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Discover How GABA Can Bring Calm During Menopausal Stress

 GABA, often called the brain's natural calming agent, plays a significant role in maintaining emotional balance, particularly during menopause.

 

As an inhibitory neurotransmitter, GABA acts like a brake on a car, slowing down the transmission of information and preventing overwhelming sensory input.

 

Low levels of GABA are often also associated with various mental health conditions, including schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD, panic disorder, PTSD, and major depressive disorder.


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The Role of GABA in Menopause

 

During menopause, hormonal fluctuations, particularly the decline in progesterone and oestrogen, can disrupt the balance of neurotransmitters, including GABA. This imbalance can lead to several issues in several areas.

 

Emotional Regulation:

 

Menopause is often accompanied by increased levels of stress and anxiety, partly due to hormonal changes and partly due to the psychological adjustments associated with this life stage. GABA plays a crucial role in mitigating these symptoms by promoting relaxation and reducing neuronal activity in the brain.


A reduction in GABA can result in mood swings, anxiety, and irritability.

 

Alcohol can often be used to compensate for this. The problem with this is that receptors become desensitised, so the effect wears off.

 

Sleep Disturbances:

Sleep disturbances are prevalent among menopausal women, with issues like insomnia and disrupted sleep patterns massively affecting quality of life. GABA helps prepare the brain for sleep and regulates the sleep-wake cycle, including both REM and non-REM sleep stages.

 

Hot Flushes:

Hot flushes are one of the most common and disruptive symptoms of menopause, characterised by sudden sensations of heat, sweating, and flushing. While the exact mechanisms underlying hot flashes are still not fully understood, emerging research suggests a potential link between GABA activity and body temperature regulation.

 

Metabolism and Appetite Control:

GABA helps regulate hunger signals and appetite, contributing to energy balance and potentially influencing weight control.

 

 

I have always struggled with some anxiety.


In perimenopause, this has gone truly mental, and keeping a lid on it has been a battle. Understanding the GABA role has, for me, been crucial.

 

I don't have the best genes for producing GABA.


GABA genes diagram

These pictures may look like double dutch, but any dots that are either yellow, or red show that the route from A to B is more difficult.


The down arrows are not good either.

 








Fundamentally.


I don't make GABA very easily and when I do, it is more difficult for it to do what it needs to do.


Hence, I need not drink and focus on the activities below.


 

Natural Ways to Support GABA Levels:


Fortunately, there are several natural ways to support GABA levels and promote emotional well-being during menopause:

 

1. Mindfulness Practices: Activities like meditation, deep breathing exercises, and yoga can help reduce stress levels and enhance GABA activity in the brain.

 

2. Adequate Sleep: Prioritising good sleep hygiene and ensuring sufficient rest can optimise GABA function and promote emotional resilience.

 

3. Nutritional Support: Consuming foods rich in nutrients that support GABA production, such as whole grains, nuts, seeds, and fermented foods, can help maintain optimal neurotransmitter balance.

 

Fermented foods, alongside vitamins B6, magnesium, and zinc, help to make GABA.

 

Rosemary and Lemon Balm block GABA removal, so keep it hanging around for longer. NB: Don't use lemon balm oils if you have a thyroid issue. Tea is fine.

 

Cocoa and tea – black oolong are also beneficial.

 

4. Herbal Supplements: Certain herbs, such as passionflower, valerian root, ashwagandha, and chamomile, possess anti anxiety properties and may help enhance GABA activity naturally.


 

In summary, GABA is absolutely crucial in maintaining emotional well-being during menopause, impacting mood, sleep, and stress responses.

 

Understanding its role in menopause empowers women to prioritise strategies that support emotional well-being.


The above may seem over complicated. I am a geek and I love using this stuff, because so often it makes life a million times simpler.


By incorporating the above suggestions of mindfulness, nutrition, and herbal remedies into your routine, you CAN navigate menopausal emotions with greater ease and resilience.


I can truly testify to this.


Nx



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