Monday, April 20, 2009Natural health tips and recipes for easing the menopause transition and improving overall health... The article below originally appeared on the website BlogCritics.org.
BY: Dorene Petersen, ACHS President
is the natural cessation of menstruation and ovulation, which typically
occurs in women ages 40-55. Though menopause is sometimes called the
“change of life,” it does not have to change your life in a negative
way. Rather, there are many natural strategies you can use to make the
transition as smooth and health-promoting as possible.
is a big part of everyday life and, for that reason, one of the best
tools you can use to control any menopause-related symptoms. Once you
know how to select foods that will support your body during menopause,
you will feel more in control of what your body is experiencing, but
you will also be practicing the best medicine possible—prevention.
is often associated with stressful symptoms like hot flashes, sweating,
irritability, depression, and stomach upset. Why is that? Many
naturopathic and allopathic doctors attribute menstruation with the
ability to eliminate toxins from the body. Once menstruation ends,
toxins have to find new channels and can overload other eliminatory
channels. When this occurs, physical symptoms of toxicity appear.
cannot stop menopause from happening. But, we can ease the transition
with a good nutrition program. There has been a lot of research about
the role herbs can play in balancing hormones in the body. Plant
saponins, such as the diosgenin found in wild yam, cause a mild
balancing response by binding directly to hormone receptors. The
following herbs contain beneficial saponins: black cohosh, dong quai,
elder, ginseng, licorice, passion flower, and wild yam.
addition, herbs can supply the extra nutrients needed during menopause.
Calcium-rich herbs, for example, support bone health and are easy to
incorporate into the daily diet via cooked meals or teas, including:
alfalfa, cayenne, chamomile, chives, cleavers, dandelion, dill,
parsley, plantain, red raspberry, red clover, rosehip, watercress, and
Additional vitamin and nutrient-rich herbs that can ease menopause include:
C (healthy teeth and gums, heart health, and clears out toxins):
alfalfa, catnip, cayenne, dandelion, hawthorn, parsley, red raspberry,
- Vitamin E (for heart health and arteries): alfalfa, dandelion, kelp, red raspberry, rosehips, and watercress.
- Iodine (promotes nerve and brain activity and regulates metabolism): garlic, Irish moss, kelp, mustard, nettle, and parsley.
- Vitamin B1 (nervous and digestive system health): cayenne, dandelion, fathen, fenugreek, kelp, and watercress.
- Vitamin B2 (eye health): burdock, dandelion, fenugreek, parsley, and watercress.
B3 (niacin supports the adrenal glands; deficiency symptoms include
insomnia, depression, and irritability): alfalfa, burdock, fathen,
kelp, parsley, and sage.