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MENOPAUSE & MENOPAUSE-RELATED INFORMATION
Bone Density Testing
Breast Exam, Self
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hysterectomy, Vaginal with Bladder/Rectal Repair
Hysterectomy, Vaginal with Removal of Tubes & Ovaries & Bladder/Rectal Repair
Menopause Information & Support
Menopause - Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
Menopause Humor & Support Links
Uterine Bleeding, Post Menopausal
Vaginitis, Post Menopausal
MENOPAUSAL DIET & NUTRITION RECOMMENDATIONS
There Is No Japanese Word for Hot Flashes It has long been known that menopause is much easier for Asian women than it is for most Westerners. In a 1983 study, hot flashes were reported by only about 10 percent of Japanese women at menopause, compared to about two-thirds of women in America and other Western countries. And bone strength is not assaulted to the extent it often is among Western women. Broken hips and spinal fractures are much less common. The most likely explanation is throughout their lives Western women consume much more meat and about four times as much fat as do women on Asian rice-based diets, and only one-quarter to one-half the fiber. For reasons that have never been completely clear, a high-fat, low-fiber diet causes a rise in estrogen levels. Women on higher-fat diets have measurably more estrogen activity than do those on low-fat diets. At menopause, the ovaries' production of estrogen comes to a halt. Those women who had been on high-fat diets then have a violent drop in estrogen levels. Asian women have lower levels of estrogen both before and after menopause, and the drop appears to be less dramatic. The resulting symptoms are much milder or even non-existent.
More evidence of the diet link comes from a fascinating study by a medical anthropologist from the University of California who interviewed Greek and Mayan women about their experience of menopause. The Greek women were subsistence farmers. Menopause occurred at an average age of 47, compared to over 50 in the United States. About three-quarters had hot flashes, but they were considered normal events, however, and did not cause women to seek medical treatment. The Mayan women lived in the southeastern part of Yucatan, Mexico. Menopause occurred earlier than in Greece or North America, at an average age of 42. Unlike the experience of Greeks and Americans, hot flashes were totally unknown among Mayans, and, like the Japanese, they have no word for them. Midwives, medical personnel, and the women themselves reported that hot flashes simply do not occur, nor are they mentioned in books on Mayan botanical medicine.
The difference between Americans and Greeks and other Europeans on the one hand, for whom hot flashes are common, and the Mayans and Japanese on the other, for whom they are rare or unknown, appears to be diet. The Mayan diet consists of corn and corn tortillas, beans, tomatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, radishes, and other vegetables, with very little meat and no dairy products. Like the traditional Japanese diet, it is extremely low in animal products and low in fat in general. The Greek diet, while rich in vegetables and legumes, also contains meat, fish, cheese, and milk, as does the cuisine of other countries in Europe and North America. Animal-based meals affect hormone levels rapidly and strongly, and undoubtedly contribute to the menopausal problems that are common in Western countries.
For women who are experiencing hot flashes, there are useful steps in addition to the low-fat, vegetarian diet which is strongly recommended for so many reasons. Regular aerobic exercise helps. A vigorous walk every day or so, or any equivalent physical activity, seems to alleviate hot flashes.
- Eat a diet consisting of 50-percent raw foods and take a Soy protein supplement to help stabilize blood sugar. Add Blackstrap Molasses, Broccoli, Dandelion greens, Kelp, Salmon with bones, sardines, and white fish to your diet.
- Do not consume any animal products except for those recommended in this section. Avoid dairy products and limit your consumption to small amounts of low-fat yogurt or buttermilk. Dairy products and meat promote hot flashes. They also contribute to a loss of calcium from the bones.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, sugar, spicy foods, and hot soups and drinks since they can trigger hot flashes, aggravate urinary incontinence, and make mood swings worse. They also make the blood more acidic, which prompts the bones to release calcium to act as a buffering agent. This is an important factor in bone loss.
- Substitute Garlic or onion (fresh or powder) for salt when cooking. Consuming salt increases urinary excretion of calcium.
- Drink 2 quarts of quality Water daily to help prevent the drying of the skin and mucous membranes.
- Calcium supplements are recommended if your diet does not provide at least 1000 mg of calcium a day.
- Include more phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) in the diet to help prevent or alleviate menopausal symptoms. These estrogen-like compounds are found in foods such as Soybeans (Tofu, Miso), Flaxseeds, Pomegranates, and Dates. When these substances are eaten, they act like the estrogens produced in the body.
- Gamma-Orysanol, a nutrient derived from Rice Bran, has been shown to be effective in treating symptoms of menopause. A daily dose of 20 mg reduced symptoms by 50-percent in 67-percent of the women studied.
- Kombucha tea has detoxifying, energizing, and immune-boosting properties. Many women have found that using it regularly helps to increase vitality and diminish unpleasant menopausal symptoms. See Making Kombucha Tea for more information.
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A paste made from Aloe Vera gel and Slippery Elm powder, mixed to the consistency of toothpaste and inserted into the vagina at night, can relieve vaginal dryness.
Damiana enhances sexual desire and pleasure.
Amaranth, Chickweed, Dandelion Greens, Nettle, Seaweed (Kelp), and Watercress are rich in calcium and can help prevent osteoporosis.
Anise, Black Cohosh, Fennel, Licorice, Raspberry Leaf, Sage, Sarsaparilla, Squawvine, False Unicorn Root, and Wild Yam root are natural estrogen replacements. Caution: Do not use Licorice on a daily basis for more than 7 days in a row, and avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure. Do not use sage if you suffer from any type of seizure disorder.
Chamomile and Valerian root help to calm the body and promote restful sleep. Caution: Do not use Chamomile on an ongoing basis, and avoid it completely if you are allergic to rag weed.
Gotu Kola and Dong Quai relieve hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and depression.
Andrew Weil, M.D., a well-known physician and author, recommends trying the herbs Dong Quai, Chaparral, and Damiana, two capsules of each taken once daily at noon, or, if used as a tincture, one dropperful in a cup of warm water.
Vitamin E, in doses of 400 to 800 IU per day, has also been reported to be helpful. People with high blood pressure should use no more than 100 IU per day.
Certain Menopausal Chinese Herbs have been found to be helpful for reducing menopausal symptoms for some women. There are many Menopause Formula Supplements available. Be sure to read labels and product reviews to find a product that may be beneficial to you.
Siberian Eleuthero Ginseng aids in relieving depression and in the production of estrogen. Caution : Do not use this herb if you have hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or a heart disorder.
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MINIMIZING HOT FLASHES WITH SOY ISOFLAVONES
Menopause causes a number of changes to the body. Some women gain more weight. Some deal with violent mood swings, and others endure debilitating hot flashes. Too many layers of clothing can engulf a women in a sea of sweat. Not enough layers can leave her shivering in the cold. Hot flashes occur at random, often in public places. Any increase in temperature can leave a women drenched.
Some women become exasperated by the debilitating condition. Others take action and look for solutions. Most health care practitioners can prescribe medication, but the pills often come with too many side effects, including dry mouth, dizziness, blurred vision and fatigue. Instead of taking medication, women can find solace in all-natural foods.
Minimizing The Sweat
Hot Flashes occur due to the body's hormonal imbalance. When the body lacks certain hormones, it can no longer regulate body temperature correctly. Instead, the body over reacts and releases sweat to minimize its chances of over heating. In order to combat hot flashes, women need to regain a proper hormone balance. By taking Soy Isoflavones, women can experience a decrease in hot flashes thanks to the compounds ability at:
- Reducing sweating and surges of intense heat.
- Providing genistein and biochanin A for improved hormonal balance.
- Enhanced phyto-estrogen compounds to help minimize hot flashes.
Effective Herbal Solutions For Hot Flashes
Hot flashes can prove to be an embarrassing, often unwanted side effect of menopause. If you suffer from severe hot flashes, try herbal formula containing soy isoflavones.
Soy Isoflavones Supplement Products
MENOPAUSAL NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS
The following nutrients are important for women going through menopause to aid symptoms caused by fluctuating hormones and those women who have been through the transition with the related health changes from reduced hormonal levels. The following recommended doses are for adult women over the age of 18.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Very Important Lecithin
Granules Or Capsules
1 Tablespoon 3 times daily, before meals.
1,200 mg 3 times daily, before meals.
Important as an emulsifier for vitamin E, which reduces hot flashes and related symptoms. Multi-Enzyme Complex
Hydrochloric Acid (HCl)
As directed on label. Take with meals. To aid digestion, HCl production declines with age. Caution: Do not use HCl if you have a history of ulcers. Evening Primrose Oil
Black Currant Seed Oil
As directed on label.
As directed on label.
Act as sedatives and diuretics. Good for hot flashes. Important for production of estrogen. Vitamin B Complex As directed on label. For improved circulation and cellular function. Use a sublingual form for best absorption. Or consider injections (under a health care provider's supervision). Plus Extra
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B-5)
100 mg 3 times daily. A powerful anti-stress vitamin needed for adrenal function. And
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B-6)
50 mg 3 times daily. Minimizes water retention and eases symptoms. Vitamin E Start with 400 IU daily and slowly increase the dosage until hot flashes are relieved, up to 1,600 IU daily. Reduces hot flashes and many other symptoms. Use emulsion from for easier assimilation and greater safety at high doses. Important Boron 3 mg daily. Do not exceed this amount. Enhances calcium absorption. Calcium
2,000 mg daily.
1,000 mg daily.
To relieve nervousness and irritability, and to protect against bone loss. Take with Vitamin D to help absorption. Use chelate forms. Silica As directed on label. Supplies silicon, needed for connective tissue and for calcium uptake. Zinc 50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Aids in protecting against bone loss and reducing symptoms. Use Zinc Gluconate lozenges or Optizinc for best absorption. Helpful L-Arginine
500 mg twice daily.
500 mg daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 mg Vitamin C for better absorption.
Detoxifies the liver and ammonia. Aids liver function. See Amino Acids for more information. Gamma Oryzanol As directed on label. Gamma-oryzanol, a component of rice bran oil, is effective in controlling uncomfortable symptoms of menopause. Multi-Glandular Complex As directed on label. For hormonal stability. See Glandular Therapy for more information. MultiVitamin & Mineral Complex
As directed on label. Take with meals.
99 mg daily.
All nutrients are needed for normal hormone production and function.
To replace potassium lost through perspiration during hot flashes.
200 mcg daily. An important trace mineral linked to normal hormonal balance. Vitamin C 3,000 to 10,000 mg daily, in divided doses. For hot flashes.
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MENOPAUSE SUPPLEMENTAL PRODUCTS
Information, supplements and products for menopause, the time in a woman's life when her menstruation cycle stops. Supplements and products related to progesterone therapy are included.
Aloe Vera Herbal Products Amaranth Herbal Products Anise Herbal Products Appetite Control Products Arginine Supplement Products Bioflavonoids Supplement Products Black Cohosh Herbal Products Black Currant Herbal Products Borage Oil Herbal Products Boron Supplement Products Calcium Supplement Products Calendula Herbal Products Camu Camu Herbal Products Chamomile Herbal Products Chaparral Herbal Products Chaste Tree (Vitex) Herbal Products Chickweed Herbal Products Damiana Herbal Products Dandelion Herbal Products Dong Quai Herbal Products Eleuthero Herbal Products Estrogen-Balance Products Evening Primrose Herbal Products False Unicorn Herbal Products Fennel Herbal Products Flaxseed Herbal Products Gamma Oryzanol Supplement Products Garlic Herbal Products Gotu Kola Herbal Products HCl (Betaine) Supplement Products Horsetail Herbal Products Kelp Seaweed Herbal Products Lecithin Supplement Products Kombucha Herbal Products Licorice Herbal Products Lysine Amino Acid Supplement Products Magnesium Supplement Products
Menopause Supplement Products Molasses Products Multi-Enzyme Supplement Products Multi-Glandular Products Multimineral Supplement Products Multivitamin Supplement Products Nettle Herbal Products Onion Herbal Products Potassium Supplement Products Progesterone Supplement Products Pulsatilla Herbal Products Red Clover Herbal Products Red Raspberry Herbal Products Rice Bran Oil Products Sage Herbal Products Sarsaparilla Herbal Products Selenium Supplement Products Silica Supplement Products Slippery Elm Herbal Products Soy Bean Herbal Products Soy Isoflavone Supplement Products Soy Protein Supplement Products Squawvine Herbal Products St. Johns Wort Herbal Products Tribulus Herbal Products Valerian Herbal Products Vitamin B-5 Supplement Products Vitamin B-6 Supplement Products Vitamin B-Complex Products Vitamin C Supplement Products Vitamin D Supplement Products Vitamin E Supplement Products Water-Base Lubricant Gel Products Watercress Herbal Products Wild Yam Herbal Products Zinc Supplement Products
AROMATHERAPY: ESSENTIAL OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES
Allspice Leaf Oil Angelica Oil Anise Oil Baobab Oil Basil Oil Bay Laurel Oil Bay Oil Benzoin Oil Bergamot Oil Black Pepper Oil Chamomile (German) Oil Cajuput Oil Calamus Oil Camphor (White) Oil Caraway Oil Cardamom Oil Carrot Seed Oil Catnip Oil Cedarwood Oil Chamomile Oil Cinnamon Oil Citronella Oil Clary-Sage Oil Clove Oil Coriander Oil Cypress Oil Dill Oil Eucalyptus Oil Fennel Oil Fir Needle Oil Frankincense Oil Geranium Oil German Chamomile Oil Ginger Oil Grapefruit Oil Helichrysum Oil Hyssop Oil Iris-Root Oil Jasmine Oil Juniper Oil Labdanum Oil Lavender Oil Lemon-Balm Oil Lemongrass Oil Lemon Oil Lime Oil Longleaf-Pine Oil Mandarin Oil Marjoram Oil Mimosa Oil Myrrh Oil Myrtle Oil Neroli Oil Niaouli Oil Nutmeg Oil Orange Oil Oregano Oil Palmarosa Oil Patchouli Oil Peppermint Oil Peru-Balsam Oil Petitgrain Oil Pine-Long Leaf Oil Pine-Needle Oil Pine-Swiss Oil Rosemary Oil Rose Oil Rosewood Oil Sage Oil Sandalwood Oil Savory Oil Spearmint Oil Spikenard Oil Swiss-Pine Oil Tangerine Oil Tea-Tree Oil Thyme Oil Vanilla Oil Verbena Oil Vetiver Oil Violet Oil White-Camphor Oil Yarrow Oil Ylang-Ylang Oil Aromatherapy
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Almond, Sweet Oil Apricot Kernel Oil Argan Oil Arnica Oil Avocado Oil Baobab Oil Black Cumin Oil Black Currant Oil Black Seed Oil Borage Seed Oil Calendula Oil Camelina Oil Castor Oil Coconut Oil Comfrey Oil Evening Primrose Oil Flaxseed Oil Grapeseed Oil Hazelnut Oil Hemp Seed Oil Jojoba Oil Kukui Nut Oil Macadamia Nut Oil Meadowfoam Seed Oil Mullein Oil Neem Oil Olive Oil Palm Oil Plantain Oil Plum Kernel Oil Poke Root Oil Pomegranate Seed Oil Pumpkin Seed Oil Rosehip Seed Oil Safflower Oil Sea Buckthorn Oil Sesame Seed Oil Shea Nut Oil Soybean Oil St. Johns Wort Oil Sunflower Oil Tamanu Oil Vitamin E Oil Wheat Germ Oil
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