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A Natural Approach to Alleviating the Symptoms of Menopause

By Liz Barrington, Natural Body Healing

 

Around the age of 50, many women experience menopause and its symptoms due to a natural decrease in hormone levels; the menopause is a completely natural transition period from one phase of a woman’s life to another.

 

The menopause is defined as the point when a woman naturally stops ovulating and menstruation ceases.  The 'peri-menopause' is referred to the in-between stage when natural changes start beginning with the normal menstruation stage through to the menopause itself.

 

During this 'pre-menopausal' stage, hormonal fluctuations can occur and the change in balance and quantity of these hormones often cause a variety of unwanted symptoms including anxiety, dry skin, fatigue, feelings of bloating, headaches, heart palpitations, heavy bleeding, hot flushes, insomnia, irritability, decreased libido, vaginal dryness, loss of concentration, mood swings, night sweats, reduced stamina and weight gain.

 

Some woman experience very minor changes.  However, many women in the westernised world experience much suffering in the months or years prior to the menopause and during the post-menopause period.  Long-term post-menopausal health conditions, such as heart disease, osteoporosis and certain cancers, are all intimately linked to your diet, your lifestyle and the environment in which you live.  So, what is the best approach to take to alleviate many symptoms of the menopause?

 

In recent decades, the trend has been to regard the menopause as a ‘deficiency disease’ which can be ‘treated’ through medication, in the form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).  Yet, we are now discovering that HRT is not suitable for long-term use; in fact 4 out of 5 women find that HRT doesn’t agree with them.  With safety at mind, millions of women worldwide have now decided to stop taking HRT to treat menopausal symptoms.  This follows a recent series of key studies that actually link HRT to serious health conditions such as breast cancer, stroke, heart disease, along with other side effects.

 

It’s widely believed that elevated levels of hormones, especially oestrogen, are the major reason for the increased incidence and prevalence of breast cancer over the past 25 years. ‘Premarin’ is the most widely prescribed oestrogen 'HRT' drug used worldwide which is actually derived from pregnant mare's urine (hence the name PRE-MA-RIN).  With increasing risks of side effects associated with HRT, it’s no wonder that a more natural approach to managing the symptoms of menopause is more desirable and is certainly a much healthier choice for today's women.

 

Recommended Dietary and Lifestyle Changes

To help manage your menopausal symptoms the natural way, it’s recommended that you sleep in a cool room and cover yourself at night with thin layers of cotton sheets which can be peeled off as necessary.  Simple changes to your diet and lifestyle will also play an important factor.  Short bursts of exercise can trigger a hot flush, along with stress, hot drinks, caffeine and alcohol.  However, regular exercise will help to reduce the overall number of hot flush attacks, along with adjustments to your diet and reducing daily stress, alcohol and caffeine levels.

'Phytoestrogens' have a balancing effect on the body’s hormone levels.  The richest dietary sources of phytoestrogens come from soya (tofu, soya yogurt, soya milk) and also linseeds (sprinkle on cereal), otherwise known as flaxseeds (start taking flaxseed oil).  Try to include these foods in your diet at least 5 times a week.  Other good plant foods to eat include wholegrains rye bread or crackers, porridge oats and wholemeal bread), root vegetables, green leafy vegetables, beans and other pulses (beans, chick peas or lentils).  Also consume nuts and seeds and at least five portions of fruit and vegetables daily.  Oily fish such as mackerel, sardines, tuna and salmon are also beneficial for women during menopause.

There are many powerful herbs available to help cope with hormonal changes that work quickly and effectively in the body.  Nature's Sunshine provides the finest herbs, essential fatty acids and antioxidant nutrients that nourish the body naturally and relieve the unwanted symptoms associated with the menopause. 

 

The supplements below can help provide essential support for the bones, hormones, cardiovascular and nervous systems during the peri-menopause, menopause and post-menopause stages.  They are:

 

Master Gland Formula - This key system product provides nutritional supplementation for all the glands on the body.  Hormones produced by these glands influence out state of health.  Master Gland contains a unique and comprehensive combination of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients to support this sytem.

 

Skeletal Strength: A comprehensive supplement containing calcium, magnesium and vitamins to help prevent osetoporosis.

 

Nutri-Calm: A B-vitamin supplement that enhances the body's ability to adapt to hormonal fluctuations, stress levels and mood swings.

 

Flax Seed Oil: This is a rich source of the essential fatty acid known as Omega-3 which is important for every cell in the body.

 

 

 

Do You Mainly Suffer From Just 'Hot Flushes'?

If hot flushes seem to be your main symptom, then you could try Phyto-Soy Hot flushes can severely interrupt your daily routine and interfere with sleep.  Soya is in great demand because of its health benefits for the immune, glandular and circulatory systems.  The benefits of taking high-levels of genistein, a particular isobioflavonoid in soya, include helping to protect the body.   

 

Often, many women view this new 'menopausal' stage in their lives from a negative perspective.  Yet, the menopause is often a time for new freedoms and new beginnings; your children have grown up and your career or your social support network is firmly established, which when viewed positively, actually leaves you with much more time to enjoy life!

 

If you make the simple changes recommended above to your diet and lifestyle, you'll no doubt feel happier; as a result you'll find that you have boundless more energy with the ability to pursue this new phase of your life and your interests, with much renewed vigour!

 

 

The nutritional supplement product links stated in this article can only be purchased from this website in UK and in Europe; however all other health product links stated on this page are available worldwide from Natural Body Healing.  

 

The above information should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional.


 

 

 

 

 

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