The Happy Hormones Bath

Bath time

It’s bath time! Splish splash.

Stress + bath = de-stress = equals happy hormones.

When it’s the cooler season indulging in a soak in a warm bath is not only therapeutic, it’s a hormone balancer and feel-good exercise too.

Add in some Epsom salts or Magnesium Chloride Flakes and you’ll get an inexpensive and effective magnesium boost as well.

Plus, it’s adding the self-care to your day that is so necessary for Meno-She’s. It’s a brilliant nerve relaxer and the last thing we need is ongoing stress (a little bit is OK) as it causes the adrenal glands to secrete the stress hormone cortisol, which can then manifest as tummy fat.

Making your bathroom a private spa is a little like taking a mini-break and right up there with doctors orders – or should we say menopause coaches orders. Sound good? Here’s some info to back that up. (You’re welcome!)

Why Add Epsom Salt To Your Tub?

Epsom Salts

Something like three-quarters of us are not getting our optimum magnesium quota. Epsom salt (which contains magnesium sulphate) help up our levels transdermally. And it’s such a lovely way to top up, why wouldn’t you?

Magnesium is an essential mineral and a few preliminary studies have found that adding salts to your bath water may help with muscle relaxation, inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis as well as upping your magnesium levels.

Add one to three cups of salts or flakes to your bath.

 

5 Signs Of Magnesium Deficiency

  1. Muscle Twitches and/or Cramps

Muscle cramps can be a common effect of not enough magnesium. Researchers think this might be because calcium is flowing into the nerve cells in a big way. If the problem persists despite a magnesium dose, check in with your doctor as you may be having cramps for other reasons.

  1. Muscle Weakness

According to Healthline, scientists believe this is caused by the loss of potassium in muscle cells, which is associated with magnesium deficiency.

  1. Weak Bones

Low levels of magnesium, along with ageing, the meno years, lack of exercise and vitamins D and K can affect your bones. A lack of magnesium also lowers calcium levels, one of the building blocks of bones.

  1. Flu-like Signs

You may feel tired, weak, nauseous and have no appetite and put it down to the ‘flu or extreme menopause signs when in actual fact you need a magnesium boost. Try the bath booster and some supplements. If your symptoms don’t go away get thee to the doctor.

  1. Trouble Sleeping

While it may be true that you’re having trouble sleeping due to the hormone fluctuations of perimenopause, less than optimum levels of magnesium could also be contributing. Try the bath and see if that improves thing

Add Essential Oils

aromatherapy

Bath time can be made all the more pleasurable with beautiful smells. A lot of the chemical-laden personal-care products contain endocrine disruptors which muck with our estrogen levels. So it’s a good idea to add only natural perfumes such as fragrant essential oils.

Sprinkle a few drops for a gorgeous scent, and don’t discount the physiological and psychological benefits either. Here are a few of my faves:

  • Rose: reduces cortisol (the stress hormone)
  • Sweet orange oil: reduces anxiety
  • Bergamot: relaxes
  • Lavender: relaxes and lowers cortisol
  • Frankincense: reduces stress and negativity, helps balance hormones and is a good sleep aid

Try this recipe:

bath recipe

  • One (to three) cups of Epsom salt or magnesium chloride flakes with ½ cup of Himalayan salt
  • Two to three drops of your favourite essential oil
  • One to two tablespoons of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) – I throw this in for its skin softening and hydrating properties because the menopause years can cause skin dryness

Mix together and soak away, read a book, listen to music, just bliss out. 

Where To Buy:

Your options are vast on this one. Here are some suggestions:

The Supe

White Crest Epsom Salts 100g $3.00 Click here for Countdown

The Organic Retailer

Magnesium Life Magnesium Chloride Flakes 1 kg $34.98. Click here for Naturally Organic

The Trade Store (people like farmers use Epsom salt and it’s muuuuch cheaper)

Epsom Salt 2.5kg 2.5 g $7.86 Click here for Farmlands

The Online Pharmacy

Aciea 100% Pure Magnesium Crystal Flakes 341 gm $27.90 Click here for Healthpost

Enjoy your bath time. In fact, diarise it right now so you don’t miss out.

The other thing to do to top up your magnesium is take our 55+. It’s got our famous EstroG-100™ for hormone balancing with the added benefits of magnesium, vitamin D and Enzogenol®. Brilliant. You can buy it here

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Post-menopause


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.

Perimenopause

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.