Female Hormones and the Brain - Mastering Menopause with Dr Sally Moorcroft | E70

podcast Mar 20, 2023
Female Hormones and the Brain and Mastering Menopause

by Dr Ruth Allan | 20 Mar 23

Dr Sally Moorcroft is an award winning integrative and functional medicine doctor. She has special interests in women's health, psychology and the gut microbiome; in particular menopause, peri menopause, PCOS and endometriosis

She writes for national publications, lectures and teaches nationally on integrative and functional medicine. She is cofounder of the Northern Centre of Integrative and Functional Medicine (NCIFM), Lincolnshire; Chapel Yard Organics in Holt, Norfolk and Dr Sally's Botanicals Herbal Teas and Tonics

In this episode we dive into discussing female health and the brain and how to master menopause and address the symptoms you may be experiencing. We discuss the importance of choosing a practitioner that has a comprehensive toolbox to tailor their approach to you, rather than just using a hammer to help you, when a chisel is best

Dr Sally discusses the key signs that you are going into perimenopause and menopause, and what factors that we have the power to influence to minimise the hormonal rollercoaster, including your stress levels, weight, diet and gut health, which can lead to emotional symptoms and brain health worsening

She talks about the symptoms experienced as our hormonal levels rise and fall, and what you can do about it to reduce the symptoms you are experiencing. We discuss the impact on the adrenal glands and Hypothalamic-Pituatary-Adrenal (HPA) axis when your stress levels are consistently too high, which can lead to a reduction in the hormones DHEA and oestrogen, resulting in a reduction in brain function when oestrogen is low

She dives into polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), often called the diabetes of the ovaries due to insulin sensitivity, what causes the symptoms that you can experience and what you can do about it, including supplements you can use

I absolutely loved this episode as we had so much to share around helping women manage their female hormonal fluctuations, with simple, actionable steps you can take today to better manage any hormonal rollercoaster you are on

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Discussed in this podcast

  • 02.40 - Dr Sally Moorcroft's passion!
  • 04.04 - Dr Sally's story to becoming a functional medicine practitioner
  • 14.41 - What optimal brain health is for Dr Sally Moorcroft
  • 19.50 - The challenges of hormonal changes during perimenopause and menopause and what you can do about it
  • 30.00 - The key influencer in hormonal fluctuations for women
  • 31.10 - Hot flushes: what causes them and how to address them
  • 31.55 - The control we women have over our hormonal changes, starting with gut health and stress levels
  • 34.00 - The estrobolome in the gut, modulating the metabolism of oestrogen
  • 36.10 - Factors that can lead to increased histamine production and the development of allergies
  • 38.55 - Ruth's story on addressing her allergy issues
  • 40.00 - Chronic inflammation - the volcano that can occur in women and breaking the inflammatory cycle
  • 41.15 - The three big protagonists: and how a simple change can change your PMT symptoms
  • 47.00 - The weight changes that occur during menopause and what to do about it
  • 50.12 - Compassionate curiosity: getting curious not furious with yourself
  • 52.30 - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) - often called the diabetes of the ovaries and what you can do about it, including using nutrition to influence the genetic pathways and the risks associated with PCOS
  • 59.20 - Adaptogenic herbs and the four different characteristics
  • 1.07.45 - Dr Sally's advice for anyone struggling with menopause.

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