There is a Natural Approach to Menopause
Menopause is a normal, natural part of a woman’s life, so it only makes sense to treat it as naturally as possible. With synthetic hormone replacement therapies proving to be often unneeded and sometimes dangerous as well, more and more people are looking to natural approaches for menopause.
Menopause is generally defined as the time of live when menstruation has stopped. The average woman will go through menopause at 51 years of age, meaning that many women will spend a third of their lives or more in menopause.
Many women are searching for ways to deal with uncomfortable conditions without resorting to drugs that can have unpleasant or even dangerous side effects. There are a number of highly effective natural strategies to deal with menopause, including:
Many changes occur during menopause, including a significant shift in the balance of hormone levels. Levels of progesterone and estrogen decline during menopause, and that decline can lead to issues such as:
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings, depression and irritability
- Irregular periods
- Disturbances in normal sleep patterns
- Decreased sexual desire
- Vaginal dryness
- Night sweats
It’s All in the Attitude
It is important to view menopause not as a disease, but as a natural chapter in your life. Those who take this positive attitude are often less bothered by the effects of menopause.
Watch What You Eat
As with other chapters of your life, what you eat is very important to successfully dealing with the process of menopause. A diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables, beans and healthy oils is one of the keys. Foods to avoid include sugars, animal fats and caffeine.
Herbal Medicine and Natural Hormones
Studies with the herb known as black cohosh, or cimicifuga racemosa as it is scientifically known, have suggested that it is effective in reducing the effects of menopause, including hot flashes and mood swings. Other types of herbs, like red clover, chasteberry and dong quai are commonly used to treat menopause symptoms, and can be found in supplements specifically designed to help women's menopause concerns.
Natural progesterone, created in a scientific laboratory process, matches the progesterone produced by your body and is easily assimilated into your system to replace depleted progesterone levels.
The Importance of Exercise
Regular physical exercise has been shown to reduce the incidence of hot flashes, depression and weight gain often associated with menopause. Exercise is also important to maintaining sleep and reducing cholesterol levels.
Particularly useful are resistance and weight bearing exercises like weight training, dancing and walking, are especially good at preventing osteoporosis, while aerobic exercise is good for the heart and cardiovascular system.
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