- Women's Health
Menopause: Natural Symptom Relief
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.