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Hormone Repair Manual by Lara Briden: Is it Worth the Read?

Why "Hormone Repair Manual" Is a Must-Read for Women's Wellness.

Here is why the “Hormone Repair Manual” is a must-read if you are a woman between 30-60.

Our hormones are starting to change without you even noticing. Just because you don’t have hot flashes and night sweats yet, doesn’t mean your hormones are the same as they were in your 20s.

But here is the good news, Lara Briden explains how you can take control of your hormones by making some tweaks to your lifestyle. She educates simplistically and provides practical tips and daily habits you can start implementing today. All the while helping her readers get into a positive and empowered mindset about menopause.  

As a health professional, I had to reassess my diet after reading this book and if you want to be empowered and make the right decisions for your hormones and health, I will give you an overview of what I have gained from this book as a health coach. 

Don't fear the big M, be well-prepared like a warrior.

Many of us have negative associations with the word “Menopause” because we think of it as “Getting Old”.

Those of us who are only in our late 30s or 40s often try to avoid the topic altogether thinking that it’s not the time to think about it for at least a few more years or a decade.

But here is why you should not only start thinking about it, but should start taking a proactive approach, so when it does come, you are ready mentally and physically. What you do now in your peri-menopause will have a direct impact on how severe your menopause symptoms will be. No, it’s not just genetics. Lifestyle plays a much bigger role.

As a health professional, I get to chat with my clients about all the personal stuff that concerns them, most of my clients are women between 35-70. I observed that a lot of women don’t understand what Peri-Menopause actually means and don’t realize there are things we need to start focusing on more than ever if we want to have a smooth transition into what Lara Briden refers to as “Second Puberty” (Menopause). 

I finished reading Lara Briden’s Hormone Repair Manual with a smile on my face. I was feeling empowered and in control, not only for myself, but because I can also now help my clients make all the necessary lifestyle tweaks and adjustments to prevent unpleasant menopausal symptoms and help them age like a fine organic wine ;-). 

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What does Hormone Repair Manual cover?

Here are the chapters of this practical guide with sub-topics:

  1. Hormone Revolution: Why Everything Is Different After Second Puberty.
    • Perimenopause is Second Puberty and is Temporary.
    • Perimenopause is a Sequence of Events.
    • Perimenopause is a Critical Window for Health.
    • How Bad is it Going to Be?

2. Stigma, Freedom, Grief, and Everything in Between.

    • Stigma and Shame.
    • Freedom and Invisibility.
    • Grief.
    • The Meaning of Menopause Through an Evolutionary Lens.

3. Cycle While You Can: The Value of Natural, Ovulatory Menstrual Cycles.

    • Ovulation Builds Health.
    • Can You Still Cycle, or Are You in Menopause?
    • Contraception for Perimenopause.
Image Credit: Lara Briden

Lara Briden, a seasoned naturopath specializing in women’s health, boasts 25 years of experience. Based in Christchurch, New Zealand, she runs a consulting practice where she assists women dealing with a range of health issues such as PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, perimenopause, and more. 

4. The Hormonal and Physiological Changes of Second Puberty.

    • Losing Progesterone.
    • High and Fluctuating Estrogen.
    • Losing Estrogen.
    • Diagnosis of Perimenopause.
    • The Timing of Perimenopause.
    • When Menopause Comes Early.

5. General Maintenance for Perimenopause and Beyond.

    • Autonomic Nervous System.
    • Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) Axis.
    • Circadian Rhythm.
    • Insulin Resistance.
    • Digestive Health.
    • Environmental Toxins.
    • Alcohol.
    • Nourish Your Body.
    • Movement.

6. Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT).

    • Types of Hormone Therapy.
    • Hormone Therapy for Perimenopause.
    • Hormone Therapy for Menopause.
    • Troubleshooting Hormone Therapy.

7. Rewiring the Brain: Help for Hot Flashes, Sleep, Migraines, Memory, and Mood.

    • Basic Action Plan for Brain Reorganization.
    • Hot Flashes.
    • Sleep.
    • Migraines.
    • Memory.
    • Mood Symptoms.

8. Bodily Issues: Weight Gain, Thyroid Disease, Allergies, and Aches and Pains.

    • Reversing Insulin Resistance and Losing Abdominal Weight.
    • Autoimmune Thyroid Disease.
    • Allergies.
    • Aches and Pains.

9. Estrogen Rollercoaster: Crazy Heavy Periods and Breast Pain.

    • Normal Period Pain.
    • Endometriosis and Adenomyosis.
    • Fibroids.
    • Anovulatory Bleeding.
    • Breast Pain.

10. What Comes After.

    • Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM).
    • Facial Hair and Hair Loss.
    • Maintaining a Healthy Weight.
    • Risk Reduction for Osteoporosis.
    • Risk Reduction for Heart Disease and Stroke.
    • Risk Reduction for Dementia.

Source: https://www.larabriden.com/sample/hrm-ch1-2.pdf  (you can read the first 2 chapters and summary for free here as well). And you can get a full hard copy or online copy on Amazon here

A Fresh and Positive Approach to Perimenopause and Menopause.

The “Hormone Repair Manual” is described as a must-have guide to understanding and overcoming the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.

What sets it apart is its fresh approach that aims to overturn the stigma associated with these natural phases of a woman’s life. Briden emphasizes that many symptoms experienced during perimenopause and menopause are temporary and manageable.

This perspective is incredibly empowering as it encourages women to see this stage of life as an opportunity to thrive rather than a period of decline.

Practical Solutions for Common Symptoms.

One of the key strengths of the “Hormone Repair Manual” is its practicality. It offers solutions for common symptoms such as hot flushes, insomnia, mood changes, migraines, weight gain, low libido, heavy periods and any other change of perimenopause. These solutions include dietary recommendations, lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements, and tips for discussing hormone therapy with your doctor.

The book is backed by evidence-based research and includes case studies, making it a reliable and reassuring guide for women navigating perimenopause and menopause.

Emphasis on Long-Term Health and Natural Treatments.

What I appreciate most about this book is its emphasis on long-term health. Lara highlights that focusing on health during perimenopause and menopause can bring benefits for years to come. But it’s not as basic as avoid junk food and exercise more, it goes more in-depth and explains exactly what we need to focus on. What to reduce and what to increase when it comes to nutrition and exercise.

This message resonates deeply with my approach to women’s wellness, which prioritizes holistic health and preventive care.

By the way, if you need a quick reference list for foods to eat for healthy hormones you can check out one of my free resources here. I listed all the foods I include in my diet and my client’s diets to help reduce inflammation and balance hormones and it includes a list of foods to limit. 

Emphasis on Long-Term Health and Natural Treatments.

The “Hormone Repair Manual” has received praise from experts in the field, including gynecologists, fertility specialists, and menopause specialists.

Dr. Peta Wright, a gynecologist and women’s health advocate describes it as “the book my patients have been waiting for.” Dr. Natasha Andreadis, a fertility specialist, calls it “essential reading for all women over 40, and their doctors!”

I believe that “Hormone Repair Manual” is a valuable resource for women seeking to understand and manage the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. Its practical advice, evidence-based approach, and empowering message make it a must-read for women’s wellness.

As someone who has spent years working with women, I have learned so much about hormones from this book, it really is an eye-opener and the best part is, it’s very simple to read and understand for anyone who is not in the field of health and nutrition like me. Many of my clients have read or listened to this book on Audible and absolutely loved how easy it was to understand without fear-mongering tactics. 

​As for you my valued reader, I promise to share anything great that I ever discover to help you become a healthier and stronger you, right here on my blog.

Make sure to bookmark this page and revisit my women’s health hub from time to time as I will be sharing weekly topics covering women’s health tips, nutrition, fitness and hormone health. 

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