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Menopause: Natural Symptom Relief

Updated on January 11, 2013
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My Symptoms

I believe that God has a sense of humor. Why else would he bring my adopted twins into my life at the very time I was going through menopause. Oh, those of you who have been through menopause will get where I’m coming from, except for maybe the adoption part. I wish someone could have warned me that:

  • Chewing noises would sound like nails on a chalkboard
  • Sleep would become elusive
  • Depression would set in
  • Energy would wane
  • Patience would basically be non-existent
  • My belly would think it is in a competition with Santa Clause
  • Turning up and down the thermostat would become my new pastime
  • I would stop dreaming

I really hated losing my dream world. I always had crazy dreams, and I loved waking up and thinking about them.


Who Invaded My Body

Now put on top of everything else, welcoming home my then 8 year-old twins who had been in foster care for the past year of their life. Communication was quite the chore as they lost their native language, didn’t have command of the English language, and had a very thick accent. Many times they would have to draw pictures to communicate what they were trying to say. I honestly don’t know how I made it through those first years with them. I felt like someone else had invaded my body, and I didn’t like who this someone was.

Finding Relief

Now I’m 5 years into this menopause thing and the adoption. The twins are now 13 years old; so I have teenage hormones to add to the humor of my life. There had been times when I thought the men in white coats would be knocking on my door at any moment to come and take me away. But then I discovered things I could do naturally to help alleviate my symptoms and bring back some sense of normalcy to my life.

Eat Healthy

I started by eliminating anything with high fructose corn syrup from my diet. If you start checking labels you will find that HFCS can be in bread, cereal, baked goods, yogurt, salad dressing, and even nutrition bars. I then gradually switched over to organic foods: specifically foods that don’t contain GMO (genetically modified food). It can be difficult to get all the fruits and vegetables our bodies need, so I added a supplement called Greens. It gives me all the daily servings of fruits and vegetables I need as well as balancing the PH in my body. Flax seeds are another great thing to add to the diet. Many organic products have flax seed in them, and flax seed is known to help with hot flashes.


Get Sunshine

I did go to the doctor and get extensive blood work done. One thing the doctor found is that I was very low on vitamin D. This contributed to the depression I was feeling. Sufficient vitamin D from sunshine can be difficult to get, during the winter, when living in northern states, so I moved back to Florida. Well, I didn’t actually move for the sunshine; I moved to be close to my 4 precious grandchildren. While not everyone can do that, I do suggest getting your levels checked, and then have your doctor tell you the appropriate amount to take. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, so one must be careful with the dosage. I have found that liquid vitamin D works best.


Get Exercise

Getting consistent exercise is still a struggle for me, but I’ve also learned to think of it differently. I don’t have to go to the gym and get in an hour workout. I now get in short bursts of exercise throughout the day: taking the grandbaby for a walk or a bike ride with the twins in the evening. I also enjoy some Just Dance on the Wii every so often. Exercise helps with stress and with increasing serotonin levels.

Reduce Stress


Sometimes this is easier said than done, especially for me and the work involved with parenting the twins. In addition to eating healthy, getting sunshine, and exercing, I found that I also needed to make time for myself. This can really be a challenge for a single parent such as myself, but I did get the twins on a schedule, and they would go to bed at 8pm. This would give me a few hours a night to unwind: take a long bath, read, or watch my favorite TV show. However, even with implementing all of this I found myself still feeling very stressed. Then I was introduced to an amazing product called Confianza. It is an all natural stress relief formula, and it makes all the difference in the world for me, and now my belly is giving up the competition with Santa.


Get Sleep

Here’s another one that is easier said than done. How I hated waking at least 4 times during the night, and having a heck of a time falling back to sleep. I tried everything melatonin, warm milk, no tv an hour before bed, sleeping in a dark room, reading at bedtime, and practicing deep breathing. Nothing worked! I thought the combination of everything I was doing would improve my sleep over time. It wasn’t until a discovered New You that I finally began to sleep, and best of all I’m dreaming again! It took about a week for it to really kick in. Occasionally I will wake up once or twice during the night, but I fall right back asleep and I’m not tossing and turning. I wake up refreshed and ready to take on my 2 grandkids and my twins.


Finding Balance


I didn’t implement all of these changes at once. I first started with having blood work done and changing the way I eat, then I moved on to tackling the other areas that I needed to change. The one thing I refused to do is take hormones. Menopause is not a disease, it is a normal part of a woman’s life. I believe if we eat healthy, get outside in the sunshine, exercise, reduce stress, get sleep, and take natural supplements as needed, then we will find balance within our bodies. I know I have; I just wish I would have known all of this 5 years ago.


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    • Jools99 profile image

      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Great hub- I recognise a lot of these symptoms but my doc says I am still 'peri menopausal', all still a bit stop and start to be honest. I am fed up with the belly like a poisoned pup, the stress is easing a bit, the sleeplessness due to hot and cold flushes is very annoying and I'm not even properly menopausal yet - I fear this does not bode well for further down the line. I might try some of the suggested natural reliefs you suggest, I am not on any meds (yet!)

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      heartexpressions 4 years ago

      I understand Jools99, and I empathize with you. I eat organic , and I am concerned about putting any drugs in my body. Except for a couple of months early on, I have been able to stay away from the meds. I tried an anit-depressant, but it gave me severe chest pains and I ended up in the hosptial thinking I was having a heart attack. Needless to say that made up my mind about taking drugs ever again.

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi heartexpressions,

      I too went through a difficult menopause for about a year and a half but it wasn't too bad I would say. Of course the worst part was my feeling depressed for the most part. I was careful about my diet of course. Anyway the worst is over now and I am happy that I didn't have to take medicines.

      Menopause is different for every individual and this is what I learned from friends because all of them had entirely different kinds of difficulties going through it. Thanks for a great hub. Sharing it and pinning it too.

      Cheers, Rema.

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      heartexpressions 4 years ago

      Thanks Remaniki, I appreciate the comments.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Can't we just wish this away? Scoot. Run along. We don't want you around. Wishful thinking? I'm not there yet. No rush. Great hub!!!

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      heartexpressions 4 years ago

      Thanks Sunshine625. Yes wishful thinking indeed. At least you know what to look forward to.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      There are a couple of OTC natural treatments although I cannot remember the names and I did a research on benefits of sweet potatoes and found out those are good for that too besides so many other things you may wanna try adding those a few times a week. I love them so much now I only add a tiny bit of butter and could almost eat the peeling. Of course the very best for you, the gold ones are not as good but worth the sacrifice and purple ones, I just cannot find, but if you do, grab them!

      Good luck!

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      heartexpressions 4 years ago

      Thanks for the input Jackie. I love sweet potatoes, but didn't know they were good for this. It gives me a good excuse to eat them more often.

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