Many women including relatively young ones get a tad apprehensive whenever menopause is mentioned. There is so much talk about hot flashes, mood swings and other symptoms of menopause that gets many women concerned. Since women are marching and resolutely towards it, there is a need to learn ways to alleviate the discomfort. If the thought of hormone replacement therapy freaks you out, you may be interested in the following natural remedies for menopause that may provide some much-needed relief for your symptoms.
This is a type of steroids hormone used to treat a number of medical disorders. Clinicians are of the opinion that steroids such as this one can be used to relieve symptoms of menopause seeing as at least 5% postmenopausal women are on glucocorticoids. However, medical advice should be sought as with any other natural remedies.
Soy contains high levels of phytoestrogens which are estrogen-like compounds known to ape women’s natural estrogen. Many experts are of the opinion that these compounds have the ability to give your body the boost it needs to combat menopause symptoms.
A 2012 study by University of Delaware students concluded that women who take two servings of soy every day can reduce hot flash episodes by up to 26%. The study was conducted on more than 1.200 women who took two daily servings for 6-12 weeks.
For soy to work like this, bacteria in the intestine must convert it into equol. For women who may not have the right kind of bacteria, the results may not be as positive. However, some of the recent soy supplements already have the soy converted to equol and these may be effective. The consumer’s lifestyle and health situation play a role in its effectiveness.
• Black Cohosh
Also known by names such as black snakeroot, rattleweed and bugwort, black cohosh has long been used by Native Americans. The herb is mainly used in supplements and remedies that are believed to relieve female discomforts. Black cohosh blocks the production of LH thereby reducing the occurrence of hot flashes.
• Mind VS Body
Physical techniques such as meditation and yoga, as well as clinical hypnosis are proven stress relievers and can be used to effectively alleviate the symptoms of menopause. Studies conducted on 187 women who received hypnotic relaxation sessions on a weekly basis showed a significant reduction of hot flashes by session four.
These women also practiced self-hypnosis via audio devices and visualizations. After the fourth session, the hot flashes were down by up to 70% and a three-month follow up showed a continued decrease of at least 80%.
Another great mind-body modality is homeopathy. Homeopathy is an energy based natural system of holistic healing that aims to heal people as a whole. Homeopathy works naturally to ignite the body’s own inner healing mechanisms. This works for a wide variety of mental, emotional, and physical ailments, including menopause.
• Healthy Fats and Fatty Acids
Fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 do a world of good to the heart health of menopausal women. While menopause is not responsible for heart disease, the risk goes higher after menopause. Other risks that increase in women after the onset of menopause include high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Omega-3 fatty acids are especially highly recommended as it lowers triglycerides.
Women who consume a good balance of omega-3 and 6 maintain a healthy heart even as they go through menopause.
The bottom line is, maintaining healthy habits which include healthy eating and regular exercise work best in the long run. A diet high in whole grains, fruit and vegetable and low in carbohydrates combined with regular exercise will give you a stress-free menopausal experience. Ditch unhealthy habits such as smoking and de-stress often.