Menopause - A Time of Change in a Woman’s Life
As a woman, you will have noticed your body undergo a series of hormonal changes throughout your life. When your menstrual cycle began in puberty your reproductive years commenced, and just as naturally you will reach a point when all of your eggs (ova) have been released and ovulation will cease. Eventually your hormone levels will fall to a point where menstruation stops completely, and once you haven’t had a period for 12 months, you have reached menopause. Menopause commonly occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, however all women are unique and it may occur earlier or later for some. A woman’s symptoms during this natural transition can vary widely both in which symptoms of hormonal change are experienced, and in the frequency, severity and duration of those symptoms.
What Signs and Symptoms Should You Look Out For?
For some women, as they approach menopause it’s business as usual. However, for others changing hormonal levels can lead to frustrating symptoms, which can affect quality of life. If you’re nearing this milestone, how do you know what to look for, and what do you do if you suspect you are approaching your ‘time of change’? In the years leading up to menopause, also referred to as ‘peri-menopause’, hormone levels fluctuate and you may experience changes to your menstrual cycle such as a change in duration (shorter or longer), it may become irregular, or your menstrual flow may become lighter or heavier than usual. Women may also develop a rollercoaster ride of symptoms including, but not limited to, hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia, headaches, low back pain and fatigue. Menopausal symptoms last on average for two to five years, however some women can suffer from hot flushes for up to nine years!1 If you or someone you know is suffering from any of the above symptoms herbal medicine has a long history of beneficial use in the management of menopausal symptoms.
Don’t Suffer in Silence, Ethical Nutrients May Help…
There is no doubt that menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes can affect your quality of life. If you are experiencing these heat sensations and are looking for a natural approach to help manage your symptoms, herbal medicine may help. Ethical Nutrients Menopause and Hot Flush Fix contains herbs used in traditional Chinese and Western herbal medicine for the relief of menopausal symptoms, including those frustrating sensations of heat, hot flushes and night sweats. In addition, the herbal formulation helps manage other menopausal symptoms such as disturbed sleep, insomnia and irregular menstruation patterns. Ethical Nutrients Menopause and Hot Flush Fix may assist in the management of hot flush intensity and night sweat frequency which could help reduce sleeplessness. Don’t suffer in silence, Ethical Nutrients Menopause and Hot Flush Fix may help provide hormonal support to you during your ‘time of change’.
Managing Menopausal Symptoms
Ethical Nutrients Menopause and Hot Flush Fix may provide a natural option for managing your menopausal symptoms. Nevertheless, it is important to incorporate dietary and lifestyle strategies to holistically manage your health and wellbeing. The following guidelines may assist you to transition through menopause more smoothly.
- Manage your stress - Ethical Nutrients Super B Daily Stress + contains B vitamins and the herb rhodiola, both shown to be beneficial during times of stress. Incorporating relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, walking or listening to soothing music should also form part of your daily stress management strategy, to help keep yourself calm and centred.
- Eat a healthy diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and moderate amounts of lean meat - an antioxidant and fibre-rich, wholefood diet such as this helps modulate hormone production, improves bowel clearance of detoxified hormones and assists with maintaining hormonal balance, therefore reducing uncomfortable menopausal symptoms.
- Maintain a healthy weight - increased central adiposity (fat around your mid-section) increases the risk of chronic disease, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and is inflammatory, which leads to hormonal imbalance and a worsening of menopausal symptoms.
- Exercise - regular weight-bearing exercise helps increase bone mineral density. This is important to reduce the risk of Medically Diagnosed Osteoporosis, the rate of which increases post-menopause.
- Reduce toxic load - alcohol and caffeine consumption could both be contributing to your body’s toxic burden, making your hot flushes and other symptoms worse. Reduce or cease these and other toxins such as cigarette smoking and focus instead on healthy options such as plenty of pure water to keep you hydrated and reduce the likelihood of headaches.
Adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle program may greatly influence your experience of menopause. Support yourself through this natural life transition with the help of Ethical Nutrients Menopause and Hot Flush Fix to minimise the impact of changing hormonal levels as you begin this new phase of your life.
*References available on request.