everyone knows what it is but no one really knows what it is. At its most basic, it’s the point in a woman’s life when her monthly periods stop and she is no longer fertile. Although the term dates back to the 17th century, it was a little studied phenomenon until quite recently, largely because many women died before they reached it.
What we do know is that it is an inevitable rite of passage for all women, a natural process indicating a change in life stage, not a disease that needs to be eradicated. But that doesn’t mean that the unpleasant symptoms that mark the transition are just something you have to suffer through.
It’s getting hot in here
By far the most common complaints are hot flashes and night sweats. Although the exact cause is not completely understood, doctors believe that both are caused by hormonal changes altering the way in which the body perceives heat. But if you’re experiencing one or both of these symptoms (like 80% of women), you’ll be less interested in how they start and more interested in how they can be stopped.
Only a small minority of women will experience symptoms severe enough to require medical intervention. For others sage like that found in A.Vogel’s once-a-day Menopause, is effective at reducing both the frequency and the severity of hot flashes and night sweats. Sage is rich in elements that have anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, which could explain the plant’s unique efficacy in combating the most unpleasant side effects of menopause.
Put some polish on your golden years
Of course, as irritating as hot flashes and night sweats can be, they’re far from the only concern that women have as they age. (Although you’d think that would be enough!) There can also be changes in a woman’s energy level, moods and greater susceptibility to conditions like osteoporosis.
The rules of being healthy don’t change as a woman enters menopause, but they do become a little stricter. It’s more important than ever to eat a balanced diet and keep physically active whenever possible, as well as to get adequate, restful sleep. That’s easy enough to say, but it can be difficult when you’re trying to balance work and family obligations and your hormones are driving you to distraction. As an “insurance policy” for when you might not be able to do everything you’re supposed to for your health, there are some things that can help where you need it:
- Calcium is available from dietary sources but if you’re worried that you might not be getting enough, consider taking a supplement. You might also want to consider taking something that helps you absorb the calcium you already get. The mineral is notoriously tricky and even when taken in proper amount the body cannot always assimilate it efficiently. A.Vogel Calcium Absorber is designed to help the body assimilate minerals. It promotes their absorption, their metabolism and their proper usage.
- Fluctuating hormones can play havoc with your moods and sleep patterns (which in turn causes your moods to become even more unstable), but medications that help relieve fatigue or help you sleep can leave you feeling jittery- followed by a crash- or groggy and the body can too easily become dependent on them. For gentler relief, consider natural alternatives like St. John’s Wort (helps with mild depression and to relieve insomnia related to stress or agitation) or A.Vogel Rhodiola Complex, which gives a more stable energy level without getting you worked up.
Living longer, healthier lives means that more women will have to go through the menopause, but it also means that we can, for the first time in history, look forward to enjoying the period of our lives that comes after our time working or being a full-time mom. Make sure you’re able to get the most from it!
Acne, period problems, ovarian and breast cysts, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, PMS and more are telling you your hormones are out of balance. ESTROsmart balances hormones using safe plant nutrients that make periods effortless whether you have heavy, long, scant, painful or irregular periods. ESTROsmart stops abnormal cell growth associated with uterine fibroids and polyps: breast lumps and ovarian cysts. ESTROsmart is a girl’s best friend eliminating acne and PMS. ESTROsmart brings your estrogen back into the normal range and elevates progesterone naturally. ESTROsmart is for, every woman every day, to make hormone problems become a thing of the past.
Stop Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
Smart women want to stop hot flashes and night sweats quickly and safely and that is why they have shied away from hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and estrogenic therapies. MENOsmart plus is a fast acting effective treatment that eliminates hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. MENOsmart plus contains non-estrogenic ingredients including sage, black cohosh, dong quai, gamma oryzanol, vitex and hesperidin to provide rapid relief of menopausal symptoms. Black cohosh is so safe that it has been used in women with estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer who were taking the drug Tamoxifen. Vitex, another herb in MENOsmart plus, helps to enhance progesterone levels and reduces male facial hair growth in menopausal women. If you using HRT (synthetic or bioidentical) and still get hot flashes and night sweats, take MENOsmart plus along with your HRT to ensure that you never have to suffer again.
Reverse Low thyroid, Stop Weight Gain and Constipation
Low thyroid affects 23% of Canadians. And another 30% have not been diagnosed due to problems with the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test. The common symptoms of low thyroid include: weight gain and stubborn weight loss, cold hands and feet, dry skin, hair loss, constipation, low mood, no sex drive and irritability. THYROsmart licensed by Health Canada to support low thyroid works quickly to bring your TSH back into the normal range, increase T4 and improve the conversion of T4 to the more potent T3. Low thyroid makes you feel like you are pushing yourself through the day. THYROsmart is safe and effective and works fast to optimize thyroid health.
Conquer Stress, Improve Sleep and Boost Energy
Chronic stress negatively affects the adrenal glands causing adrenal exhaustion. In women who are going through menopause the adrenals are the back-up hormone system making estrogen, progesterone, DHEA and testosterone. Women who have good functioning adrenals have virtually no menopause symptoms. And if your adrenals are tired you just can’t handle stress, you develop belly fat weight gain, you fall asleep fine but wake up several hours later and can’t fall back to sleep and you need coffee to keep you going. The answer to adrenal exhaustion is ADRENAsmart. ADRENAsmart, is a powerful herbal formula that makes you feel calm and relaxed, aids insomnia and helps you deal with life’s stressors.
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The sudden occurrence of hot flashes is an outward sign of a natural process women pass through in their late forties. The end of menstrual periods and increased sensitivity to extremes of heat and cold can cause the body to become hot and flushed.
This experience can last for quite some time and these flushes can be quite extreme. It is not unusual to hear a woman claim that she feels bathed in sweat. It is rarely possible to counteract this feeling with a dip in the sea.
Most women consider themselves lucky if they have the opportunity of a cool shower. Fortunately, these awkward symptoms do not persist for too long. Women are often embarrassed if it happens in company, as it is a visible sign of getting older.
Sometimes women live in dread of hot flashes, in which case they may be inviting trouble as the body sometimes reacts to one’s thoughts.
If a woman is subject to hot flashes, she should avoid hotly-spiced meals, alcohol, nicotine and excessive heat. It is sensible to choose cooler surroundings. It is also important to try to avoid stressful and emotional influences and to keep the brain occupied with something worthwhile.
A certain area in the brain regulates the body temperature, keeping it within 36 to 37 degrees Celsius and this thermostat in the brain is dependent upon the hormonal balance in the pituitary gland and the ovaries.
Diet is important and certain forms of medication and the contraceptive pill can be decisive factors in the frequency and intensity of hot flashes.
Some women choose to take an oestrogen supplement such as HRT to bring the problem under control quickly, but the bad news is that the hot flashes will return with more severity as soon as that drug is discontinued.
Nature has provided us with a simple remedy to help hot flashes. Sage is well known as a culinary herb. However, used as a medicine, it has been shown in clinical trials to reduce hot flashes by over 50%. It is one of the finest remedies for hot flashes.
In its natural habitat, the leaves of Sage or Salvia officinalis will ‘perspire’. Just as women get hot and bothered during the menopause, so this plant gets hot and bothered in the full sun. The little specks of perspiration almost shout out the message that it is nature’s gift to enable us to counteract hot flashes.
Article is offered with compliments from A.Vogel