Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Holistic Approach to Menopause

Each Woman experiences menopause differently. Usually starting around age 52, some experience symptoms in their 30's right into their 60's. Perimenopause is usually the 2-5 years beforehand, but during this time it can be dramatic or simple for women.

It's a rocky road of hormones and emotions. Symptoms can be in the form of hot spells, insomnia,mood swings,sweats, heart palpitations, risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, weight gain, irregular periods with some heavy bleeding. With some women trying to alleviate symptoms, they actually cause a greater hormone imbalance by seeking some form of medical treatment.

Good news ladies ! this phrase does come to an end...however with so many of us working so hard at full time jobs in and out of the house and caring for family...we have little time for 'us'.
We're burning out our hormones and we need some hormones to deal with this time in our lives. Our hormones are actually resetting for the second half of our life.

Some natural ways we can help ourselves. Adjusting our diet to be more healthy, exercise exercise exercise!, develop regular sleep patterns. A simple detox program to flush away years of built up toxins in our bodies.Taking a good multivitamin with some herbs and oils.

Examining our feelings with regards to family and relationships. Changing hormones can bring about moods of anger and you don't want to lash out at people. Come to terms and release some feelings before they turn into negative angry energy.

When I last went to my doctor, it was suggested I take Premarin. ABSOLUTELY NOT. I know this is a horse estrogen made from a pregnant mares' urine. Natural they say? What on earth is natural about putting horses estrogen in my body???

There are other alternatives. Along with what was mentioned above, acupuncture, NATURAL hormone therapy (HRT) and acupressure are some to consider. My brother is a massage therapist and often deals with patients experiencing menopause. He applies pressure to certain points on the body (hands/feet) to stimulate the ovaries, uterus, adrenal, pituitary, thyroid and parathyroid glands to balance hormones and reduces hot flashes. I'm lucky to have a massage therapist in the family. I get free treatments!

Another alternative is taking soy. Dealing with hot flashes? Revival Soy can help. An interesting fact is that soy consumption may actually help hot flashes and reduce your risk of high cholesterol, heart attack or even strokes. In my research of soy products, I learned that approximately only 30% of Asian women experience hot flashes. It appears their high intake of soy can be contributing to the reduction of symptoms.

I myself had started taking soy at the recommendation of one of my blog readers because she did say it helped her. I've been taking it for a few months now and I haven't had any trouble with hot flashes or night sweats.

Be sure to talk to your physician. Someone you trust and can freely speak about menopause, the symptoms and treatments.

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