Menopause is a unique experience for each woman. Some women sail through with zero problems and feel relieved to no longer menstruate. Other women suffer debilitating symptoms which can last for many years.

Genetics plays a role here. How the older women in your family experienced menopause will have a large bearing on your symptoms. Your state of health is another important factor. If you are dealing with some health challenges at the time, you are likely to suffer more at menopause. How much stress you have been through in the past and your current stress level is another important factor because it determines the health of your adrenal glands. Women with healthier adrenal glands usually have an easier time at menopause.

Unfortunately menopause itself can be a significant source of stress. Broken sleep due to hot flashes and sweats night after night can be utterly exhausting and cause depression and anxiety. Poor concentration and having a foggy head are also stressful when they impact a woman’s job and day to day life.

There are a range of treatment options available to women for dealing with menopause symptoms, ranging from prescription hormones, natural bio-identical hormones, herbal remedies and lifestyle changes. Most women are able to find a treatment that works for them.

Some women wish to avoid the use of hormones because of concerns about their safety, while other women are not able to use hormones because of previous illness, such as breast cancer, or a family history of breast cancer.

After menopause it is the adrenal glands and body fat that produce sex hormones, albeit in much smaller quantities. The healthier your adrenal glands are throughout your life, the easier your menopause should be.  Stress depletes your adrenal glands, but so do stimulants.  Stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine and sugar overstimulate the adrenal glands and in time can lead to adrenal gland exhaustion. Therefore, women who consume a lot of stimulants over their lifetime usually run out of hormones sooner and have a difficult menopause. There are several herbs and nutrients that act as adrenal gland tonics. They can help to gently increase hormone production and ease the symptoms of menopause. Beneficial herbs for the adrenal glands include Withania somnifera, Rhodiola and Siberian ginseng. These herbs are found in Adrenal Plus Support tablets. Magnesium and vitamin C also help to support the adrenal glands.

When we think of hot flashes, most people believe they are solely due to estrogen deficiency. That’s not always the case. Women who carry excess abdominal weight and women who have a fatty liver are much more likely to get hot flashes than slim women with a healthy liver. Women who regularly drink alcohol are also more prone to hot flashes and night sweats than women who don’t. High blood pressure can cause or aggravate hot flashes. Magnesium is wonderful for helping to normalize blood pressure, as is avoiding sugar in your diet.

Regular exercise is an important part of any healthy lifestyle and research has shown that regular aerobic exercise is one of the best remedies for hot flashes.

Natural ways of reducing menopause symptoms

  • Try not to be overweight, especially around your torso. Overweight women are more prone to hot flashes because of the stress placed on the liver.
  • Have a healthy liver. Women with a fatty liver are more prone to hot flashes. A good diet and a liver tonic can correct this. See the book Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It.
  • Take an herbal hormone balancing supplement. FemmePhase capsules are a natural formula which contains a mixture of phytoestrogens from herbs. These are combined with vitamins and minerals to support your hormones during the menopausal phase of a woman's life.
  • Try to minimize stress. Stress, anxiety and tension can all promote hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes and insomnia. You can reduce stress by changing the way you perceive situations in your life, learning new coping skills, or making changes to your circumstances. Taking time out to look after yourself and doing things that make you happy is also important. A magnesium supplement can help because magnesium has a relaxing effect on the body. Minimizing stress helps improve the health of your adrenal glands, although some women will need to take an adrenal gland tonic like Adrenal Plus Support tablets.
  • Avoid high blood pressure. High blood pressure can promote or worsen hot flashes. Weight loss, a low carbohydrate eating plan, stress reduction and a magnesium supplement can help correct blood pressure.
  • Magnesium helps alleviate insomnia. Magnesium relaxes the nerves and muscles of the body and can promote a deeper sleep.

The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.