Sandra Ishkanes is a Functional Medicine specialist. She takes a whole-body approach to healthcare, combining nutrition, lifestyle and cutting-edge medical testing.
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Going through the menopause is a critical transition period in a woman’s life and can determine her level of health in the years to come. This program helps you understand not only how your body is is changing, but also how it can be managed differently to benefit your health.
Have you spent more nights sweating than you care to remember? Or can you not remember much at all through the brain fog? Are your mood swings through the roof and is your sex drive on the floor? These symptoms, along with insomnia, weight gain, hot flushes, anxiety, and so many more are all common during the menopause. Yay us - but you'll be happy to know that it doesn't have to be this way.
The menopause is not the beginning of the end, but the next step in women’s evolution. The key to getting it right is understanding what is happening to your body and what you can do about it. The Modern Menopause program optimises your nutrition, exercise and supplements to help you manage your symptoms. And along the way you will acquire life-changing tools, tips and techniques.
You can’t control everything in life, but you can control what happens to your body. Once you master your symptoms you can take advantage of this time of freedom from hormonal turbulence to make new choices and fulfil long- held desires. Now is the time to discover the roadmap to your best self: transformed, liberated, radiant and fit, ready to enjoy this new phase in your life. Just like nature intended.
As women mature, their metabolism evolves substantially from how it functioned in their younger years. Every woman experiences the menopause in her own way and this therapeutic approach is personalised to your specific symptoms. Three thorough MOTs will help to clarify the factors behind your health issues:
Do you have fibroids, endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, pelvic pain or painful breasts? Do you have thyroid issues? Is your liver detoxifying efficiently? Do you have digestive problems? Your overall health status can have a significant impact on how you experience your menopause.
Do you have the right balance of proteins, fats and carbohydrates to sail through the menopause? Are you deficient in minerals, vitamins or phytonutrients? Are craving sugar? Or salt? Are you taking the right supplements in the correct dosages? Are you doing the right exercise? How are you managing you stress levels? All this and more is part of the nutritional and lifestyle assessment.
There are 12 types of menopause, depending on the balance of your oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels.
Identifying your specific type is crucial to reversing your symptoms and feeling better.
Your therapeutic plan will address your nutrition, lifestyle and supplements. All aspects of your health are taken care of so that you can successfully navigate your menopausal transition and secure vibrant health now and in the future. Here are just a few of the benefits:
Getting nutrition right is key to reversing symptoms. No more guessing as to what you should be eating and which supplements are helpful - this program will provide the ideal nutritional blueprint and comes complete with meal plans, food list and cookbook. It will help you work with rather than against the biological change that happens during the menopause.
Symptoms such as anxiety, hot flushes, night sweats, depression and broken sleep originate in the brain. This program is designed to protect and enhance brain health, reversing symptoms and preventing cognitive decline in later years.
Get advice on how to build muscle mass, and protect bone and heart health - and find out why aerobic exercise can make things worse in menopause.
Blood sugar levels, thyroid hormones, fat metabolism, iron metabolism, liver function, digestive function can all be affected in the menopause. Simple blood tests can pinpoint where your problems are. Complex health issues may need more in-depth testing which can be done with private labs.
At least 34 symptoms are associated with the menopause and you won't have all of them. This program focuses on reversing your specific symptoms with a therapeutic plan tailored to you.
Get out of your fat jeans and get your self-confidence back. You will learn about the unique metabolic state of menopause that causes fat gain around the belly and how to stop it.
Stabilise oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid hormones and insulin, and coast life in hormonal calm.
The vaginal rejuvenation program addresses vaginal dryness, vaginal atrophy, urinary tract infections, leaking, overactive bladder and painful sex.
You are not alone - join our community of like-minded women and find support, discussion and the latest news and views about the menopause.
In recent years there has been an upswing in the level of research directed at the menopause. In this group I will be highlighting the latest research and how it can be applied practically to reverse symptoms, with nutrition, supplements and lifestyle changes.
This is also a group for women to share their experiences, symptoms, and successes with other like minded women. This group is a private space where women can feel safe to share their stories about their menopausal experiences. Feel free to post and comment to start the discussion.
I periodically write articles highlighting recent research and compile lifestyle hacks to smooth the peri/menopausal journey.
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You don't have to go this on your own. I can help you make practical and meaningful changes to enable a healthy and vibrant you. The Modern Menopause Program takes the confusion out and gives a simple, effective and safe method to make your transition easy.
"How do I get started?"
Please call Sandra on 07817664873 for a complimentary 30 minute discovery call where we can discuss your health goals, current symptoms, what it might look like to work together, and determine if we are a good fit.
"I have a pre-existing health condition. Can I still join the program?"
In general, yes. The program is designed to identify all the pieces of your health puzzle and put them together in a way that enables and healthy vibrant you. You will have a complete health assessment and are likely to experience improvement in all your symptoms as you follow your personal program.
"Who is not a suitable candidate for the program?"
Unfortunately at this time women with type 1 diabetes, and women who are vegan or vegetarian are not suitable candidates for the Program. If you have complex health issues, please mention them in your discovery call.
"Will I have to survive on skimpy salads and protein shakes?"
No. The program nutrition plan includes plenty of delicious, hearty foods that you will be excited about eating. The recommended foods are high in healthy fats and include appropriate levels of protein and carbohydrates so meals taste great and keep you full for hours.
"What is the vaginal rejuvenation program?"
The vaginal rejuvenation program is intended for women experiencing vaginal dryness and/or atrophy, pain with sex and other vaginal distress. The program promotes lubrication and blood flow to the skin of the vulva and vagina, and encourages more skin flexibility and thickness. The program also promotes a healthy vaginal flora.
"What are the 12 types of menopause?"
The hormonal changes that occur with menopause can be different in each woman. In some women oestrogen levels drop dramatically, in other women the oestrogen drop is not as severe and may actually stay adequate enough to be beneficial for the rest of the woman’s life. The same can occur with progesterone - it may become quite low, or it may remain adequate enough to be of benefit, even though she will no longer have the higher amounts of progesterone that happen in the second half of the month. Likewise, testosterone levels can become low. In some women the testosterone can actually become elevated. These different possibilities lead to 12 different types of menopause experiences, for example: type 1: low oestrogen, low progesterone, normal testosterone; or type 2: low oestrogen, normal progesterone, low testosterone. By pinpointing which type of menopause you are experiencing, it is possible to target your specific nutritional, lifestyle and supplement needs. Your menopause type will be assessed by a questionnaire.
"How much time is this going to take?"
You can expect to see positive changes within the first few weeks and complete the program in 12 weeks. You can expect to lose around 1kg per week. Progress to full vibrant health will depend on your current state of health and your desire to learn and implement the program. I will be there to support and guide you throughout, as you progress to a more healthy and vibrant you.
"How much does the program cost?"
The total cost is £180. This includes 3 appointments:
first consultation of 1.5 hours
2 follow-up consultations of 45 minutes each