Natural Menopause Remedies
Many women look to natural cures for the signs of menopause because they don't want to take drugs or hormones.
A natural approach to handling menopause can include lifestyle changes as well as alternative therapies. The menopausal years are a time when it's all too easy to put your own emotional and physical needs on hold, because you're so busy looking after other people and dealing with the demands of a busy life.
Using natural menopause remedies means putting time and care into experimenting with different strategies to find the ones that make you feel better.
Natural menopause remedies - change your lifestyle
First stop, if you're worried about menopausal signs, is to have a chat with your physician. A little reassurance can often help put things into perspective and ease any anxieties you might have.
Next - are you getting enough exercise? Physical activity has so many benefits, mental and physical. Taking some type of aerobic exercise on several days of the week can help you feel better.
Joining a class or doing some exercise with a friend is a great strategy - it's always easier if you're sharing your experiences. Also remember that any bit of additional movement you add to your day has benefits. Do a few yoga poses while the kettle boils, jump on the spot in the ad breaks on the TV, dance around the house when some lively music comes on the radio - it's all good, and you'll feel that endorphin buzz straight away.
Resolve to get out into the fresh air every day and see some nature. This is especially helpful if you're feeling low and de-energised - once you've stirred yourself to step out of the door, you'll quickly feel the benefits of seeing the sky and feeling the air on your face. There are so many benefits of a daily walk, and this is one simple form of exercise that's also free.
If you're struggling with hot flashes or night sweats, there are several hot flash remedies you can try. Among the easiest are avoiding spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine (in tea, coffee and soda/soft drinks). Cutting down on canned drinks and alcohol is also good for your overall health and can help you to lose weight.
It goes without saying that stopping smoking is important for your wellbeing in menopause and beyond.
Keep a close check on your weight, and takes steps to lose belly fat that can gather so easily in your forties and fifties.
Improve your menopause diet. Junk foods don't satisfy hunger for long, lead to weight gain and are bad for your health. Concentrate on simple, fresh produce which you prepare yourself.
If you suffer from insomnia in menopause or are troubled with depression or anxiety, talk to your physician. Counselling or psychotherapy could help you, or there may be a self-help group you could join.
Herbal menopause remedies
It's tempting to turn to herbal preparations, as so many claims are made about their role in menopause management.
The reality is though, that there is no hard evidence to show that black cohosh, red clover, evening primrose and dong quai actually do help with menopause symptoms like hot flashes.
The British Menopause Society says that there is only poor evidence on offer from randomised trials that these herbal remedies work, and some of them may even be harmful because they can interact with other medications, eg dong quai and some types of red clover may interact with the anti-coagulant warfarin.
Other herbal treatments like ginseng, black cohosh and red clover have oestrogenic properties which means that women who have had breast cancer should avoid them. Their long term effect on rates of cancer of the breast and womb lining (endometrium) isn't known. Some herbs can produce serious side-effects, for instance black cohosh has caused liver toxicity.
Herbal preparations aren't regulated in the same way as pharmaceutical medicines, which is another concern. It means that if you buy herbal remedies you can't be certain how much of the active ingredient is included, nor whether the preparation is pure and unadulterated.
Natural menopause remedies - alternative remedies
Among this list of natural menopause remedies there are bound to be several strategies that can help you. Keep an open mind and give them a try.
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