Menopause – Hormonal imbalance! Hot flashes! Moods swings! Weight-gain!

Did I get your attention? Yep, probably.  As I maneuvered my way through menopause, I encountered only one of these symptoms – hot flashes. And to be honest, I really never found a solution except for using long, calming breaths to get through them. I’d say they lasted 2-3 years, and I still occasionally get them….although I can never be sure if I’m having a hot flash or just over-analyzing something like the budget at work, accidentally hearing the news about Trump, driving through a snowstorm, or getting lost in Toronto (damned big city) late at night. Who knows? Sometimes the body is a mystery.

For those of you who know me well, you know I am a podcast FREAK and because I travel a lot for work and I run a lot, I tune-in a lot. Occasionally I just want to share a particular podcast with you or provide you information that might help you on your quest for better health. Disclaimer – when I share this information, it does not mean that I am endorsing a particular idea or theory and I will NEVER endorse a product).  It just means that I found the information to be useful and it might be to you as well. And since many of you, like me, are either edging towards middle-age, or are firmly planted in it (or even beyond it and if that’s the case – power to our elder women – you inspire me!!!), I’m sharing.

In many cases, we can heal ourselves through education.  So with that disclaimer, I shall move ahead and share what I’ve recently learned on Women’s Wellness Radio, a podcast created by Bridgit Danner (, founder of Women’s Wellness Collaborative. In her podcast “Natural Solutions for Hormonal Imbalance” in which she interviewed Dr. Carrie Jones, ND, there was a lot of discussion about ways to deal with various imbalances, but what I found most useful was Dr. Jones’ list of her favorite supplements, many of which I have heard a lot about and a few that I use myself (generally in the form of teas, since the only supplements I actually take are glucosamine/chondroitin for joints because I am a runner and B12 because it was so highly recommended because of my plant-based lifestyle).

Here they are:

  • For menopause: Black Cohosh, Dong Quai, Red Clover.
  • For adrenal support: Ashwaganda, Rhodiola, American Ginseng, High-quality B vitamins, Vitamin C.
  • For better sleep and restorative growth: Magnolia, Passionflower, Chamomile, Valerianhormone.

(Credit to Dr. Carrie Jones, ND)

We are fortunate here in mid-Michigan that there are a number of health-food stores and options for purchasing natural health products and services – I am aware of at least two in Mt. Pleasant, one in Alma, one in Remus and one in Riverdale (geesh, we should be SO healthy here).  Stop-in to one of these places and talk to the folks there about these supplements and/or teas. Try a few things out, but don’t just stop with the list above.  My favorite tea for detox is ginger – you can purchase the tea bags, or use some shredded ginger steeped in hot water for a few minutes and then drained.

If you are interested in learning more about these things and more, consider joining my Intermittent Fasting Workshop Series coming up in early January where we will explore digestion, food, and the ways in which you can change your life and your wellness the natural way.  The series is only $40! Up-level your life and join in the fun. 

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