On Tuesday 27th April, more than 120 households tuned in to Chai’s ‘Nutrition and Wellness Seminar for Women’ led by Nutritional Therapists, Lauren Gale and Debbie Myers-Anderson in conversation with specialist Menopause Doctor, Dr Naomi Potter.
The event began with a Q&A with Dr Potter who has worked in the NHS for 16 years as a GP with a specialist interest in menopause and women’s health. Dr Potter was asked about the difference between perimenopause and menopause, symptoms associated with the menopause and why nutrition and lifestyle measures are so key for women in perimenopause and menopause.
Dr Potter discussed that the majority of perimenopause and menopause symptoms are not easily identifiable. “I call it the master of disguise – symptoms of the menopause can be anything from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. I get patients coming to me that haven’t had much luck going to their GPs as their symptoms haven’t been recognised as menopausal. Nutrition and lifestyle measures are so key – they go hand in hand make people feel better. I have an Instagram platform @drmenopausecare with videos covering topics such as, what to ask your GP and menopause symptoms and treatments. I also have a website with a lot of information www.drnaomipotter.com.”
Following the Q&A, Lauren Gale and Debbie Myers-Anderson of the Natural Hormone Clinic, took viewers on a health and wellness journey, delving into a wide range of topics including; the effects of blood sugar levels on hormones, the importance of plant proteins, OMEGA 3s, gut health and sleep and exercise.
Debbie said: “You may have heard of the term ‘Eat the Rainbow’ which is a buzzword at the moment. We are always told to eat our 5 a day, but you should really be aiming for 10 a day if possible. This may sound like a lot but it can be a goal to work towards. Eating an assortment of different coloured fruit and veg feeds our healthy gut bacteria, giving us more fibre. Research shows that eating 40 different plant-based foods a week, makes for a healthy gut microbiome.”
Following the event, Chai’s Chairman, Louise Hager said: “For over 30 years, education and bringing up to date information to the community has always been central to what we do at Chai. It was the first service that we started with and now we have 66 specialised services.”
For more information on Chai’s specialised services, please call 0208 202 2211 or our Freephone Helpline on 0808 808 4567 or visit chaicancercare.org