things including stimulating the formation of our skin. As our oestrogen levels drop, production drops, our bodies’ ability to retain moisture diminishes, and this in turn leads to drier, thinner skin.That’s the negative stuff out the way. As you know by now, we here at HC HQ are all about kicking the menopause’s butt, finding solutions to help us sparkle inside and out. And we have a few tried and tested top tips for combatting dry skin.

First, the feet.

Feet tend to be on the drier side anyway, all the more now the sun’s out (hmm, well it was yesterday!). The most effective way we’ve found to inject so much needed moisture into our tootsies is to smother them in petroleum jelly (cheap as chips!), pull on a pair of socks, tuck ourselves into bed for a good night’s sleep – and ta dah! Super soft feet in the morning, woo hoo! Now, we realise that this may not be the sexiest look on the planet, but a chick’s gotta do what a chick’s gotta do, and a chick’s gotta have super soft feet in the summer!

Next, your entire body…

Try to up your intake of omega 3 fatty acids (the ‘good fats’). These fatty acids are responsible for the health of the cell membrane, influencing the cell’s ability to hold water, leading to moister and softer skin. Foods high in omega 3 include salmon, walnuts, eggs and flaxseeds – yum!

Also give dry body brushing a go. This does feel a little strange to begin with, but we can’t rave about it enough. You can buy a brush from places like Boots, and the Body Shop and, just before you get in the shower, use upward movements to brush the skin until you get to your chest, then brush back down. It literally takes 2 minutes at the very most, and this is a fab way of removing the dead skin cells.

Make sure you only use a gentle body wash. Harsh, perfumed ones will only dry your skin out more and we absolutely don’t want that! Kids’ body washes are great – they’re so mild.

Grease yourself up! Apply baby oil or bio oil straight after a bath when you’re skin’s still wet – the perfect way to keep your skin hydrated (and slightly sexier than the Vaseline and socks!).

Up your intake of phytoestrogen (also called dietary oestrogen). Foods high in natural oestrogen include wholegrain, seeds (especially flaxseeds and nuts), tofu, oats, lentils, rice, apples and broccoli. Also try herbs like red clover, black cohosh, dong qui and panax gingseng (we’ll cover these in a future blog).

Let us know if any of these tips work for you, or if you have any other tried and tested strategies – we love to hear from you.

Carol & Tina

Watercolour photo of a pinky red heart

 

 

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