Menopause – Hardly the Pause That Refreshes!

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Nearly every woman between 45 to 50 will experience the symptoms of menopause as a result of the ovaries producing less estrogen. The symptoms include hot flashes, insomnia, depression, lethargy, weight gain and irritability. This article will discuss non-hormonal options for women who desire not to participate in estrogen replacement therapy.

Estrogen toxins are ubiquitous in our environment. These include pesticides, toxins even in cosmetic products, plastic water bottles and canned food linings just to name a few. These estrogen mimics interfere with a woman’s normal estrogen function since they are more potent than a woman’s natural estrogens released from her ovaries.

So, how do we remove these toxic estrogens from a woman’s body? Flaxseeds can reduce these toxins and can reduce the symptoms of menopause as well as reduce the risk of breast cancer. I suggest that you sprinkle two tablespoons of ground flaxseeds on your food or added to a smoothie.

Fats: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Essential fatty acids which are found in walnut, flaxseeds, hempseeds and raw nuts have been found beneficial for hot flashes, irritability, dry skin, hair and eyes. I recommend that you avoid margarine which is high in the ugly trans fats. These trans fats may be toxic to your liver. You might consider exchanging margarine for coconut oil as it is good for your heart, brain and liver. Other good fats include olive oil, avocado oil and macadamia nut oil.

Now, there is evidence that magnesium is the new calcium and that we should consume twice as much magnesium as calcium. Most women are magnesium deficient, which can have an adverse effect on your heart, nervous system and muscles. I suggest a magnesium supplement of 500 to 1000 milligrams per day.

Get Off Your Butt

The more time you spend sitting each day, the shorter your lifespan may be, even if you work out regularly. A recent study demonstrated an eight-fold increase risk of premature death for women who spend most of their time sitting. Even if you have a sedentary job, get up every 30 minutes and move around. Taking even brief walks will reduce stress and anxiety.

Be Kind to Your Liver

Your liver is responsible for metabolizing all hormones, so keeping it happy should be a priority. A morning juice of half a lemon in eight ounces of water is one of the easiest ways to help your liver metabolize those noxious toxins.

Bottom Line: Menopause will affect nearly every middle-aged woman. There are options to treating menopause that don’t always require estrogen replacement therapy. I suggest a discussion with your doctor, and you might consider a few of these non-medicinal options.

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Dr. Neil Baum is a physician at Touro Infirmary. He can be reached at (504) 891-8454 or via his website,
www.neilbaum.com

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