Peter Lehrke

I have always had an interest in how the human body works, so it was natural for me to study life sciences when I went to Massey University in the late 1970’s. I ended up doing a double major in physiology (how the body works) and biochemistry honours (how the cells work). I spent time in pharmaceutical companies (Glaxo and Douglas) developing medicines and learning how to make them. But the world of pharmaceuticals was changing as people got more and more interested in natural solutions to health, and on maintaining wellness rather than treating illness. I did a diploma in nutrition and decided to start formulating natural products, supplements, and skincare. in 2012, when I was working on a product for menopause, I went to Vitafoods Asia conference in Hong Kong where I came across EstroG-100™. This was an amazing find – it appeared to overcome all the safety issues of hormone replacement therapy, black cohosh, or soy isoflavones but with very strong clinical evidence of effectiveness. I am now working on helping women with other health and wellness issues with Meno-Me

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Hot Flushes or Hot Flashes – Why Do They Happen?

Body temperature fluctuations? Today it’s all about them, one of the peskiest signs of menopause. Our resident biochemist Peter Lehrke talks us through the science of hot flushes. Hot flushes are worth knowing a bit about because they last for several years. Arrgh! What’s Happening To Our Body? Let’s talk about what is actually happening …

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The Health Benefits Of Soy Protein For Women During Menopause

Soy is a staple food in many vegetarian diets, particularly in Asia. It has many healthy nutritional properties and is the preferred protein source for women. Soy Is A Complete Protein Soy protein is a complete plant protein therefore it contains all of the essential amino acids our body can’t make. In addition, being plant-based …

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Why calorie restricted diets make you fat

Following on from my previous blog; where I explained why not to diet because of the Diet Cycle… Today you will gain some educated understanding on why calorie restricted diets actually make you fat! That’s right your diet could be working in reverse. Restricted calorie diets, where you count calories, watch everything you eat, and …

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This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.


Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.