Healthy Hormones for Life – Try a Slice of Life

At your service: Kate Walsh (left) and proprietor, Monica O’Connor, Slice of Life, Castleisland and Abbeyfeale.

We are living increasingly busy lives, juggling work, family and friends.

Dr Mary Ryan, Consultant Endocrinologist, Bon Secours Hospital Limerick at Barringtons looks at the effect our hectic lifestyles can have on hormone regulation for women of all ages.


One of the most common causes of hormone imbalance I see is fatigue and women are notorious for Multi-tasking. I am forever talking to women about the importance of loving themselves and increasing their self-esteem.

Once women value who they are, learn how to say no and know the boundaries, as well as slow down, eat healthily and get eight hours sleep, then their hormonal rhythm will normalise.

Not Reaching Younger Population

However, most women don’t do this. What concerns me with it is that, with all the education, we’re still not reaching the younger population. Even though on the outside they appear very brave, in fact I am seeing the opposite in my clinics every day.

Eating healthily is of paramount importance for women’s health.

Porridge in the Morning

This means eating a good cereal like porridge in the morning, a portion of fruit at 11am and 3.30pm, a salad for lunch, and a half-plate of vegetables, a quarter-plate of carbohydrate and a quarter plate of meat or fish for dinner.

Taking a good quality source of Omega 3 is also good. It is also important to take enough calcium to support bone health and prevent osteoporosis in the future. Aerobic exercise is also very important for bone health.

Cleanmarine For Women

If you need an extra helping hand nutritionally, why not try Cleanmarine For Women? Designed to provide nutritional support specifically for women 15- 45, this unique all-in-one Omega 3 and multivitamin (with no fishy repeat) contains Omega 3 krill oil, rosemary oil and soy isoflavones.

It also contains vitamin B1, which contributes to energy levels, vitamin B2 which helps maintain normal skin, vitamin B6 which regulates hormonal activity, and vitamin D3 to support bone health.

As a result, you will feel and look your best all month long.

The Second Spring

Later in life menopause, or the ‘Second Spring’ as it is known in China, will occur in the lifetime of every woman, usually between the ages of 50 and 53 years, but some symptoms can start as early as 35. It is the total cessation of periods, which can go on for three years, and is characterised by irregular periods (sometimes every six months), very heavy periods and severe sweating. The sweating is due to autonomic dysfunction that occurs due to the low oestrogen.

Listen to Your Body

I advise all my patients to listen to their bodies during this time, and when they are tired they must rest. We plug in our mobile phones when they are in the red, but we must

also do the same with ourselves.

Women need to be educated on all the symptoms and listen to their bodies more. Their diets must improve and there are supplements that will help and, in some cases, prescribed medications are necessary.

Easily Absorbed

There are a lot of natural supplements that have krill oil, which is a pure source of Omega 3 oil. The essential fatty acids in krill oil are easily absorbed and help with hormone imbalance at this time. Isoflavones are also of huge benefit, as are B vitamins and Vitamin D. Cleanmarine MenoMin has all the above ingredients so is ideal for women experiencing perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms.

Healthy Normal Hormones

In summary, the most important advice for healthy normal hormones is being healthy! You achieve this by eating well and getting eight hours sleep. To paraphrase the old saying, ‘Early to bed and early to rise makes every woman healthily, wealthy and wise.’

Take a Slice of Life

Cleanmarine for Women and Cleanmarie MenoMin available from Slice of Life 75-79 Main Street, Castleisland, Co Kerry Call 066 71 42 358 Slice of Life Main Street, Abbeyfeale,

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