Hormones are chemical messages, like text messages sent from an endocrine gland through your blood to target cells.
Hormones influence your behavior, emotions, brain chemicals, immunity, and metabolism. When your hormones are in balance, you look and feel your best. When they are imbalanced, they can make your life miserable. You can feel lethargic, irritable, weepy, grumpy, unappreciated, anxious, and depressed.
The message from most conventional doctors is that it is normal to feel like this as you age and that you should just accept it. As a functional medicine doctor specializing in women’s hormones, Dr. Sara Gottfried, MD can assure you it’s not normal. You can balance your hormones and get back to feeling vivacious and genuinely content.
Each life stage has its hormonal benefits and challenges for women. This article takes a deeper look at menopause and how to treat the symptoms.
Age 51+: Menopause and beyond
Menopause is the permanent end to a woman’s menstruation and fertility and begins twelve months after a woman’s last period. Symptoms include mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia.
In menopause, estrogen is low and progesterone is super low. Those levels cause the female brain to feel distracted (even ADD-like) and difficult to soothe.
The ratio of estrogen to progesterone makes women more likely to be depressed and to gain weight, particularly fat at the waist (muffin top anyone?).
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To make the transition into menopause easier:
- Take vitamin E to alleviate hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and mood swings. Doses between 50−400 IU have been proven to be effective.
Magnesium can help reduce hot flashes, fatigue, and distress.
Maca helps with insomnia, depression, memory, concentration, energy, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness. Maca also improves body mass index and bone density. I love adding Maca to my morning shake. Don’t take it too close to bedtime as it may be too stimulating.
Pueraria lobata is a traditional Chinese herbal remedy for menopausal symptoms and is prepared as a brew like tea.
Red ginseng can help reduce hot flashes and improve symptoms of fatigue, insomnia, and depression in menopausal women.
Hormone imbalance may lead to a host of symptoms that modern day women shouldn't have to battle every day. Completing a detox is giving your body the support it needs to find balance. We believe in Detox, Retox, Detox; the idea that you may not maintain your detox perfectly after the program ends, but you can always go back to the program again or try a new one!
The Sugar Detox or the 7-Day Detox are popular detoxes that will help your body reset key hormones to promote a clear mind, fight fatigue, and find inner peace during menopause.
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