A Menopausal Survival Guide

Attitude

According to one of the leading American experts on menopause, Dr. Karen Deighan “a positive attitude and a little preparation” can make a huge difference in the way women experience menopause. Targeting menopausal symptoms before they occur is essential to getting through this stage of life.

“Menopause is not a disease. It is a normal event; a passage from one stage of life to another.”

Menopause is in many cases the time when women enter “the most productive and lucrative stages” of their career, fulfilling their professional aspirations. It is also the time when many children leave home – giving women the opportunity and time to focus on themselves. According to Menopause Signs, “Menopause can be a time of unprecedented self-confidence, freedom and financial liberation for women.”

Also, a recent American study found that stress, a lower income and attitudes toward aging had a significant effect on the way women experienced menopausal symptoms. Having a positive outlook on life changes the way women go through menopause.

Dr. Sheryl Kingsberg, of Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, reveals that life expectancy for western women is more than 82 years of age, which means that a third of a woman’s life can take place after menopause. She reminds women, “Menopause is not a disease. It is a normal event; a passage from one stage of life to another.”

Avoiding menopausal weight gain

Women often struggle to maintain their weight as they grow older.

It is estimated that up to 90% of menopausal women experience some type of weight gain in the period leading up to menopause (perimenopause) as well as during menopause.

Hormonal imbalances in combination with genetic factors, stress and the loss of muscle tissue associated with aging may leave women with a few extra inches on their waistline. Also, menopausal women, especially those experiencing debilitating symptoms, are often times less likely to exercise. In addition to this, “women experience a metabolic slowdown of about 10-15 percent at midlife compared to earlier in life, making our bodies more efficient at taking in and storing fat,” according to Christiane Northrup, M.D., internationally known author and speaker with an empowering approach to women’s health and wellness.

The weight acquired during menopause no longer distributes itself equally, tending to settle instead in the belly area. Many women gradually gain 5 to 15 pounds during menopause and unless they adapt their diet, the weight gain may be even more prominent.

As women grow older, they can expect a change in their bodies. Although a slight weight gain can be expected (and may even ease certain menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes) excessive weight gain is problematic as it can lead to high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, and even certain types of cancer. If you are carrying many extra kilos, your menopausal symptoms may also be worse as a result.
According to the Mayo Clinic: “Gaining as little as 4.4 pounds at age 50 or later could increase the risk of breast cancer by 30 percent.”

To avoid or combat this weight gain, it is important to increase the amount of exercise and to be consistent in one’s exercise regime. Crash diets should be avoided at all costs during menopause as they wreak havoc on the metabolism. Women should rather take steps to alter their lifestyle and improve their health. Avoiding refined sugars and opting instead for a rich and varied lower-calorie diet is very important. However, losing too much weight can also be dangerous as it may lead to a greater risk for osteoporosis.

Eating right

A nutritious diet in combination with plenty of exercise leads to better physical and mental health during menopause. Research has shown that women in their 50′s need approximately 200 fewer calories than women 10 or 20 years younger just to maintain their weight, let alone to drop a few pounds. This means women will need to change their eating habits as they will most likely not be able to eat like they used to. Controlling which foods you intake and the portion sizes, rather than calories is the most effective route. Also, do not skip meals, as this will only lead you to overeat later. It is suggested that menopausal women eat three meals a day, rather than skipping breakfast or lunch as the food eaten later in the day is more likely to be stored as fat due to the slowing down of the metabolism. Personal trainer Kristin McGee, a personal trainer who works with menopausal women in their 50′s and 60′s, suggests following the simple rule: “Eat like a queen in the morning, a princess at lunch, and a pauper at dinner!”

Menopausal women should enjoy a diet consisting of plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, nuts, seeds, fish, poultry and low-fat dairy products – all in small portions. “Be a grazer, not a gorger!” MedicineNet suggests.

� Whole grains

In addition to plenty of exercise, it is recommended that menopausal women eat whole grain foods, which can reduce constipation, as well as reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Whole grains include rye and wholemeal bread, wheat cereal and oats, brown rice or wholegrain pasta, which are rich in nutrients, fibre, vitamin B, minerals and selenium. Whole grains are preferred to white rice, white bread, potatoes and pasta, which are calorie-rich but nutritionally empty.

The United States Department of Agriculture suggests “It’s important to substitute the whole-grain product for the refined one, rather than adding the whole grain product.” Women should look at the food label to ensure that the product names “one of the following whole-grain ingredients first on the label’s ingredient list: ‘brown rice,’ ‘bulgur,’ ‘graham flour,’ ‘oatmeal,’ ‘whole-grain corn,’ ‘whole oats,’ ‘whole rye,’ ‘whole wheat,’ ‘wild rice.’” However, Dr Christiane Northrup warns that even women who “have eliminated refined grains [...] may still have problems with whole wheat, whole rye, whole oat, or millet flour” due to a high carbohydrate sensitivity.

� The ‘good fats’

Substituting certain types of fats and oils for others can make a huge difference to how you feel, as well as reducing cholesterol levels and improving heart health and slowing the hardening of the arteries. Dr Christiane Northrup saw her female patients “complain of sallow skin, brittle hair and nails, susceptibility to infection, inability to concentrate, and weight gain despite their rigid diets. None of these women were getting enough healthy fat.”

It is suggested that women limit their intake of saturated fats, which are known to raise blood cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease. Saturated fatty acids include butter, whole milk and cream, eggs, chocolate and red meat. The USDA suggests a limited consumption of these foods. Trans fats, contained in fried foods, crackers, cookies and snack foods also increase LDL cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease.

Monounsaturated fatty acids are preferred to saturated fats as they may lower cholesterol levels and lower the risk of coronary heart disease. Foods with a high content of these fats include avocados, nuts, olive oil and canola oils.

Omega-3 fats have been linked to reducing the severity of menopausal symptoms, especially psychological stress, mood swings and depression.

Omega-3 fatty acids could reduce the ‘psychological distress’ and depression associated with menopause.

Although more research is necessary, a Canadian study recently found that omega-3 fats had a positive effect on women’s mental state. Omega-3 fats are contained in fish, including salmon, halibut, cod, catfish, trout, sardines, and herring, as well as in krill, shrimp and clams, green-lipped mussel, raspberries, flaxseed, walnuts, pecan nuts and hazelnuts.

� Fruits and vegetables

Menopausal women benefit from a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, as they are naturally low in fat and contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre. Fruits such as plums, strawberries, apples, pears, grapefruit and raspberries contain boron, a mineral that seems to increase estrogen levels in middle-aged women. Some fruits and vegetables also contain phytoestrogens, a plant form of estrogen, which may “potentially diminish some of the discomforts caused by lower estrogen levels during menopause,” according to Medicine Net. More research is needed to confirm these positive effects.

Dr Christiane Northrup suggests women choose fruits and vegetables that are rich in colour as “the deep pigments in these foods contain powerful antioxidants. Go for broccoli, green leafy vegetables, berries, red, yellow and green peppers, and tomatoes, and vary your choices through the seasons, ” she suggests. “Antioxidants combat cellular damage from free radicals, which are known to be a cause of chronic conditions such as heart disease, cataracts, macular degeneration, and cancer,” she confirms.

Substituting high-calorie foods with fruits and vegetables can also be part of a successful weight loss strategy.

� Protein foods

Lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, peas, eggs, nuts and seeds are all high in protein and should be an integral part of a menopausal women’s diet, eaten at almost every meal. Women should choose the leanest cuts of beef (and at least 90% lean ground beef), pork and skinless chicken and turkey. Some organ meats such as liver are fairly high in cholesterol, as are egg yolks. Processed meats may have a higher sodium content.

Beans, peas, lentils, soy, carob and nuts are all legumes, known as sources of plant protein, as well as nutrients like iron and zinc and dietary fibre. Beans are an excellent choice for menopausal women as they are a low-fat source of protein and they contain fibre and many vitamins and minerals. They also keep women feeling fuller for longer and contain plant-based estrogens, phytoestrogens.

Soy has been praised for its role in lowering the risks of heart disease and its positive effects on bone health. Recent studies have shown that the phytoestrogens contained in soy products such as soy milk, tofu or soy nuts may also ease problematic menopausal symptoms, especially hot flushes. According to HealthCastle Nutrition:

“In Japan, where soy foods are commonly consumed daily, women are only one-third as likely to report menopausal symptoms as in the United States or Canada. In fact, there is no word in the Japanese language for ‘hot flashes.’”

“Soy products have been taken by women and promoted for relief of menopausal symptoms,” according to Australian women’s health expert Dr Jane Elliott. The results obtained from research studies are limited but “new research currently being undertaken is looking at a compound derived from soy,” she confirms.

Nuts and seeds such as sunflower seeds, almonds and hazelnuts contain vitamin E, which women have also reported as helpful for certain menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes. Flaxseed, which contains both omega-3 fatty acids and lignans, has also shown promising results in treating menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings. According to dietician Jane Reinhardt-Martin, “Cross-cultural research shows that women whose traditional diet features a high intake of soy and flax have, on average, a milder menopausal experience.”

� Dairy products

A menopausal woman’s dairy intake should be composed of mainly low-fat sources. The USDA warns that cheese, cream and butter do not retain their calcium content but dairy products, as well as dark leafy greens are good sources of calcium. A range of calcium-fortified juice and soy beverages are also available. According to Menopause Matters, “During menopause an adequate daily calcium intake is especially important to help protect and maintain bone density as bone loss accelerates.”

�Which foods to avoid

During menopause, it is best to limit or avoid processed foods, canned soups, salted nuts, margarine, processed baked goods or ketchup, as well as high-sugar foods. High-sugar foods include soft drinks, syrups, jams, sweetened coffee beverages, cookies, cakes, pies, pastries, frozen desserts, ice-cream and sweet yogurts and should mostly be avoided. Menopausal women are at a stage in their lives where they must be more conscientious about calorie intake than ever in order to prevent weight gain.

Drinking right

Menopausal women should be drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. In addition to keeping you hydrated, drinking more water can reduce food cravings. Menopausal women can enjoy diluted fruit juices, vegetable juices, herbal teas, low fat milk and mineral water but it is best to avoid sweet sugary drinks.e

�Drinking tea

Green tea contains strong antioxidants and has anti-cancer properties. Similar claims have also been made about black tea. Although more research is still necessary, studies have shown that several cups of green tea a day could be effective in relieving hot flashes and sleep disturbance for menopausal women.

�Drinking coffee

Menopausal women should limit their intake of caffeine, which may improve their hot flushes and stabilize sleeping patterns. It has been suggested that a high caffeine intake during menopause may trigger night sweats.

�Reducing alcohol

Alcohol should be consumed in moderation amongst women undergoing menopause. Alcohol, as well as spicy foods, has been labeled as of the triggers of hot flushes. “Research indicates that menopausal women who drink excessively are at much higher risk for the common types of cancer, especially post-menopausal breast cancer, GynOb reports.

“One serving of alcohol can increase the risk of cancer by 7%. However, three servings of alcohol per day increases the risk by 51%.”

Exercise and Fitness

�Staying active

Staying active is one of the most important aspects of getting through menopause. Dr Jane Elliot stresses the importance of “a healthy lifestyle, including exercise” for menopausal women.

Research has shown that women who undertake regular physical exercise enjoy better health than women who are sedentary.

�The benefits of exercise

There are numerous benefits to exercise during menopause: regular exercise can help women lose weight or prevent menopausal weight gain, strengthen bones and reduce the risk of breast cancer. In addition to this, exercise improves the function of the immune system, decreases the risk of heart disease, improves moods, may have a positive effect on depression or anxiety, regulates sleep patterns, increases self-esteem, boosts the metabolism and results in more energy and a better outlook on life.

�How much exercise is enough?

According to the Mayo Clinic, healthy menopausal women should undertake “at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week” as well as “strength training exercises at least twice a week.” Dr Jane Elliott suggests that women do more: “At least 30 mins of exercise a day. The best exercise is the one you will keep doing regularly.” Her advice is choosing an activity you enjoy. “So if you hate the gym, don’t go there. For many women 30 mins brisk walk daily is a very good start.”

Exercising with a friend can be a great way to keep up your fitness regime. It’s fun!

�Which types of exercise

According to personal trainer Kristin McGee, it’s important to work the core muscles with exercises such as the plank, especially since fat tends to settle in the belly area. McGee also suggests mixing up the types of exercises you do, such as yoga and swimming. The Women’s Menopause Health Center suggests enjoying other calorie-burning day-to-day activities such as mowing your lawn, taking dance classes, or playing catch with your children or grandchildren.

A healthy lifestyle is the key to overcoming the obstacles that may arise during the menopausal transition. A recent American study explored “how and why midlife women think about health in general” and the various influences which contribute to a healthy lifestyle during menopause. It found that a majority of the menopausal women associated guilt with not making enough effort on healthy lifestyle choices such as their exercise and diet regime. It’s never too late to start!

The information published in the Menopause Survival Guide is based on wide ranging research into the condition, however, our sources and the resulting content is only intended as a guide. Each woman needs to assess the available information and speak with a professional health practitioner before applying any of this content or beginning any exercise or diet program.

By Liz Skrbkova

What is menopause?

Every woman experiences menopause differently, with different impressions and feelings. So the effect of menopause while going through the different stages of menopause is going to vary greatly. For instance, at times I feel great but while sleeping I feel like I’m on fire…. I have the air conditioning on in the middle of winter!

Menopause is the ending of the monthly cycle and fertility. Menopause has happened once a woman has had her last period. This does not happen suddenly. It usually starts with the periods getting irregular. This means you can only tell with hindsight when it has definitely happened. It is not until a woman has not had a period for 12 months that she can know for sure that menopause is over. If you are one of those people who needs to now how things work, then it will be of benefit to thoroughly understand how hormones are working or not working in your body and what you can do to control the process.

On average, women experience menopause sometime around 51 years of age, although it is often a few years earlier or later.

menopause and uterusMenopause happens because the ovaries stop releasing eggs. The ovaries also produce hormones, so a change in the ovaries affects the balance of hormones in the body. This can cause a variety of symptoms, and it can take the body a while to adjust to the changing hormones.

Be patient and as always consult your doctor should your symptoms get totally out of hand. A good doctor can always lessen the degree of symptoms when considering the varying stages of menopause. More popular today are Natural solutions to the different stages of menopause, click here for a helpful book!

Detection of Menopause – hormone levels and Blood Test Explanation

Menopause is one of the most feared for the life of most women, and something that most women start worrying about what was about forty. During the early forties, some women begin to become preoccupied to look for early signs and symptoms of menopause that cause hormonal changes, as more and more on what they perceive as the end of his life as a woman in full operation .

Much of this concern is a result of misinformation, so it is even more critical that every woman understand the methods used to detect the menopause, including hormone levels and blood's role in this process.

If you think you may be experiencing the first symptoms of menopause, one way to know for sure is that your doctor test your hormone levels. When you approach menopause, your glands produce less progesterone, and to begin the process of closing its reproductive capacity. A good method to measure levels of the hormone means to determine if an abnormally large amount of estrogen that occur.

When progesterone is not present in sufficient quantity to counteract the effects of estrogen, unexplained weight gain, insomnia, mood changes and may, along with other symptoms. Your physician may use measurements of the levels of hormones for menopause not only detection but also eliminating the possibility of other diseases.

The best way is to detect the menopause by measuring hormone levels with blood tests. Many times, changes in the menstrual cycle can cause confusion and fear in women during the years before the onset of menopause. Hormone levels measured with a blood test becomes very important for early detection of a number of issues hormonal imbalances, and deficiencies can be corrected with various forms of hormone replacement. Early signs and symptoms of menopause can often be minimized with these replacement therapies.

The detection process of menopause by measuring hormone levels with a blood test is relatively simple and is also one of the less invasive techniques you can use. The real benefits can be seen in the early detection of menopause and other conditions, and reducing the need for painkillers and other medications when menopause is aggressively treated since its inception.viagra online Many women are using these medicines to treat a very real pain that can cause discomfort of menopausal symptoms. Principles of hormone replacement techniques can help prevent such complications.

For years, it has been commonly assumed that women should just accept the signs and symptoms of menopause, suffer in silence and wait for change to happen. By detecting it earlier than ever before through the measurements of hormone levels with blood tests, doctors can now more aggressively treat symptoms and provide better quality of life for their female patients, even during stress of menopause.

Menopause Treatment

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Treatments and alternative treatments for menopause symptoms

Treatment with hormones may be helpful if you have severe symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood issues, or vaginal dryness.

Discuss the decision to take hormones thoroughly with your doctor, weighing your risks against any possible benefits. Pay careful attention to the many options currently available to you that do not involve taking hormones. Every woman is different. Your doctor should be aware of your entire medical history when considering prescribing hormone therapy.

If you have a uterus and decide to take estrogen, you must also take progesterone to prevent endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus). If you do not have a uterus, progesterone is not necessary.

HORMONE THERAPY

Several major studies have questioned the health benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy, including the risk of developing breast cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots.

Current guidelines support the use of HT for the treatment of hot flashes. Specific recommendations:

  • T may be started in women who have recently entered menopause.
  • HRT should not be used in women who started menopause many years ago.
  • The medicine should not be used for longer than 5 years.
  • Women taking HT should have a baseline low risk for stroke, heart disease, blood clots, or breast cancer.

To reduce the risks of estrogen therapy and still gain the benefits of the treatment, your doctor may recommend:

  • Using estrogen or progesterone regimens that do not contain the form of progesterone used in the study
  • Using a lower dose of estrogen or a different estrogen preparation (for instance, a vaginal cream rather than a pill)
  • Having frequent and regular pelvic exams and Pap smears to detect problems as early as possible
  • Having frequent and regular physical exams, including breast exams and mammograms

See also: Hormone therapy for more information about taking hormone therapy.

ALTERNATIVES TO HT

There are some medications available to help with mood swings, hot flashes, and other symptoms. These include low doses of antidepressants such as paroxetine (Paxil), venlafaxine (Effexor), bupropion (Wellbutrin), and fluoxetine (Prozac), or clonidine, which is normally used to control high blood pressure. Gabapentin is also effective for reducing hot flashes.

LIFESTYLE CHANGES

The good news is that you can take many steps to reduce your menopause symptoms without taking hormones:

  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods
  • Dress lightly and in layers
  • Eat soy foods
  • Get adequate calcium and vitamin D in food and/or supplements
  • Get plenty of exercise
  • Perform Kegel exercises daily to strengthen the muscles of your vagina and pelvis
  • Practice slow, deep breathing whenever a hot flash starts to come on (try taking six breaths per minute)
  • Remain sexually active
  • See an acupuncture specialist
  • Try relaxation techniques such as yoga, tai chi, or meditation
  • Use water-based lubricants during sexual intercourse

Can You Really Tighten Your Vagina

vaginabible1It is really easy for women to tighten their vagina. All that’s required is a bit of information about the vaginal anatomy and some time for doing the exercise. Kegel exercise are really easy to perform and can be performed at distinct places and whenever you find time. The only thing that is required with them is a dedication and nothing else. Once you start practicing them daily I am sure the results are guaranteed and your vagina will surely become tight. It must be brought to the notice of women that your vagina not only becomes tighter but also becomes stronger with the help of these exercises.

What the Kegel exercises actually do is target the PC muscles which form the floor of vagina. Keeping the Kegels in control are really essential and only if the Kegels are in control they can be said to be strong. Having strong Kegel muscles can make your sex life really awesome. If you have control over the Kegels than you can provide a lot of pleasure to your partner and make him squirm. Also it will give you multiple orgasms by which all your desires will be fulfilled.

It is always necessary to start with the Kegel exercises at an earlier stage of life because the muscles are fresh then. Once menopause is achieved the muscles become really weak and then it becomes difficult to gain control over them, if you gain control over them at an earlier stage of life that would be better. People care a lot about their external looks but nowadays they also focus on their internal looks and Kegel exercises provides one such mean which develops and improves our body internally. The effect of these exercises will not be seen in an overnight but it takes normally 2 months to see some effect.

Some benefits of Kegel exercises are -

• Help achieve multiple orgasm

• Helps in strengthening of your muscles

• Gaining control over them

• Helps to avoid continence

• An enjoyable sex life

• Enhances your inner beauty and makes you confident

• Makes you feel young

• Helps in child birth and regain strength of your muscles after the birth of your child.

There are various gadgets available in the market which can help you perform the Kegel exercises in a much better way. Also make sure you breathe properly while practicing Kegel exercises. If your stomach, leg or buttock moves along with the exercise then you should recognize that you are proceeding in the wrong direction and performing the exercise in a wrong way.

Find out more in the Vagina Bible!

What is Menopause – Help?

We all know what menopause is, but do we? We also all know that it does not seem to effect any two women in exactly the same way. Some women sail thought no real noticeable symptoms, yet others suffer with hot flashes, mood swings, and a host of other physical issues. The real secret to menopause relief seems to the acceptance of the changes that are happening, persistence and flexibility in finding treatments that work for you and a good sense of humor.

As I type this I realize that I might have death threats being put out against me. I am in no way downplaying the real emotional and physical toll that menopause takes on many. In fact I am saying that this is such a big issue for many with no real sure fire, 100% solutions that you need to respect that you are against a very formidable issue, so you are best served by strategies that are long term and aimed at preserving your health, relationships and your sanity.

The bottom line is time keeps marching on and every perky girl who ever graced the silver screen or the pages of magazines has either gone thought it or will be going thought it. Thousands before us have gone through it. It is inevitable, but out response to it is not. Our bodies might give us hot flashes, but we decide if they make us ashamed and upset that time is catching up to us or if they are a chance to laugh. You need to decide if you call it a hot flash or is it a power surge.

Acceptance is important, because it will happen no matter what, but finding solutions is very important. Talk to other woman in your family and find out what helped them with menopause. Talk to trusted girlfriends and coworkers. Research on the internet and make some simple changes, like adding soy products for the estrogen like properties in soybeans. In countries with high soybean consumption woman do not experience the same levels menopause symptoms that we have in western cultures.

Talk to your physician. Your health care providers are there for a reason. Don’t be ashamed to tell them what your problems are. They can offer treatments, alternatives, and ideas. All they do all day hear what is working and not working for people in treating this and many other conditions. Relief might be as simple as a little estrogen cream applied once a day in your case or drinking black cohosh tea. Menopause help will not come find you, so be your own advocate and find something that works for you.

Premature Menopause – Get the Gist

It might be surprising for some to hear that others might experience premature menopause especially if you strictly associate this period in a woman’s life with an older age of about 40 and above. It’s a little disturbing as well to know that there might be instances when you yourself might be a candidate for this condition and you might experience it in the least expected earlier time of your life.

Indeed premature menopause does happen. On the average, a woman may experience such stoppage of the monthly period naturally between the age of 40 and 50. During this period, the ovaries no longer produce a mature egg and thus any preparatory event such as thickening of the lining of the uterus along with sudden surge of progesterone, no longer takes place. Since the surrounding tissues of the uterus will not change by addition of potential nourishment, the usual monthly period is also absent.

Is the Condition Natural?

Such a condition can be natural or induced by what is triggered by different things including ones genes, a medical procedure underwent by the concerned individual, and even serious medical conditions.

Commonly, one may tell if they are undergoing this condition through various symptoms. One obvious thing to be encountered is very little, irregular or missed monthly visits especially among those who have a normal menstrual cycle. Aside from irregular visits, too slow or too heavy blood flow may also indicate that your fertility is dropping too soon.

A sudden sensation of something hot enveloping your upper extremities is also another good sign to watch out for. Other related symptoms can be observed as well.

These include: lowered libido, sudden changes in ones mood, one easily gets depressed even if there is no particular reason to do so, incontinence or sudden loss of control on one’s peeing, drying vagina, relatively dry mouth, eyes and even skin, and sleeplessness.

Take a good look at your family background also proves to be helpful in assessing whether you are indeed undergoing such a condition or not. If an autoimmune disorder runs in the family, chances of you experiencing premature menopause is quite high. Women who have undergone chemotherapy or any form of radiation therapy also posses high risk of experiencing earlier fertility drop. Also, those who have direct family members who have experienced the same are likely to pass the same condition to you.

Take a Tour and Know What is Menopause

Although women who approach fifty or beyond usually suffer from a natural condition, which redefines their monthly period, no one perhaps has a clear understanding about what is menopause?

Individuals may have various thoughts on this condition but which ones are true and which are myths. Taking a brief information tour might help one be enlightened about this condition.

So what is menopause really? Some women may think that this condition happens among a few select women, but it is every woman once they progress with age will experience this condition. The term is not merely the condition but rather it is more of the changes that before or after the normal monthly period of a woman stops.

Such event is often referred to as the signal that tells the women that her reproductive period is more or less over. This is supported by the fact that during this time, the ovaries, which are the source of a mature egg, no longer release a mature ovum. As a result, there will be no disintegration of the uterine lining and so no monthly period.

There are two general types of this condition: natural (which happens in women 40 years old and above) or the premature (those that happen in women below 40 years of age). In the first condition, the whole thing is gradual and is divided into three phases: perimenopause, menopause, postmenopause. The perimenopause stage is classically associated with significantly lowered estrogen production.

Also, during this time, mood swings, depression, fatigue, insomnia, racing heart, dryness in the vagina and subsequent reduced sexual drive, irritability, and headaches are also relatively pronounced during this transition period. That is why this is considered as the preparatory stage since you will need to be ready to get used to these changes.

In the menopause stage, the ovaries have completely stopped producing mature eggs, which are ready for fertilization. Because of this event, a pronounced stoppage of the usual monthly period happens. Estrogen levels in among under this period are quite very low. The postmenopause stage is the years that will pass after the menopausal stage. Uncomfortable symptoms may have also evaporated during this period. The associated discomforts of the first two stages are no longer evident due to the reduced estrogen level. Now that you have a clearer understanding of what is menopause, take the steps to prepare yourself.

Menopause – Green Tea is the Secret Healthy Weapon For Menopause

As women reach menopause, breast cancer, uterine cancer and ovarian cancer are threatening us. Moreover, in order to mask menopause symptoms, menopause women have to take synthetic or bio-identical estrogen, which is a strong carcinogen.

Everyday, due to genetic and environmental factors, some cells out of the trillions in your body may turn cancerous spontaneously. As Rome was not built in one day, cancer is not developed in one day too. At the time of diagnosis, most cancers have been in the body for 10 years.

During those 10 years, cancer growth obeys no rule. Cancers develop at different rates over different periods in different people. Something in the body promotes cancer growth, such as estrogen, which stimulates cancer cells to multiply out of control. Fortunately, something can inhibit cancer development.

Green tea is a secret weapon that fights cancers, because it contains high concentration of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), one of the strongest antioxidants which shows impressive activity against many kinds of cancer.

EGCG is one class of a larger group of protective phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are natural chemicals widely distributed in plants. They have powerful anticancer activity and also protect against coronary heart disease. No wonder eating more fruits and vegetables, in whatever form, is clearly a great way to take advantage of the healing properties of food.

Studies found that the well-known anticancer activity of green tea is a result of its inhibiting one of the most frequently over expressed enzymes in human cancers, called urokinase. Extracts of green tea have been shown to prevent cancer in animals, and recently similar claims have been made about black tea.

All true tea comes from the same plant species (Camellia sinensis), such as black tea, pu-erh tea, oolong- tea, so they should contain EGCG. However, herbal teas are not true tea, so they do not contain EGCG.

You need to drink about four cups of green tea daily to get the optimal dose of EGCG. EGCG deteriorates quickly, so drink tea as fresh as possible and discard tea which has been kept overnight. Although green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, it is still a stimulant. Brewed tea contains about half as much caffeine as instant coffee. Avoid drinking tea in the evening.

Pour boiling water over tea leaves and let steep for 5 minutes. Drink tea the Chinese way with no milk or sugar. I feel tea made with a microwave does not taste as good as tea made with boiling water.

Tea is a time-honored beverage which has been consumed over thousands of years. Although coffee increases heart rate, insomnia, nervousness, headache, irritability, diarrhea and frequent urination, so far, no negative effects have been reported on tea.

Menopause women, who are taking synthetic or bio-identical estrogen to mask menopause symptoms, are susceptible to cancers. Green tea is a great antidote to the cancer-causing effect by synthetic or bio-identical estrogen.

Why do women gain weight at menopause?

If you have started going through menopause you've probably noticed a few extra kilos around your midsection area. Do not worry, you're not alone, one of the major symptoms of menopause seem to be to obtain weight and a general change in the shape of your body. And while it may not be happy about this unfortunate incident, only to be taken into account that women in menopause weight gain, and is a very common. Studies have shown that approximately 90% of women begin to gain weight between the ages of 35 and 55. Never fear, you can not be responsible for this weight gain, studies have shown that most women in menopause weight gain due to a change in hormone levels, not overeating.

The average woman has been to gain about 10 to 15 pounds during the menopausal years. However, the most likely weight is gained gradually through their pre-menopausal years, you can expect your package around an extra pound a year. The weight gain that occurs with menopause is likely that around your abdominal area instead of the most common areas, such as the hips, thighs and buttocks. During menopause it is harder and harder for your body to redistribute the weight evenly.

What factors lead to women in menopause to weight gain?

The cause of weight gain menopause is the change in the maintenance of their body weight levels of the hormone.

1. Estrogen: Estrogen is a female hormone that makes a woman ovulates each month. However, during menopause, this hormone decreases dramatically because of their body to stop ovulation. This decrease in estrogen seems to be an important factor in weight gain of menopause. Because the ovaries produce less estrogen, your body begins to look elsewhere to get their desired estrogen. The problem here is that fat cells have been known to produce estrogen, so your body will start to convert their calories in fat to increase estrogen levels. This is obviously a major reason why women in menopause weight gain.

2. Progesterone: This is the hormone that regulates water weight we carry in our bodies. During menopause, this hormone has been shown to decrease rapidly, as does estrogen, which makes women hold more water as they grow, thus adding a bit of pounds to the stack menopause weight gain.

3. Testosterone: Testosterone is the hormone that facilitates the creation of lean muscle mass of the calories we consume. And, it's a proven fact that muscle burns more calories than fat, increasing metabolism. During menopause, hormone levels low testosterone, causing muscle loss, which unfortunately results in a lower metabolism and gain more weight.

4. Androgen: This is the hormone that is responsible for sending the newly formed fat in your midsection. In fact, the period for weight gain during menopause is commonly referred to as "middle-aged spread," due to rapid weight gain in the abdominal area. In fact, one of the number one sign of menopause is the increased production of testosterone resulting in increased belly fat.

The silver lining:

Although I know it can be difficult to accept that women in menopause weight gain is important to know the benefits of this event, apparently unfortunate. You have to know that this weight gain is natural and can actually be a good thing. This small amount of extra weight you can put really the lesson of the symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and anxiety. Furthermore, weight gain during menopause is regulated by your body, and help prevent osteoporosis and other common diseases associated with aging.