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New Treatment for Vaginal Atrophy: Mona Lisa Touch

Prism Heart © lynette sheppard

Prism Heart © lynette sheppard

Vaginal atrophy affects 4 out of 10 women after menopause. (I’m surprised it isn’t more.) We’ve had a number of posts regarding lubricants and other remedies that can help with this often painful condition. Everything from avoiding sexual intimacy to discharge to daily pain unrelated to activity has been a symptom of this all too common malady.

Recently, the FDA approved a laser treatment designed to rejuvenate the lining of the vagina. Now I am always a proponent of the least invasive remedies for any condition. Still, for women who suffer despite HRT, lubricants and the like, this may be life changing.

The treatment involves 3 office visits where the CO2 laser is inserted into the vagina and emits the treatment to the wall to stimulate collagen growth. It is painless and lasts only 5-10 minutes. The only caution is that sexual intimacy be abstained from for 24 – 48 hours after the treatment.

I spoke with Holly, a 49 year old woman who was having symptoms including dryness and itching. After one treatment, she noticed immediate improvement and says that her tissue feels “more full.” Full disclosure: Holly works for Medical Aesthetics of North Dallas, where the procedure was performed.

Holly relates that many of their patients have had worse symptoms than she and have enjoyed relief after the first treatment. Some women prefer this for the convenience factor – not having to mess with creams or gels.

They know of no side effects so far. The treatment has been done in Italy since 2008. It’s pricey – approximately $2700.00 for the series. Alas, insurance does not cover the procedure yet.

It’s good to know such an option is available. Would I do it? No, I don’t mind the inconvenience of vaginal estriol and good lubricants. For me, the least interventional option that gets me the desired result will always be my go to remedy. For those where nothing else works, who cannot take estrogen, or who are really bothered by the creams and gels, this might be a viable possibility.

For more info, check out Medical Aesthetics of North Dallas and this article from Medical Daily.

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Is It True That Tomato Juice Can Ease Menopause?

 

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Enjoy this thought provoking guest blog post by health writer Evlin Simon. I’m off to the store to buy tomato juice?

Is It True That Tomato Juice Can Ease Menopause?

Menopause brings multiple changes to our bodies. While it is a natural stage a woman will undergo, menopause symptoms are unpleasant. It brings hot flushes to the body and irritability. With the right nutritional intake and lifestyle change, menopause can be treated. Women have to undergo this stage in life when they grow older, but they don’t have to suffer the symptoms that come along with it.

You can treat menopause symptoms with tomatoes. Yes, this delicious treat is a very effective menopause treatment. To get the benefits, it would be best to drink its juice than to eat it whole. Drink a glass of tomato juice a day to combat menopause symptoms. According to research conducted at Tokyo Medical University, drinking 200ml of tomato juice twice every day for eight weeks can treat menopause symptoms, lower cholesterol, and manage anxiety.

How the Study Was Done

In the study, 93 women ages 40 to 60 were made to drink tomato juice. By the end of the study, their anxiety, irritability, hot flashes, and other menopausal symptoms halved. The study tracked the women’s cholesterol level, blood pressure, and heart rate. After drinking tomato juice for four weeks, the women who had triglyceride levels higher than 150mg/dL saw a significant decrease to only 70 mg/dL. Their menopausal symptoms dropped to a very low 16%.

Reasons for the Benefits

One of the major reasons why tomatoes can greatly benefit women suffering menopausal symptoms is its high content of bioactive components. One of these is 13-oxo-ODA, a fatty acid that prevents metabolic syndrome. Tomatoes also have esculeoside A, which supports the heart health. Tomatoes have a high content of lycopene, which reduces menopausal stress. The heat activation during the canning process of the tomato juice gives it plenty of antioxidants, which is very beneficial to a person’s health.

According to Los Angeles-based obstetrician and gynecologist Steven A. Rabin, MD, the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, is another substance abundant in tomato juice. It helps relieve hot flashes, reduces stress, and treats other menopausal symptoms.

If you buy tomato juice in the market, you might not see these nutritional values on the label. It would be best to buy the unsalted tomato juice, according to one of the leading authors of the study, Masakazu Terauchi Ph.D. It would also be a great idea to add tomato juice to your diet. There will be no side effects to it, and it won’t taste bad.

Tomato has its own type of Estrogen

There has been research in the past about how tomato juice can help relieve menopausal symptoms. Tomato juice has gamma-aminobutyric acid, which has the same effects as estrogen. Taking hormone supplements is one of the most common ways women treat menopausal symptoms. Tomato juice is like a  hormone replacement therapy that helps bring back the lost estrogen that occurs during and after menopause.

Over-the-counter estrogen supplements may help relieve menopausal symptoms, but there may be dangers associated with it. Studies in the past suggest that taking prescription estrogen can lead to higher risk of stroke, heart disease, blood clots, and even breast cancer. Artificial hormone supplements may not be a very good idea, especially as you are growing older.

Why bother with prescription supplements, when you can choose to take in tomato juice? Since tomato juice can give you the natural estrogen hormone benefits you need, it would be ideal to choose it over supplements. Fight menopause naturally with tomato juice.

Other Tomato Benefits

Besides relieving women of menopausal symptoms, the tomato has many other benefits to your health. If you include tomatoes in your lifestyle, here are some of the advantages you can get:

  • Reduces cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease
  • Rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, B vitamins, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and phosphorous
  • Treats damages caused by smoking
  • Naturally enhances flavours
  • Rich in phytonutrients like flavonones, flavonols, carotenoids, hydroxycinnamic acids, glycosides, and fatty acids derivatives
  • Filled with phenolic compounds
  • Improves digestion and prevents constipation
  • Prevents kidney and gall bladder stones
  • Keeps hair, skin, and bone healthy
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Increases fat burning capacity
  • Restores biochemical balance among people suffering from diabetes
  • Reduces risk for prostate cancer
  • Reduces risk for breast cancer

References:
https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/health-center/
http://theheartysoul.com/natural-menopause-treatment/

Evlin Symon

Author Bio:
Evlin Symon is an experienced health writer who has been at this for more than 5 Years. She is an expert in health, fitness, weight loss, nutition and beauty. When she is not writing she can be usually found hitting the Gym. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+ .

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Menopause Supplements and Licorice

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Candy Dish © lynette sheppard

This informative guest post comes to us from our friends at menopausesupplement.com. Licorice may just relieve our hot flashes – just think, we might be cool without hormones or the latest trend of prescribing antidepressant drugs. (Talk about using an elephant gun to kill a fly – antidepressants purely for hot flashes? Really?) Read on for enlightening info including how licorice has effects similar to SSRI antidepressant drugs – without the big dog side effects.

Menopause Supplements and Licorice

When faced with menopause symptoms, many women turn to menopause supplements because of the health risks associated with hormone replacement therapy. The most common herbal remedy for menopause is black cohosh. While some women have experienced success with black cohosh, many have been left disappointed and forced to take more drastic action for their menopause symptoms. What many women do not know is that licorice is a viable alternative and research is continually showing what a great menopause supplement it can be.

A recent study conducted with 90 women showed that licorice root is effective in reducing the frequency and severity of hot flashes. In fact, licorice showed approximately a 90% reduction of severe hot flashes while the placebo only showed less than a 10% difference. After 8 weeks the test group stopped taking licorice which resulted in hot flashes going back to their original levels, confirming that licorice is effective.

No one knows for sure why licorice is effective for hot flashes but it may be a combination of two interesting properties of licorice. First of all, licorice has similar properties to a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).  A SSRI influences a neurotransmitter called serotonin which is thought to have a role in affecting body heat and thereby reducing hot flashes. Additionally SSRIs are generally used for their role in elevating mood and may be beneficial for women going through mild or moderate menopause mood symptoms*.

Another reason licorice may be so good at alleviating menopause symptoms is that it is a phytoestrogen which means that it mimics the effects of estrogen in the body.  Menopause symptoms are closely connected to diminishing estradiol (a type of estrogen). It was previously known that that glabridin, a molecule in licorice, functions like estradiol.  In one of the pioneering studies on glabridin, glabridin was proven to be a phytoestrogen that actually binds to estrogen receptors in the body. According to the study, “The stimulatory effects of 2.5–25 μg/animal glabridin were similar to those of 5 mg/animal estradiol.” So it makes sense that a natural substance that shares the same structure as estradiol, and is confirmed to operate similar to estradiol in the body, will have beneficial effects with respect to relieving menopause symptoms.

Overall, licorice-based supplements have been clinically studied and found to greatly reduce common menopause symptoms by naturally replace the bodily substances that are diminished during menopause.

While it may be tempting to attack the candy aisle at the grocery store, you should know that licorice candy is not really licorice and furthermore taking licorice for an extended period of time can be bad for your health. There is a menopause supplement based on a licorice extract called MenoSupp that is specially formulated for safe daily consumption. You can learn more about licorice and MenoSupp at: www.menopausesupplement.com.

1. Lida Menatia, Khosheh Khaleghinezhadb, Mitra Tadayonic & Amir Siahpooshd. (2013). “Evaluation of Contextual and Demographic Factors on Licorice Effecting on Reducing Hot Flashes in Postmenopause women.” Health Care for Women International, 00:1-13 (2013).

2.  Ofir R., Tamir S., Khatib S., Vaya J., Inhibition of Serotonin Re-uptake by Licorice Constituents. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience. 2003 Apr 20 .(2):135-140

3. Snait Tamir, Mark Eizenberg, Dalia Somjen, Sarit Izrael, Jacob Vaya. “Estrogen-like activity of glabrene and other constituents isolated from licorice root.” Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 78 (2001) 291-298.

 

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Staying Cool and Dry at Night: Help for Night Sweats

Anne sleepwear © Lusome

Anne sleepwear © Lusome

Lara Smith of Lusome contributed this guest post, introducing her line of sleepwear for Menopause Goddesses. They sent me a nightgown to try and it is glorious. And my husband Dewitt loves it. I’m not only cool – I look stylish not frumpy. As most of you know, I am a wicking sleepwear junkie and have tried a number of brands. I like and use many of them. Definitely, the Lusome fabric is different – it feels more like brushed cotton than athletic microfiber. Read on to learn more – and Lara also shares some other great tips for getting a good night’s sleep. Enjoy!

Staying Cool and Dry at Night
Night Sweats Suck! For about 75% of women, hot flashes and night sweats are a fact of life during perimenopause and menopause. For some women it is a minor annoyance but for others the extreme perspiration makes sleeping through the night impossible.

Finally, a proven solution that is comfortable and beautiful. I founded Lusomé with dryLon technology for the millions of women suffering through night sweats. After 20+ years in the fashion industry I put my production and sourcing experience to good work and partnered with a fabric mill, experts in textile innovation.  Over the period of 18 months we worked on fabrics that achieved superior moisture management performance with a soft luxurious handfeel.

Why don’t you treat yourself to a brand new pair of sleepwear from Lusomé (www.lusome.com)? Lusomé sleepwear combines best-in-class fabric and manufacturing with a beautiful yet simplistic aesthetic to offer women relief from those nasty night sweats.

Of course there are other factors keeping us awake, and we have the following tips:

  • Put your smart phone, Ipad or any other device away.
  • Ladies, turn down that thermostat! It will do wonders for the environment and your body temperature. And, recent studies suggest you will burn a few more calories by setting the thermostat to 65 when you sleep.
  • Swap caffeine for herbal teas. With the insurgence of tea bars almost on every other corner, it is easy to find a tea that will not only cure some ailment but will be quite enjoyable to drink.
  • Ladies- you will love this one- avoid night workouts! The post workout adrenaline will keep you as alert as a cup of java will.
  • Avoid that nap!  If you must rest during the day, do it for a max of 20 or so minutes, anything more will interrupt a good night’s sleep.
  • Routines are key to catching quality zzzz’s, so establish a regular bedtime. Go to bed at the same time every night. Pick a time when you normally feel tired, so that you don’t toss and turn. Try to stick to this nightly schedule even on weekends when it may be tempting to stay up late.

 

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Demystifying the Relationship Between Soy and Breast Cancer

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Cactus Bloom © lynette sheppard

Mary Tagliaferri MD shared this plain talk guest post with us. I had the pleasure of interviewing “Dr. Tags” recently – and found a new goddess sister! As an MD with a Master’s in Oriental Medicine, she bridges the gulf between Eastern and Western medicine approaches. Most important, she has conducted research for the last 20 odd years on plant based natural remedies. You can find her Menopause formula on her website: drtags.com. She sent me some to try – and now I don’t know how I got by without it. Enjoy her special brand of wisdom here:

Demystifying the Relationship Between Soy and Breast Cancer

Women with a history of breast cancer often asked me if it’s safe to eat soy products. Soy products include simple soybeans (edamame), or manufactured forms such as miso soup, tempeh and tofu.  Some breast cancer specialists tell their patients to avoid soy products since they’re “estrogenic,” meaning they contain estrogens. A woman’s breast cancer may be of the estrogen-responsive type, meaning that estrogen “docks” on the tumor cells and causes breast tumor growth.  The estrogen in soy is a phyto-estrogen (phyto means plant-based). Phytoestrogens can sometimes act as estrogens in our bodies, but they do not stimulate breast cancer associated tumor.

I’m always amazed when I hear that medical professionals continue to be confused on this topic. Most physicians work very hard to keep abreast of the latest medical findings, but somehow the “soy issue” slips through the educational cracks.

What we know about soy from other cultures

Japanese women have one-third the amount of breast cancer when compared to American women. However, when Japanese women move to the US, the first generation of their offspring has the same rate of breast cancer as American women!  Since a person’s genetic lineage can’t change within one generation (with very rare exceptions in the form of mutations), that leaves the person’s environment at cause.  The Western diet, a culprit in so many “diseases of affluence” (diseases prevalent in First World countries), is again partly to blame for the phenomenon. Thanks to our American appetites, we now have a 1 in 8 lifetime risk for breast cancer, and the disease is the second leading cause of cancer death.

When I had breast cancer at the young age of 30, I was a die-hard tofu fan.  I wanted to know if I would be able to continue eating a staple of my diet and started digging into the medical literature. My research led me to write a chapter about soy in Breast Cancer: Beyond Convention, a book I edited about complementary and alternative practices in the treatment of breast cancer.

What I’d found was this:

Soy intake in an amount consistent with a traditional Japanese diet (2-3 servings daily, containing 25-50 mg isoflavones) has been shown to be protective against breast cancer and breast cancer recurrence.
Soy does not increase circulating estrogen levels in the body or affect estrogen-responsive tumor tissues.
Women with a history of breast cancer who are taking tamoxifen and eating soy do not have an increased risk of breast cancer recurrence.

How not to eat soy

The temptation in our American culture is to take a food known to have healthful properties, process it into high-dose pills, and pop a few of those capsules when we feel like we need a boost. We’ve done it with fish oil, red wine antioxidants, mushrooms, garlic, and so on. Sometimes this approach works, when done in a measured and thoughtful way (think of the complex and ingenious combinations of herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine formulas). Most of the time, though, we overdose on one specific chemical compound in that food, without really knowing how it will affect us in the long run. I would caution anyone (not just breast cancer patients or survivors) against the use of high-dose soy supplements, since large amounts of soy phytoestrogens could be unsafe.

How to enjoy your soy

Have those 2-3 servings daily, since they’ve been shown not to cause harm and to possibly be protective against breast cancer development and breast cancer recurrence. Cultivated or fermented soy products like miso paste and tempeh may be easier to digest than plain soybeans or tofu. If you’re currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, please discuss any soy use with your doctor first.

Enjoy your soy, eat it with peace of mind, knowing that it can be a part of a healthy diet before and after breast cancer.

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The Six Diet Guidelines To Ease The Symptoms Of Menopause

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Ginger Mint Shrimp © lynette sheppard

Sonya Anderson of Her Fitness Journal contributed this timely guest blog post. The holidays are here and overindulging is hard to avoid. Her common sense diet guidelines can help us get through them in a healthy, balanced way, while also helping ease some of the symptoms of menopause.

In addition to this helpful post, Sonya offered this question to all of us: if we know what and how we should eat for better health, why don’t we do it? I’d love to hear from any and all goddesses about those things that get in our way. (I’ll share mine at the end of this post.)

The Six Diet Guidelines To Ease Out The Symptoms Of Menopause

A normal occurrence for women between the ages of forty to fifty, the cessation of menstruation is mainly caused by a physiological factor; ovulation no longer occurs. The clinical manifestations of menopause vary from mild to severe. This may be accompanied by psychological symptoms like; feelings of loss, children grown, the aging process starts to occur. At the same time a menopausal woman experiences hot flashes and nervous symptoms such as, depression, insomnia, weakness and dizziness. Women must keep in mind that during this time diseases like Atherosclerosis and Osteoporosis are more likely to develop. These characteristics are completely irreversible but with the help of a proper diet it can be alleviated and help the menopausal woman cope well and adapt to the changes they may experience while the symptoms occur.

Here are six diet suggestions to help ease out the symptoms of menopause.

Have Enough Calcium

Every menopausal woman must be aware that their bones are prone to being brittle and fragile. It is important to consume more calcium, take supplements and exercise as well. Sources can be found mostly in dairy products, nonfat milk, yogurt, cheese, and canned salmon with bones, dried beans and dark leafy green vegetables. An ideal intake of 1,200 milligrams a day is generally advised.

Load Up On Iron Intake
Having a minimum of three servings daily ensures that Iron, an essential constituent of hemoglobin is fully supplemented in the body. The best sources are; liver, kidney, heart, cooked dry beans, lean pork and beef, dried fruits such as apricots, peaches, prunes and raisins. Fair sources include; spinach, mustard, nuts and greens.

High Fiber Foods
A high roughage (fiber) diet is prescribed to avoid constipation and reduce the presence of cholesterol in the body. Have enough servings of fiber from the following sources; whole wheat breads and pastas, cereals, oats, rice grains, unrefined bran, fruits and vegetables. Fiber helps lower cholesterol level by keeping the cholesterol intake from being absorbed into the body. Consume more than 20 grams daily.

Fresh Fruits And Vegetables
They are valued because of the essential vitamins and minerals they contain. Incorporate at least 2 cups of full servings daily for better absorption of its nutrients.

Eat Less Fat
Foods that are rich in fat content are a definite no. Limit the intake of food loaded with saturated fat. Consuming too much fat is unhealthy and may lead to weight problems and heart disease. Saturated fat usually comes from animal meat sources (fat portions of pork, beef, and chicken skin). Trans-fat sources include cakes, pastries; butter/margarine based foods and processed foods (hotdogs, bacons, sausages, etc.). The goal is to limit fat consumption to less than one third of the required calorie intake.

Moderate Use Of Sugar And Salt Intake
The presence of too much sodium contributes to high blood pressure levels. Avoid highly salted foods and sugar based food products such as; canned soups, potato chips, carbonated soda or beverages. Reduce intake of processed foods as well since they contain too much salt and nitrates which are linked to fatal diseases (cancer, heart attack, diabetes etc.).
Visit Sonya’s blog at Her Fitness Journal.

OK, back to the question: what keeps us from eating healthy on a regular basis? As I promised, I’ll go first. Hmmmmm. Well, I’ll eat cake or pie if someone made it so I don’t hurt their feelings. (Also a good rationalization.) Oh yes, when I gained weight no matter how much I exercised or ate properly. Because then I felt like it just didn’t matter. Or when I just get too lazy to make something say, gluten free, when I can just buy something already made with processed flour and such.

What gets in your way? I think this might be a very good conversation – and we might all gain from it. So let us know your thoughts right here in the comments. Thanks, Sonya, for starting a thought provoking discussion.

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Natural Remedies for Menopause Aches and Pains

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Soft Leaves © lynette sheppard

Menopause and her kissing cousin, Aging, visit us with a number of major changes in our bodies. Suddenly, we find ourselves with aches and pains that we never experienced before. Do we have to just learn to live with them? Or might there be a way through back to well-being?

Simply Supplements contributed these ideas and remedies for natural pain relief in this guest blog post. Enjoy.

Menopause aches and pains remedy

By Simply Supplements

The emotional and hormonal changes during the menopause are well documented, but how can you help to relieve the physical symptoms?

The menopause is a natural part of the ageing process that occurs in all women. It is caused by changes in the balance of the body’s sex hormones. It begins when the ovaries stop releasing eggs, and the woman stops having periods. The menopause is confirmed after 12 months without a period.

During the menopause, a woman often experiences emotional symptoms such as mood swings, anxiety, and depression. However, physical aches and pains may also strike.
There are steps that can be taken to provide relief, and some nutritional supplements may act as a remedy for menopausal aches and pains.

Bones and joints
During the menopause, oestrogen levels decline in the women. This can lead to a loss of bone-density and the onset of osteoporosis. This means that the bones become more fragile, and fractures are more likely to occur. Menopausal women also tend to lose cartilage between the joints, which can lead to a loss of flexibility. This can affect movement and can be very painful.

Muscles
As women age, the fibres in muscles begin to shrink, and lost muscle tissue is replaced at a slower rate. This makes it more difficult to contract the muscles. Menopausal hormonal changes are also thought to play a role in accelerating the speed at which muscle is lost. As a result, muscle function is affected, and women may suffer from muscle soreness, stiffness, and rigidity.

Home remedies for the menopause
A healthy lifestyle can help to reduce menopause pain. Try to eat a healthy and balanced diet, with plenty of fruits and vegetables. These contain natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to ease aches and pains. Oily fish are also recommended, as they contain omega-3 essential fatty acids which are thought to ease inflammation, particularly in the joints. Reducing the intake of refined carbohydrates and sugars can also play a positive role in reducing joint pain.

In addition, regular exercise can also act as a natural remedy for menopausal pain. Gentle exercise helps to improve flexibility and strength, as well as boosting blood circulation in the body. This can help towards easing muscle pains, and also enabling better joint mobility.

Supplements for menopausal aches and pains
Alongside regular exercise and a healthy diet, some nutritional supplements may also help to ease pain during the menopause:

Omega-3 – The essential fatty acids in omega-3 fish oils contain anti-inflammatory which may help to ease joint pain and stiffness.
Calcium & Vitamin D – Both of these nutrients are important for bone growth and maintenance, and may help to prevent the loss of bone density during the menopause. Calcium is vital for bone strength, while vitamin D helps with absorption of calcium in the body.
Magnesium – Known for its calming and relaxing effect on body, magnesium is vital for muscle function. It may therefore be an effective remedy for muscle aches and pains during the menopause.

Check out these useful links for more info:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/245122-aches-pains-in-menopause/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/180341-menopause-and-body-aches/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/186060-about-menopause-muscle-aches/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/526835-menopause-muscle-stiffness/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/272189-magnesium-for-muscle-joint-aches/
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Menopause/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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Celebrate World Menopause Day by Balancing Your Hormones Naturally

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Center © lynette sheppard

It’s World Menopause Day today – and we are celebrating by bringing you this terrific guest post by alternative medicine practitioner, Cathy Margolin.  Cathy has a new book out called Stop Your Bitching, Naturally! You can download the companion workbook 30 Days of Tips to Stop Your Bitching FREE until midnight Sunday from Amazon. I read both and loved them!  Although the books and workbook target women with PMS, hormone balance is critical at any age. They are entirely relevant to Menopause Goddesses. Here’s Cathy’s post – enjoy.

Three Chemicals to Avoid to Reduce Estrogen Dominance

As women, our hormonal cycles can make us an emotional mess! From our first period to our last, we are dominated by our hormones.  These tricky little messengers can run around amuck in our bodies for years and are often never “on a short lease and house trained.”  This is my motto and the way I like my hormones.

In other words, I want some predictability.   I don’t want the unknown creeping into my day and then I blow a fuse without any warning.  I think my family appreciates this too, especially my kids!   But life is not always so predictable and neither are our hormones.  If you agree, then it’s time to do something about them!

Hormonal balance is possible, in fact it’s absolutely essential to maintaining our good health. This has become harder to do with all the chemicals we find everywhere and so many products we take for granted our safe to us.  The fact is our bodies absorb many chemicals through our skin that can throw our hormonal balance into a spiraling nose dive.  As you probably know hormonal imbalance is the precursor to PMS, menstrual cramps, perimenopause and menopause symptoms. So keeping the balance is crucial no matter what your age.

Here are a couple chemicals you simply must avoid like the plague to keep the internal hormonal balance your body is always striving to find.

First Triclosan.   Sounds harmless but if you’re washing your hands with this chemical you could be contributing to hormonal disruption including, PMS, hot flashes, low libido, weight gain and depression. Triclosan is a chemical found in antibacterial soap. Well, the truth is, it’s also an ingredient in lotions, deodorants, detergents and even socks. It is a well known endocrine-disrupting chemical. This means that it throws off the balance of our already sensitive hormones. It will even throw off your thyroid function.  So steer clear.   Wash your hands with warm water and regular plain old soap.  Studies have shown your  hands will be just as clean and they’ll be chemical free.

Second, BPA’s. Most of us have seen plastic products with labels stating that it’s BPA (Bisphenol A) Free.  There has been tremendous pressure on manufacturers to stop using this toxic chemical that is banned in plenty of countries around the world but NOT in the USA.  The research is overwhelming, BPA’s are disrupting your hormonal balance since they acts like estrogen in our body. The number one thing you can do to reduce your exposure to BPA’s (and also help the planet) is to stop buying plastic disposable water bottles.  It is an easy habit to change and the most impactful! Buy a reusable stainless steel bottle fill it up at home with filtered water. You’ll save money, save the planet and save yourself from hormone imbalances.

Third, avoid Parabens! You have probably seen beauty products with labels that read “Paraben-Free because many consumers have demanded it. If you haven’t heard about Parabens these too are hormone disrupting chemicals. Also known as xeno-estrogens (fake estrogens). Parabens have been implicated as a major factor in breast cancer and can cause weight gain, depression and fatigue.

To learn more about your hormones and ways to keep your body in balance naturally check out my new book  “Stop Your Bitching: The Step By Step Guide to Balance Hormones & End PMS & Menstrual Cramps…naturally!”  

PMS book to print
There is also a companion guidebook:  30 Days of Tips to Stop Your Bitching …naturally. You can find them both at shop.Pacherbs.com or on Amazon.com. 

October 18-20 you can download the ebook version of  “30 Days of Tips” Free on Amazon.com.

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Taking Menopause by the Horns

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Desert Bighorn © lynette sheppard

Enjoy this informative guest post by Helen Crook outlining her top tips for Menopause.

The dreaded ‘change of life’ can often see women rushing to the supermarket to stock up on enough comfort food to last a lifetime, or preempting divorce before they have even been struck by the menopause stick. The difficulty with the Big M is that not many women can prepare for it; Mother Nature will take her own course. Strap on the seat belt, you just have to enjoy the bumpy ride! So, here’s how to survive the menopause:

Fighting Fit
Menopause shouldn’t mean the ending of an era but should be the start of a new one. It’s the perfect time to squeeze on a pair of trainers and take to the gym. Exercise helps to release endorphins in the body and helps boost energy levels which is needed to combat the mood swings. If the thought of sweating on a treadmill makes you run a mile, there are a choice of new dance related workouts like Zumba and Bokwa to get you in the swing of things. It’s the best place to meet other women who are more than likely facing the struggles of menopause too.

No Need to Count Sheep
Menopause brings with it a lack of sleep, something that doesn’t help the bad bout of irritableness from the ever changing moods. Although there are a great range of sleep aids available, there are also some fantastic natural aromatherapy products that will send any insomniac into a deep dreamless sleep. Mohdoh Sleep is natural dough that gives off a vapour of carefully selected essential oils, instantly providing relief from insomnia and restlessness. You don’t even have to leave the sofa; MohDoh is available at the click of the mouse from Nutrition Centre.

Down Below
One of the most unwelcome symptoms of menopause is the least talked about. Many women prefer to keep all talk of their privates… private and it’s the one area that women choose to ignore. Leading up to the change of life, some women start to experience vaginal dryness and pain. There you were thinking you were the only one, right? Well, this is a very common symptom and a problem that has a simple solution. There are some brilliant remedies designed at keeping lady parts happy through menopause. Balance Activ Menopause Moisture gel reduces menopausal dryness brought on by the low production of oestrogen, also helping to provide long-lasting relief and a reduction in itchiness.

Looking Good = Feeling Good
There are many days when a comfortable pair of jogging bottoms with your hair sporting the latest rat tails are acceptable, but not during the menopause. It’s the perfect excuse to splash the cash on a gorgeously sophisticated new dress to help cover up the bloated stomach and hide any visible sign of large shaped underwear. Every new dress needs new accessories to match, so a stylish shoulder bag and statement necklace will help to wash away the menopause blues.

Human Nature
No amount of research or studies will ever be able determine how each individual woman will go through menopause and what her symptoms will be. It’s human nature and everyone’s body is unique to her. Therefore, there’s no point in letting it ruin your life. It’s important that family and friends are aware of what you are going through so they don’t take the sudden snappiness as you waking up on the wrong side of the bed.

After all those tips, the only thing you can really do about the forthcoming dreaded ‘M’ word is…, embrace it!

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Menopause Symptoms Got You Down? Try Yoga.

Lotus Blossoms © lynette sheppard

Lotus Blossoms © lynette sheppard

Menopause Goddess Allannah Law  shares some nourishing yoga poses to help with perimenopause and Menopause symptoms. I enjoyed doing the poses even though my symptoms are nearly gone (except for Menopause Brain). The only caution I would give is not to look to closely at your knees during the gentle bends – because if they look anything like mine – well, they’re just not pretty. Jimmy Buffett says that “the wrinkles only go where the smiles have been”. If that’s so, my knees have been grinning like gargoyles when I’ve not been watching. Enjoy this few minutes just for yourself.

Part One

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