Menopause corresponds to one year with no menstrual period. The average menopausal age for North American women is 52, however, menopause can occur as early as 35 and as late as 60, depending on medical treatments such as hysterectomy, radiation exposure, and chemotherapy.
During Menopause, the ovaries slow down the production of estrogen, which allows the adrenals to begin producing precursor hormones DHEA and androstenedione, which will get converted to estrogen. If the adrenals are overworked and exhausted, than symptoms of estrogen deficiency will appear.
Some common symptoms associated with menopause include:
• Hot Flashes
• Night Sweats
• Vaginal Dryness
• Bladder Infections
• Cold Extremities
• Urinary Tract Infections
• Breast Soreness
The good news is that most of these symptoms can be successfully treated with nutrition and proper supplementation ( following a Saliva Hormone Test)
- Eat a diet rich in planet foods, specifically, those foods that are high in phytoestrogens, such as soy, flax seeds, nuts, whole grains, apples, fennel, celery, parsley, and alfalfa.
- Reduce the consumption of animal products. This is because animal products tend to contain chemicals known as xenoestrogens, which can mimic or interfere with estrogen or the actions of estrogen within the body. Factory farm sources will contain high levels of pesticides and antibiotics, which will burden the liver.
- Limit the consumption of saturated fats. These will be mostly found in animal products and fried foods.
- If consuming animal products, ensure that they are organic, grass fed, and free-range. This will ensure lack of exposure to xenoestrogens and the consumption of quality meats.
- Consume organic soy foods. These contain isoflavones and phytoestrogens, which have mild estrogenic effects. This will help to restore hormonal balance in the body.
- Decrease sugar consumption. Sugar can promote candida, induce hypoglycemia, and promote the development of type II diabetes. Sugar can also increase endogenous cholesterol and estrogen levels, and is harmful to adrenal and thyroid function.
- Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption. This will exacerbate the adrenals and thyroid glands, imbalance blood sugar levels, increase breast tenderness/soreness, anxiety, mood swings (irritability), and depression. They will also deplete the body of micronutrients needed to restore hormonal and physiological balance in the body. Caffeine is a diuretic that will deplete the body of vital nutrients including B6 and magnesium.
- Drink plenty of water. Hydration is important for flushing toxins from cells in the body. When dehydrated the body will hold stool and estrogen in the body, where it will be reabsorbed elevating estrogen and toxin levels.