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Menopause – Part 2

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Natural Menopause Symptom Relief – Lifestyle Factors

Coming back to our topic of menopause, proper dietary changes are also very important. The diet should be rich in antioxidants, which can also be taken in supplemental form like green tea extract or grape seed extract. Also:

Avoid bad fats such as trans and saturated animal fats.

Avoid refined sugars (sweets, sweet juices, white wheat products).

Drink lots of fluids, especially cold ones to decrease the temperature during hot flashes (I heard that unsweetened cold lemonade is fantastic for this). Continue reading


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Menopause – Part 1

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Menopause is something every woman has to go through eventually. It can be a gruelling experience that can tax the health of an individual to a great extent, with health repercussions that may last the rest of her lifetime. But it does not have to be this way. There are many natural, safe and healthy ways to glide, so to speak, through this transitional period with fewer unpleasant symptoms and with minimal deleterious effects on future health. Menopause is also not the tragic ending of fertility as some women would view it. I have spoken to very smart women in the past who said that menopause is very liberating. No more PMS, no more bleeding, no more mood swings due to menstruation cycles, and no more worries about birth control and unwanted pregnancies. But before we go any further, lets lake a look at what menopause really is.   Continue reading


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Increasing Sex Hormones

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Did you know that sex hormones are not only good for sex? It’s true that they increase our sex drive, but they do much more than that.  In men, they are responsible for the masculine physical characteristics: muscle mass, energy, vigour, and libido. In women, they are responsible for the female physical characteristics: the ovulatory and menstrual cycles, maintenance of pregnancy (if one occurs), and libido. The main sex hormone in men is testosterone and the main ones in women are estrogen and DHEA. As we age past the age of 40, these sex hormones slowly decline. This decline is what is mainly responsible for the weaker sex drive, lower energy, less physical activity and decreased muscle mass.

There are a few ways that we can increase sex hormones. In men, the least healthy ways of doing this are either anabolic steroids or testosterone replacement in the form of patches or gels. The problem here is that anabolics are toxic to the liver, dilate the heart (which makes it harder for the heart to do its job), inhibit the natural production of testosterone and can lead to infertility. Testosterone replacement, although safer than anabolics , can cause heart attacks and strokes due to increased number of red blood  cells (which makes the blood more viscous, predisposing one to complete blockage of an artery) as well as increased risk of prostate cancer or simply urination problems due to prostate enlargement. Steroid anabolics also cause these problems….Read more…..

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