Around the age of 50 (49 is the average) women experience the oftentimes unfriendly process of menopause. The reproductive system down-regulates and the hormonal changes can present challenging conditions.
88% of women experience hot flashes. The precise mechanisms involved in causing the hot flashes have not yet been established, but they are thought to result from disturbance of the temperature-regulating mechanism in the hypothalamus, triggered by a decline in estrogen levels after prior estrogen increases. Other menopause symptoms include:1
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats
- Vaginal Dryness
Although hot flashes typically last for 0.5 to 5.0 years after natural menopause, they may persist for as long as 15 years in a small percentage of postmenopausal women. In contrast, hot flushes tend to last longer and be more severe in surgically menopausal women.2
The Dangers of Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), with either estrogen alone or in combination with a progestin, is accepted as the most common treatment. Selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) with anti-estrogen actions, such as tamoxifen and raloxifene, may also cause flushing that can be especially distressing in women being treated for breast cancer.1
Concerns have been raised about the safety of HRT following the publication of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) studies causing women and their medical advisers to lose confidence in the merits of HRT. The studies show increased incidences of Heart Disease, Strokes, Blood Clots, and Breast Cancer in women who take HRT than in women who do not.3
HRT is used to try to decrease the large drop in estrogen at menopause. The drop off of this hormone is often times deceptive. The problem isn’t that the body is “deficient” in estrogen it is that the decrease has been fabricated. This is due to the accumulation of synthetic estrogen and estrogen mimickers in the body.
Some women actually need to detox from synthetic estrogen instead of ingesting more through HRT. To truly know this answer blood work should be done to understand your hormone levels.
What are Xenoestrogens and Why You Should Care
Xenoestrogens are toxins that mimic estrogen in the body and cause hormonal disturbances. They are commonly found in plastics, canned goods, personal care products, and store receipts. Step one is to detox the body from excess estrogen and xenoestrogens. (Learn more here) Step two is to avoid putting more xenoestrogens in:
1. Avoid processed hormone loaded meats by consuming organic.
2. Avoid contraceptives.
3. Drink from a glass water bottle.
4. Avoid plastic personal care products.
5. Only purchase BPA-free lining canned goods.
6. Opt for no receipts.
A deeper look may be needed to understand your specific problem. Consult your healthcare provider. If you are wanting to address an estrogen problem and curb your hot flash, night sweats, and hormonal issues try these 5 All Natural Solutions.
6 All Natural Hot Flash Solutions
1. Do a Gut Reset. You must reset the digestive system. Flush the system, allow it to heal, and put the proper essentials back into the gut to allow the gut to repair itself as it drives a majority of the hormones.
2. 10 Minute Workout. Surge healthy hormones. High-intensity exercise has been shown to reduce hot flashes and help alleviate menopause symptoms.4 Breath hard to burn fat and impact the hormones. It will increase proper testosterone and growth hormone levels and help to lower the estrogen drop off that causes hot flashes.
3. Estrogen Boosting Smoothie. A great tasting blend of phytonutrients like flax seeds, maca root, and soy that are going to allow the body to produce more estrogen and contain estrogen themselves. This is the only time I’d ever recommend a soy milk. It must be non-GMO as soy is one of the most genetically modified food on the planet. Coconut or almond milk may also be used.
4. Intake Bone Broth. Bone broth is a huge help with all things hormones and menopause. Being that bone broth helps heal the gut it aids the bacteria and its role in estrogen metabolism and postmenopausal breast cancer prevention.5 It helps increase iron absorption, decreases inflammation, aids detoxification, helps the skin, and the protein is easily digestible.
5. Address the Nervous System. What controls the reproductive system and estrogen production in the first place? The nervous system. The brain sends messages to the reproductive system to tell it how to function properly. The spine, when under stress, irritates and decreases the function of the nerves that send the signals to control the levels of estrogen and progesterone. Simple stresses such as sitting for long periods, preservatives in foods, or a stressful day at work, can easily and often cause the spine to misalign. If you’ve never had that properly tested, a corrective care chiropractor can do that for you.
6. Vitamins and Minerals. Several vitamins and minerals can aid or prevent having to use harmful medications to deal with menopause. Chamomile Tea, Chasteberry, St. Johns’ Wort, Evening Primrose Oil, Gingko Biloba, Dandelion Leaf, Magnesium, B6, Black Kohosh and Vitamin E may also be beneficial.