Menopause

I have included on this site the most common health topics that I counsel women on. In addition there are some things that have helped me personally get through the process of aging as well as some things I use clinically with patients.

Menopause

The average age for a woman to undergo menopause is still 50. The average duration of her peri–menopause, from the beginning of symptoms to the active stage of menopause, is four years. On blood work, the rise in follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) typically signals the onset of menopause.

The experience of menopause is different from woman to woman. The symptoms range from complaining about hot flashes, insomnia, irritability and anxiety, to vaginal atrophy and sexual dysfunction. It is obvious that there is no easy solution. You will of course need to consult with your Doctor, and also watch my video Managing Menopause Naturally, for more information.

There are lifestyle changes, that must be addressed such as inadequate rest, sleep deprivation, too many stimulants such as tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol.

You probably have heard of phytoestrogens playing a role in the management of menopausal symptoms. These are plant foods that have estrogen-like constituents. The more you include these in your diet, the more protection you will have from the "bad" environmental estrogens.

These bad estrogens are chemicals in the environment that have molecular structures very similar to the estrogen molecule. They tend to occupy the estrogen receptor site and over stimulate it. These plant estrogens (phytoestrogens) include legumes, such as soybeans, lentils, chick peas, vegetables, such as fennel, celery, carrots, asparagus, grains like oats, wheat, corn, and herbs like red clover, licorice and hops. They have also been found in nuts and seeds like flax, cashews, and almonds.

Legumes have 20–200 mg. of phytoestrogens per 100 grams
Vegetables have 1–200 mg. per 100 grams

These phytoestrogens have hormone-balancing activities and they provide other documented health benefits. They can ease menopausal symptoms, help with lowering cholesterol and decreasing inflammation. One thing to remember that is crucial for this to work, is proper bowel function. You need to have proper bowel and proper gut bacteria for phytoestrogens to be converted into their active form. This is why you need to be sure you are properly digesting and absorbing your food. You must have adequate probiotic bacteria and other nutrients to support proper digestion.

I also have my patients take an Estrogen Metabolism Urine Test. This will measure the amount of "good" vs. "bad" estrogen in your body. If there is too much "bad" and not enough "good", you will need to manipulate your diet and include more phytoestrogenic foods, take Hormone Balancing Complex, and use Brevail. Call my office for the Urine test called ESTRONEX TEST.

The Hormone Balancing Complex (DIM) is a blend of Diindolyl methane (DIM), Vitamin E and phosphatidyl choline in a very bioavailable and absorbable form. It reduces health risks associated with estrogen dominance and low estrogen metabolism in both men and women.

The symptoms of estrogen dominance include PMS, heavier menstruation, longer than usual periods, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, colon cancer, endometriosis fibroids.

Brevail is a supplement that contains lignans, which are natural plant compounds provided in plant-based diets. This also strongly resembles the estrogen molecule, so it is able to sit on the estrogen receptor site of breast tissue, blocking the more potentially harmful effects of other environmental estrogens. The "bad" estrogens will then be removed by the liver’s detoxification system.

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