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Support Clients through Menopausal Changes_Final

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>> Hi, and welcome back. In this lecture, we'll discuss how to support your clients who are approaching or experiencing menopause. We'll cleave in on what you can do to help your female clients make this phase of life more bearable and even enjoyable. As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, there are plenty of ways you can connect with and support clients who are undergoing this transition. Coaching clients who struggle with menopause is no different than coaching any other client. The main things to focus on are diet, exercise, lifestyle, and of course primary food. Since we have an entire lecture devoted exclusively to diet, we'll focus on the other three in this lecture. There are a ton of resources out there on the Internet that suggest different remedies for alleviating symptoms of menopause. But one thing that's repeatedly neglected in existing materials and programs is a focus on primary food, so let's start there with the missing link. Menopause can be psychologically challenging for many women. So much emphasis in our culture is placed on young beauty, and central to the symbolism of womanhood is the ability to bear children. When a woman is no longer considered desirable by society and no longer has the power to create new life can be damaging to her self-esteem if she internalizes these messages. You might hear phrases from women like being dried up or that her ovaries have shriveled up. Having a supportive and non-judgmental person to confide in about these shifts can be critical for a woman during this transition. Just creating a safe space for your client to be heard and asking high-mileage questions can be more powerful than any herb, juice, or relaxation technique. As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, you have the ability to be present for your clients to guide them through this often confusing and difficult time of life. Active and powerful listening will support your clients and creates a space for you to help them uncover which areas of primary food they may be deficient in. A big one during this stage of life is intimacy and relationships. There's a prevailing myth that your sex life ends when you hit your later years in life. This is especially so for women. Women approaching or experiencing menopause often feel like they're no longer sexy or that their sex lives are coming to an end. As you've learned the hormonal shifts that occur during this time can cause decreased sex drive. And so often there are chemical changes in the body that are fueling a feeling of disinterest. This can complicate matters. But the truth is, regardless of a woman's age or her hormones, every woman can and should feel sexy. This is one of those conversations that may feel awkward to approach with your clients, but you'd be doing them a disservice not to go there. Support and empower your clients to embrace their sexuality and their sensuality through menopause. Ask them, "What can they do to connect to themselves? What about to their partners?" Many women in menopause experience vaginal dryness as a result of menopause and cite this as a reason that they've stopped having sex. If clients express this concern, remind them that there are many high-quality organic lubricants that they can buy in health food stores or online to use in place of their own natural lubrication. You can also encourage them to drink lots of water and eat hydrating foods like cucumber and watermelon. Staying hydrated won't make a woman produce more lubrication than she's currently able to, but being dehydrated can cause her to produce less. Plus, here's a cool bonus tip you can let your clients in on, for women who are still in perimenopause, orgasms increase levels of estradiol, so the more they use it, the less they lose it. When a woman stays connected to the things that give her vitality, her primary food, it will make her more resilient and symptoms will feel easier to tolerate. Plus, staying active, connected, healthy, and intimate will help keep the body strong and promote balance. This can help to alleviate symptoms. With that said, let's shift gears and talk about the types of recommendations you can make to your clients to help them feel more balanced and manage their symptoms. As always, the best place to start is with prevention. Now you certainly can't stop menopause from happening and you can't prevent the symptoms either, but there are plenty of things that women in their 20s and 30s can do preventatively to promote health and balance. That way once they enter perimenopause and the hormones do start to shift, they're at least starting off in a better position. Here are the top five things that clients can do before perimenopause begins to make the experience of menopause more manageable. One, be mindful of weight. Fat cells produce excess estrogen, and then this estrogen signals the body to store fat. This can in turn create additional estrogen leading to additional linking. As you can see, this is a vicious cycle. Two, eat a clean diet, it's important to include hormone-balancing and nutrient-dense foods in the diet. This includes healthy fats, fiber, and probiotics to promote healthy digestion. This also means avoiding foods that will aggravate symptoms like alcohol, refined sugars, refined oils, processed foods, and conventional meat. Are you seeing a trend here? Three, sleep. Getting enough sleep and getting high-quality sleep are important for the body to stay healthy, strong, and balanced. Four, manage stress. As women approach their middle years and beyond, it's important to stay connected to loved ones and engage in supportive relationships. This is so important for managing stress. Engaging with positive people and staying social and active will positively set the stage for patterns later in life. Five, limit exposure to toxic chemicals, particularly those that mimic estrogen such as plastics. Excess estrogen circling around the body doesn't create a stored supply for when the body stops producing it but rather creates estrogen dominance which throws the body out of balance and comes with a host of unpleasant symptoms. Have you noticed a pattern going on through this list? The very things that a person can do to promote hormonal balance are the same keys that set a woman up to go through menopause with minimal discomfort. While it's never too late to implement better patterns and lifestyle choices, it's also never too early to start planning ahead especially when it comes to aging gracefully. Now let's talk about specific lifestyle recommendations you can make for your clients who are already experiencing the symptoms of menopause which can help them manage their symptoms and feel more comfortable. Before we jump in, I want to preface this by saying that there is no natural cure for menopause or some magic herb or pill that will make a woman's symptoms go away entirely. Once again, bio-individuality is a major determinant of success. What works for one woman may not work for the next, so encourage your clients to explore these options and see what works for them as an individual. Avoid using language that implies a promise or a guarantee that a certain product or food will work. And remember, if you have any feeling that a client needs medical attention, never hesitate to recommend that she visit her doctor. With that said, let's talk about things that clients can add into their daily routines to help make menopause a more peaceful and positive stage of life. We'll start with essential oils. Essential oils are great for so many things and menopause is one of them. There are four oils that have been shown to be especially helpful for managing the symptoms of menopause clary sage, geranium, citrus, and lavender. Clary sage oil has been shown to help naturally influence the balance of estrogen in the body. Studies have also found that inhaling the scent of clary sage can help manage stress and improve mood by decreasing cortisol. It may also help slow down the development of osteoporosis. Here's a cool trick. When clients feel hot flashes coming on, they can try rubbing three drops of diluted clary sage onto their feet or the backs of their neck for relief. Another quick relief method is to gently inhale the oil. Aromatherapy using clary sage can also boost mood. Pretty cool, right? Geranium oil has helped many women menopause with dry skin. Due to the hormonal changes in menopause the skin often becomes dry and loses elasticity. Massaging diluted geranium oil into the skin regularly can help lock in and preserve moisture. Here's the perfect excuse for a splurge on an aromatherapy massage. Citrus oil is another great essential oil for menopausal clients to experiment with. Inhalation of citrus oil has been shown to boost sexual desire. Citrus oil also has anti-inflammatory properties which can be helpful for joint and muscle pains. One of the symptoms of menopause is sleep disturbance. Lavender is a soothing oil that promotes sleep. Gently inhaling lavender before bed or keeping a lavender sachet under the pillow can help promote better quality sleep for the clients who struggle with catching their Zs. If your clients are new to essential oils, encourage them to research and invest in only pure and reputable oil brands. Be sure to let them know that oils are powerful and that they will only need to use a few drops at a time. Essential oils can be diluted into unscented lotions or coconut oil to create a scented lotion or balm that they can apply to the skin as needed. Next, let's talk about breathing. As you've learned by now breathing exercises are great for managing stress and slowing down the body. And stress management is important for navigating menopause. But did you know that rhythmic balanced breathing is a great method for coping your way through hot flashes? Relaxed breathing won't make hot flashes go away but it will help your clients to ride them out. Keeping calm and carrying on will keep from fanning the flames and adding any additional heat to the body. It can also help to ease the experience of discomfort. When hot flashes come on, teach your clients to pause and take slow deep breaths in and out. Inhale to the count of five, and exhale to the count of five. As they exhale, encourage them to pay attention to how they could feel the body relaxing. You can practice with your clients in session so they can go home knowing exactly what to do. Another good suggestion is to encourage your clients to dress for comfort. Getting older doesn't mean you have to lose your style or say goodbye to fashionable clothes, but when it comes to managing how you feel when the symptoms of menopause hit, dressing for comfort can make it easier to deal with. Many of my clients have found it helpful to dress in layers once they enter the world of hot flashes. That way, as soon as one hits, they can shed a layer or two and have some control over adjusting their body temperature. This is also a time to invest in supportive footwear, high heels and shoes with poor support can worsen joint pain. There are so many brands out there these days that sell shoes that are both cute and comfortable. What better homework assignment than to give your client permission to go shopping for herself. Here's another great suggestion, low-impact exercise. Staying active and fit is important in preparation for and during menopause. As menopause hits, steady movement should become a priority over intense activity. Vigorous or intense exercise can increase hot flashes and running can create excess pressure on the joints. Walking is an ideal exercise during menopause. Encouraging your clients to fit a 30-minute daily walk into their routine is one of the best things they can do for themselves during this time. And, of course, all of the relaxing exercises we've talked about such as the yoga, tai chi, qigong are great for stress management and also great during menopause. Yoga will help women to stay limber and keeps their circulation flowing. If a client is in her 40s or 50s and has never done yoga, encourage her that it's never too late to start. There are many programs and classes that are targeted to this age range. Another way to support your clients in menopause is to suggest acupuncture. Many women have found acupuncture to be a helpful tool for reducing hot flashes and symptoms of menopause. Acupuncture may be a good step to try before considering hormone replacement therapies or in addition to this type of treatment. Acupuncture is helpful for controlling the perception of pain, increasing blood flow, and bringing the flow of energy back into balance. Specifically, acupuncture may help with hot flashes, night sweats, back and neck pain, joint pain, headaches, fatigue, heart palpitations, insomnia, and mood. Not too shabby. Results are typically experienced as the result of weekly visits for about two months. You can help your client by looking for a reputable acupuncturist in their area with them. You could also create partnerships with acupuncturists in your community. This is a great way to send each other referrals as well as a mutually support your clients. Last but not least, let's talk about supplements. There are several great supplements that your clients can talk to their doctors about to help manage their menopausal symptoms. We'll go over the top five. Black cohosh, this traditional herb has been extensively studied and shown to be one of the best remedies for hot flashes. Black cohosh naturally works to help preserve hormonal balance in the body. It may also help with night sweats, anxiety, and sleep disturbances. Dong quai, this is a Chinese herb that's known to naturally help support the balance of female hormones. Women who experience heavy bleeding should not take dong quai. St. John's wort, this herb has been used for over 2,000 years. Many found it helpful as a mood booster and sleep aid. St. John's wort can help ease the psychological impacts of menopause. Also, when taken with black cohosh, St. John's wort seems to boost its efficacy. However, clients who take antidepressants, birth control pills, heart medication, blood thinners, tamoxifen should definitely avoid St. John's wort as these are dangerous to combine. Red ginseng tea. Red ginseng may be helpful against hot flashes and for keeping cholesterol levels at bay. Ginseng may also provide a helpful boost for energy and sexual arousal. Vitex also known as the chasteberry is an herb that has similar effects as black cohosh. There's some evidence to support that this herb may help naturally increase LH levels, inhibit excess release of FSH, and regulate prolactin. This all helps to support the balance of estrogen to progesterone ratios in the body. A final word about supplements, we don't include dosage recommendations in this lecture or in this course because it's important that you encourage your clients to consult with their doctor or some other medical professional on which supplements and how much of them they should be taking. Some herbs shouldn't be used by individuals with certain health conditions or who take certain medications. So while anyone can go out and buy an herbal supplement, it's important that you encourage your clients to be educated and thoughtful consumers. Have them research what works for them rather than doling out standard information that may not be in their best interest. Okay, you now have enough recommendations to keep your menopausal clients busy through a whole 6-Month Program. That was a lot of great information we just covered, so let's recap. You can help support your clients who are approaching or experiencing menopause through diet and lifestyle recommendations. Another important way to help is to listen deeply and ask high-mileage questions so you can support your clients emotionally through this transition. Help your clients maintain or regain balance with primary food. You can also encourage your female clients in their 20s and 30s to balance their hormones while they're young to create an easier transition later on. To help your clients manage their symptoms related to menopause, you can make suggestions regarding essential oils, breathing exercises, dressing for comfort, low impact exercise, acupuncture, and herbal supplements. Whenever recommending a supplement, be sure to encourage your client to check with their doctor before taking anything new. Have you ever worked with a client experiencing menopause or perimenopause? What types of recommendations did you make? What helped and what didn't? Let's take some time to learn from one another by sharing our experiences in the Facebook group. See you there.

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