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Taking charge of your Menopause! Part 2 of 5 in our Women’s Health Series

Taking charge of your Menopause! Part 2 of 5 in our Women's Health Series

Menopause, the cessation of menstruation for at least 1 year, usually occurs when a women enters her 50’s. The years leading up to menopause (the perimenopausal years) are often accompanied by hot flashes, sleep issues, memory loss, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings and depression. These are common reasons women seek our help during this time. The symptoms arise from the natural decline and fluctuations in female hormones (estrogen & progesterone). The conventional treatment is generally short-term hormone replacement therapy, which is not without its side effects. We are also now seeing women enter their menopausal years earlier, largely due to disruptions in natural hormonal balance from toxins in our food and environment.

It is entirely possible to improve hormonal balance and minimize these symptoms naturally without the use of hormone replacement therapy and make this transition in your life much more comfortable.

Are you taking these supplements?

Vitamin E, in the form of mixed tocopherols can help with reduction of hot flashes, mood swings, anxiety, and vaginal dryness.

Vitamin C, an important antioxidant, can help decrease inflammation and hot flashes in women.

Gelatinized Maca can help boost energy, balance hormones, improve libido and provide relief of menopausal symptoms.

How’s your diet?

Phytoestrogenic foods such as ground flaxseed, lentils, oats, sesame, fennel, & organic fermented soy can help decrease inflammation, reduce hot flashes, and improve sleep.

Healthy fats such as avocados, olive oil, and wild fish contain Omega fatty acids, helping reduce inflammation, improve mood and overall hormonal balance.

Fiber, in the form of fresh fruits, vegetables & whole grains helps to stabilize blood sugar, detoxify harmful hormones through the bowels and helps maintain a healthy weight.

Avoid non-organic dairy, meat & poultry as they contain hormones that wreak havoc on our natural hormonal systems.

Are you moving?

Exercise regularly, 30 minutes a day 3-4 times a week, with an emphasis on resistance training to prevent bone loss and decrease osteoporosis risk associated with menopause.

Stay tuned next week for tips on Fertility health!

Dr. Nadia Saleem, ND

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