Menopause – Natural alternatives and support
Many women suffering from menopause symptoms choose to take HRT, which comes with many risks; heart disease, breast cancer, blood clots and stokes. Coupled with the fact that symptoms often return when they decide to come off the medication several years later. Why would you want to be experiencing hot flushes and anxiety when you are in your sixties or seventies?
The other option of course, is to ride out the symptoms, which can go on for many years. It doesn’t have to be like this. Women are waking up to the fact that there are weapons in their arsenal to help combat this stage in their life.
Homeopathy is a great way to treat symptoms and support women going through this change. A visit to a homeopath will provide you with a detailed picture of you. Your symptoms will help identify the correct remedy for you.
Black Cohosh and Sage are some of the herbs that women find beneficial for the menopause.
I use a menopause blend of Homeobotanical herbs which are homoeopathically prepared herbs which pack a bit more of a punch than regularly prepared herbs and are taken in drops under the tongue
A good quality vitamin menopause combo is recommended on top of which should be added:
500mg Vitamin C
Omega 3 fatty acids (Proven to reduce hot flushes).
Maca Powder. Balances hormones and cholesterol levels and reduces many menopause symptoms.
Cut down on alcohol; at this time your liver is already over burdened by detoxifying and regulating hormones in your body. Alcohol will just add to this stress. Be kind to your liver.
Increase your intake of soya (fermented, i.e. miso and tempeh), lentils and chickpeas, to regulate hormones as well as cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, to help detoxify the liver. Increase foods high in fatty acids such as oily fish and flaxseeds.
Avoid or reduce refined sugar and caffeine.
Drink more water.
Menopause is a natural phase in a woman’s life. If given the right information and support, this need not be a difficult time but an empowering time, when women gain the knowledge and tools to go into future decades with a happier and healthier body and mind.
Melissa Foreman 30th January 2018