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Reducing the Signs and Symptoms of Menopause Naturally

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Hormonal imbalances are a major issue for a lot of women of a certain age. They can be caused by a combination of factors such as diet, medical history, stress levels, genetics and exposure to toxins via our environment. Some major contributors to hormonal imbalance are:

  • Food allergies and gut issues: An expanding field of new research shows that your gut health plays a significant role in hormone regulation. If you have leaky gut syndrome or a lack of beneficial probiotic bacteria lining your intestinal wall, you are more susceptible to hormonal problems including diabetes and obesity. That's because inflammation usually stems from your gut and then impacts nearly every aspect of your health
  • High levels of inflammation caused by a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle
  • Genetic susceptibility
  • Toxicity (exposure to pesticides, toxins, viruses, cigarettes, excessive alcohol and harmful chemicals) and an inability for you liver and bowel to excrete excess hormones.
  • High amount of stress
  • Lack of sleep

Top 3 Products for reducing the signs and symptoms of menopause:

1. Evening Primrose Oil - Efamol

2. Super 8 Plus Probiotics - Flora

3. Harmony Menopause - Martin and Pleasance

Here are my top 5 tips for reducing the signs and symptoms of menopause:

1. Improve your gut health - "Leaky Gut" is a term that is being thrown around a lot lately. In short it refers to when our gut becomes permeable and undigested food particles get into our blood stream. When this happens it can lead to chronic inflammation, food sensitivity and autoimmune conditions. Steer clear of the foods that can cause damage in your digestive system most, including: processed foods, gluten, hydrogenated oils and added sugar. The top foods and supplements that support healing leaky gut include: bone broth, kefir, naturally fermented vegetables, healthy cold pressed oils like coconut and avocado and high-fiber foods like vegetables and sprouted seeds. In addition, supplements like digestive enzymes, probiotics and L-Glutamine can aid in repairing your gut lining, which in turn can balance your hormones.

2. Eat Healthy Fats - Your body needs various types of fats to create hormones, including saturated fat and cholesterol. Not only are these essential fats fundamental building blocks for hormone production, but they keep inflammation levels low, boost your metabolism and promote weight loss. Some of my favorite sources of "healthy fats" are avocados, wild salmon, raw walnuts, coconut oil and high quality extra olive oil. Quality is definitely key when searching for oils so make sure you know the source of what you are buying. Supplementing with evening primrose oil and/or a high quality full spectrum Omega supplement would also be beneficial.

3. Reduce Stress - we cannot always control the stress levels in our lives but we can take steps to increase our ability to adapt to it. Having a bath, reading a book or taking a class of interest are small ways of reducing stress. If these small steps are not possible consider using adaptogenic herbs like Holy Basil. Holy Basil helps the body and mind adapt to stress and can reduce anxiety and feelings of stress It can be taken as a tea, tincture or capsule. Maca root is also great for increasing stamina and energy, reducing stress and balancing hormones.

4. Reduce consumption of toxins, in your diet and on your skin - Reducing your consumption of refined sugar, processed foods, caffeine and alcohol would be beneficial for anyone trying to reduce the sometimes nasty symptoms that come along with menopause. Something else to consider is the use of conventional beauty products that have potentially-harmful chemicals including DEA, parabens, propylene glycol and sodium lauryl sulfate. You might not give it much thought but any beauty products that are applied to your skin will absorb into your body and can cause more harm than good. Talk to us about our favourite natural shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion.

5. Exercise - I am sure I do not have to tell you, but exercise is important. It does not have to be complicated with speciality equipment. Just get your heart rate up a few times a week and slowly bring it down. Exercise in general is great for balancing hormones because it reduces inflammation, can help you maintain a healthy weight, lowers stress, helps regulate your appetite, and aids in getting better sleep.

Keep in mind that state of mind, thoughts, internal struggles and demeaning self -talk all have an effect on our health. Going through menopause is no different as it can sometimes be seen as a tragic end to youth, fertility and sexuality, and because of this can cause significant disruptions in one's day-to-day life. If menopause is seen as simply the natural transition to the next phase of life, it can be readily accepted and more easily handled.

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