Coping with Menopause Naturally

Here is a great article from Dr. Robin Terranella on natural way of coping with menopause. Remember Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is fantastic but it can only do so much and the rest is up to you.

Menopause is a natural phase in a woman’s life. It is the transition between her childbearing years to a time when she is no longer ovulating or menstruating.  For a healthy woman, it can be a time of growth and creativity. Western medication sometimes combats the symptoms of menopause by prescribing hormone replacement in an attempt to rebalance the system and combat the hormonal imbalance. When synthetic hormones WHICH ARE are used, it can lead to a variety of problems including putting a woman at risk for cancer. Synthetic estrogen carries with it serious health risks including cancer. However, bioidentical hormones are a more natural option that can achieve the same balancing results without putting a woman at risk.

Diet

One of the keys to creating health and happiness during menopause is to approach it from a natural health point of view. In addition to the bioidentical hormones, there are diet choices that will help combat the effects of menopause. Yams contain trace amounts of estrogen, and some believe eating them is a viable alternative to taking estrogen supplements. Health professionals debate their efficiency since a woman would have to eat massive amounts of this root vegetable to gain significant benefit. But if the food is added to your diet in addition to other treatments, there may be some benefit. Body creams made with yams may also offer some relief from the hot flashes associated with menopause. The creams are made with a high concentration of nutrients, allowing estrogen to enter the body through topical application.

Soy is another food sometimes included in diet recommendations for menopausal women. Soy also contains trace amounts of estrogen which may ease hot flashes and mood swings during menopause. It may also increase bone density and lower cholesterol levels. There is debate over the health benefits, and some believe that elevated amounts of soy in a diet may increase the risk of developing breast cancer, so speak with your doctor about whether soy is right for you.

Removing foods from your diet may be beneficial too. Substances like alcohol, caffeine, and foods high in saturated fat and salt can exacerbate menopausal symptoms. Women who have enjoyed a glass of wine with dinner, only to have their face flare up with red blotches and heat patches shortly after understand how alcohol can trigger hot flashes. The same is true for caffeine and spicy foods. Limiting sodium and saturated fat will increase heart health and prevent weight gain, both important health factors as a woman ages. Anything that taxes the digestive system can worsen your menopause symptoms.

Exercise

In addition to diet adjustments, consider adding exercise to your daily schedule if you have not already done so. Physical activity combats depression, anxiety, and fatigue, which are all common during menopause. There are also connections between obesity and increased estrogen production, which can lead to serious illness. If a woman was overweight her whole life, and now she is taking estrogen supplements to combat the effects of menopause, the body may have stored of estrogen that could trigger the development of endometrial cancer in the later years of her life. She is also at a greater risk for heart disease and stroke if she is overweight. If you have struggled with weight and fitness for years, menopause is an excellent time to incorporate fitness into your lifestyle.

There are also herbal remedies thought to help the effects of menopause. Red clover, black cohosh, and dong quai are popular among natural healthcare providers, but patients should discuss their current health problems and any medications they are using before incorporating herbal therapies into their treatment plan. Natural does not necessarily mean there are no side effects and patients should rely on the expertise of a trained professional when using herbal therapies.

Achieving a healthy balance in the body during menopause and during all phases of your life should be your number one goal. When the body is hormonally balanced, it functions at its optimal level. This means you are able to resist illness and disease, and have high energy levels. The natural health providers at Southwest Integrative Medicine will help your body achieve this balance. Contact them if you would like to combat the discomfort of menopause naturally.

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3 Responses to “Coping with Menopause Naturally”


  1. 1 Alena February 6, 2010 at 7:52 am

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

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  2. 2 Amee May 13, 2010 at 1:09 am

    I am considering exploring hormone replacement therapy to cope with menopause-like symptoms. This blog has provided me some really good information and I plan to keep coming back to learn more!


  1. 1 Coping with Menopause Naturally | Health News Trackback on January 30, 2010 at 1:36 pm

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