Nutritional therapy

Nutritional therapy is the employment of food as a medicine to treat and prevent various diseases. Julie Gough is a registered nutritionist who specialises in female hormones and menopause. Know on how this therapy can be used to manage menopausal symptoms.

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Julie Gough and her work

Julie Gough resides in Burntwood and runs the clinic Eat Well To Be Well. She is a registered dietitian who has a specialization in female hormones and menopause. She decided to pursue a course in naturopathic medicine when she experienced peri-menopausal symptoms after her mother’s death. Julie graduated after three years of the course in October 2021.

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Julie Gough (Source: Express and star)

This course helped her crystalize her understanding of menopause and how diet and foods can help relieve the symptoms. After graduation, she decided to take up a career in this field to make others aware of how nutritional therapy can aid in management of menopausal symptoms. She also started her private practice in this field.

Now, Julie has a menopause support group that she has set up in her local community. In her private practice, she assists patients to overcome the condition and it’s disturbing symptoms. Moreover, she also holds corporate workshops on it.

Julie’s advice

Julie is for making little tweaks in diet and lifestyle in order to prevent and treat the symptoms of menopause. She states:

“Diet and lifestyle interventions can be used to support any chronic health conditions. This includes diabetes, digestive issues such as coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, depression, weight management and much more.”

“It can also be used as a tool to prevent the onset of chronic illness or disease or even just to educate clients around healthy eating as there is so much conflicting information.”

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Nutritional therapy for menopause (Source: Promensil)

Julie also holds menopause day retreats. Here elderly women can group together and chill out. Additionally, they can share their experiences of dealing with menopause. It becomes a supportive environment where one can learn from the success stories of others.  They gain practical first hand knowledge on how to prevent and manage their symptoms should they arise.

Foods and menopause: the nutritional therapy

Simple changes in diet and lifestyle can greatly help in reducing chronic diseases and metabolic diseases of the body. Similarly, they can help to keep the menopausal symptoms in check.

The best dietetic changes involve limiting added refined sugars, refined foods, processed foods, simple carbs, alcohol, caffeinated drinks, spicy and high salt foods. One can have natural sugars from fruits and vegetables. Complex carbs are also ok for the body because they digest and absorb slowly compared to simple carbs.

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The menopause diet (Source: Health line)

Also, read Ultra processed foods: low nutritional value and toxins cause harm!

Instead of refined, processed and fatty foods, switch to eating healthy foods. These include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and dairy products, and high quality proteins. Consume less of saturated fats. Go for healthy fats and omega 3 fatty acids rich-foods such as oily fish, nuts, and seeds.