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!