Menopause is a natural stage in a woman’s life, some would say. However, women who live to experience this official passage from youth to biological maturity are not so easily convinced that this process is natural and harmless. And that is because of the myriad of bothering symptoms defining this transition in a woman’s life.
Menopause begins with the cessation of menstruation for twelve consecutive months. It can occur at any time between 40 and 60 years. The body is now lacking two of the most important hormones: estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are responsible for the proper functioning of bones, memory, reproductive system, urinary function, cardiovascular and cognitive development. All these are turned upside down when the level of these hormones in the blood decreases.
Every woman is unique, and so are the symptoms of menopause for each woman in part. There are factors that make menopause symptoms different from one case to another: genetics, current diseases (such as fibroids or absence of ovaries) or excessive smoking influences. The strongest menopause symptoms felt by most elderly women before and during this period are:
• Hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, vaginal dryness, frequent blinking, depression, mental irritability and other changing emotional provisions.
Menopause can be considered a “pretext” to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Many women have discovered that perimenopause, premenopause and menopause can be softened with an improved diet. One can follow natural organic diets based on herbs, teas and homeopathic medicines.
Unprocessed whole foods can be consumed by anyone who wants to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Nutrition based on fruits, vegetables, cereals, oils and natural drinks is essential for menopausal women. It is better to avoid sugar, caffeine, alcohol, spicy products and animal fats.
Natural remedy in menopause
Liquorice. This herb can heal most of menopausal disorders, especially the nervous irritation, osteoporosis and premature aging. It is the richest natural source of phytoestrogens of all plants. It can be used as a tincture.
Soy. This food contains phytoestrogens – an ingredient with similar properties to the estrogen found in the ovaries. It is better to consume non-GM soy. Soy sprouts are a natural hormone that can relieve menopausal disruption, especially hot flashes or vaginal dryness. Soybean also helps to protect the bone mass during menopause, reduce cholesterol and prevent cancer. However, it is advisable to consult your doctor before adopting a soy-based diet. And this is because excessive soy consume may lead to cancer in women with breast tumors.
Salvia. This herb successfully fights hot flashes and night sweats. Sage grass regulates body temperature, reduces perspiration and prevents excessive appetite and weight gain. You can consume it as powder – a half a teaspoon, 5-6 times a day, on an empty stomach.
Yarrow. This herb contains plant hormones that regulate gonadal function and reduce the main symptoms of menopause.
St. John’s Wort. This herb is a natural antidepressant that treats emotional disorders caused by menopause. It also reduces the intensity and frequency of panic attacks and fits of rage. You can take it as tincture.
Valerian. This herb is the most powerful natural remedy that drives depression away. It has a sedative and tranquilizer effect. Miraculously heals anxiety, nervousness and insomnia. It also helps in cardiac arrhythmia, hypertension, heart and other problems that develop during the menopause period.
Sea buckthorn oil and sea buckthorn fruit, green onions and whole grains such as wheat, oats and barley are also indicated in menopause.
Evening primrose oil – contains gamma-linolenic acid producing hormone-like substances called prostaglandins.
Lady’s Mantle – helps regulate hormone levels in the body and has a hemostatic, sedative effect.
Exercise and walking reduce hot flashes, remove depression and bring more tone to the body and mind.