Here’s a little help to get your hormones in balance with Part 1 of the guide Patrick Holford to help minimize symptoms menopause.
Usually, when a woman is in her forties who enters what is known as peri-menopause phase, during which she has more menstrual cycles when ovulation does not occur even though menstruation appears normal. These cycles are followed by more irregular and some of the symptoms associated with menopause periods. Finally, when she is in her fifties, her periods will stop completely. Menopause should occur gradually, allowing the body to adapt to changes easily -. This is controlled by the female hormones
With menopause is the increased risk of osteoporosis, breast cancer or heart disease, but to many women, is not the fear of those diseases that most concern, but how to deal with the debilitating symptoms that affect your daily life: hot flashes, vaginal dryness, joint pain, fatigue, headaches, irritability, insomnia , depression and decreased sexual desire. The degree to which a woman experiences any or all of these symptoms depends on how well your nutrition is highly. In fact, you do not have to suffer at all.
What makes menopause as potentially dramatic effect?
This occurs when a woman’s production of estrogen and progesterone begin to decline because they are no longer needed to prepare the lining of the uterus for pregnancy. As estrogen levels decrease, menstrual flow becomes lighter and often irregular, until finally it stops completely. Even before menopause, often, when a woman is in her forties, many cycles occur in which the egg is not released. These are known as anovulatory cycles.
Each time this happens, the levels of progesterone, produced from the sac that is once the egg has been released, decreasing rapidly. Progesterone is the alter ego of estrogen and the two should be kept in the right balance. Excess estrogen in relation to progesterone – called ‘estrogen dominance’ – results in too many growth signals to cells of the breast and uterus, increasing the risk of cancer. Consequently, many women in their forties, although low in estrogen, are in a state of estrogen dominance because their progesterone levels are even lower.
Many of these symptoms can occur during menopause, along with the most common hot flashes, vaginal dryness and other symptoms described above. Therefore, if your hormones are in real disarray, experiencing a painful burden of symptoms. Not much you can do about it, however, but women rarely told their doctors how they can help themselves to cope with natural menopause. The usual remedy that doctors use to prescribe HRT was with some success; However, since the risk of cancer, HRT breast augmentation is now well known, many doctors – and women – are unwilling to go this way
Hot flashes -. How to convert heat into down
three quarters of all British menopausal women, especially those who are thin, experience some hot flashes. These are not directly a sign of estrogen deficiency, but the result of increased activity of the hypothalamus gland in the brain, which makes two hormones -. Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH)
Extra-high levels of these two hormones occur when menopause approaches, in an attempt by the brain to stimulate the remaining eggs to develop. Meanwhile, estrogen levels decrease, ovulation becomes rare and progesterone levels decrease rapidly. The use of the cream “natural” or bio-identical progesterone has been shown to help. Although wild yam extract, which can be processed in a laboratory to produce progesterone, but does not actually contain any progesterone, not seem to work.
Supplementing with phytoestrogens, which are structurally and functionally similar to the body’s own estrogen has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes. Four studies show that substances derived from estrogen known as isoflavones, found in high concentrations in soy and red clover, about half the incidence and severity of hot flashes plants. While some studies have found that this effect (at least at a level of statistical significance) have shown that high levels of isoflavones in the urine of the women studied, the lower the incidence of hot flashes. This suggests that a high intake of dietary isoflavones or supplements is likely to help reduce hot flashes in some women, but not all.
This is certainly consistent with the low incidence of hot flashes in Chinese women with a daily intake of soy. I recommend soy sources, where possible, including miso, tempeh, natto and tamari fermented. Tofu, soy milk and soy yogurt contain phytoestrogens unless fermented sources and also have other disadvantages. highly processed forms of soy as burgers often have very little. I choose organic, non-genetically modified soybean sources.
factor blood sugar
If you have disglycemia – meaning that their level of blood sugar goes up and down like a yo-yo -you they are much more likely to experience fatigue, irritability, depression and hot flashes. Specifically, research has found that when you have a low blood sugar that can trigger a hot flash this. By keeping your blood sugar in the blood, even through ‘grazing’ instead of gorging, and by choosing foods low in GL, you can significantly reduce the number of hot flashes you have. The advice here is no different from the prevention of diabetes :. Eating a diet low glycemic load and consider supplementing chromium
More natural help for hot flashes in Part 2 of the article by Patrick Holford appear 9 November and this excerpt is from his book ‘Balancing your hormones’ and can be purchased here: https: //www.patrickholford .com / books / Balance-your-hormones
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