Home Remedies for Menopause
Get Rid of Mood Swings, Hot Flashes, Night Sweats Naturally!
Home remedies for menopause are natural and safe ways to get rid of menopausal symptoms.
"Menopause" is probably one of the most dreaded words by middle-aged women, many of whom imagine that once they reach menopause, they will become old and unattractive. In fact,
many conventional doctors view "menopause" as a kind of disease that is to be treated by medication, such as synthetic hormone replacement, or estrogen pills.
Menopause is not a disease of course, and should never be treated as such. It is a natural state of life and we should accept it gracefully. Having a positive state of
mind can greatly impact our physical wellbeing. How we respond to menopause mentally can greatly affect our physical health. It has been found that women who
think menopause is a disease usually have more menopausal symptoms than those who don't.
This page hopefully can give you more information about menopause - so that you can "see it for what it is", and accept it as a natural course in our lives. For those
who unfortunately suffer from menopausal symptoms, the good news is, there are natural home remedies for menopause that can be used to alleviate most of them.
Specifically, this page takes a look at the following:
What is Menopause and Perimenopause?
Menopause simply means the end of menstruation. When the ovaries stop producing large amounts of estrogen and progesterone, the menstrual cycle stops. A woman who has
had no periods for over one year is said to be "menopausal".
However, several years before menopause sets in, a woman can start feeling and seeing changes in her body. For example, her periods may suddenly become irratic - it
may become unusually heavy or light. She may also have bleeding in between periods. This phase is called "perimenopause" or "premenopause".
During perimenopause, the ovaries stop ovulating regularly, and this marks the starting point of physical changes and onset of such symptoms as hot flashes.
How Long Does Menopause Last?
Menopause itself usually starts in the mid-forties to early fifties and, depending on individuals, some women will suffer from symptoms of menopause for years.
Menopause occurring before the age of 45 is referred to as "early menopause", whereas menopause before the age of 40 is called "premature menopause".
Normally, women who are physically healthy and active have fewer problems during menopause. The adrenal glands in healthy women can respond to menopause by creating
precursor hormones such as DHEA and pregnenolone, which are subsequently converted into estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Natural home remedies for menopause and
healthy diets can encourage the body to do so.
What are Some Common Symptoms of Menopause?
Common symptoms of menopause include:
You should visit your doctor if:
- Irregular periods and finally cessation of periods
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Vaginal dryness
- Changes in skin conditions (e.g. acne, hair loss, dry, sensitive, and itchy skin)
- Heart palpitations
- Reduced libido
- Cold hands and feet
- You experience bleeding again after menopause - bleeding may be a sign of uterine cancer.
- Your menopausal symptoms are causing problems or interfering with your daily life.
What are Some Natural Home Remedies for Menopause?
There are quite a few natural home remedies for menopause that are effective.
First and foremost, pay attention to your diet. Especially at the onset of menopause, if you switch to a healthier diet and eat all the right foods, you will notice that
your menopausal symptoms are less severe and more manageable.
Eat foods that are rich in phytosterols (naturally occurring substances that have a hormone-balancing effect), such as fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
Also try to consume foods that are rich in phytoestrogens (also known as "dietary estrogens"), such as flaxseeds, soy beans, tofu, sesame seeds, soy milk, etc.
As we age, we are more prone to heart attacks. Therefore, avoid red meat and other sources of saturated fat.
Alcohol and caffeine can aggravate hot flashes, and carbonated drinks can deplete calcium from your body, making you more prone to osteoporosis. The best drink? Pure,
Natural supplements are excellent home remedies for menopause. For improving and maintaining your general health and wellbeing, take these supplements:
- Vitamins: Consider a high-potency multivitamin for overall health. Vitamin E is especially beneficial for regulation of estrogen production.
- Essential fatty acids: EFAs protect the heart and work wonder for your skin. Sources of EFAs include flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, fish like salmon and tuna, fish oil, borage
- Minerals: To maintain strong and healthy bones, take calcium and magnesium supplements. Also get plenty of sunshine for Vitamin D!
There are also various natural home remedies for menopause (using herbs, homeopathy, and aromatherapy) that are beneficial for a multitude of
symptoms associated with menopause. Please visit
this page for more information.
Natural Menopause Remedies - Herbs, Homeopathy, Aromatherapy
Common Womens Health Problems
Balch and Stengler, Prescription for Natural Cures, (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004).
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