Menopause: Hardly the pause that refreshes!
Nearly every woman between 45 and 50 will experience the symptoms of menopause as a result of the ovaries producing less estrogen. These symptoms include: hot flashes, insomnia, depression, lethargy, weight gain and irritability. This article will discuss non-hormonal options for women who desire not to participate in estrogen replacement therapy.
Estrogen toxins are ubiquitous in our environment. These include pesticides, toxins in cosmetic products, plastic water bottles, and canned food linings just to name a few. These estrogen-mimics interfere with a woman’s normal estrogen function, because they are more potent than a woman’s natural estrogens released from their ovaries. So, how do we remove these toxic estrogens from a woman’s body?
Flaxseeds, the People’s Champ
Flaxseeds can reduce these toxins, the symptoms of menopause and even reduce the risk of breast cancer. I suggest that you sprinkle two tablespoons of ground flaxseeds on your food or add it to a smoothie.
Fats: The good, the Bad and the Ugly
Essential fatty acids, which are found in walnuts, flaxseeds, hempseeds and raw nuts, have been found beneficial for hot flashes, irritability, dry skin, hair and eyes. I recommend that you avoid margarine, which is high in the ugly trans fats. These trans fats may be toxic to your liver. You might consider exchanging margarine for coconut oil, as coconut oil is good for your heart, brain, and liver. Other good fats include olive oil, avocado oil and macadamia nut oil.
Magnesium: The New Calcium?
Now there is evidence that magnesium is the new calcium and that we should consume twice as much magnesium as calcium. Most women are magnesium deficient which can have an adverse effect on your heart, nervous system and muscles. I suggest a magnesium supplement of 500 to 1000 milligrams per day.
Get Off of Your Butt
The more time you spend sitting each day, the shorter your lifespan may be-- even if you work out regularly. A recent study demonstrated an eight-fold increase risk of premature death for women who spend most of their time sitting. Even if you have a sedentary job, get up every 30 minutes and move around. Taking even brief walks will reduce stress and anxiety.
Meet Your New BFF-- Your Liver
Finally, be kind to your liver. Your liver is responsible for metabolizing all hormones, so keeping it happy should be a priority. Consider a morning juice of half a lemon in eight ounces of water is one of the easiest way to help your liver metabolize those noxious toxins.
Menopause will affect nearly every middle-aged woman. There are options to treating menopause that don’t always require estrogen replacement therapy. I suggest a discussion with your doctor and to consider a few of these non-medicinal options.