Friday, 8 April 2016

Press release: April 2016
Promensil launches new Menopause Cooling Spray on the opening night of the Menopause The Musical UK Tour!

Promensil are pleased to announce the latest addition to their Menopause Red Clover portfolio; the new Menopause Cooling Spray, formulated to instantly reduce hot flushes and night sweats.  The spray is a handbag essential for women needing instant relief and hydration from the discomfort of common menopausal symptoms. This gentle, clinically approved cooling spray draws heat away from the skin, quickly and effectively reducing skin temperature and redness.

To celebrate this ‘wonder spray’ Promensil have teamed up with ‘Menopause The Musical UK’ and will be launching the spray at the opening show on the 12th April 2016 at the Theatre Royal Wakefield. The spray will retail at a special discounted price at each venue, and will also be available to purchase online from www.boots.com at the end of April.

The spray is safe and easy to use, offering instant relief from the discomfort of a hot flush or night sweat using rapid evaporation technology. During a hot flush or night sweat lightly spray the chest and neck area and allow spray to evaporate and cool. For best results leave skin uncovered and re-apply as needed. It is recommended to use alongside the Promensil Red Clover Isoflavones supplement range and can also be used with or without HRT and any other natural therapy. For full details on the Promensil range visit www.promensil.co.uk

Senior Brand Manager Gaby O’Leary comments; “We are delighted to be official partners of Menopause The Musical UK and are really looking forward to showcasing our new Promensil Cooling Spray to a captivated audience. We pride ourselves on being able to offer women a choice and understanding about self-management. I think it’s extremely important women openly talk about the menopause and that advice and support is readily available. Menopause The Musical is one of the most entertaining and empowering musical performances I have seen, women of all ages (and men too) will enjoy and be enlightened. Women mustn’t forget they are not alone, the menopause is a part of every woman’s life but some will experience more severe symptoms than others. Our new Promensil Cooling Spray is an instant acting spray to help relief hot flushes and night sweats (two of the most common symptoms associated with the menopause), and I believe will help many women going through ‘the change’”

The Menopause the Musical UK tour commences on the 12th April in the Theatre Royal, Wakefield and continues in a further 41 venues around the UK (Tour dates here), with tickets on sale at www.menopauseuk.com
For more information on Promensil, please contact Daniela Boyd-Waters on 
call 01628 526208. 

Women On Fire? Reach for Promensil! 


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Karen Barber speaks to Promensil about her menopause experience

Karen Barber is a professional ice skating coach who works on ITVs Dancing on Ice.



When did you first start to suffer menopausal symptoms?
I first started to experience menopausal symptoms about two years ago but I wasn’t aware of it until six months into the symptoms, when it became very obvious what it was.
When did you realise that it may be the menopause?
I realised it might be the onset of the menopause about six weeks into those first symptoms and then I became very aware of what it was.

What treatment did you seek?
As far as looking into treatments initially I thought, I can manage this myself, I’m definitely not one of those people who reaches straight for the paracetamol. It was a year into the symptoms that I started to think (that it may be menopause) and start looking on the internet, started speaking to friends. My mum had used the patch but I really didn’t want to go down that route and I really started to look at different options, particularly the herbal options.

Did you go to your GP? Or did you try some alternative treatments?
I went to see my GP about my symptoms and about the concerns I had using the HRT and got some very good advice, but at the end of the day it’s a very personal decision. Along the way I’ve tried herbal remedies such as star flower oil but I didn’t really feel the benefit, if any, so that was unsuccessful.

You’ve spoken openly about how you have struggled with the menopause, what have been the hardest bits?
The hardest bits for me have been the night sweats. I can cope in the day, that’s fine, it’s distracting and it’s very unpredictable, yes, but it’s the night times, they break the sleep pattern and it makes the following day difficult and tiredness is not part of my day. My job is very physical and I need to be energetic and I need to be alert.

What impact have the night sweats and hot flushes had on your personal and professional life?
I think the night sweats have an impact on you professionally; it affects your personal relationships. You’re emotional, it affects your stability, you’re very teary, the way you feel generally. It starts to affect your confidence, so it kind of goes across the board. It’s not a good feeling when you start the day tired, especially when you know the day in front of you is a good 10-12 hours long.


Have you ever tried or considered HRT?
I’ve never tried HRT, it’s been a conversation that I’ve had with my mum and friends but it’s just not for me.

Are your menopausal symptoms now under control? What’s your secret?
I feel that now I’m getting control back in my life. I’m starting to get my menopausal symptoms under control, thanks to Promensil, it’s something that works for me. It’s a herbal based product and I really think I’ve found something that suits me.


What advice would you give to anyone else going through the menopause?
My advice to anyone going through menopause: don’t go through it alone. There are people out there that are going through the same thing. People like me that have tried to find something, take advice from friends, and try Promensil!


What is your diet secret?
My diet secret or tip? I lost two and a half stone in recent years. I tried Weightwatchers which I think is great but it didn’t really work for me. So now I use the Hay Diet, where each meal you choose to eat is either carbs or protein. It worked for me, I lost the weight gradually and now it’s just the way I choose to eat as I feel better eating that way. Hay Diet, works for me.

Is there anything you refuse to eat? 
No, I’m quite easy to please as far as a menu is concerned. There is nothing I refuse to eat.

If you could take three foods to a desert island, what would they be and why?
Ice cream, chicken and salad, I enjoy salad!


What's your favourite comfort food?
Crisps, with a glass of wine!

Ever cooked a disaster dinner?
Most weeks! I’m not very adventurous in the kitchen but we do have a New Year resolution to learn to cook. I’ve always cooked for a family, I have two girls, 20 and 22, so it’s always been family cooking and a clean plate meant it was a successful meal!

Favourite low calorie snack?
Apples.


Is there any food you’d call your weakness or guilty pleasure?
Wine and crisps, there’s a pattern beginning to form!

What do you eat on an average day? (describe two options for breakfast, lunch & dinner)
I’m not very good at breakfast to be honest. I do enjoy oat cakes, I tend to have those. Then I have fruit midday. Lunch is quite often soup if it’s in the winter months. Snacks: dried fruits or nuts, I’m not against a Percy Pig from Marks and Spencer’s and I do enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit in the afternoon. I’m not saying I’m really good all of the time, I’m not! I should drink more water but I tend to put the kettle on instead. Evening meal, if I’m choosing carbs then maybe a vegetarian curry or a hot chicken salad, there’s your salad, hot chicken, avocado and a dressing. Chris makes a really good dressing which is olive oil, balsamic and mustard. It’s really nice!

What are your favourite non-alcoholic drinks? How often do you drink them?
I never drink fizzy drinks and I’ve never bought fizzy drinks for my girls. You can’t go wrong with water. Tea would also be a favourite and coffee in the morning, I like a nice latte in the morning.

Do you have any intolerances/diet restrictions?
Not that I know off. I tend to eat whatever I feel like.

Which 5 food items do you always stock up on at the supermarket?
Chicken, salad, avocado, vegetables and crisps.

What are your top 3 food vices - how often would you say you indulge them?
Curry, veg biryani and naan bread, I can have that on the Hay Diet. When I’m not doing the Hay Diet I do love a good spaghetti bolognaise or a shepherd’s pie. I like home cooking.


What’s the best piece of health advice anyone’s ever given you?
Generally, everything in moderation, don’t overdo anything and be good to yourself!


How do you juggle your work/home life?
Juggling home and work life for me isn’t too difficult, I’m quite an organised person and I think it’s about organisation skills, if you bring up a family you can organise anything.

What three things do you like to do on Saturdays? (e.g. shopping, cafes, theatre, walking etc.)
I work on a Saturday but on a day off I like to wake early naturally. I like to potter in the house, I like to do my housework, I enjoy the house looking nice. I love to go walking and then maybe a film and dinner out would always be a treat, no washing up.


What is your attitude towards weekends? (e.g. do you see it as family time, time to relax, time to do the chores etc.)
Weekends are different for us as it is work time. We go live on a Sunday so Saturday is all about camera blocking. My day off is usually mid week and that’s about catching up with friends and family and shopping and anything else that comes along is a bonus.

What three books would you recommend and why?
A Year in Provence is a book I love. I’m struggling to get to the end of it but I love it. It’s about a family that moves from the UK into Provence and perhaps that is something I quite like the idea of. I don’t get a lot of time to read. 50 Shades Of Grey; there is one at home but it hasn’t kept my interest. Third book? Can I say a magazine, less commitment with a magazine.

Name three tracks on your iPod
Natasha Beddingfield: A Pocket Full Of Sunshine. Anything by Michael Buble and a new thing for me is the Opera Singers from Britain’s Got Talent: Jonathon and Charlotte. They’ve taken modern tracks and turned it into opera and it’s really lovely to listen to, I put it on in the car.

What are the three things you can't you live without?
My girls, Chris, lots of things make me happy, my friends.

What or who is your biggest inspiration in life?
You look to your parents. I have great parents, I still have my mum, I don’t have my dad.

What did you last see the doctor for?
I last saw the doctor in the summer to talk about my menopausal symptoms and generally just a chat and a catch up. 

What are your best/worst health habits?
I think I’m quite boring like that. I look after myself, I look after my skin. I live by the moderation rule. I don’t think I have any real bad habits with my health. Just drink more water and five a day.

Top 3 beauty products/tips:
A good skincare routine, invest in a good hair cut, it takes a long time to correct it if it goes wrong and diet, what you eat today is going to affect you tomorrow.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Hot flush beating exercises



Morning exercise for energy, mood and flexibility


Increase your energy, good mood and out of stiffness in just 30 minutes. Darren Harding, Promensil’s fitness expert gives tips for daily exercises to brighten up the start of every day. Easy to do, you should make this part of your daily routine as soon as you get up.
 




DEEP ABDOMINAL BREATHING
Lie flat on your back with your knees pulled up, keeping your feet slightly apart. Inhale deeply through the nose, allowing your stomach to relax. Your stomach should balloon out as you breathe in. Imagine that your body is filling with energy on each inhalation. As you exhale, imagine the air being pushed out from the bottom of your lungs to the top. This breathing will promote deep relaxation, energy, and stress control. According to researchers, this exercise has a reducing effect on the number of hot flushes.


JOINT FLEXIBILITY

Gently ease your body into the day by rotating each joint 10 times in each direction. Sit flat on the floor, legs stretched out. Flex your toes first, rotate your feet at the ankles, then your lower legs at the knees and then bend your knees up to your chest 10 times with each leg separately to flex your hips.
For the upper body, start by stretching each finger separately in both directions, then rotating your wrists. For elbows, touch your shoulders then straighten the arms again and finish with 10 circles with your shoulders in each direction.


Work on the waist and spine, stand up and bend slowly down as far as you can without bending your knees, then follow with sideways bends with your arm outstretched above your head.

MUSCLE TENSION RELEASE, ENERGY LEVEL INCREASE

To release tension and increase energy, jump up and down in place for several minutes. Move your arms freely, shake out your wrists, and raise your arms over your head. Slowly rotate your head in both directions, then bend forward and back.

BALANCE YOUR BODY AND MIND
Yoga exercises level out instability by relaxing and gently stretching every muscle in the body, promoting better blood circulation and oxygenation to all cells and tissues. Finish off your morning routine with a few yoga positions, such as Downward Dog, Half Lotus and Cobra and remember to do a few deep breaths before you start going about your daily chores.

 

Darren Harding 
Fitness expert and personal trainer

Writing on behalf of Promensil 
www.promensil.co.uk

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Good things to eat throughout menopause: Isoflavones




Menopause is a natural time in a woman's life during which time her periods cease. This should be a time when a woman's focus changes from the possibility of creating babies and her body working towards that every month, to a time to focus her growing energy outwardly and to enjoy becoming free of her monthly hormonal cycle. But sometimes all of a woman's energy is stolen to cope with quite severe menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, weight gain, feeling down, low energy, mood swings, bone loss and insomnia.

When a woman is healthy and her hormones are in balance there should be no symptoms of menopause. In fact women in Asia are reported to have less menopausal symptoms. This is thought to be due to their diets high in legumes (chickpeas, soya etc.), which are high in phytoestrogens (isoflavones). These compounds help to block the uptake of synthetic chemical oestrogen (not good) at the same time as helping to keep our own natural body levels of oestrogen higher (good). Luckily diet and taking certain nutritional supplements can help with hormone imbalance.



Increasing foods high in phytoestrogens, such as the isoflavones can help. These foods can be found in the soy foods such as tofu, tempeh and soy milk. Someone suffering from menopausal symptoms could swap some of their dairy foods for soy milk, soy yogurt and even soy cheese and notice a difference. Other foods high in isoflavones are chick peas, split peas and beans, alfalfa and linseeds. Also clover sprouts and red clover. Red clover supplements are useful to take as they have a higher concentration of isoflavones and so give a higher level of relief.

 
Sharon Kaye DipION
Nutritionist
Writing for Promensil

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