MENOPAUSE : Foods that mess up your mood!


By Shelia O’Hanlon

I wanted to share this story in the hopes of easing women’s menopausal symptoms.

I had female client in her mid 40’s that had being having terrible hot flushes, profusely sweating (mostly at night), no sexual desire, headaches, anger explosions for no apparent reason, craving salty foods and overall unwell feeling.
The treatment showed up an imbalance in hormone levels as oestrogen levels had dropped off dramatically and also her serotonin levels (the happy hormone) had decreased and the result was very low mood.
 As well as lots of muscles out of balance and inflammation that was causing a worsening of the menopausal symptoms. After just 3 treatments the hot flushes have completely stopped.

If you are going through hot flushes, sweating profusely, rising anger, not sleeping, no sex drive, forgetfulness, insomnia, mood swings, bloating, water retention, increased risk of osteoporosis and heart disease….

                                                                       There is a very good reason you are feeling like this, the ovaries stop releasing eggs and the menstrual cycle comes to a halt.When this happens your oestrogen levels lower significantly and because oestrogen is a hormone that lifts our mood the outcome can be very low mood and not feeling like yourself anymore.

What you eat can also affect your mood and by eating right at this sometimes disconcerting time of your life can reduce the unwanted side effects of the drop in oestrogen! I have listed foods that aggravate the symptoms of Menopause

AVOID processed foods:
Crisps, white bread sandwiches, takeaways, fatty foods are all loaded with sodium and/or sugar. These foods will cause you to retain water, causing oedema type “cankle” effect. They also cause bloating in the abdominal/stomach area.

What to eat instead :
*Fresh fruit and nuts
*Vitamin E during MENOPAUSE helps your skin form drying out and to keep your hormone levels normalised.
*Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, legumes, almonds are rich in vitamin E and zinc, calcium and oils so I’d recommend these for better skin, muscle health and bone health.
* Whole grain crackers and peanut butter
* Carrot sticks and hummus
* Sliced apples with peanut butter.

AVOID spicy foods:
Foods like hot chilli and salsas that contain capsicums, chilli peppers and chilli powders that score high on the heat scale can trigger hot flushes!
Replace with other spices that have plenty of flavour without too much of the heat factor.
* Cumin
* Curry
* Tumeric
* Basil

Avoid fatty cuts of meat and rashers as they are full of saturated fats and can lower your serotoin levels. When serotoin levels drop you will feel angry, irritated and grumpy.
Eat foods that contain Tryptophan (turkey, cottage cheeses, oats and legumes)
Tryptophan is an amino acid that is involved in the manufacturing of serotonin – (serotonin improves mood, controls better sleep and appetite). Don’t miss or skip meals to keep your blood sugars balanced!

Avoid alcohol – Heavy drinking can lead to cardiovascular disease and during menopause it can cause more frequent and severe hot flushes! Treat have a white wine spritzer (there are 5% wines available in shops) mix with soda water and fruit.

Avoid coffee, caffeine, caffeinated fizzy drinks. A recent study of menopausal women found that women who drank these drinks got more hot flushes than women who didn’t! You can drink calming peppermint tea or anti-inflammatory ginger tea. Or go for a quick walk to get a pick me up.

You can eat more foods that have more plant based phytoestrogens to reduce the sweating, mood swings.
* Linseeds
* Celery
* Green beams
* Rhubarb
* Miso
* Tofu
* Pumpkin seeds
* Seasame seeds
* Sunflower seeds

Who’s responsible for our health?

When we look to solve the current health issues that are going in the wrong direction, we often look to the government to “do” something.  We want our insurance company to cover more & more everyday health care issues, and the medical system to come up with new drugs.

Yet, doctors learn little about nutrition in their training, and often our health ministers are firefighting the overwhelming responsibilities of the already overstretched resources in our hospitals.

If we’re going to solve the health and well-being crisis, we need to start educating ourselves about how the body works.  Since most people have never learned in school about health (even if you learn human biology), healthy living then becomes confusing as different messages are broadcast from manufactured product companies that lure us with food labels about what is healthy, governments wanting to force chefs to calorie count every meal, and it’s no wonder the healthcare environment becomes more complicated and confusing each passing year!

Healthy living today is different to 30-40 years ago.

  • Stress is on the increase,
  • food is more processed and modified,
  • and we’re exposed to more and more fears, toxins and ill health.

We are also leading more sedentary lives than ever before.  By not moving on a daily basis, our lymphatic system slows down and we don’t eliminate these toxins naturally.

Anyone interested in obtaining optimum health, getting out of pain, and enhancing their feel good factor, will enjoy Systematic Kinesiology.

The Balanced Health Course offers you a simple, enjoyable and experiential way to discover how the body works and motivates our students to be more proactive in seeking ways to be healthy.  Another option is to attend one of our brand new One Day Introductory workshops – this Friday 18th November we have our Adare Workshop, and on Saturday 19th November our Claremorris Workshop is taking place.

If you’re curious and want to understand how the body works, are seeking new ways to reduce stress, want to feel more energised, and be out of pain, then come along to one of our Introductory Workshops – I invite you to check it out:


You will learn about the unique approach Systematic Kinesiology has to holistic treatments, learn how to muscle test for yourself, reduce stress and gain insights into the huge potential for your own health, and those you can help.

Come along and discover the amazing possibility of Systematic Kinesiology.

There’s still time to join us.

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So how will we solve the healthcare crisis? By empowering ourselves with knowledge, small actions, and less fear.

Join us this Friday or Saturday – you won’t regret it.

Signs that Magnesium Deficiency is causing your poor health…

Signs that Magnesium Deficiency is causing your poor health…

You might be suffering from a deficiency if you are feeling weak and anxious? Or noticing weird muscle cramps in your daily life.

Dubbed the “invisible deficiency” by some experts because it’s so hard to spot and diagnose, deficiencies are more dangerous than you might think. By some estimates, up to 80 percent of Americans are not getting enough and may be deficient.

Factors resulting in lower levels of – 

  • Excessive intake of soda or caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Menopause
  • Older age (older adults are more likely to be magnesium deficient because absorption decreases with age and the elderly are more likely to take medications that can interfere with absorption)
  • Sugar
  • Certain medications, including diuretics, certain antibiotics, antacids, and insulin
  • An unhealthy digestive system, which impairs your body’s ability to absorb magnesium (Crohn’s disease, leaky gut)

Several studies have also looked how stress levels affect magnesium. They found that during periods of stress, it is used up by the body in exponential rates. That means that not only is a significant portion of the population are deficient there is also be a high number of people that use up their reserves as a result of this anxiety, thus contributing to more anxiety and more stress.

It can also be depleted by alcohol and excessive consumption of milk fortified with vitamin D, this is because synthetic vitamins D tends to bind the mineral and excrete it. People who eat white flour and white sugar products may have a deficiency because their bodies use stored magnesium to metabolize these refined carbohydrates. Magnesium and calcium are present in the body in a ratio of 1:2, so if consumption of calcium increases, so should magnesium consumption.

It may be what you’re eating or rather than what you’re not eating that’s putting you at risk for deficiency.

“Magnesium is farmed out of the soil much more than calcium… A hundred years ago, we would get maybe 500 milligrams of magnesium in an ordinary diet. Now we’re lucky to get 200 milligrams.” Dr Dean

It’s very easy to get enough by eating the right foods. Food sources are your safest bet so focus on amping up your consumption of leafy greens. For example 1 cup of cooked spinach provides 157 milligrams. Legumes are a solid choice too, with a cup of cooked white beans coming in at 113 milligrams of the nutrient. And if you’re a fan of squash and pumpkin seeds, one cup packs in a whopping 649 milligrams. Other great options are nuts, including almonds and cashews, most types of fish, and whole grains.



Recommend Daily Dosage – 

Adults 350mg, Children 250mg, Pregnant and lactating women 450mg.

It pays to ensure that you get adequate magnesium before signs of deficiency occur. Magnesium is a mineral that’s crucial to the body’s function. By visiting a Systematic Kinesiologist muscle testing can be used to test for deficiency.

Studies prove up to 70 percent of people are deficient in magnesium

If you want to get tested for Magnesium deficiency, visit you local Kinesiologist. Find your nearest one here;