3 Natural Ways to Support Your Body During Menopause
Menopause is a natural part of the aging process and occurs for most women somewhere between the ages of 48 and 55. As women transition into this new stage of life, the hormone oestrogen, which regulates ovaries and periods gradually stops being produced. The word menopause refers to the time when menstruation stops all together but new research suggests that this process can take anywhere up to 11 years to complete.
This gradual change in hormone levels may cause a variety of symptoms in both the years leading up to menopause (perimenopause) and the years after (post-menopause). These symptoms range in severity and can include irregular periods, hot flashes, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Although this period of change can be challenging, it is often referred to in Chinese medicine as the “second spring” and a time of exciting new beginnings.
We’ve put together 3 basic rules of self-care to naturally relieve the symptoms of menopause including Parker Naturals Hormone Balance. This all-natural supplement contains a mixture of herbs specially formulated to relieve everything from hot flashes to insomnia.
1. Nutritional Support
Phytoestrogens are plant-based estrogens found in certain foods and herbs including soy, flax seeds, red clover and sage. In order to counteract hormonal imbalances during and after menopause, some doctors suggest a phytoestrogen-rich diet which may decrease the frequency of hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.
Black Cohosh is a powerful herb that was used for centuries by native Americans to treat menstrual cramps and menopausal symptoms. Popular in Europe, German studies have shown it to improve anxiety and reduce hot flashes and night sweats. Some women have even found it to be more effective in treating these symptoms than the antidepressant formula found in Prozac.
Dong Quai, sometimes known as female ginseng, is a plant traditionally used in Chinese medicine to treat everything from depression to constipation. Today it is commonly used to treat the symptoms of menopause and studies show that it could also prevent osteoporosis, reduce blood sugar and promote heart health.
You can harness the power of both traditional medicine and nutrition with a supplement like Parker Naturals Hormone Balance. This unique combination has been specially formulated to give you all the health benefits of phytoestrogens like soy, red clover and sage along with a powerful dose of black cohosh and dong quai to help ease anxiety and support bone health.
2. Stay Active
Not only is yoga great for overall fitness and weight loss but it may be an excellent natural way to support your body during menopause. One study showed that women who regularly practiced yoga cut their hot flashes by 31%. It has been found to improve libido, mood and may even increase bone density which could help prevent osteoporosis, a common diagnosis in postmenopausal women.
3. Remember to Breathe
Many women use breathing exercises sometimes called “paced breathing” or “mindful breathing” to help cope with hot flashes and even to reduce their frequency. One study, which surveyed 33 women, found that those who regularly practiced paced breathing experienced half as many episodes as those who did not.
A common breathing exercise follows the 4-7-8 rule. With your eyes closed, inhale through your nose for a count of 4, hold your breath for a count of 7 and exhale through your mouth for a count of 8. Practicing this exercise for just 15 minutes twice per day could make a big difference.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of menopause, try using these 3 basic rules to help you reach optimal health. Stay active, remember to breathe and give your body the nutritional support it needs. Try a supplement like Parker Naturals Hormone Balance to help you get all of the benefits of nutrition and traditional medicine in one simple tablet.
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