Natural Ways to Ease Menopause Symptoms
By KellyEverson on August 25, 2014
While hormone replacement therapy has been effective in alleviating most of the symptoms of menopause, it can present a significant increase in health risks for some. These women are ineligible for using this form of treatment. So what is the solution when the symptoms of menopause reach intolerable levels? There are natural ways to ease the symptoms of menopause. First, it’s helpful to understand what causes uncomfortable symptoms, and next, to know what to do about them with natural means.
The cause of menopausal symptoms
Menopause is a transitional phase from fertility to sterility. When the ovaries stop the production of estrogen, it causes fluctuations in hormone levels. This can lead to many of the common symptoms associated with menopause.
Common symptoms of menopause
Irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, insomnia, bloating, irritability and for some, weight gain are some of the more common symptoms. These can vary in intensity and frequency. While some women will seem to breeze through menopause with few if any troublesome symptoms, some others will endure a wide range of them ranging from mild to severe. Every woman experiences menopause differently, so it is impossible to predict who will experience difficulties.
Natural treatment options for menopause
One of the most popular ways of treating menopause naturally is by eating foods that contain estrogen like compounds. These substances known as isoflavones and phytoestrogens act like estrogen in the body, therefore, helping to restore the hormone levels to a state similar to it was prior to the onset of menopause. They will not restore fertility as the end of this period is permanent, but they can help to offset some of the bothersome symptoms of menopause.
Menopause supplements are created by deriving extracts from the plants that contain isoflavones and phytoestrogens. The extracts are concentrated and blended together to form a powerful means of delivering a form or hormone replacement. Some additional additives may be included in high quality blends, such as vitamins, minerals and substances known as lignons. Lignons help to maximize the body’s absorption of isoflavones and phytoestrogens, and they also aid in the metabolism process. They are commonly found in flaxseed and certain nuts and cereals.
There are few known side effects or long term health complications associated with natural menopause treatments that makes use of these ingredients. Many women report that this type of treatment works well for them, while there are some that do not find it as effective as hormone replacement therapy.
The way that natural supplements work
Since estrogen depletion is the main cause of menopausal symptoms, supplements that contain estrogen like compounds found in plants, help to replace the missing substance, and in turn, provide a natural form of hormone replacement.
Plants containing estrogen like compounds.
Phytoestrogens and isoflavones are present in wild yam, dong quai, chaste berry, soy beans and black cohosh plants. Lignons which help in the processing of phytoestrogens and isoflavones are found in a variety of cereals, nuts, bran, chickpeas and flaxseeds. The blending of these ingredients provides for maximum results to help ease menopausal symptoms.
Foods that may be added to your diet to help ease symptoms
The addition of soy beans and other soy products, wild yam, flaxseed, and variety of nuts and cereals can help to decrease the symptoms of menopause. Specially blended teas that contain menopause supplement blends can be found in health food stores, and used if this method is preferred.
Other ways to ease menopause symptoms of menopause
Avoid foods and activities that can trigger hot flashes. Anything that causes a rise in the body’s temperature can trigger an episode of hot flashes or night sweats. You may find relief in cutting back on your consumption of alcohol, spicy foods, oven hot foods and beverages, and exposure to the elements in hot climates. In addition, taking hot baths and showers can help to trigger hot flashes or other symptoms of menopause.
Because of the increasing number of women who either cannot use standard hormone replacement therapy, or those who choose not to for personal reasons, there has been an increasing demand for natural ways to help ease the symptoms of menopause. The supplement industry is booming as a result, with safe and helpful products. Women may also take steps to ease some of their symptoms by avoiding the things that trigger them, such as certain foods, alcohol, and exposure to excessive heat in the environment.
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