I decided to write this post myself since I’m at that age (56) where I can definitely speak from experience. Not having to deal with a monthly menstrual cycle sure is nice but the pay off can be a bit challenging. The main two things I’ve had to deal with are hot flashes and depression. I’m sure it could be a whole lot worse but I just want to share some things that I know have eased and / or eliminated the symptoms.
If you are struggling with anxiety, irritability, depression, etc, remember…your brain is an organ and without the proper nutrients, it won’t function properly just like any other organ in your body. I don’t claim to have all the answers but hopefully this list will help:
1. Kangen Water ~ Your body is 75% water so the quality and quantity of your water is going to have a HUGE impact on your health. If you are not familiar with Kangen Water, you can watch a demo at www.kangendemo.com and then watch a recorded webinar at:
2. Truehope: The Leaders In Brain Health ~ This supplement has helped me so much…it has the vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your brain needs to make all the proper brain chemicals. It really helps my mood and my ability to handle stress. Here’s the website: http://www.truehope.com/
3. Protein Shake ~ I have a protein shake every day when I get home form the gym. I like a raw, organic, vegan source of protein so I use Garden Of Life. It comes in plain, vanilla, vanilla chai and chocolate. Here’s what I put in my shake: Kangen Water, protein, 1 Tbsp of coconut oil, 1 Tbsp of chia seeds, 1 Tbsp of ground flaxseeds, 1 cup of frozen organic berries and 4 or 5 ice cubes. This makes a large absolutely delicious shake and is very filling. For a change I will use the chocolate protein and then I add a frozen banana instead of the frozen berries. Any time we have bananas that get too ripe, we just toss them in the freezer. It’s very easy to slice off the peel when you’re ready to make a shake.
Your body needs healthy fats and coconut oil is one of the best. The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength.
Chia seeds have a positive effects on your health including boosting energy, stabilizing blood sugar, aiding digestion and lowering cholesterol.
Ground flaxseeds ~ This tiny seed provides 3 incredible benefits for your diet. First, flax is a great source of fiber. Each tablespoon of flax contains about 8 grams of fiber. This helps keep the bowels regular. Because of all the fiber, be sure to start slow and build up. Otherwise, you may experience bloating. Second, flax is a plant source of omega-3. These essential fatty acids play an important role in the anti-inflammatory system of our body. Third, flax contains lignans which reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. The lignans alter the way your body metabolizes estrogens into safer forms. As if this wasn’t enough, flax has been shown to reduce hot flashes in menopausal women. To reap the benefits, this requires a daily dose of 2 tablespoons.
4. Himalaya MenoCare ~ MenoCare® is a unique proprietary herbal formula which helps women cope with occasional challenges associated with menopause. It promotes physical and emotional comfort in menopausal and post-menopausal states. As well as assisting with occasional mood swings‚ sleeplessness‚ irritability and fatigue often reported by women. MenoCare® offers a broad approach to women’s health by promoting normal hormone utilization and assisting overall hormonal balance. We order a lot of our nutritional products online from www.vitacost.com but lately they haven’t had the MenoCare supplement. I did find it here: www.luckyvitamin.com
5. Exercise ~ Exercising relieves stress and enhances your overall quality of life. A lot of women gain weight and lose muscle mass during menopause and exercise helps with both. I think the key is to find something you enjoy. For me it was joining the gym. I go 4 to 5 mornings a week with my husband. He loves to lift weights and use the machines and I LOVE the classes. Every day is something different so I don’t get bored. I do yoga, dance and tone, step, zumba, etc. I really, really enjoy it and that makes it easy to do. I’ve made new friends so I look forward to going and I actually am disappointed if I can’t go for some reason.
I’m sure there are plenty more things that would help with menopause but hopefully this will give you a good start. I’m a born again Christian so I rely on my faith all day, every day. If I’m having a rough day, I just keep telling myself…
“I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me” and “this, too, shall pass.”