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The impact of menopause on our hair

Women in Menopause hair vitamin supplements

Menopause is a completely natural phase of ageing. However, this biological process can be challenging for women.

The decreasing levels of the hormone oestrogen in your body as you go through menopause can have a range of effects from hot flushes, to memory problems, anxiety and loss of libido. Hair changes are another side effect of shifting hormone levels and can often be the most obvious external impact of menopause on a woman’s body.

As we age our hair inevitably thins and loses its lustre. In combination with the other effects of menopause, this can impact your confidence.

Women in Menopause hair vitamin supplements
Hair growth vitamin tablet supplements for women

Hair Divine - Hair growth and regeneration supplement

Hair growth vitamin tablet supplements for women

If you are struggling with the quality of your hair during menopause we hope that Hair Divine, as a natural hair boosting supplement, can help. Our ingredients contain essential hair vitamins, perfectly balanced to improve the growth and quality of your hair, from the inside out. Each tablet delivers the nutrients your body needs to overcome problems with thin, weak strands and grow strong, healthy hair.

All of our ingredients are made from natural sources with no additives or preservatives. Our tablets are an ideal choice for women looking for natural hair enhancing supplements during menopause.

With stronger, healthier hair, Hair Divine will help you find confidence in your hair, yourself and your beauty.

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Wellbeing tips for menopause

Whilst the challenging aspects of menopause are beginning to be more widely discussed, with more resources, research and sharing of experiences we can find a way to assist our bodies during this time. It’s important also to think about how menopause can be a positive experience. Many women discover or rediscover hobbies, passions and aspects of themselves during this time of change.

There are specific things we can incorporate into our lifestyle and diet to support the wellbeing of body and mind during the physical and hormonal changes which menopause can bring on.

1. Eat nutrient and vitamin dense foods

Eating a balanced diet is important throughout your life, but there are certain vitamins and minerals that are crucial to maintain a healthy body during menopause. Vitamin D and calcium are among them, as bones can weaken due to the hormone shifts.

Try to incorporate lots of vegetables and fruit into your diet, as well as protein, which produces Keratin (great for your hair!). Eat regular meals and light snacks to help maintain a balance, as skipping meals can have a detrimental effect on blood sugar levels and hunger, resulting in excess eating or cravings.

2. Reduce stress

Menopause doesn’t slow down the hectic pace of everyday life, but can create additional stress if hot flushes, problems with memory, or night sweats impact you.

Reduce caffeine intake (as this raises cortisol levels, resulting in bodily stress). Try to build time to care for yourself, either by taking some time out for a hobby you enjoy, massages, meditation or exercise. Talk with family and friends about what support you might need if menopause is impacting your wellbeing.

3. Hydrate

One of the effects of decreased oestrogen can often be dryness. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps counteract dehydration and dryness, as well as reduce the bloating from hormone changes.

4. Balance movement and rest

It can be hard to keep motivated or find the time, but regular exercise is important to build muscle strength, and improve metabolism and joints during menopause. Exercising also releases endorphins which generate a positive feeling in the body, helping to boost your mood. If you find you are struggling with mood changes or depression, talk to family, friends or your doctor.

5. Community and Creativity

Menopause represents a significant change in a woman’s life, but this can be a great opportunity to build relationships and discover new sides to yourself. Try to find a good support network of women who can share their experiences and whom you can talk to about your own challenges.

Look for new opportunities and challenges to channel your creativity. Whether a new sport, your job, painting, reading, baking or charity work, menopause can also be an inspiration.

For further advice about menopause in the workplace: www.menopauseintheworkplace.co.uk

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Happy Tummy Buddha Bowl

Buddha Bowl Hair growth vitamin tablet supplements for women

When eating for the menopause, many women find it helpful to have their bigger meal for lunch and eat a lighter supper to help them digest their food before bed.

This easy to make Buddha Bowl is super nutritious and easy to digest. It will keep your energy levels up and help keep your hair, eyes, skin and teeth stay healthy too!

During the menopausal stage, declining levels of oestrogen bring on a range of symptoms as outlined above. There are lots of foods you can eat to support these symptoms. Potassium and magnesium found in the avocado, pumpkin and sunflower seeds are vital nutrients to support hormone balance, water balance and regulate blood pressure. Lentils and sunflower seeds contain a phytonutrient called phytoestrogen which helps to balance oestrogen levels.

The smoked salmon and pumpkin seeds contain Omega 3s which are essential fatty acids that support female and male hormones. The kale, spinach and lentils are a great source of B9 (Folate) which aids protein digestion, cognitive health (memory) and the formation of red and white blood cells. The pumpkin and sunflower seeds are a great source of Zinc, Vitamin D and B Vitamins, B1 to B6. Vitamin D is essential for maintaining bone mineral density and magnesium is a co-factor needed for the conversion of vitamin D in the body. Foods high in magnesium include spinach, kale and pumpkin seeds.

The sweet potato contains biotin which helps the digestion of fats, carbohydrates and protein. A deficiency in biotin has also been shown bring symptoms such as dry skin, hair loss, loss of hair colour and fatigue.

Serves two

Buddha Bowl Hair growth vitamin tablet supplements for women

Ingredients

Buddha bowl

120 g / 6 strips smoked salmon
1 cup of green or black tinned lentils
1 cup / 20g kale (no stems)
1 cup / 30g baby spinach
1 avocado
1 sweet potato
80g quinoa
1 spring onion
1 red chilli
½ lime

Punchy Asian dressing

2 cm / 1 tsp grated ginger
1 tbsp tamari soy sauce (or coconut aminos if on a soya free diet)
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard

Super seed topper (makes 4 portions)

Pumpkin seeds x g (1 cup)
Sunflower seeds x g (1 cup)
Coconut Aminos 1 tbsp

Method

Turn oven to 180°C Fan / 200°C / gas mark 6

  1. Wash the sweet potato. Slice into batons (leaving skin on for extra fibre) and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Drizzle over ½ tbsp of rapeseed or olive oil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes
  2. Rinse the quinoa in a sieve then place in a small saucepan with 175 ml of boiling water and a pinch of sea salt. Bring back to the boil for 3 minutes and then turn the heat down really low, place a lid on the pan and allow to steam for 10 minutes (or until all the water is absorbed)
  3. To make the dressing, peel the ginger (easy to do with the back of a spoon) and grate. Add grated ginger to a jam jar with the tamari or coconut aminos, sesame oil and Dijon mustard. Shake to combine.
  4. To make the seed mix: keeping the pumpkin and sesame seeds separate, mix the coconut aminos with the sesame seeds in a bowl. Place a dry frying pan on a medium heat then add the pumpkin seeds and toast for 1 minute stirring continuously. Then add the sunflower seed mix to the pan and toast for another minute turning regularly until the pumpkin skins start to split and make a popping sound. This should take 2 minutes from start to finish.
  5. Drain and rinse the tinned lentils and measure out 1 cup
  6. Assemble all ingredients in a bowl. Arrange similar colours opposite each other. Add the seed mix and drizzle some dressing to taste. Finish with a squeeze of lime if desired.

Allergens

Mustard
Soy
Sulphites
Sesame seeds (oil)

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Recipe by Caroline Power, Natural Chef

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