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Menopause and Beyond
A crucial nutrient ALL women must have
During menopause, and similar to the PMS years women can be affected by depression, anxiety, and mood swings. Being low in Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) during this stage of life can also worsen menopausal mood swings. In addition, it is during the menopausal years that many women also begin suffering the effects of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is an inflammatory condition—and since Omega-3 EFAs are a natural anti-inflammatory, lacking them can trigger or worsen arthritis symptoms.
Why Omega-3 essential fatty acids?
Calcium is very important, especially for women who may have osteoporosis concerns. But there is another nutrient that is arguably far more important for women than calcium! It’s needed at ALL stages of life—not just middle age—and serves a variety of crucial functions in a woman’s body. And it even helps protect against the #1 cause of death in women!
I’m talking about Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Here is why they are so “essential” for women—from the womb to old age. So as you can see, it’s crucial for women of ALL ages to make sure you’re getting enough Omega-3 EFAs, especially DHA. You can help make sure you’re covering your body’s needs by both incorporating more oily fish into your diet (be sure to look for wild-caught varieties and not farmed fish) as well as supplementing with a high-quality fish oil formula.
The PMS years
Women may also suffer from pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) with 10 percent of those suffering severely—and that especially includes mood swings. What can make mood swings even worse is when a woman is low in Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Because of their importance to the brain and its proper functioning, women lacking these nutrients tend to suffer more often and from more severe mood swings during their cycle.
Additional cardiovascular protection if you need it!
If the early stages of heart disease are already a concern for you, or if you just want to support strong cardiovascular health, vitamins D and K are also must-haves. Unfortunately, vitamin D is a very common deficiency. Plus, skin cancer concerns have contributed to our deficiencies as well since sunscreen blocks your body’s ability to produce vitamin D. You want to ensure that your body has adequate supplies of cardiovascular-supporting vitamin D as well as boron. Both vitamin D and boron have anti-inflammatory properties that can help counteract harmful arterial inflammation. Boron has been shown to modulate blood levels of C-reactive protein—a marker for increased heart disease risk. Use the power of nutrients, ladies, to help make sure you stay healthy and vibrant at ALL ages!
Safe, Natural Menopause Relief
There are many safe ways to help your body through menopause without increasing your cancer risk with synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs!
Tiny hormones, GIGANTIC changes
When menopause hits, estrogen and progesterone production by the ovaries comes to a screeching halt. When this happens, your pituitary gland senses something’s wrong and steps up its production of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) to try to jump-start your pooped-out ovaries. That’s why a blood test showing high levels of FSH is one of the ways menopause is diagnosed. Estrogen is crucial for the functioning of many of your body’s cells, so menopausal symptoms can run the gamut:
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
- Frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Changes in mood and mental functioning
- Brain fog
- Rapid heart rate
- Weight gain
- Thinning hair
- Joint pain
The typical treatment options for menopause include synthetic HRT and symptomatic treatment (antidepressants or sleeping pills). But long-term use of synthetic HRT is associated with an increased risk of breast and uterine cancers. It can also raise your risk of gallstones and blood clots, and cause nausea, breast tenderness, liver disorders and fluid retention.
Safe, Natural Ways to Get Relief
Supplement with probiotics
Your friendly gut flora metabolizes and recycles hormones, including estrogen, thyroid hormones, and phytoestrogens from food sources, which can help offset symptoms of menopause, PMS, and perimenopause.
Get sources of Vitamin E-Vitamin E
Vitamin E can help by relieving vaginal dryness and itching. Vitamin E is available as an oil, cream, ointment or suppository. Food sources include: Swiss chard, almonds, spinach, collard greens, peppers, Brussels sprouts, blueberries, tomatoes, and broccoli.
Engage in regular exercise
It’s hard to beat exercise when it comes to relieving menopausal symptoms!
Exercise helps counteract menopause-related weight gain and encourage better sleep, plus it stimulates the release of endorphins which can help curb depression and mood swings. Get your doctor’s OK and get going.
Try essential oils
Essential oils such including clary sage, geranium, lavender, pine, and rose may help balance out your hormones. If you’ve never used essential oils before, try a diffuser first before applying them to your skin. Seek out an aromatherapist if you have questions or need guidance.
Get enough Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is crucial for proper nerve and brain function—and this is especially important with the mental functioning challenges and brain fog that accompany menopause. B12 is also essential to produce acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter that allows the nerves and brain to communicate. Healthy levels help you maintain clear-thinking abilities throughout your life.