Menopause is defined as the ceasing of the menstrual cycle. It is a physiological process that occurs in every women,and as such it is not classified as a disease or disorder.
After a certain age the ovaries do not produce any eggs, as well as the production of estrogen and progesterone hormones that control the reproduction, diminishes.
The cycle becomes irregular until it fully stops. Menopause is confirmed when there is no period for 12 months in a row. This process usually occurs at the age of 45-55.
While heading toward menopause, the fluctuating levels of female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, can give symptoms such as: hot waves, sweats during sleep, tired legs, insomnia, depression, vaginal dryness, urinary bladder problems, brittle hair, dry skin, chest pain, mood swings and memory problems.
Most women do not treat these symptoms as they vanish themselves over time.
However there are some simple and natural solutions to address menopause symptoms.
Ground Linseeds or Lin oil are a good remedy for heat waves that come from menopause. Lin is rich in Omega-3 and Lignane, which act as phytoestrogens. Using Lin oil or seeds helps improve estrogen levels in the body, which reduces vaginal dryness and heat waves.
• Consume a teaspoon of Linseed oil every day on an empty stomach in the morning or evening.
• Consume a tablespoon of linseeds 2-3 times a day, accompanied by plenty of water.
• Use Linseeds and linseed oil in salads, soups, cereals, and juices.
Whole Linseeds are difficult to digest, so it is advised to grind them before consumption.
2. Apple Vinegar
Apple Vinegar a 100% bio and unrefined apple vinegar is considered to be a good remedy for menopausal symptoms. It is effective in lowering the incidence of heat waves and sweating during sleep, which are two of the most common menopausal symptoms, as well as in regulating hormone balance and removal of toxins from the body.
• Mix 2 tablespoons of apple vinegar and water in a glass, consume the mixture every morning..
Soybeans by-products are beneficial during menopause. Soybeans contain isoflavonoids that help in balancing hormone levels, as well as estrogenic activity.
• Incorporate soy milk in your daily diet.
4. Vitamin E
Clinical studies show that vitamin E acts as an estrogen replacement, thus affecting the control of heat waves. It is also known for reducing vaginal dryness and heart rate.
• Apply vitamin E locally to the vagina to improve lubrication.
• Consume an average dose of 600UI per day (3 capsules of 200UI per day).
It has long been known that cinnamon reduces anxiety, mood disorders and depression. Cinnamon also strengthen the uterine muscle, something of much benefit to women during menopause. Cinnamon is also used for relaxation of the tired legs due to a change in the hormonal balance.
• Make cinnamon part of your diet, adding it to teas, juices, cakes, cereals, etc.
• Add 2 tablespoons of cinnamon into a container of lukewarm water and put your feet into it for 15 minutes. Practice this regularly when you need to relax your feet.
Acupuncture represents an ancient treatment, which focuses on re-balancing the organism. It is believed to be a practice that positively affects and relieves menopausal symptoms, especially for anxiety disorders. Studies show that acupuncture improves sleep and mood.
7. Physical activity
Regular exercise, even simple exercises, release stress, improve humor, prevents cognitive impairment, and improves the quality of life of women during menopause.
The Secrets of Nature,
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Pharmacist Msc. Eriona Xhaferaj
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