How I can I best deal with menopause?

 

Well, one of the unavoidable facts of life is that we do get older. And therefore, sooner or later, a woman will experience menopause, the cessation of monthly periods and with it the inability to naturally conceive and bear children. Some women don’t experience any symptoms and others suffer for years. Here are some natural tips to help with this transition:

Key points of this video:

  • Let’s reframe menopause into something different. Here is a quote from one of the ancient Chinese medical textbooks: “At seven times seven, a woman’s heavenly dew wanes [….] but her wisdom deepens”.

  • Menopause is a time of big transition; a women typically has over 400 periods in her lifetime.

  • Common symptoms accompanying menopause can be: weight gain, insomnia, mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, foggy brain and vaginal dryness.

  • Unfortunately, we are all exposed to many hormones in our environment that can interfere with our normal hormonal household and worsen the symptoms of menopause.

  • These foreign hormones can lurk in conventionally grown foods, processed foods, agricultural products and cosmetics. Pay attention and favor organic products.

  • The weight gain is often a function of diet, exercise, stress and sleep.

  • Stay hydrated and eat foods close to their natural state and focus on grass-fed meats, fish, vegetables and fruits. Reduce or avoid alcohol, white flours and processed foods.

  • Make sure to get adequate amounts of Iodine (seaweed) and Zinc (meats and eggs).

  • Keep a food journal and track how you feel. Hot flashes are often prompted by food and drinks. For example: chocolate, sweets, cheese, coffee and alcohol.

  • HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy): this is a very personal decision. It is best to work with a licensed  health professional and see what relief you can get from natural or herbal supplementation first, before getting on HRT.

  • Small Intestine 3 is an acupressure point that can help with hot flashes. See demo in the video below , shortly after minute 6.

Keep a food journal and track how you feel. Hot flashes are often prompted by certain food and drinks. Common triggers are: chocolate, sweets, cheese, coffee and alcohol.

How can I best deal with menopause?  | Natascha Hebell, Wholistic Practitioner