Most women enter menopause between the ages of 40-50.
Some symptoms that they may start to notice are a change in frequency of blood flow (menstrual periods), irritability, hot flashes, night sweats emotional swings, headaches, depression, insomnia, loss of sex drive and weight changes.
A poor diet, increased emotional stress and lack of exercise will worsen menopausal symptoms.
Optimal Diet: fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains, poultry, eggs, milk products and cold-pressed oils. Foods to avoid are sugar, refined flour products, cured meats, fried foods and chemicals.
Osteoporosis is a concern with women entering and going through menopause because bone loss may start to occur. Osteoporosis is the loss of bone density, bone minerals and bone strength and there is no easy way to notice early warning signs.
To be proactive and prevent bone loss from occurring, start with a good diet and exercise that includes a little muscle building with weights. Some examples of exercise include walking, biking, swimming, golf or tennis.
Nutrients and herbs to help with specific menopausal symptoms:
Hot Flashes, Irritability and Night Sweats:
Calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, the herb “motherwort”
Insomnia and Irritability:
The herb, “valerian root”
Aiding Sleep, Lessening Depression and Food Cravings:
The amino acid “L-tryptophan”
Muscle and Back Pains or Cramps:
Calcium and Magnesium
Support Thyroid Function:
This information is for informational purposes only and not to be considered as medical advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure any medical condition. Statements should not be taken as a substitute for medical advice from a licensed physician. It is recommended to consult with your physician before implementing any dietary or lifestyle changes.