Around 1950 is when the discomforts of modern menopause started to appear in women of the “menopausal age”. Hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, anxiety, depression, and more. Today, over 70% of American women experience these complaints. I want to figure out how to be one of the 30% that doesn’t.
Menopause and Diet
Women from Japan that stay in Japan, remain free of our modern menopausal symptoms. If they move to the US and adopt a western diet, they experience symptoms just like the rest of the women in the US. It seems pretty clear that diet is a primary factor in determining your menopause experience.
Menopause and Stress
As we age and the ovaries start to shut down hormonal production, the adrenal glands must pick up the slack. We know from past posts that poor diet and extreme stress can lead to adrenal exhaustion, which means these glands can be left with a lot of responsibility, and unable to carry the load.
Menopause and Hormones
The two main hormonal players are estrogen and progesterone. The ovaries produce progesterone, and as this process slows down, our bodies can become overloaded with estrogen. This is known as estrogen dominance. We must also take into consideration that our environment is full of synthetic estrogens, found in plastics and other frequently used products. These synthetic estrogens get trapped in our bodies, AND our adrenals are so burnt out they are unable to produce enough progesterone to off-set the imbalance.
This imbalance in the short term expresses itself as the “discomforts” mentioned above, and in the long term is implicated in irregularities and cancers of the breasts and uterus.
My daily approach to prevent menopausal imbalance is going to start with the following 4 things:
- Consume an overall clean diet.
- Include foods, herbs, and supplements that support the adrenal glands.
- Do my best to eliminate plastics and unnatural beauty products from my day to day routine as much as possible, limiting exposure to synthetic environmental estrogens.
- Focus on foods like broccoli and cauliflower, and supplements like DIM, Calcium D-Glucarate, and Indole-3-Carbinol that help the body detox/breakdown/remove bad estrogens from the body.
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