Menopause is normal, it’s natural, and every cisgendered woman will deal with it in one form or another, but it is different for every woman. It is NOT a one size fits all type of thing. Some women have incredible problems with depression, weight gain, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, insomnia, etc. The list goes on and on.
This is what I love about homeopathic, natural resolutions to problems. Homeopathy looks at the big picture Not just what are the symptoms, but also why is this happening? And it asks these questions for each person as an individual. So it looks at what does your personal process look like in its entirety? Because my situation will differ from other women. Each woman is different and has different concerns.
One thing that also really strikes me (and as a Women’s Studies major I can tell you that I study these things a LOT), is that this generation of 40 plus women is very different than our mothers and grandmothers were at this same age. We are younger in many ways. Physically we are healthier (for the most part). We have different ideologies and actions when it comes to exercise, work, family life, professions, child rearing, among many other things. However, these things do not man that we have it better. Our food is more processed, (I remember that food was so different when I was a kid.) We didn’t need to label food as organic, because it basically was. For our mothers and grandmothers life was simpler (not easier, but simpler). Now we have a drug for everything, now we work more hours, and are glued to electronic devices all the time. We over schedule ourselves and our children.
We think we are so much more enlightened and we have it so much better. We have so many more conveniences they didn’t have, and yet we are sicker, and our kids are sicker. I just don’t remember kids having so many allergies to foods when I was growing up. I don’t remember so many people having cancer, or life threatening illnesses. What has all of this convenience cost us?
But I don’t want to end this post on a negative note, so I am going to tell you about some things I have done to improve my life (and my menopausal symptoms) in a “homeopathic” style.
1) I make sure to exercise! Exercise is KEY to keeping our bodies healthy and strong. This doesn’t have to be intense gym sessions 5 times a week. Get out and walk! Move your body for at least 30 minutes every day. When you are on the computer for a long time, take a break, stand up and stretch. Moving your body gets our hearts pumping, our blood circulating. It increases our endorphins so our mood improves, and it reduces stress!
2) Eat healthy! Remove processed foods from your diet in every way you can. Increase your fruits and veggies. Eat grass fed beef and free range chicken. Buy locally grown foods. I have been eating gluten free, and cut back to one cup of coffee a day and almost NO sugar. Remove wheat and dairy. Cut these things from your diet and see how you feel. You can always add some of them back in slowly to see how your body feels when you consume them. It doesn’t have to be forever, but just try it for 30 days.
3) Supplements! I take supplements from Arbonne that help me feel much better. The one I take without fail is one called Women’s Balance. It is an all natural product including: Milk Thistle, Dong Quai, Red Clover, Goji Berry, Black Cohosh and a few others. This has greatly reduced the intensity of my hot flashes as well as frequency. I also take their vegan Omega 3, Immunity support and Calcium. You can find them here in the nutrition section, or email me for more information.
4) Do something you love to do. And make time to do it on a regular basis. I like to do puzzles. I also like to just hang out with my friends and family. I usually laugh a lot and that is a great stress reducer.
Finally, find people you can talk to. I made a secret group on Facebook called Menopause Mystique so myself and the women in there can talk about things with each other that we may not want to talk about in a more public setting. Not all of the friends I have locally are my age and or they are not experiencing menopause yet. So having a place to talk about my concerns, issues, and worries has been wonderful! Also you need to know that you are not crazy and you are NOT alone!
Growing older may have some negative thins, but I have found their is much more joy than negative, and I am really enjoying life now , more than ever!