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Treat Menopause Symptoms with Simple Home Remedies
By Diane Hanson
Menopause can be defined as the transition period when the ovaries stop producing
eggs. For most women, menopause occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, with the average
age being 51.
Many go through the menopause without any problems but there are some women who suffer
from one or several of the symptoms associated with the menopause such as hot flashes,
night sweats, headache, insomnia, depression, weight gain, and fatigue.
Thankfully, menopause relief is possible without turning to hormone replacement therapy
(HRT). You can manage menopausal symptoms with herbal or natural remedies along with
a few simple changes in your lifestyle.
What Helps Menopause Symptoms Naturally?
Hot flashes and night sweats are one of the most common symptoms and they are often
triggered by heavy blankets, caffeine, alcohol as well as hot water. Therefore, the
best thing you can do is to wear clothes that are made from breathable fabric (cotton,
linen, silk) and avoid caffeinated beverages, alcohol and spicy foods as much as
possible. It will help alleviate hot flashes and night sweats to a large extent.
Many women going through menopause experience some difficulties in falling asleep.
If you face the same problem, try these natural herbs for insomnia – Valerian, hops,
passion flower and dong quai.
It is worth noting that Vitamin B6 is also helpful since it produces serotonin. Serotonin
is a hormone and neurotransmitter in the central nervous system believed to play
an important role in the regulation of sleep. In addition, you may want to exercise
during the day, avoid alcohol and caffeine just before bedtime or take a relaxing
bath to help you sleep better.
St. John’s wort, magnesium, a Vitamin B complex supplement and exercise can help
minimize menopausal symptoms such as depression and mood swings. To treat anxiety,
take passion flower, Valerian root or Vitamin B. Alternatively, use essential oils
such as lavender to calm yourself. Yoga, tai chi and meditation are great anxiety
Menopause can lead to dry, itchy skin and fragile, thin hair. Add flaxseed to your
diet and also eat foods that are rich in zinc – poultry, dairy, red meat, oysters
and whole grains – to help restore your hair and skin’s healthy appearance.
Vitamin E, an antioxidant, is also beneficial for moisturizing dry skin. Vegetable
oils (olive oil, safflower oil) are one of the richest sources of Vitamin E, and
you can also find this nutrient in dark green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli.
Nuts (almonds, hazelnuts) and seeds (sunflower) also contain good amounts of Vit
Another menopausal symptom that many women experience is decreased vaginal elasticity
which results in vaginal dryness. Your solution is to eat Vitamin E rich foods or
do Kegel exercises. Using water-based lubricants during sexual intercourse helps
to reduce the discomfort caused by vaginal dryness.
Osteoporosis is often associated with menopause. It is important that you increase
calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D intake to boost bone density, which naturally deteriorates
after 30 years of age due to decreased estrogen levels.
In addition to the above, eat more tofu or soy products, fruits and vegetables, and
avoid foods that are high in fat and sugar. Numerous studies have reported that women
who consume large amounts of soy-based phytoestrogens experience fewer menopausal
discomfort. Interestingly enough, a recent study has also showed that post-menopausal
Japanese women who ate relatively higher amounts of soy isoflavones had higher bone
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