Hot Flashes Oh My – How to Relieve Your Menopause Symptoms
What causes Menopausal Symptoms?
So why do some women sail through menopause and others struggle with these issues?
Have you been struggling with some of these symptoms? Do you feel like menopause is ruling your life? It might be time to start regular acupuncture treatments to get you back to feeling like your old self. Acupuncture can regulate hormones to smooth out the menopause transition, and can help relieve some of the surface symptoms as well. Check out this list of symptoms that acupuncture can tackle:
- Hot flashes
- Night Sweats
- Mood Swings
- Headaches and Migraines
- Low Back Pain, Neck Pain and Knee Pain
- Vaginal Dryness and Decreased sex drive
- Insomnia and changes in Sleep Quality
- Frequent urination
Changing your diet can make a huge difference in the severity of your symptoms as well. First, you will want to cut back on sugars, fried foods, very spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol, as these all increase the heat in the body and make hot flashes worse. Avoid conventionally raised meat, as well. Often these meat sources are treated with chemicals and added hormones – so seek out hormone-free, organic, and pasture-raised meats.
Try to load up your diet with yummy fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants, fiber, and natural water content in fresh fruits and vegetables will balance out hormones, hydrate the tissues, and slow the aging process. Most will also provide you with tons of vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy for the long-run. Additionally, a substance called indol-3-carbinol occurs in many of the cruciferous veggies (think broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale) and helps to balance estrogen levels.
Fiber-rich foods (like beans, whole grains, veggies, nuts, and seeds) will also help to regulate hormone levels and can help prevent the excess weight gain that some experience.
Make sure you are getting enough healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids, as well. These powerhouse fats protect the heart, reduce inflammation, and can combat depression that arises from hormone imbalances, such as in menopause. Fats will also keep you feeling full longer and prevent that pesky extra weight gain!
If you are interested in a personal, specialized diet plan to help you greatly improve your symptoms with diet, contact me here to schedule a consult!
Chinese herbs can be miraculous when it comes to menopause symptoms. Adding in an individualized formula based specifically on your needs will help your body to transition through menopause gracefully, and without all these uncomfortable symptoms.
In addition to my range of Chinese herbal formulas, there are other herbs that can be helpful in relieving hot flashes. Black Cohosh is one of the most popular herbs for reducing flashes and sweating. Vitex is also a popular choice for regulating hormones and helping sleep. Evening primrose oil has a cooling effect and regulates estrogen as well. Red clover, chickweed, and sage are all also well-known for managing hot flashes. Add maca powder to your oatmeal or smoothies for a boost in energy, libido, and mood. Look for teas in specialty shops that incorporate these herbs to add to your daily diet.
Did you know that essential oils can naturally balance your hormones as well? Try clary sage, peppermint, roman chamomile, or thyme. In addition to balancing hormones, they can relieve stress and cool the body. Rub a few drops of the chosen oil on the soles of the feet at night to help keep hot flashes at bay.
Move and Snooze
Not only are exercise and regular sleep patterns important for maintaining health in any situation, but they can greatly improve some of the symptoms of menopause and even prevent some of the symptoms in the first place. Make sure to get 10-30 minutes of aerobic and strength-training exercise most days of the week. The cardio will help you keep off extra weight and relieve stress, while the strength building exercise will help strengthen the bones to prevent osteoporosis.
Keeping regular sleep habits will minimize these symptoms as well. Try to go to bed at the same time each night, and wake about the same time each morning. Getting enough sleep is important too. Aim for at least 7-8 hours per night and try to wind down from electronics, work, etc… at least an hour before bedtime.
Age With Grace
Menopause, although dreaded by some, is actually a beautiful transition in the life of a woman. It marks a new era of womanhood, that of wisdom, newfound inspiration, and grown-up goals. This is a time to reinvent yourself and investigate your sexuality, interests, spirituality, and beliefs. Menopause, like all of life’s transitions, offers a platform for you to get to know and love yourself better. Delve into journaling, or pick up some new books. Taking care of your body during this time is the most compassionate thing you can do for yourself, and will make menopause an enlivened experience of growth and development, rather than something miserable and uncomfortable. Focus on balance and open up to a whole new world!
Hi! I'm Angela
Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Integrative Wellness Consultant and Mood-Gut expert.
I want to hear from you:
Have a Menopause story or cool-down tip to share? Please let us know! Leave a comment below.