I'm Dixie. 50+ Biology and health educator, qigong practitioner, beauty and wellness founder, empty nester, and all round life lover.

Beyond Hot Flashes: Menopause Brain Health & Resilience

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The decline of estrogen and other important hormones during menopause causes more than hot flashes. Their decline can also have a significant impact on cognitive function. As a result, understanding the connection between menopause and the brain is crucial for our well-being. 

In today’s episode our featured health and wellness coach, Sharon Fraser shares her menopausal story, brain health journey and valuable insights into the intersection of menopause and brain health. 

Drawing on her experience and education, she offers practical tips on how lifestyle factors, including exercise, nutrition, mental stimulation and sleep can positively influence brain health during and after menopause.

Tune in for this real life story, a wealth of knowledge and actionable advice to support cognitive health during the menopausal transition and beyond.

Let’s (peri)MenoPause and prosper!

In this episode:

00:00: Preview

02:36: Intro

02:37: A bit about Sharon & background

04:39: Sharon’s Menopause Story

09:46: The prescription from her functional doctor

15:34: The illness that led her to advocate for brain health

20:20: Actions she took to address her brain health dilemma

21:02: What she learned as a result of her actions

22:39: How’s she navigating the diagnosis given

29:55: What we need for better menopausal health outcomes

32:04: What’s at stake for the brain as hormones decline

35:07: Simple, effective ways to optimize brain health

39:20: Three self-care rituals that supports her well-being

41:04: How to stay connected with Sharon

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Why Is My Brain Not Working?

You Can Fix Your Brain

Breaking Alzheimer’s

Brain Health Resources

Connect With Sharon Fraser:

Brain Centreat Life (Website)


Connect With Me/Dixie:

Instagram – The Pause Pod

Instagram – Personal






Additional Resources For Support:

Take the Menopause Quiz: Find out if you might be experiencing (peri)menopause

Menopause blog posts: Various posts about the menopausal phase

The symptoms checklist: A checklist with over forty symptoms you can check off

The menopause question list: A list of questions to ask your healthcare partner

Facebook private community: Private Facebook Community. Click the link to Join


I am by no means a medical professional. I am a Licensed and certified Biology/Health teacher/educator and award-winning beauty/wellness founder. Any information shared on this and future podcasts is my point of view or that of the guests. Please consult with your primary care partner for advice and treatments for your health and well-being. Please read the entire disclaimer Here.

I'm a teacher, beauty/wellness founder, and Qigong Instructor. My work exists to support women and people experiencing the menopausal transition on their health and wellness journey. I believe in the sacredness, wholeness, and expansiveness of well-being and the menopausal passage, and I care deeply about teaching and creating experiences and safe spaces that provide support.

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