After a loooooong blogging break, I’m back and full of ideas and enthusiasm and myth busting messaging about women’s health, from menstruation to post menopause and literally everything in between!
It only seems fitting that I return this week of all weeks because tomorrow, we kick off our first fully online Woman on Fire Summit! Over the past few years, Jenny and I have worked hard to bring you the best and brightest in women’s health and this year…dare I say…I think we’ve outdone ourselves! Instead of just three days of live presentations, we’ve gone completely full-on immersion in broad spectrum brilliance! We have three days of live presentations…but that is only the start…we have a grand total of 45 (!) presentations at WoF this year, that are all being recorded and available to watch…and re-watch…and re-watch! (#cancelNetflix!)
One of the topics that I will be talking about is Building a better Female Brain and this topic of brain fog that we’re hearing about so much in relation to long Covid but menopausal women have been dealing with for a long time.
Undeniably, oestrogen has a huge effect on brain function…whether we’re talking about those first few days of our period, when oestrogen drops and clumsiness, memory and word finding and general functioning in the outside world may be challenging, to menopause, when al of this may be compounded by not only lower levels of oestrogen but also disrupted sleep or hot flashes that are mediated but our temperature control centre…ironically, in the brain!
We could talk about the enormous amount of stress that we’ve going through collectively as a plant over the past year, and the effect that’s having on levels of anxiety and depression, which again, affects far more women than men…I was talking to a mental health colleague last week and she reckons we’ve all got varying degrees of PTSD at this point – tempers are frayed, emails and texts get mis-interpreted, worst conclusions are jumped to…and we’re probably all feeling the effects of social distancing and isolation, not to mention the lack of facial emotional connection we can’t make from behind a mask. (Don’t get me wrong though, I am COMPLETELY in favour of public health strategies to keep us all safe!)
And then there’s dementia…which affects twice as many women as men…and there’s no cure, or even effective management really from a pharmaceutical perspective…but the good news is we DO have evidence that specific lifestyle strategies have enormously preventative, possibly giving up to 80% protection, against developing dementia and cognitive decline in the first place.
So…what do we know works?
Well, if you can’t make it to WOMAN ON FIRE ONLINE this weekend, I’ll be looking at the HUGE benefits behind seemingly simple lifestyle choices and explaining how they can be SO powerful in protecting our brains. Without giving the game away 😉 here are SOME of the evidence based approaches I’ll be exploring:
- Eat less meat, eat more vegetables
- Drink less alcohol, drink more water.
- Scroll on your phone less, sleep more.
- Sit less, move more.
And if you’re pre or perimenopausal, do all you can to keep your ovaries ovulating for as long as you can – Oestrogen, especially Oestradiol is INCREDIBLY important when it comes to protecting your brain, heart and bones – if you’re post menopausal don’t despair, there’s still PLENTY to be done to take care of yourself (see our 3rd Age Menopause certification for more info if you work in women’s health)
But how else do our hormones affect us? I asked you on social media a few weeks ago what YOUR questions were about Hormonal Health as I’m working on my new Female Hormone Masterclass (coming VERY soon! And here’s what you had to say – hopefully the answers in this video are helpful!
Until next time,
Onwards & Upwards,