Menopause, part 2

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USEFUL REMEDIES

There are a whole host of remedies and supplements for menopause. This can be very confusing and also dangerous if large quantities of natural oestrogen are being taken in conjunction with HRT. Please see your health care provider before starting either a hormonal program or supplement program for menopause. Below are a number of great remedies and supplements to consider:

  • Black Cohosh Formula: This contains all sorts of goodies, the black cohosh is full of glycosides that help maintain your hormone balance, Dong Quai helps to keep your hormones and moods even, ginko biloba will manage your hot flushes and wild yam will replenish your phyto progesterone.( 1-2 capsules 3 times daily between meals)
  • MenoHop: This formula derived from the Hop plant contains a new generation of phyo oestrogen called prenylflavanoids. These are very easily absorbed by the gut and, as well as supporting your hormone balance, play a big role in bone health, stopping the leaching of calcium from the bones and reducing the onset of osteoperosis. (1 capsule a day).
  • SpectraSoy: This supplies a full spectrum of isoflavanoids and pyhto oestorgens. It will support bone health as well as maintain the tissue health within the vagina and breasts.(1 tablet daily).

Also take a good quality Multi Vitamin and Mineral formula such as MultiGenics without Iron; this has plenty of calcium and vitamin B in it as well. (Up to 3 tablets a day with food).

(All available from NUTRI 0800 212 742)

There are a number of natural oestrogen creams that can also be applied if you would rather not take too many supplements, Natural or chemical creams need to be used under the guidance of your gynaecologist.

NB: If your symptoms only consist of low level hot flushes, insomnia, vaginal dryness and mood swings, you may only need to natural progesterone. So make sure you take what is right for your needs. The best way to find out exactly what is best for you is to get a blood test.

Maca is a root vegetable from Peru; it is a super food along with yam and soya for the management of menopausal symptoms. It is rich in proteins, vitamin, minerals and fibre as well as essential fatty acids. It also stimulates the pituitary gland into producing hormone precursors, which eventually raises oestrogen and progesterone levels naturally. It also balances the adrenal and thyroid functions.

HELPFUL HINTS

  • If your doctor suggests using pessaries for a dry vagina, then avoid the ones containing oestrsadol. This is a strong oestrogen and can lead to many of the risk factors associated with normal HRT. Ask for oestriol creams and pessaries, which contain a weaker form of oestrogen.
  • Use a water-soluble lubricant to aid with penetration. There are also a number of wild yam creams that can be found in health shops, these can be applied topically or internally to help with lubrication.
  • Regular exercise will stop you from getting the middle aged spread associated with mid life hormone changes, keep you bone density up and help raise your levels of DHEA which is a very important anti ageing hormone.
  • If you suffer from night sweats, keep the room cool and your body only lightly covered with cotton sheets. There a number of supplements mentioned above that will help with flushes and night sweats.
  • Depression is often also associated with menopause; keep away from too much coffee, alcohol and sugar to keep your state of mind more evenly balanced.
  • Yoga, meditation and massage will keep you mentally more stable and relaxed.

The good news is that this period in ones life is only transitional, with a good diet and supplement program as well as a positive out look on life, you can head into what many see as the best years of their lives (see part 1).

 

 

 

  • Dr Marc Farah