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Hello, and welcome to my weekly video blog. And today on A.Vogel Talks Menopause, I’m going to be talking about nausea. And it’s really interesting. Over the years, we’ve discovered certain symptoms that we didn’t think played a big part in the menopause but nausea is something that seems to happen over and over again and we know that this symptom seems to be one that the majority of women will get at some point during the menopause.
Why do I feel nauseous?
It seems to happen when there’s a certain relationship between your oestrogen and progesterone and the way that they’re actually falling towards the menopause. So it’s a little bit like morning sickness in pregnancy. You’re getting that same sort of balance of hormones and instead of getting it every morning, in the menopause, you can get it at any particular time of the day or even the night as well.
There can be other factors too so we’ll have a little look at those.
One of the main issues in the menopause is liver stress and I have talked, on a number of occasions, about how important good liver function is to actually see you through the menopause. So the falling hormones can actually stress the liver and if the liver becomes stressed, that will affect your digestion. It can slow everything down. It can also affect the way that your food is broken down in the stomach. And a lot of women find, at this particular point, that they can end up with nausea after eating maybe a heavy meal or after eating a particularly fatty meal. And this seems one of the most common types of nausea that you will actually get.
Low blood sugar levels
You can get nausea from low blood sugar levels and this is really common. We’re busy during the day. We don’t always have time to eat. We might not be eating properly. We might be snacking on sugary foods. And unfortunately, if your blood sugar levels get too low, then that can trigger panic in the body and that can actually lead to feelings of nausea. There can be dehydration. And again, if you’re getting lots of hot flushes or night sweats, remember to drink plenty of water because that dehydration can make you feel a little bit sick or nauseous. For some women, they will find that they either get a feeling of nausea and then suddenly they will get a hot flush or they might find they got hot flushes actually followed by nausea. And very often, this is associated with the nervous system. If you’re stressed, if you’re anxious, the nervous system can be triggered into action and that can then result in feelings of nausea too.
Nausea first thing in the morning
You can get nausea first thing in the morning. For some women, it just seems to be that point when you wake up and just as you sit up to get out of bed, you’re hit by a wave of nausea. Very often, this will be due to night-time dehydration and night-time low blood sugar levels so there’s a couple of things you can do to actually help with that one.
What can you do?
So what are the main things you can do just to help yourself with nausea at this point? You can look at phyto-oestrogen supplements such as our Menopause Support. This is going to just gently raise and balance your oestrogen levels and it might take the edge off the nausea. This may also help to improve liver function as well. If you’re getting the nausea when you’re eating or after eating, then you could try Milk Thistle Complex. Do a nice, gentle, little liver cleanse. If any of you are actually interested in doing some kind of gentle liver work, then do get in touch because I’ve got a little program that you can actually follow. It’s not too difficult, although you might have to give up one or two of your favorite foods for a few weeks.
If you’re getting the hot flushes and the nausea, remember to drink lots of water. Remember also to eat little and often and have those healthy snacks. We’re looking at nuts and seeds, some dried fruit, a plain yoghurt, or maybe some nice fruit as well. So don’t go long periods without food because that can make everything feel a lot worse. Look at your lifestyle. We know that stress can be a factor in nausea and in other digestive problems. Are you pushing yourself too hard? Are you getting that relaxation in? Are you taking care of yourself? Because these are all really, really important things for the menopause.
When to get it checked by your doctor
Just one little piece of advice. For some women, the nausea will actually turn into being sick or vomiting. If you get to this point, then it’s really important to get things checked out by your doctor just to make sure that there’s nothing else going on.
So hopefully that’s given you a little tip. Let me know if any of these things help you with your nausea. I’d love to hear from you and I look forward to seeing you again next week on A.Vogel Talks Menopause.