Many women suffer from night sweats, hot flashes, mood swings and other perimenopausal symptoms. ‘Peri’ means ‘around’, so these symptoms can occur before, during or after menopause. These symptoms, in turn, often cause others such as insomnia, relationship difficulties, subpar job performance, and overweight due to food cravings.
Around menopause, the ovaries quit functioning because their job is done. In a healthy system, the adrenal glands pick up the slack and produce a small amount of female sex hormones. Strong and balanced pituitary and thyroid glands are also necessary for your body to handle the loss of ovarian hormones. Unfortunately, the endocrine glands of most women are fatigued or exhausted. That’s why so many severe physical and mental symptoms occur.
This time of life for women can be like a slight bump in the road or a roller-coaster from hell. Fortunately, peri-menopausal women can regain their health and their lives again. You can do this too. That’s the good news.
With proper self-care and a skillful health care practitioner, these cases usually respond beautifully. One key is balancing the endocrine system, especially the pituitary—the master endocrine gland, the thyroid, and the adrenals. Another is optimal self-care so your body can heal itself.
- eat a real food diet
- use natural body care products
- use natural home cleaning products
- use whole food supplements
- get a personalized endocrine balancing program
- eat processed, chemical-laced junk food
- neglect self-care basics
- drink from flimsy plastic water bottles
- take medications that can cause worse symptoms
- have your thyroid cut out or irradiated unless you have cancer
Eating fresh, whole foods is a major key to reversing any symptom, especially those that involve the hormonal glands. Avoid foods that have been exposed to herbicides and pesticides because those chemicals can act as endocrine disruptor molecules. That is, the chemicals are similar in shape to hormone molecules and can cause problems. Eat only pasture-raised, chemical free meat, eggs, vegetables and fruit.
Read labels and use only those without chemicals, artificial colors and fragrances. Chemicals are cumulative, absorbed by the skin, and affect the brain and endocrine glands. Does your toothpaste really have to be multi-colored striped? Use natural sources of mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, skin lotion, etc.
Better living through chemistry isn’t working. Go back to the basics and use cleaners with lemon, vinegar, baking soda and other powerful but healthy cleaners. Does window cleaning fluid have to be blue? Use a broom to kill unwanted insects instead of spraying pesticides that can hurt you and your family.
Most nutritional supplements cause more harm than good because they are synthetic, high dosage, and fractionated. Around menopause, your hormonal system is going through changes. Your job is to help your body, not hurt, so it can go through this transition smoothly.
The above advice involves self-care which is very important, but you probably will need an approach like these to really get well again. Several excellent nutrition-based healing programs can help detect which endocrine glands are imbalanced and what is needed to strengthen them. I recommend Nutrition Response Testing, System Strength Analysis, Applied Kinesiology, Contact Reflex Technique, Bio-Meridian and Stressor Nutrient Balancing. Web search these techniques and find the best practitioner in your area.
Processed junk foods are nearly devoid of key nutrients that your body needs to repair itself and function normally. And, worse, they actually damage your health, especially if they contain chemical residues. The Standard American Diet (SAD) leads to excess body fat that, among other things, stores excess chemicals and heavy metals. Over time, these toxins leach out of the fat and continue to hurt optimal body physiology.
Proper rest, exercise, optimal diet, relaxation and having fun in life are foundational for correcting any health care imbalance. Women often try to be all things to all people, but at the expense of their own health. Look at it this way: you will be able to help more loved ones when you are at your best in body, mind and spirit. And you deserve to feel happy, healthy and energetic.
Most brands are filled with boiling water that breaks down small plastic molecules that act as, you guessed it, endocrine disruptor molecules. Your thyroid gland is such a key organ in preventing hot flashes, night sweats, etc. so care for it well. Fill stainless steel or heavy polycarbonate bottles with pure filtered water.
Prescription drugs to address perimenopausal symptoms have been associated with increased incidence of breast cancer, heart disease, and other serious diseases. Many, but not all, women have quit taking estrogen replacement hormones for this reason. Don’t find out the hard way. Talk to your medical doctor about bio-identical hormones that are safer and more effective. Better yet, find a natural-based health care practitioner who can help you heal yourself by strengthening imbalanced organs.
You should discuss this vital issue with your medical and natural health care team. I have seen many women who had these gruesome procedures done for noncancerous thyroid conditions. With the thyroid gone or destroyed, it’s very difficult to be truly well. It’s much wiser to try Safe, Affordable, Natural and Effective (SANE) remedies before resorting to such archaic methods as organ destruction.
Your body is a magnificently self-aware and self-healing organism that, given the right conditions, can heal itself of nearly any disease. One key is to get rid of stressors—the bad things—such as chemicals, heavy metals, food allergies, etc. Next, provide optimal nutrients—the good things—so your body has the building blocks to repair itself. Then give the body time to work its miracles and enjoy a quality of life you may have forgotten existed. You don’t have to suffer with hot flashes, night sweats, and the entire list, so get started now.