What and How to Change in Menopause?
Medical way to deal with menopausal symptoms and problems commonly involves prescription drugs known as hormone replacement therapy or HRT. Synthetic hormones (synthetic estrogen and progesterone) are the main compounds of HRT and they should compensate for the lack of these hormones in the female body. The efficacy of the treatment and the ability to tackle mood swings, hot flashes and excessive sweating in beyond any doubt. However, due to serious health risks associated with the drugs women often choose menopause natural remedies.
Opting for natural treatment may mean several things, since women could/can decide to change their diet and overall lifestyle, use minerals and vitamins or take some other menopause supplements. No matter what treatment is chosen, every woman should inform her physician about it. Every pill, herb, cream or lotion she uses has to be reported to her doctor, so she could avoid any unwanted effect or possible interactions.
Lifestyle changes are simple. Modify what you eat by increasing the amount of food with phytoestrogens (soy and its products, for instance). Besides that, eat more grains, brown rice, fresh fruits and vegetables, wheat and oats. Include more almonds and cashews in your menu. Commercial meats containing saturated fats are not good for menopausal symptoms, because they lower estrogen metabolism in the body. Be careful not to use caffeinated or carbonated drinks. These could provoke bone loss, which is another possible problem associated with menopause. Limit the amount of sugar you consume to prevent problems with the immune system and estrogen metabolism. Regular physical activity is recommended for every woman, because it is proven to prevent heart disease and lower the risk of many cancers.
Supplements are also potentially useful menopause natural remedies. Many women have achieved great results during menopause by using vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium and calcium regularly. Doctors advise taking 1.000 to 2.000mg (milligrams) of vitamin C and about 400 to 800 International Units (IU) of vitamin E on a daily basis. As for calcium, it should be taken as calcium citrate or microcrystalline calcium hydroxyapatite calcium, known as MCHC. Recommended dose is about 1.500mg per day. During menopause, a woman should take between 500 and 750mg of magnesium supplements.
You do not have to go to the pharmacy for help for menopause. In every supermarket you can find different products filled with “good” bacteria, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus bifidus. These bacteria are believed to be immensely helpful for menopausal women.
Isoflavones found in red clover have been confirmed to positively affect troubles specific for menopause and protect the patient from endometrial and breast cancer at the same time. Additional herbal products include remedies containing black cohosh, donq quai, ginseng, vitex agnus castus or evening primrose oil. All the mentioned remedies have shown remarkable results in treating menopausal symptoms.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is yet another menopause natural remedies. Prescription formulations known as bi and tri estrogen, containing 2 or 3 types of estrogen or natural progesterone are identical (bioidentical) to hormones in your body. These bioidentical hormones should compensate for the lack of estrogen and progesterone and resolve the problems associated with menopause.