By 2025, 1.1 billion women will experience menopause.
Now, here are some stats that might shock you:
- According to AARP, 80% of graduating internal medicine residents did not feel qualified to discuss or treat menopause.
- Only 20% of OB/GYN residencies offer menopause training.
- 85% of perimenopausal and menopausal women experience symptoms, like fatigue, brain fog, dryness, that clinically impact quality of life; 60% seek clinical help but 75% of women go untreated.
Today, half the U.S. female population is 40 and older. Menopause, and its impact on people's lives, has long-since been shrouded in taboo, shame and social stigma - but we're here to change that. We want to help you see this time not as one of transition but as one of transformation! And, you are not alone! Now, more than ever, people are coming together to learn, generate and discuss solutions, and share their stories of transformation.
At Rootless, we hope we can create a space for you to tap into your timeless, thriving self. Our journey of hope starts with our tiny, unassuming but mighty friend: seaweed!
What is menopause?
In technical terms, menopause marks the point at which 12 months have elapsed since your last menstrual cycle. Common symptoms of menopause include:
- Brain fog
- Digestive issues such as bloating and constipation
- Weight gain
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Loss of libido
- Dry skin and hair
- Mood swings
- Bone density loss
What the heck is perimenopause?
Perimenopause is the natural start of your body's transition into menopause, and is marked by a decrease in estrogen production and fluctuating progesterone levels.
Some people may experience the onset of perimenopause as early as in their 30's. The culmination of this is menopause, with the loss of a regular menstrual cycle. Symptoms of perimenopause and lower estrogen include: hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, brain fog, dry skin and hair, and more.
Treatment options exist!
Hormone Therapy (HT) is a common pharmaceutical treatment. Some people worry about side effects like higher risk of breast cancer, but many experts consider it safe and effective.
It is important to note is that HT is an option but is by no means the only option for you. The female body is bathed in hormones, so any changes to your body's natural hormone cycles will have an impact on your quality of life. Your hormonal profile is unique to you, and therefore, so are your treatment options! The first step on your journey of transformation: understanding your options, asking your medical professional questions, and determining what treatment is right for you and your body.
How Seaweed Benefits Women in Menopause
Back to seaweed! There are many benefits to consuming seaweed regularly. It is a diverse food source containing a wealth of nutrients that support the needs of a changing body.
Gut Health and Estrogen Metabolism
A study of post-menopausal women found regular seaweed consumption supported the proper metabolism of estrogen.
Within your intestinal tract, commonly referred to as the gut or microbiome, there is a collection of bacteria that is responsible for using and flushing estrogen. This collection of hard-working bacteria is known as the estrobolome. When your estrobolome is dysbiotic, or out of balance, it can lead to mood swings, loss of libido, weight fluctuation, hot flashes, and other symptoms commonly associated with menopause.
Seaweed is packed with prebiotic fiber, which nourishes your gut and supports a balanced microbiome. A diet high in fiber from a variety of foods has been linked to positive health outcomes, increased longevity, and overall quality of life.
Thyroid Health and Energy
Seaweed is a rich source of iodine, which is crucial for proper thyroid function. The thyroid gland plays a vital role in regulating energy, metabolism, and hormone production, making iodine essential for overall hormonal balance and energy.
As your body ages, your thyroid gets less efficient at absorbing iodine. Therefore, it is especially important for menopausal and perimenopausal women to get enough iodine from their diets. Getting enough dietary iodine has been found to decrease the intensity and severity of hot flashes in menopausal women.
Bone Health and Minerals
In addition to iodine, seaweed contains other essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron. These minerals are important for keeping bones healthy, lowering the chance of osteoporosis, and supporting well-being during perimenopause and menopause.
Healthy Aging and Antioxidants
The fatty acids, polyphenols, and other antioxidants found in seaweed help protect the body against free radicals and oxidative stress. This is helpful during perimenopause and menopause, as the body goes through big changes that can increase free radicals.
Seaweed's stellar nutritional profile
Seaweed is a rich source of:
- Iodine: Essential for hormone balance and energy
- Fiber: Nourishing a balanced microbiome
- Essential minerals: Including calcium, magnesium, and iron to support bone health
- Polyphenols and antioxidants: Known for their anti-inflammatory properties
- Vitamins like A, C, and E: Vital for skin health and immunity
Seaweed offers a range of health benefits that can support menopause symptom relief. This marine superfood can help banish fatigue while supporting hormonal balance, gut health, and healthy aging overall.
Ready to incorporate seaweed into your daily diet? We created the Daily Bites for this very reason. Convenient and craveable, it's easy to start nourishing yourself with the timeless nutrition of seaweed.