Navigating your transition through menopause may feel like a right of passage, or you may feel like your body is betraying you. It is different for everyone.
Menopause is the halt of menses due to the decrease in ovarian function. Our hormones, cycles, and mood are meant to ebb and flow in life, but transitions can come with challenges. We’ll review some of our specially formulated herbs for menopause remedies to help you embrace this change in life and all that you may experience in this new phase. Honoring this natural shift into the “wisdom years” when you care less about what people think and expand into speaking your truth.
What Is Menopause?
Whether you have arrived at menopause by right of age in your 40s and 50s or medical reasons brought it early, it is a time of great emotional and physical adjustments. Estrogen and progesterone hormones are declining, and a host of symptoms may be rising. Crossing over the threshold into “menopause” is considered official once you have been period-free for a year. However, there are often several years of symptoms leading up to the menopause milestone. This approaching phase is called perimenopause.
Symptoms During Menopause
Perimenopause and Menopause symptoms may vary from mild to severe. If you have taxed adrenal health or are underweight, your symptoms may be more difficult. Common symptoms include headaches, hot flashes, mental fog, moodiness, night sweats, sleep issues, reduced muscle tone and bone strength, urinary symptoms, vaginal dryness and thinning, weight gain, and more. While many of these usually resolve on their own, they may last years, causing disruptions to a woman’s quality of life.
Natural Strategies For Menopause
• Get nutrition to work in your favor daily. Food is medicine. Nutrition can decrease or prevent symptoms.
•Increase your fiber, which keeps your bowels moving, microbiome happy, and inflammation in check. Turn to more vegetables and flax seeds (1-2 tbsp fresh ground daily), supporting healthy estrogen levels.
Herbal remedies can help you start feeling better so you can enjoy an improved quality of life. Modifying your supplements should always be done with the guidance of a trusted healthcare provider.
Using nourishing herbs to support your health while keeping a healthy diet and a positive attitude will support a more balanced mind-body connection. These herbs for menopause may also increase the transformational power and ease of your experience. Try framing menopause as a liberation, leaving something behind to become something new. Embrace this natural biological process, a rebirth into your authentic wise woman. There is a traditional Native American saying: “At her first bleeding, a woman meets her power. During her bleeding years, she practices it. At menopause, she becomes it.”
This blog was written by Meg Ramirez, please click here to learn more about the author.