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Hormone Repair Manual by Lara Briden

Menopause and perimenopause are subjects that are often not talked about openly. It has always been accepted that a woman going through ‘the change’ has to put up with a whole raft of symptoms. Women just get on with it, stripping off layers of clothing when they have hot flushes, and essentially just accepting that their bodies must go through these changes.

It can be quite a daunting time as women deal with the physical and emotional aspects of this.

This book is a welcome resource. It is written by a naturopath Lara Briden, who has more than 20 years’ experience in women’s health.

The book is divided into two sections. The first deals with understanding perimenopause and menopause, with clear explanations of what is going on with hormones, and what effects they have on the body. It also examines the emotional aspects of going through menopause and offers some positive thoughts about ways to approach life beyond this time.

The second section of the book is all about treatment. The big message here is that looking after yourself and your body now will lay the foundation for the rest of your life. It looks at the effect of inflammation and stress on your body and the importance of considering a healthy diet and lifestyle. There is advice on the treatment of migraines , sleeplessness, gaining body fat, and dealing with aches and pains.

There is a very comprehensive glossary which helps with the medical terms, and also a suggested list of supplements by brand name, which is very useful if you don’t know where to find them.

There is also a list of resources which includes a list of ‘how to speak to your doctor’ links.

This book is invaluable for all women and is especially positive in its tone. It is a welcome resource.

Reviewer: Rachel White

Macmillan, RRP $39.99

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