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Herbal Remedies To Nourish Your Body Through Menopause

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.

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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.

• Eat more high-quality fats like avocado, olive oil, walnut oil, coconut oil, butter, or ghee at each meal to maintain hormone synthesis.
• Take essential fatty acids, especially evening primrose and fish oil.
• Keep blood sugar balanced with adequate protein, eat every few hours, and minimize the sugar and empty calories.
• Fish rich in omega-3s is invaluable for brain and vascular health.
• Emphasize a plant-based diet rich in phytoestrogens. Increase cooked leafy greens like kale, broccoli, collard greens, Napa cabbage, and legumes like garbanzo beans and lentils.
• Keep moving. Exercise is powerful in protecting health, reducing symptoms, and preventing weight gain.
Nourish your adrenals and build stress resilience with adaptogen herbs like • Ashwagandha. It can be helpful for sleep and libido.
• As much as it seems like a good time for a glass of red wine, skip the alcohol for now, which is a common symptom trigger, especially for hot flashes.
• Treat yourself to massages which have also been shown to improve symptoms, sleep, and mood.

    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.

    • Menomorphosis (or Women’s Menocaps if you prefer capsules) brings comfort to the uncomfortable menopause symptoms, especially cooling symptoms with heat mentioned above. In addition, this balancing blend brings whole-body support for women’s health through PMS and menopause. This is accomplished through the wise synergy of burdock, long used by midwives as a uterine tonic, dong quai, known as the female ginseng, and licorice, which contains a phytoestrogen called glabrene. In combination, the black cohosh, chaste tree also known as vitex, and motherwort, are a trio of relaxing herbs that have an affinity for supporting normal healthy hormone levels, balancing mood, and managing symptoms of stress.
    • Bittersweet elixir offers digestive, muscle, and vaginal support through gentian, dandelion (root), fennel, and elecampane. The value of a healthy functioning digestive system allows for proper absorption of the healthy nutrients you are striving to consume. Additionally, a normal inflammatory response is supported by turmeric, ginger, and slippery elm promoting healthy cognitive, cardiovascular, and bladder functions.
    • Women’s Cycle Comfort is our new release! Contains a mix of relaxing nervines great for supporting a balanced mood while promoting ease and comfort through the menstrual cycles and into menopause. This balanced blend of black cohosh, chaste tree, skullcap, kava, wild yam, and ginkgo produces an impressive synergy for the body. It encourages healthy circulation, a calm nervous system, a relaxed musculoskeletal system, thus reducing inflammation, symptoms of restlessness, tension and tenderness.

    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.

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