Are you choosing natural alternatives in many areas
of your life, but still unsure about using them to relieve perimenopause and menopause
symptoms? After all, if “natural” is supposed to be gentler — how can it be powerful
enough to relieve symptoms like fuzzy thinking, hot flashes or insomnia?
We can assure you, the natural approach to relief is highly effective — even for
women suffering from severe symptoms.
What’s more, the natural approach works in a completely different way than many
conventional medical solutions like prescription drugs. Because it works with your
body, a natural solution can actually prevent or reduce the severity of nearly all
of your symptoms rather than just smoothing them over temporarily.
Steps for menopause relief:
Nip your symptoms in the bud with optimal nutrition
Use herbal remedies that act like your own hormones.
Exercise to reduce fat that can upset your estrogen and progesterone ratios.
Restore yourself to decrease the stress that intensifies symptoms.
Understand how emotional health plays a vital role in your overall physical health.
For a comprehensive, natural approach to menopause relief try our
Hormonal Health Program.
A true natural approach addresses perimenopause symptoms at the source
If you’re suffering from perimenopause and menopause symptoms, you know how hard
it can be to get through the day. Taking natural steps toward relief can help resolve
the root cause of your symptoms by addressing imbalances between estrogen, progesterone
In addition to providing effective relief, natural options don’t have the added
risk of side effects that commonly prescribed medications like antidepressants can
It’s essential to make the natural approach fit you and the way you live, so try
these steps in any order that makes sense to you:
1. Nip your symptoms in the bud with optimal nutrition.
Your food choices are the most effective medicine that exists. Eat a balance of
good fats (olive oil, avocados), complex carbohydrates (vegetables, fruit and whole
grains) and lean protein at every meal (even breakfast). Also, try your best to
eat three meals a day and two or more snacks to keep your blood sugar stable. Don’t
Optimal nutrition also includes getting enough vitamins, minerals and essential
nutrients. Even with a healthy diet, many women need a nutrient boost. For example,
it’s hard to eat enough of the foods that will allow you to take in and absorb adequate
folate — a key B vitamin. However, you can do this by supplementing with Quatrefolic®
(5-MTHF, or l-methylfolate found in our
Essential Nutrients multivitamin) the biologically active form of folate
that’s easier for your body to process and use.
2. Add herbal remedies that act like our own hormones.
In our experience, women are often not aware of the power that plants and herbal
remedies have to prevent symptoms. In many cases, their strength comes from an adaptogenic
effect. Certain plants and herbs can adapt to the needs of your body because they
share specific molecular features with your own hormones. This can encourage hormone
production, slow it down, or even mimic your own hormones depending on your body’s
Specific herbal options for menopause symptoms include black cohosh, passionflower,
chasteberry, wild yam and ashwagandha, and all are found in our exclusive
Herbal Equilibrium formula.
3. Exercise to reduce the fat that can upset your estrogen
and progesterone ratios.
During perimenopause and menopause, women often gain weight at a steady pace. No
matter what they do, this stubborn weight often settles in unusual places and refuses
to budge. One reason weight issues are so common in menopause is fluctuating estrogen
levels often cause your body to hold on to fat. And unfortunately, fat actually
produces estrogen, which can create even more fat and hormonal imbalance.
Whether it’s walking, dancing, yoga, swimming or biking, moving your body will have
a major impact on your weight, other menopause symptoms and your overall health.
Gentle exercise is also helpful if your adrenal glands are overworked and you constantly
feel fatigued. The most important thing? Choose activities you really like.
4. Decrease the stress that can intensify symptoms.
Antidepressants are often prescribed for women with perimenopause and menopause
symptoms who report feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed during the menopause
transition. In most cases, antidepressants are not the right answer for menopause
symptom relief, and will not resolve the source of your symptoms.
Stress is often behind additional hidden imbalances in hormones and neurotransmitters
that can affect mood as well as cognitive function. Too much stress is also linked
to symptoms such as hot flashes and low libido.
The stress in your life makes prioritizing self-care especially important. One of
the most effective, easy and cost-free ways to reduce stress is deep breathing.
5. Understand how emotional wellness helps keep you physically
Thoughts and feelings have a dramatic impact on your health. Try keeping a diary
to become aware of what you are truly feeling so you can identify any patterns in
either your feelings or reactions. Many women we work with find it very helpful
to start the day with a positive affirmation and repeat it several times during
Find the natural combination for symptom relief that works best for you
For many women, perimenopause and menopause offer an opportunity to grow and transform.
If you stay open to it, you may even discover the freedom to be yourself for the
When you can make a few adjustments to your lifestyle, you’ll feel much better and
also be more in control of your menopause symptoms — rather than the other way around.
Start by making small changes that can create some impressive results, such as adding
a little protein at breakfast and setting aside time each day for deep breathing.
One of the easiest steps is to simply supplement your diet with vitamins and minerals
to make sure you’re getting enough key nutrients.
With a little bit of patience, you can discover the combination of natural steps
that works best for you.
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