Female Hormones and the Brain – How to Master Menopause with Dr Sally Moorcroft

Dr. Sally Moorcroft joins Dr. Ruth Allan on Episode 070 of her show ‘Brain Health: Unchaining Your Pain.’

Dr. Sally Moorcroft is an award-winning integrative and functional medicine doctor. She has special interests in women’s health, psychology, and the gut microbiome, particularly menopause, perimenopause, PCOS, and endometriosis.

She writes for national publications and lectures and teaches nationally on integrative and functional medicine. She is co-founder of the Northern Centre of Integrative and Functional Medicine (NCIFM), Lincolnshire; Chapel Yard Organics in Holt, Norfolk and Dr. Sally’s Botanicals Herbal Teas and Tonics.

In this episode, we discuss female health and the brain, how to master menopause and address the symptoms you may be experiencing. We discuss the importance of choosing a practitioner with a comprehensive toolbox to tailor their approach to you rather than just using a hammer to help you when a chisel is best.

Dr. Sally discusses the critical signs that you are going into perimenopause and menopause and what factors we can influence to minimize the hormonal rollercoaster, including your stress levels, weight, diet, and gut health, which can lead to emotional symptoms and worsening brain health. She talks about the symptoms experienced as our hormonal levels rise and fall and what you can do to reduce the symptoms you are experiencing.

We discuss the impact on the adrenal glands and Hypothalamic-Pituatary-Adrenal (HPA) axis when your stress levels are consistently too high, which can lead to a reduction in the hormones DHEA and oestrogen, resulting in a reduction in brain function when oestrogen is low. She dives into polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), often called the diabetes of the ovaries due to insulin sensitivity, what causes the symptoms you can experience, and what you can do about it, including supplements you can use.

I absolutely loved this episode as we had so much to share about helping women manage their female hormonal fluctuations with simple, actionable steps you can take today to manage better any hormonal rollercoaster you are on.


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