Hormones can be pesky at the best of times, and they can send you even more out of kilter during your late thirties and forties, as you approach menopause; and this time is known as the perimenopause. Mood and energy levels can be the first areas to be affected. They can slowly creep up on you or strike as a bolt out of the blue. So it’s often difficult to make the connection between mood changes, sleep disturbance and weight gain with hormone deviations, especially when the menstrual cycle has remained much the same.
“Hashi-what? Never heard of it”. This is a very typical refrain from someone when their lab test results reveal they have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or autoimmune thyroid disease. Yet this condition is rife in the UK and on the increase and three of our NatureDoc practitioners live with this condition.
Most women already know that folate (vitamin B9) is an important vitamin for expectant mothers and is taken to prevent the development of spina bifida and other birth defects such as cleft palate and even tongue-tie. But it’s less well-known that there are several forms of folate and your genes affect which type of folate is best for you.