Your Brain on Menopause: Your Hypothalamus is Calling

What’s your hypothalamus, what’s it do, and how valuable is it to in menopause? We answer those questions on this episode. 

I’ll share links in the show notes with you for the online measure of 

Underwater weighing has been for 30 years labeled as the “gold standard” of body composition measurement. However, I wouldn’t run off and find a university exercise clinic that does it and think this is going to be awesome. Very few adults can actually be comfortable enough epeling all the air from their lungs while underwater to get an accurate reading.

You’ll hear her talk about the 5 pillars she uses that are familiar to you except for number 5 – stay tuned for that one. 

You’ll want to pay attention to the gold she suggests for you that get specific which many of you like with your protein, fat and carbs. And saturated fat? You’ll be surprised. 

Let’s dive into this episode about the role your hypothalamus plays in menopause. 

My Guest:

Deborah Maragopoulos FNP is an intuitive integrative family nurse practitioner who has spent over thirty years blending the Science of Medicine with the Art of Healing to help thousands of women from perimenopause through postmenopause navigate their change of life and thrive.

Deborah has worked with the hormonally challenged including women suffering from PCOS, infertility, adrenal and thyroid dysfunction, diabetes and insulin resistance, as well as autoimmune conditions.

Specializing in neuro-immune-endocrinology, Deborah focuses on optimizing the function of the hypothalamus – the maestro of the symphony of hormones. Deborah is a graduate of UCLA, the past president of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners, endocrine advisor for Genova Laboratories, founder of the charity Divine Daughters Unite, author of the bestselling books Hormones in Harmony®, Menopause Action Plan and creator of Genesis Gold®- a nutritional supplement uniquely formulated to balance hormones and optimize hypothalamic function.

Questions we answer in this episode: 

06:05 Why this, what was it that led you to the hypothalamus?

11:05 What role does the hypothalamus play in menopause?

How can you tell if your hypothalamus is unbalanced during menopause?

What menopausal symptoms are most associated with the hypothalamus?

20:05 How do you manage your hypothalamus?

45:57 How can you support your hypothalamus to ease symptoms of menopause? Preventative measures?

Connect with Deborah:

Deborah on Social Media: 


Menopause Action Plan Group:




Navy Body Fat Calculator:

The margin for error in this method is similar to BMI. How? If you’re either extremely fit or frail it is going to be off. For me it was off by 5%. I have more muscle than most and less fat. 

(Knowing numbers is important, however, if you have a Smart Scale consistently showing change, you have all you need. I will say, for me this was not within the 3-5% of accuracy range you hope is true for a body composition test, compared to 2-3% range with 2 other calibrated measures consistently). 

If you do use this method to PRE-test, then use the same method (same time of day and same hydration and exercise status) to POST-test.

My actual body composition confirmed from InBody Smart Scale (home) and InBody Industrial model and Dexa scans (21-22%). Compared to the Navy calculation: 



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