Natural remedies help women weather menopause
You eat only organically grown fruits and vegetables. You had a midwife and shunned epidurals when your babies were born. Now that you’re facing night sweats, mood swings, sleeplessness and other menopausal symptoms, you'd also like to avoid hormone replacement therapy.
With the help of a naturopath or your doctor, you can develop a treatment plan for the the following symptoms with these recommendations to help you stay true to your natural lifestyle:
- Hot flashes: Eat food-grade soy products like milk and tofu, which contain isoflavones, which mimic estrogen. Though it may not work on everyone, flaxseed contains omega-3 fatty acids and lignans, which like isoflavones, act as phytoestrogens.
- Mood swings and sleeplessness: Some studies report women can reduce irritability with yoga, aerobic exercises and breathing exercises. Working out also make you so tired, you’ll actually be able to sleep.
- Vaginal dryness: Topical vitamin E oil helps reduce dryness.
- Osteoporosis: Regular weight-bearing exercise and strength training for 40 minutes twice a week can help maintain bone strength. In addition to calcium, consider using boron and ipriflavone.
Before trying any natural remedies, be sure to check with a medical professional, and don’t forget to inform your doctor of any supplements you are taking.