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Natural remedies for menopause symptoms

For SHA Wellness Clinic
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Monday March 28th, 2016
Health & Beauty

Many times simple changes to our diet and lifestyle can reap huge benefits in easing menopausal symptoms, and achieving a higher overall level of health. These easy suggestions will help you to enjoy this unique and special time in your life.

 

The most effective and delicious medicine for menopause is found in the food that we eat.

Enjoy a plant based diet that includes good fats, complex carbohydrates and protein. These can be found in whole grains, beans, vegetables, sea vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruit.

Make sure to have plenty of vegetables, at every meal, and even a lovely vegetable juice at breakfast.

Include natural soy products such as miso, shoyu, tofu, tempeh, black soybeans, edemame, and natto.

Make sure to include good quality oils, tahini, flax, chia, sesame seeds, and nuts.

Liver cleansing foods can help with the hot flushes; apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, granny smith apples, sauerkraut, and lightly steamed greens with lemon.

Dried daikon tea calms the mind and prevents over thinking.

Sweet vegetable drink is soothing for the nerves.

Toasted nori can be enjoyed daily as it is full of minerals and protein.

Stay hydrated as it keeps the immune strong, helps joints, bones, muscles, skin and organs. Many women are not naturally thirsty so make sure you are drinking around 6 glasses of water a day.

 

Use herbal remedies that support and nourish our hormones

Plants and herbal remedies have been known to prevent/reduce menopausal symptoms. Incredibly, many plants and herbs can adapt to the needs of our body. Some herbs that can help include, black cohosh, passionflower, chasteberry, wild yam, maca, and ashwagandha. Each woman is unique and so some herbs work better for one person than for another.

 

Exercise and enjoy it!

Exercise has a major impact on your overall heath, weight, and other menopausal symptoms. It is important to keep active throughout the day. Many women experience weight gain during menopause, especially around the stomach and abdomen. It can be very frustrating as the weight doesn’t budge. One of the reasons that this happens is because estrogen levels fluctuate causing your body to hold on to fat. Choose the exercise that you love, such as, walking, biking, riding horses, yoga, swimming, dancing, pilates, football, fitness or tennis. If you don’t love it, you won`t stick to it. Any outdoor activity is also very good for the fluctuating hormones and boosting the metabolism.

 

Manage Your Stress

Often women can feel more stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, and depressed during menopause. The most effective, inexpensive and easy way to reduce stress is by simple meditation and deep breathing. Sitting quietly for a few minutes and breathing slowly and deeply can have amazing results. If you struggle to quieten the mind go for a mindful walk in nature. Practice being in the moment and use all your senses to connect to the surroundings. This exercise is marvelous for relaxing on all levels.

It is a good idea to keep a journal to support your individual emotional and physical health. Write down any worries/concerns right before you go to bed as this helps to empty the mind and improve sleep. Jot down three blessings each day to keep the mind positive and grateful. The blessings can be simple; enjoying a laugh with a friend, watching the sunset or reading a great book. Add to the list on a daily basis.

Make time to get a massage, chiropractic treatment, or energy work as they are wonderful for soothing and energizing the mind, body, and spirit.

 

Other simple remedies to ease menopause symptoms

  • Take a 5-10 minute foot bath with hot water and sea salt in the evening. Good fordeep, restful sleep, anxiety, and calms the mind.
  • Enjoy a bath with epsom salts and lavender essential oil to cleanse your energy field, de-stress and soothe aching muscles
  • A daily hot towel body rub is wonderful for stimulating the organs, activationg the metabolism and improving hormone balance
  • Reduce or avoid – Animal food, refined sugar, stimulants, coffee, alcohol, strong spices, refined carbs and salt.
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