A key part of a positive, healthy menopause is feeling good about the way you look. Who says menopause equals sagging skin, thin, brittle hair and nails, weight gain, and low energy? Not us! Menopause is one of our favorite subjects. For years, we’ve been talking to women about how to make this transition as positive and healthful as possible and have done plenty of experimenting on ourselves.
We don’t get too caught up in beauty trends and the latest fad diets, but we know that having a strong self-image is important. We also know that true radiance only comes when we’re healthy on the inside. And we can help you get there.
Summon smooth, glowing skin. The hormonal imbalances related to menopause can result in flakey, dry, itchy skin. And, of course, as we get older wrinkles become more prevalent. We can blame unstable oxygen molecules, known as free radicals, for those. When we have an abundance of free radicals, they move around the body searching for stability, often stealing electrons from healthy molecules, but that contributes to premature aging. Antioxidants pair off with free radicals to neutralize them, preventing skin damage.
We recommend: Start with a skin-healthy diet, including organic fruits and vegetables like citrus fruits, berries, leafy greens, and green tea. Healthy foods, nutrients, and minor changes in lifestyle along with antioxidant nourishment can preserve your healthy skin cells and repair damaged ones. We offer a Super Antioxidant with extra vitamin C, lycopene, and curcumin to support youthful collagen formation and suck up skin-aging free radicals.
Grow silky, thick hair. Hair loss during menopause is humiliating for women, but it’s actually quite common. Hair loss often arises due to an imbalance between testosterone and estrogen, with the ratio of estrogen being lower than testosterone. Nutrient deficiencies, especially in vitamins C, B, D, and E can also play a large role in hair loss.
We recommend: Balance your hormones first to bring net testosterone down. Do this naturally with the herbs black cohosh, red clover, and kudzu. We’ve found that a combination product with all of the herbs above can help shift hormones back into balance with healthy estrogen/testosterone ratios. We also recommend a high-quality multivitamin and omega-3 to cover all your nutritional bases. Healthy hair loves vitamins.
Find renewed energy. When hormone levels are fluctuating — with PMS, pregnancy, perimenopause or menopause — you often feel tired all the time. Also, women with hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia — all common symptoms of hormonal imbalance — may experience interrupted sleep making the problem even worse.
We recommend: Set a regular bedtime and, if possible, take naps when you need them. Minimizing the effects of hormonal imbalance, particularly low progesterone, with herbs like passionflower, wild yam and chasteberry can invite more quality sleep. Use black cohosh and red clover for hot flashes and night sweats and ashwagandha to help stabilize moods and increase sex drive. Our phytotherapeutic Herbal Equilibrium includes all these herbs.
Build strong nails (and bones!). Did you know that the strength of your nails can indicate the health of your bones? Weak, brittle nails are unsightly but they’re also often a sign that you aren’t getting enough of the key nutrients needed for healthy bone growth and repair. Our bone health expert, Dr. Susan Brown writes that, “There are at least 20 bone-building nutrients essential for optimal bone health — ‘essential’ in that our bodies cannot manufacture them, so we must get them from our food and drink.”
We recommend: A high-quality multivitamin that includes vitamins D, C, A, K and the B vitamins, as well as the right amounts of calcium, magnesium, and chromium is a great first step. You can also add extra vitamin C, a key component in the development of bone, cartilage and connective tissue. Curcumin (found in turmeric) is also a great choice for joint support and comfort. Lycopene, the antioxidant found in tomatoes, pink grapefruit and watermelon, supports bone mineral density and decreases the markers that indicate bone breakdown. We combine all three of these ingredients in our Super Antioxidant, a great choice for healthy bones, skin and nails.
Reset to your ideal weight. Weight gain is a frustrating challenge for many women in perimenopause and menopause. But this extra weight often has nothing to do with how much you’re eating or how little you’re exercising. When estrogen is low, we can make more of it in our fat cells and so the body hangs on to those cells for dear life to maintain balance.
We recommend: Before you start any kind of a new diet or exercise program to lose weight, rebalance your hormones. Research shows this step can make a huge difference! Women love our combination herbal product, Herbal Equilibrium, to help them naturally maintain hormonal balance and keep hormonal weight off. And cut back on refined carbohydrates like sugar, white pasta, and white bread. Add in green tea, chromium picolinate and curcumin. Green tea helps calorie burning. Curcumin and chromium picolinate are great insulin stabilizers. Curcumin is a super antioxidant that prevents inflammation and has all kinds of anti-aging purposes!
A healthy, beautiful you — every day
Don’t let the myths about menopause keep you from feeling and looking great. We are committed to helping you find easy, effective solutions before, during and after menopause. Together our natural Herbal Equilibrium and Super Antioxidant can help balance your hormones for better skin, hair, nails, bones and weight.