Menopause is a process that every woman has to pass through as it represents the end of the menstrual cycle and fertility. However, there isn’t a fixed age when it occurs as it depends on a large series of factors. Menopause is divided in three stages, each stage being representative for certain changes:
- The period is not regular anymore and the woman can still get pregnant.
- The period stops for good and the woman is unable to get pregnant.
- This stage is met one year after the last period, and confirms the menopause.
Menopause comes with a series of changes in the woman’s body, either they are pleasant or not – this again depends from woman to woman.
- Frequent urination;
- Night sweats;
- Hot flashes;
- Unable to sleep well;
- Mood changes;
- Vaginal dryness;
- Weight gain;
- Hair or skin conditions;
- Sagging breasts.
Menopause is a stage of a woman’s life that cannot be skipped. However, there are some natural remedies that can help you reduce its symptoms and improve your mood.
Black cohosh is an herb that has the same effects as the hormone estrogen, reducing the hot flashes or mood changes that appear during menopause.
Pour 1 ml of black cohosh and 3 drops of fresh lemon juice in 1 glass of water, then drink the resulting mixture several times per day. After 6 weeks of treatment, take a 4-week break then you can start consuming the remedy again.
Another beneficial herb is sage. Known in the medical the world as salvia officinalis, this plant can reduce the night sweats and hot flashes considerably. You can use sage as a tincture or tea. If you opt for the tincture you need to combine ½ cup of water with 10 drops of sage tincture. If you prefer the tea though, you can boil1 tbsp. of sage leaves and 1 tsp of honey to 1 cup of boiled water. Consume these remedies two times every day.
Another way of facing menopause more efficient is to consume soy. Due to its content of phytoestrogen, soy can reduce the hot flashes or vaginal dryness. Introduce in your daily diet soy products. If you manage to consume 250 mg of tofu for example, you body will thank you.
Another ingredient rich in phytoestrogens is flax seed. You can prepare a natural remedy by mixing 1 glass of water with 1 tbsp. of flax seed powder (obtained by grinding the seeds). You can also add some flax seed powder to your every-day cereals.
One of the best remedies that can reduce the symptoms of menopause if chaste berry. It restores the hormonal balance and stops the bleeding that generally appears during perimenopause.
For the remedy you need to pour 2 tsp of chaste berry extract in 1 cup of water and consume it every day.
Urinary tract infections are one of the symptoms that menopause can cause. The best way to prevent them is to consume cranberry juice, since it has anti-bacterial properties. Just drink a glass of natural cranberry juice several times a day following certain intervals. This should determine you to go to the toilet every 2 hours in order to eliminate the toxins.
But you can choose to drink any type of juice, as long as it is cold and natural. In this way, you reduce the night sweats and the hot flashes. During the day make sure you consume up to 5 glasses of fruit juice or up to 10 glasses of water.
Another drink that will help you deal with menopause is milk. Being rich in tryptophan, milk will help you have a restful sleep. Make sure you drink 1 glass of milk before bedtime.
Even though you can still have an active sexual life during menopause, it is not always pleasant. To avoid painful sex, you should use natural oils massages so that the vaginal area stays moist and elastic.
You can forget of night sweats and sudden mood changes by consuming vitamin E regularly. You can use it either as supplements or as oil. The oil is usually used to prevent vaginal dryness therefore, it must be applied around the vaginal area.
Another vitamin that helps you deal with menopause is vitamin D. It makes your bones stronger, it balances your hormones and offers you a good mood. We recommend you include in your diet foods rich in vitamin D such as fish, dairy products or eggs.
Other tips that help you face menopause
Moisture your skin. Menopause is synonym to dryness, so applying a moisturizer two times a day will help you have a beautiful skin.
Sleep correctly. Sometimes, ingredients such as coffee or alcohol prevent us from sleeping well. Avoid them. Also, do some exercises before bedtime to help you sleep.
Dress up correctly. The time when you used to wear tight clothes has passed. Since you are predisposed to hot flashes, you should opt for light clothes made of natural fabrics.
Stop smoking. Hot flashes are stimulated by smoking, so you may think twice if they continue to appear over and over again.
Use a hand fan. Since hot flashes can appear out of nowhere, having a hand fan will help you a lot in this case.
Relax. Since mood changes or anxiety are symptoms of menopause, you should enjoy some relaxing moments. You can do some deep breathing exercises or body massages. All it matters is that your mind and body get relaxed.
Have a healthy diet. Foods such as oils, sugars or saturated fats can only make menopause more difficult to cope with. Do some changes and consume more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.