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Menopause is a natural part of a woman's life, so let's talk about menopause nutrition and exercise for better wellbeing.

As women, we hear the word ‘menopause’ dropped into conversation more frequently as we age, which essentially means saying goodbye to our menstrual cycle – period. An expert in this field, Jean Hailes Naturopath Sandra Villella (BAppSci (Naturopathy), MAppSci (Acupuncture)), joins our Women Supporting Women podcast to discuss ‘the menopause’, an important topic that some people still consider a little taboo, but should be normalised in our everyday conversations so we can better support women’s wellbeing.

A wealth of knowledge, Sandra has been a naturopath for 27 years, starting at Jean Hailes in 1999. On this podcast, Sandra talks about what menopause is, the average age women experience menopause and ways we can better manage our nutrition and wellbeing during this transitional time.

We wanted to focus on nutrition and exercise, so we spoke to Sandra about how a woman’s nutritional needs can shift as she experiences perimenopause (leading up to menopause), menopause, and post-menopause, as well as the common misconceptions around soy products. Sandra talks about the implications of alcohol, recommendations for caffeine intake and eating spicy foods, as well as the benefits of plant estrogens, called phytoestrogens. 

The ideal topic of discussion for women who want to better support their health at every age, Sandra delves into how our diet can lower our risk of diseases and health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis, as well as the benefits strength training can have on our body, even when we are resting. 

Tune in for a very interesting podcast! We can’t wait for you to hear it. Listen below, or via Spotify or Apple Podcasts. 

 
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