Many women suffer common menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood swings, yet are not sure they want to “mess with Mother Nature” and take hormones. There are safe, natural approaches to relieving the symptoms and improving hormonal balance that every woman can incorporate into her lifestyle.
In addition to using nutritional and herbal supplements, it is important to utilize some very specific testing to evaluate the health of our adrenal glands, thyroid, and GI tract. These organ systems play a huge role in our overall well-being and energy as well as our hormonal health.
While the adrenal glands “take over” the production of sex hormones in a menopausal woman, the adrenals and thyroid work “hand in hand”, so to speak, and it is very difficult, if not impossible, to optimize the health of one without optimizing the health of the other.
The GI tract or “gut” plays a huge role in how we metabolize our hormones, and optimizing gut health goes a long way toward maximizing the effect of the hormones we are able to make as we get older.
Natural treatments may include:
Avoiding triggers such as alcohol, caffeine, sugar, spicy foods, and saunas
Getting regular exercise
Diet and losing excess weight
Nutritional supplements such as Vitamin E, B-Complex, Vitamin C, Magnesium, and Essential fatty acids
Botanical Supplements such as Sage, Black Cohosh, Red Clover, and others that can more directly address specific issues
So what should I do now?
The only effective way to manage menopause naturally is to work with an integrative medicine practitioner who is well-versed in interpreting specialized labs and recommending quality, appropriate supplements based on the individual’s test results. Vitality doesn’t have to be a thing of the past!
For more information, or to schedule your appointment at one of our Progressive Medical Center locations contact us today!