Natural Remedies for Menopausal Symptoms
Dr. Craig Hudson, MD | June 27, 2016
Menopause might be unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean you should resign yourself to sorrow or misery. Treat your menopausal symptoms using natural remedies to minimize their influence on your life and maximize any health benefits that can be gleamed from nourishing your body.
We have put together a list of tips to naturally combat those menopausal symptoms:
1. Black Cohosh
Taking a tincture of black cohosh (about 1 mL) has been linked to controlling hot flashes by reducing levels of luteinizing hormone. It has also been shown to reduce nervousness and depression, which can in turn help treat insomnia caused by anxiety.
2. Wild Yam
Research has shown that wild yam to be an effective remedy for hot flashes. Much like black cohosh, it’s a source of phytoestrogens which behaves like estrogen in the body.
3. Vitamin D and Calcium
Supplementing your diet with Vitamin D and calcium is extremely important for warding off osteoporosis, which often strikes when estrogen levels plummet after menopause begins. Regularly taking Vitamin D can also help reduce insomnia and improve the quality of your sleep.
4. Exercise Daily
Many of the symptoms associated with menopause, including insomnia, hot flashes and fat build up, can be treated by staying active. Regular exercise can also help you maintain strength in your bones.
5. Eliminate “triggering” foods
Coffee, spicy foods, fatty meats, sugary foods, carb heavy foods, hot drinks and alcohol are all foods and drinks that have been shown to increase the prevalence of hot flashes in many menopausal women, so try to cut these out of your diet.
6. Keep your weight in the healthy range
If you’re over weight, consider making an effort to lose weight. Overweight women often experience symptoms that are much more severe than women whose weight is in the healthy range.
Engaging in deep breathing exercises, reflective mediation or audio guided mediation can be extremely helpful for lowering stress levels and anxiety. Soothe your mind and improve related issues like insomnia with as little as 10-15 minutes of quiet mediation each day.
Anecdotal evidence suggests increasing consumption of soy through foods like tofu, soybeans and soy milk can curb the negative impact of dropping estrogen levels that lead to building stronger bones.
9. Drink water
As always staying hydrated is vital for your health, but it’s particularly helpful for treating dry mouth syndrome, which many women report experiencing after starting menopause.
10. ZenBev Drink Mix
Last but not least, our favourite (biased- of course) – ZenBev Drink Mix has helped women in menopause combat insomnia. The release of natural tryptophan from our main ingredient – pumpkin seeds – has been said to help menopausal women attain better sleep.
Natural remedies for menopause can be a great option for women who want to avoid pharmaceutical treatments as they can be safer and more cost effective. If you do decide to try out any of the herbal remedies mentioned here, be sure to consult with your doctor to make sure they won’t interfere with any of your current medications.