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Menopause: Symptoms and Natural Remedies

Menopause: Symptoms and Natural Remedies

 

If you’re at the menopausal stage of your life, you have probably experienced a number of menopausal symptoms and different kinds of discomfort.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

was long the standard treatment for menopause, however, since we now know that traditional HRT using synthetic estrogen and progestins increases the risk of breast cancer and heart disease, many women and health care providers are no longer routinely asking for or prescribing traditional estrogen replacement therapy.

While hormone replacement therapy is still a popular and clinical way to recover estrogen levels, statistics show that more and more women, every day, are turning to natural alternative treatments to treat the symptoms they experience during menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings.

It’s really better to turn to natural remedies.

Try the following tips to ease the symptoms of menopause.



Avoid triggers

As much as possible,  these could cause the blood to be more acidic, bringing on hot flashes, aggravate blood loss, and make mood swings worse.

1.      Stressing

burdens the adrenal glands, forcing the body to produce smaller amounts of the hormones that are needed to help reduce the effects of declining estrogen in the body

2.      Consuming spicy foods

3.      Consuming too much sugar

This limits the liver's ability to metabolize estrogen and impairs the immune system.

4.      Drinking alcohol and coffee

5.      Drinking hot liquids

6.      Excessive sodium intake

This can make a significant difference in the urinary excretion of calcium

7.      Consuming excessive dairy products or red meat

Both promote hot flashes and contribute to a loss of calcium from the bones. Commercially raised meats, including beef, pork, and chicken contain high amounts of saturated fats and decrease the body's ability to metabolize estrogen

8.      Taking hot showers or baths

 

Natural remedies that ease symptoms of menopause

1.      Vitamin E

❥ Take vitamin E supplements (400 to 800 IU daily) 
❥ Eat foods high in vitamin E:
❧ sunflower seeds
❧ almonds
❧ spinach❧ dried apricots
❧ basil
❧ oregano
❧ pine nuts
❧ peanuts
❧ wheat germ

2.      Foods that contain phytoestrogens, including soy.

Natural soy is best: edamame, tempeh, tofu, soy nuts

3.      Red clover isoflavone supplements

This has shown to have a significant positive effect on the rate of bone loss, improve cardiovascular health, and may offer some protective effect against breast and endometrial cancer-decreases the incidence of hot flashes.

4.      Chlorophyll found in all green leafy vegetables and supplement form

These are vital for red blood cell production.

5.      Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidus

The "good" bacteria in our intestines help with metabolism and utilization of estrogen and reduces the occurrence of yeast infections.

6.      Calcium (1500 mg daily)

The best type of calcium is not calcium carbonate which may not be fully absorbed, but microcrystalline calcium hydroxyapatite calcium (MCHC) or calcium citrate.

Calcium helps to alkalize the body and relieves nervousness and irritability. When women are losing a lot of blood and it is acidic, it prompts the bones to release calcium as a buffering agent.

7.      Magnesium (500 mg to 750 mg daily)

This is essential to help with the absorption of calcium:

❧ bran-rice
❧ wheat
❧ oat
❧ dark chocolate
❧ squash
❧ pumpkin or watermelon seeds
❧ edamame
❧ molasses
❧ cashews
❧ almonds
❧ sunflower seeds

8.      Vitamin C (1,000 mg to 2,000 mg daily)

Helps absorption of Vitamin E and decreases capillary fragility, or eat fruits and vegetables with high amounts of vitamin C:

❧ guava
❧ red bell peppers
❧ kiwi
❧ dark leafy greens
❧ broccoli
❧ papaya
❧ oranges
❧ strawberries
❧ thyme
❧ parsley

 

9.      Iron (blackstrap molasses), Vitamin D and K

Sea vegetables that are processed with integrity, assist with the production of steroidal hormones like estrogen, and DHEA in the adrenal glands.

This is especially important because the adrenal glands play a key role in shoring up hormone production when estrogen production slows down.

Vitamin D regulates the calcium within the body, which means that it makes sure there is always enough calcium in the bloodstream at any given time.

10.   Wild Fish

A great source of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) which are needed for the production of estrogen.

11.   Wild yams and wild yam extract

These have shown to be a natural estrogen promoter.

12.   Aloe Vera extract

As an immune stimulant,  has been shown to normalize damaging processes in the body.

Aloe Vera contains more oxygen molecules than any other plant so that it oxygenates the entire system and oxygen is the main ingredient in preventing the growth of diseases.

13.   Selenium

An important trace mineral linked to normal hormone balance and proper function of the thyroid gland.

❧ Brazil nuts
❧ shellfish-oyster
❧ liver
❧ fish
❧ sunflower seeds
❧ lobster
❧ crab
❧ caviar
❧ shrimp

14.   Regular exercise or body movement

Exercise is probably the single most important thing a woman can do to improve her overall health and well-being throughout her life.

Regular exercise (at least 3 or 4 days a week) helps prevent and reduce bone loss and plays a key role in reducing your risk of many types of cancer, as well as heart disease.

Try yoga postures to alleviate depression, mood swings, night sweats as well as hot flashes. There are even some yoga studies that provide special classes for these women.

15. Stress reduction

Meditation affects the body in exactly the opposite ways that stress does, restoring the body to a calm state, helping the body to repair itself, and preventing new damage due to the physical effects of stress.

 

It is important to note that all nutrients are needed for normal hormone production and function. Often there are mal-absorption problems during this time of life and women need nutrient-rich foods and supplements in a form that their bodies can absorb and utilize.

Try different foods and supplement combinations that will work for you and remember to maintain the physical and spiritual balance of a holistic approach to optimal wellness by listening to what your body needs in the “now.”

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