Ah, the joys of being a woman – thank you menopause! We are blessed with the ability to create and nurture life, and withstand pain that can put the strongest man down. But, with great power comes great hormonal fluctuations, especially during menopause. Hot flashes, mood swings, and night sweats were not included in the brochure! It can be a confusing time, but fear not sisters, we are here to offer some tips to get your hormones under control. So put on your superhero cape and let’s conquer the menopause monster together!
Our bodies are designed to move, and moderate exercise can do wonders for balancing hormones. Studies have shown that regular exercise can reduce hot flashes and improve mood swings during menopause. So, ditch the remote and go for a brisk walk, swim or yoga class. Exercise is not only great for your body, but it can be a stress buster too!
“You are what you eat” could not be truer. During this time, it’s important that we nourish our bodies with the right foods, because hormonal imbalances can contribute to weight gain and other health problems. Include foods that are rich in phytoestrogens, like soy products, flaxseed, and legumes. You can also consult your doctor to recommend a multivitamin or other supplements to make sure you are getting the right nutrients tailored to your body’s needs.
Life can be stressful, and adding menopause to the mix can make it even more challenging. But it’s important to de-stress and relax as much as we can. Practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, and yoga can have amazing effects on our health. Try some aromatherapy and hydrotherapy to soothe your mind and body. Just remember to take time for yourself, even if it’s just for a few minutes a day.
Chasteberry a.k.a. Vitex a.k.a. Vitexberry for Menopause
In addition to lifestyle modifications mentioned above, Chasteberry has been one of those ancient neutraceuticals that has been an absolute game changer in my journey towards Hormone Balance. No supplement is a “magic wand” by any stretch, but when Chasteberry was added to my hormone balancing protocol it helped me to kick my PMS to the curb and keeping my cycle regular (and seems to do the same for my patients in the seasons of perimenopause and menopause). And there’s tons of evidence to prove that Chasteberry has been used successfully for the treatment of PMS & PMDD and menstrual irregularities.
For my patients between the ages of 25-35, I recommend Chastetree by Pure Encapsulations (one cap daily). For my patients over the age of 40, I recommend Meta Balance by Thorne because it’s a combo of Vitex, Wild Yam and Black Cohosh (two caps daily).
P.S. This is your friendly reminder to consult a practitioner before starting any new supplement.
Laughter is medicine for the soul, and it also has great effects on the body. It releases endorphins, which can reduce stress and improve mood. Watch a comedy or spend time with a friend who cracks you up. You can also join a laughter yoga class or try laughter therapy. Remember, laughter is contagious, so spread the joy wherever you go.
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Seriously. There are so many hormone hacks on my IG and many of them can help with menopause. Check it out if you don’t already follow me! By taking care of our bodies and minds, we can balance our hormones and enjoy the rest of our lives full of energy and vitality. Remember, we women are superheroes and we can conquer anything if we put our minds to it! So, go ahead and embrace the menopause mystery with all its quirks and challenges.