How to Help Ease Menopause with Diet

Apple with Pomegranate Seeds by Chef Shon of Sego Restaurant, Kanab UT

Apple with Pomegranate Seeds by Chef Shon of Sego Restaurant, Kanab UT

Please enjoy this guest post by Angela Peck with common sense advice about relieving menopause symptoms with diet.

If you’re bothered with common menopause symptoms like night sweats, hot flashes, mood changes, and weight gain, then this period of your life can feel like you’re constantly fighting against your body—and your body is clearly winning. And certainly, some of these signs of “Meno-Pot-Belly” or “turning St. Catherine’s corner” (editor’s note: Angela tells me that this is an antiquated, vague term for going through menopause) are to be expected due to the changes that are going on internally, but that doesn’t mean that they have to be tolerated.

The one positive thing about menopause (if there is such a thing), is that you have a lot of different options when it comes to easing the symptoms that come along with it. One that is not talked about often but that can have a very positive effect on how easy this period of your life is, no pun intended, involves your diet. What are some changes that may help you better survive “the change”?

Eat More Fruits and Veggies
Dr. Elaine Magee suggests that one way to help manage bothersome menopausal symptoms is to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet. This can be accomplished by cutting them up and eating them as snacks, adding them to your favorite dishes and casseroles, and using them as side dishes.
Juicing is another way to help ensure that you get the fruits and veggies your body needs to function as efficiently and effectively as it can during this time of change. Plus, getting an abundance of vitamins and minerals often comes with other benefits as well. For instance, one woman used juicing to help her reverse her skin condition, which is a bonus in anyone’s book.

Limit High Fat Foods
While you want to increase your fruit and vegetable intake to better survive menopause, at the same time you also want to decrease the amount of high fat foods you eat to further lessen its effects. How much? According to WebMD, “Fat should provide 25% to 35% or less of your total daily calories. Also, limit saturated fat to less than 7% of your daily calories.”

This mean choosing lean meats over meats that have visible fat on them and selecting lower fat options when it comes to dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese. However, some good-for-you fats that actually offer a number of health benefits can be found in nuts, seeds, salmon, coconut oil, and seafood, so those are ones you’ll want to consider leaving in your diet.

Drink More Water
Because the decrease in estrogen during menopause generally results in drier-than-normal skin and a dry vaginal area, drinking enough water daily can help. It’s been found that water can actually help to lower the amount of bloating that can take place during changes in hormones. As a result, a little extra H20 offers a few different benefits in this stage of life.

Ultimately, you want to aim to consume at least eight glasses per day. If plain old water bores you, consider adding fruit slices or melon dices to it to give it some flavor without adding sugar or calories. Also, keep in mind that caffeine is a diuretic, so you’re best sticking with water when you can.

Menopause may be not unavoidable, but sometimes its symptoms are. Making these three dietary changes certainly can’t hurt. Who knows? They might even help.

Angela Peck

Angela Peck

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How to Get Rid Of Menopausal Acne: 5 Natural Cleansers


Acne mixed with wrinkles. This is just one of the surprise bonuses of our hormonal whirlwind during the menopause transition. There is hope, however. Enjoy this guest post by health writer Daisy Grace detailing natural cleansers to help us reclaim our glowing complexions.

How to Get Rid Of Menopausal Acne: 5 Natural Cleansers
by Daisy Grace

Menopausal women may suffer from the indignity of acne due to hormonal fluctations. However, there is no need to worry because below are natural cleansers that can get rid of acne:

1. Applying a Mixture of Yogurt and Milk on Your Face
Milk was traditionally thought to cause acne because it causes hormonal changes however it reduces reddening of the skin. Yogurt, a milk product, contains acids that are antibacterial and provides the skin cells with nourishment. You only need to make a mixture of a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of yogurt. Then apply the mixture on your face and leave it for 15 minutes to effect healing. After that, cleanse your face with a soft cloth and clean water and apply moisturizer.

2. Applying Pawpaw or Papaya
Pawpaw is an edible fruit beloved by many because of its ability to nourish and smooth the skin. Papaya is a form of pawpaw, as well as the Common and Mountain varieties.It can be effective either when eaten, applied on the face through face lotions that were made from it or most effectively applying the raw pawpaw to the face. It removes excess fats and dead skin cells from the skin. The enzyme, papain that is present in it helps to reduce the rate of inflammation and hence prevents a formation of pus. Smash a fresh pawpaw to the smoothest texture then apply it on your face then leave it for about 15 minutes and finally cleanse it with warm water. To keep it moisturized apply moisturizing oil. Pawpaw also contains vitamins that can remove sunspots and brighten dull skin. However, lifestyle news states clearly that excess consumption of foods that contain Vitamins such as B12 may cause the appearance of pimples even though it ensures healthy blood flow. As menopausal women know, acne is not unique to adolescents.

Watch this:
Acne Prevention Tips That You Never Heard Of

3. Use of Aloe Vera for Treatment
Aloe Vera is a medicinal plant that is well known and trusted by many as a healing agent for the skin. Just like yogurt, it is an antibacterial and anti-inflammation agent that prevents the reddening appearance on the skin. Aloe Vera gel is applied to the affected areas then washed away after about 10 minutes for maximum healing.

4. Lemon for Skin Treatment
Lemon is one other most popularly used fruit for skin treatment. It contains large amounts of vitamin C that is best for nourishing all the skin types whether dry, oily or normal. Its acidic nature gives it the ability to remove the dead cells and brighten dull skin naturally. However, one should avoid sun exposure during treatment because it may cause a negative reaction. Also, it is an astringent hence it stimulates the contraction of body cells in eliminating toxins and waste products. Apply lemon juice acid directly to any pimples and leave for 15 minutes. Then cleanse and moisturize.

5. Magic of Garlic Juice
Garlic is a plant spice that is added to food to improve taste and is loved by many people. Aside from this, it is well known for its antibacterial nature which is essential for proper skin nourishment. Smash the garlic and place it in a small amount of water to form garlic juice or directly extract the juice. Apply the juice on your face using a cotton ball, then leave for 10 minutes before cleaning. Never apply undiluted garlic because it can cause corrosion of the skin instead of healing. I have always wished I could add some perfume to the garlic juice because of its sharp smell, but I can’t. Persevere; the outcome is worth it.

We want to have healthy, vibrant skin as we age gracefully.  However due to the normal body changes caused by hormonal imbalance, we may experience menopausal acne. Don’t rush to expensive chemicals that can cause later damage. First and foremost, try these natural ways before rushing to extreme ends. You may be pleasantly surprised.


Author Bio:
Daisy Grace works as a content coordinator for She specializes in women’s health and also explores topics related to general health and beauty. Daisy loves studying the latest trends in health, fitness, diet, cosmetics and skin care. Her latest passion is researching on best wrinkle cream reviews.  She writes on all aspects of women’s health and beauty skin care and also various product reviews. Read more of her expertise on Facebook, Google + & Twitter.

Here is a skin care company Daisy Grace recommends as well:
Solvaderm Skin Care Tool

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Four Ways to Sleep Better with Night Sweats

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Enjoy this guest post by Renae Farley – and be sure and read to the end for the discount code for Keep the Peace Bedding.

Four Ways to Sleep Better with Night Sweats
By Renae Farley, founder of Keep the Peace Bedding

For women going through menopause, or for people battling cancer or who simply have a different internal thermostat from their partner, night sweats can often be an uncomfortable barrier to getting a good night’s rest – something most of you know all too well!

This problem rang true for me after I got married. My husband would sleep with the door open and just a sheet, but I would need a down comforter to keep me warm. That comforter usually ended up doubled on my side of the bed, and then I would roast and not be able to sleep. Years later, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, the night sweats got worse when my doctors put me on estrogen suppressants. Enter the incessant cycle of throwing off the comforter, only to wake up freezing cold a little while later.

I have interviewed dozens of people over the last seven years, and nearly 85 percent have had the same sleeping issues. One partner sleeps warm and one sleeps cold, and the issues only get worse as women age. One report of more than 2,000 primary care patients found that 40 percent of adults get night sweats at least once a month, a rate that increases in both women and men between 41 and 55.

If you (or your partner) are battling this nocturnal enemy, here are my top tips for coping with night sweats – you’ll note some top docs support my philosophy as well!

Avoid caffeine and alcohol at night: Indulging in a “night cap” can actually make it more difficult to sleep. Drinking alcohol or caffeine before bed has been shown to worsen nocturnal hot flashes and night sweats. Swap your nightly glass of red wine for ice water. Also, skip the Sriracha or other hot sauce with dinner. Spicy foods heat up your internal temperature, contributing to night sweats.

Find custom bedding: Invest in linens that provide options for you and your partner. For example, Keep the Peace Bedding offers several different bedding materials, such as lightweight goose down or bamboo matelassé, that can easily be zipped together so each person is comfortable, or unzipped to make a personal blanket that won’t disturb your partner if you have to flip it on and off. It is used under your regular decorative coverlet. Also consider sheets and sleepwear that are made from special fabrics – I’ll again recommend bamboo –  that wick moisture away from your body.

Make friends with fans: I cannot rest without my celling fan! Cranking the air conditioning might make the room too cold, but a ceiling fan provides just the right amount of cooling and air circulation. I also discovered a great product called the “Portable Cooler,” which is a mini AC fan. I have used it for months, and it really works! You simply wet a sponge, place it inside the unit and say, “ahhhh.” I keep it on my nightstand, and when I wake up to a night sweat, I use it on my face for instant relief.

Tap into your breath: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says “slow, rhythmic deep breathing” can help calm hot flashes and night sweats.

There is no silver bullet that will completely eradicate nocturnal night sweats, but with these strategies, I have managed to get better shut-eye and keep the peace in the process.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I am offering a special “shop for a cause” promotion on all Keep the Peace Bedding products for the month of October. When you give the gift of tranquil, restorative sleep to yourself or a loved one, you’ll save 10% on your order. That 10% will then be donated to help patients currently battling breast cancer. Simply customize your order and use code “bcawareness” at checkout.

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Feel Fab After 40: A Webinar for Menopause Goddesses

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Flame On © lynette sheppard

Health and wellness company Root Fitness across the pond is offering a free webinar with help for menopause goddesses on Wednesday 22nd Oct. at 13:30  (1:30 pm) Pacfic Time.  To sign up, just click here.

This ‘Feel Fab after 40’ webinar gives ladies the opportunity to understand what causes and exacerbates menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, weight gain around the middle, poor sleep and irritability.   They then follow up with NATURAL solutions to keep these exhausting symptoms at bay so that women can go back to gliding through life with energy, vitality and confidence!

For more information about their program, Hot Flush Free  visit or

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Maintaining a Healthy Sex Life During and After Menopause

Butterflies Together © lynette sheppard

Butterflies Together © lynette sheppard

Please enjoy this guest post submitted by Angela Peck.

When most people hear the phrase “The Change,” a slew of unsavory side effects come to mind, with hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia among them. But perhaps the most frustrating problem facing women during menopause is the loss of sex drive. Though completely normal, a lack of desire for intimacy often leads to feelings of guilt and sadness, and it can create a rift in your relationship with your partner. According to, nearly 50 percent of menopausal women confess to experiencing these emotional aspects of menopause in addition to the physical ones. But contrary to popular opinion that menopause causes your vagina to shrivel up overnight (and your sex life along with it), there are steps you can take to maintain a healthy libido during your second act.

Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Though many may not realize it, your overall health has a direct impact on your love life. A poor diet or unhealthy habits can lead to a dismal sex drive, causing an already low libido to further dip. Woman’s Day reveals that one of the best ways to amp up your sex drive is to work on your health first. This means eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough sleep, and not smoking.

Along with leading a healthy lifestyle, any existing medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, should be properly treated. Managing these issues not only improves your overall health, but it can often enhance your sex drive.

Invest in a Good Lubricant

Vaginal dryness is a reality of sex after menopause, and one that most women experience. Less estrogen means less blood flow to your erogenous zones, which often leads to dryness and, as a result, painful sex. In order to make sex more comfortable, lubricant is a must. If you’ve never used lube before, it can seem intimidating at first. But as Adam and Eve points out, making use of a quality lubricant, particularly those of the silicone-based variety, is often the best way to mimic your own natural lubrication.

If pain during sex persists, even with the aid of a lubricant, you may want to ask your doctor about prescription medications designed to combat dryness. Vaginal creams are a popular option and typically have fewer side effects than oral hormones.

Communicate with Your Partner

Maintaining a healthy sex life during menopause relies on two things: open communication with your significant other and persistence. Talking with your partner about the emotional and physical obstacles you’re experiencing can help assuage worries you both may have about the future of your sexual relationship.

Because menopause affects every woman differently, there will likely be ups and downs when it comes to desire. During times of decreased libido, WebMD suggests taking the focus off of intercourse. Try spending more time on foreplay and explore other varieties of intimacy with your partner, such as massage or oral sex. The most important thing you can do to rev up libido is make sure that your sex life doesn’t come to a screeching halt. The act of intercourse alone stimulates blood flow to the vagina, keeping it healthy—and you and your partner happy.

Though menopause does signal the end of an era, it doesn’t have to mean the end of your sex life. With a few simple steps, you can enjoy this second stage of your life—both in and out of the bedroom—fully.

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Revitalize Vaginal Health – Stop Using Soap to Clean Your Lady Parts!

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opening © lynette sheppard

I know we talk about vaginal dryness here on the Menopause Goddess Blog fairly frequently, but there’s a reason for that. It is one of the most prevalent and miserable symptoms of the Change. Most of the Venuses have way too much firsthand experience with it, including yours truly.

Luckily, we have options today. (I have no idea what our mothers did – although many of that generation were on HRT. I know my grandmother banished my grandfather from the bedroom when she turned 40. I have a lot of sympathy for Grannie now.) Everything from special lubricants to vaginal hormones to laser treatments is available to help with this condition. Still, I never thought about daily hygiene care actually contributing to the dryness.

I had the chance to try a product that has been a fantastic addition to my vaginal care. It’s called Lubrigyn Lotion. It is a cleanser, a lubricant and a moisturizer all in one! Also, it can actually be used with or without water — I tried it both ways and it absolutely works. Yep, I’ve never even thought about the fact that soap can be irritating to my lady parts. Crazy.


I noticed a difference right away after using it. Lubrigyn is a cream, not a gel, so it absorbs and moisturizes as well as cleans. It has some of my favorite natural ingredients like sweet almond oil, jojoba and olive oils, chamomile and aloe vera. Most important, the lotion works because it includes sodium hyaluronate, used in many facial skin creams, to attract and retain water.

Honestly, I will never use soap again for my daily cleansing routines. I can be clean AND comfortable with long lasting moisture.

I went camping recently in the Bristlecone pine forest in the White Mountains of California. The campground has no water, so we have to bring our own and washing up is rudimentary at best. Currently, Lubrigyn Lotion includes a pack of Lubrigyn Wipes – so they went camping with me! They were amazing in terms of cleaning and comfort. I love them, and will be an essential on my next airplane trip. (So far, TSA doesn’t seem to be too worried about wipes in carry-on luggage or count them as part of my quart baggie.)

I encourage you to give Lubrigyn a try – it’s available at and at many CVS stores. Let us know what you think!

This post is sponsored by Lubrigyn, a new way to keep moisture where it belongs. All opinions are my own!

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Webinar – The Two Steps to Relieving Menopause Symptoms

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Inge Sarathulsingh, a Menopause and Stress Relief coach from down under, is hosting a webinar on the Two Steps to Relieving Menopause Symptoms. It will take place on Friday, Oct 2 for those of us in the US – 6 pm Pacific time, 9 pm Eastern time. Yep, that’s tomorrow. For you in Australia, the webinar is at 11 am Saturday, Oct 3. Click here to learn more and sign up. This promises to be an amazing event.

You can find out more about Inge, including her luscious Thailand retreats and free counseling in her guest post previously published here on Menopause Goddess Blog.

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Healthy Heart Talk for Women

Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women. And a woman’s symptoms of heart attack often vary greatly from the classic symptoms that men suffer such as crushing chest pain radiating down the left arm. Women are much more likely to suffer jaw or neck pain, pain between the shoulder blades, or shortness of breath with sweating (heck that’s me every day on my run). There may be stomach or chest pain, but heart attack may also present as fatigue. Speaking as a former coronary care nurse, I can also add “feeling of impending doom” associated with any of the symptoms as a red flag. Don’t be stoic, get to an ER right away and get checked out. Oh, and if you have that feeling of impending doom? Call 911. I personally know a number of women who did and didn’t that suffered heart attacks. Getting medical help pronto saved heart muscle.

But better than getting treatment is prevention. Our pals at University of Florida shared this helpful infographic about the ins and outs of heart disease. Of course, prevention can be boiled down to a few simple interventions. A nurse friend of mine who also happens to be a hospital administrator has her own three point plan: eat well, destress, and keep moving. I couldn’t have said it better.


For more info, click here.

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Regain Bladder Health with AZO

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Having to go urgently is truly uncomfortable and can be embarrassing as well. I remember several years ago visiting London with my husband. We had had a glorious time photographing children in fluffy dresses and ribbons dancing around a maypole in the shadow of the Tower bridge. We wandered over to a patch of tents selling all manner of crafts and even bought a stuffed bear named Pipkin. (We still have him – he lives on our bed – ok, too much information.)

The upshot of all this is that we both urgently had to urinate. And there were no public restrooms to be found. We hobbled across the bridge, thighs pressed tightly together, groaning and wondering what the penalty might be for public relieving. As we left the bridge walk, we came across a convention center draped with a 10 foot high banner proclaiming “Overactive Bladder”. We were laughing so hard we almost didn’t make it to our hard won goal of the restrooms inside.

For those who suffer urgency and frequency, though, it is no laughing matter. Remember those good old UTI days? Well, some of those symptoms can occur as we age. How sucky is that? I used to have a coworker who could not be 2 hours out of bathroom availability.

So when Menopause Goddess blog was offered a free sample of AZO Bladder Control to try, I contacted one of our satellite goddesses who suffers urgency and frequency to evaluate it. She used it for two weeks before she began noticing relief. After a month, she was delighted to report that her symptoms had eased so much that she felt “normal” again.


AZO Bladder Control is a drug-free, natural product with the active ingredients being pumpkin seed extract and soy isoflavones. Pumpkin seed extract supports bladder muscle integrity while the soy isoflavones help relax the muscles and maintain muscular strength in the pelvic floor.

Best of all, it’s available at your neighborhood drug store or grocery store. AZO has a range of other products that promote urinary and vaginal health that we didn’t try, including AZO Bladder, AZO Cranberry, AZO test strips, AZO Urinary Pain Relief, AZO Urinary Pain Relief Maximum Strength, and AZO  Yeast.

Find out more on their website: or follow AZO on Facebook:

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Healthy Aging For Women

This informative infographic was provided to us by our friends at the University of Florida. Once the hormonal whirlwind begins to settle for us, our attention rightly turns to how to stay healthy and vibrant throughout the aging process. While I personally don’t agree with every recommendation (giving up alcohol altogether, for example, and the jury is still out on whether estrogen replacement actually prevents heart disease since contradictory studies exist), I believe that there are some wonderful commonsense recommendations in the areas of diet, exercise, and mental health.


Find out more:

Healthy Aging

Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Behavior

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