A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Menopause
I had a question the other day about menopause.
Menopause is a normal condition that all women experience as they age.
The term menopause is used to describe the changes a woman experiences either just before or after she stops menstruating, marking the end of her reproductive period.
A woman is born with a finite number of eggs, which are stored in the ovaries.
The ovaries also produce the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which regulate menstruation and ovulation.
Menopause occurs when your ovaries no longer release an egg every month and menstruation stops.
Menopause, when it occurs after the age of 40, is a normal part of aging.
But some women experience menopause early, either as a result of surgery (like a hysterectomy) or damage to the ovaries (from chemotherapy).
Menopause that occurs before the age of 40, regardless of the cause, is called premature menopause.
The process of natural menopause is gradual and is described in 3 stages.
Perimenopause typically begins several years before menopause, when your ovaries gradually produce less estrogen.
Perimenopause lasts up until menopause, the point when your ovaries stop releasing eggs.
In the last 1-2 years of perimenopause, the decrease in estrogen accelerates.
At this stage, many women experience menopause symptoms.
Menopause is the point when it’s been a year since your last menstrual period.
At this stage, your ovaries have stopped releasing eggs and producing most of their estrogen.
These are the years after menopause.
During this stage, menopausal symptoms, like hot flashes, ease for most women.
However, health risks related to the loss of estrogen increase as you age.
Common symptoms experienced around the time of menopause include hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, fatigue, depression, irritability, racing heart, and others.
To deal with menopause it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Increase your exercise, relaxation techniques, etc.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies; consider fresh juicing.
*Consider a liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider herbs, acupuncture, energy medicine techniques, hydrotherapy, etc.
*Address any emotional issues.
*Have a chiropractic assessment.
*Eliminate toxic exposures, both food and environment.
*Eliminate any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Eliminate sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Avoid dairy products.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Maintain a healthy weight.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*If you follow a vegetarian lifestyle or low caloric intake, it is essential to ensure proper intake of protein, B vitamins and essential fats.
*Add Performance for essential electrolytes.
*Review my post on estrogen dominance.
*Review my post on candida.
*Check hormone levels.
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