Menopause Symptoms and How to Relieve Them Naturally
‘The change’, ‘that time of life’ – whatever you call it, it's an unavoidable fact of life that all women go through it. For a lot of women, this natural process is a time of anxiety and distress. Read on to learn you can manage your menopause symptoms naturally...
Menopausal symptoms are a huge issue for women, particularly in the Western world. As an interesting comparison, Asian women tend to suffer less from menopause - particularly when they're eating their traditional diets and remaining active. However, when Asian women live in the Western world or eat a more Western diet, they tend to develop the same menopausal symptoms.
Here are some of the common menopausal symptoms you may be familiar with:
- Hot flushes
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
- Skin outbreaks
- Dry vagina
Conventional treatment for menopause has for many years relied on Hormonal Replacement Therapy (HRT).
The issue now is that the dangers have been shown to override the benefits. This has left the medical profession with a limited number of treatments - mainly antidepressants and blood pressure medications - to control the symptoms; and to be honest, they're not very effective.
Due to the failure of conventional medicines to effectively manage the symptoms, there has been a growing focus on natural remedies. And a lot of research has been undertaken on traditional remedies, that have been used for centuries to treat menopausal symptoms.
The most well researched and clinically proven are Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga Racemosa), Sage (Salvia Officinalis) and Chaste Tree (Vitex Agnus Castus).
These three herbal medicines are each very effective on their own. However, the real magic occurs when you combine them. They work in synergy in the brain, to affect the hypothalamic-pituitary axis (HPA), which is the centre that controls hormone levels naturally - without the need for synthetic options. These three herbs are blended in the perfect ratio in Happy Hormones.
Combining these natural remedies with lifestyle changes is the key to easing and supporting you through menopausal symptoms, which can range from mildly annoying right through to severely debilitating.
You can read more about Black Cohosh in this article:
To know how these herbs work synergistically within Happy Hormones, check out:
What we have found clinically, is that women who suffer from a lot of stress, tend to have the worst menopausal symptoms. This is because the adrenals - which are involved in the stress response - are required to produce oestrogen during and after menopause.
When the adrenals are overworked due to stress, they cannot do this, and symptoms worsen. Which is why yoga, meditation and exercise can be really important to boost adrenal function and restore balance.
Another crucial aspect is your diet... In the Western world, processed foods, fatty foods and alcohol can really exacerbate symptoms such as menopausal flushing.
We recommend an alkaline diet high in antioxidants.
What these food groups do is to allow the body to create an environment where it can heal and balance itself. Eating the wrong foods, drinking alcohol and suffering from stress exacerbate menopausal symptoms. What we've found is when you combine positive lifestyle changes with these natural herbs, it works extremely well to manage menopausal symptoms naturally.
There will be ebbs and flows as you're going through menopause because it's a life-changing process.
However, many women found that the combination of Happy Hormones and the dietary and lifestyle changes we recommend in our 8-Week Program will get you amazing results.
So if you would like to ask any more questions, please chat with our Naturopathic team, who will be happy to answer your questions on how you can manage your menopausal symptoms naturally and safely.