The Alternative To… Menopausal Misery
IF you have ever lived with a woman as she is going through the menopause, be it your wife or your mother, you will be aware that it can be a tough time in a woman’s life!
Some women are fortunate enough to make the transition easily, but most experience at least one of a long list of symptoms which can range from hot flushes, disturbed sleep, stress, low energy and libido, bladder problems, osteoporosis, muscle and joint aches and pains, vaginal dryness, weight gain and IRRITABILITY! Well, wouldn’t you be, with all that going on?
What can be done about it?
There are several options in how to deal with all this. You can try to persuade the body not to be menopausal by using hormone replacement therapy (HRT), but this is not suitable for every woman and is in any case only postponing the inevitable. Some women are also understandably concerned about side effects reported in the press, such as an increased risk of breast cancer, heart attacks, strokes and blood clots.
A simple and traditional way of helping to deal with menopausal sweats is to use the well-known and much-loved herb, Sage. Our favourite at Elixir, A Vogel Menoforce Sage tablets, is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for excessive heat and perspiration. Sage is thought to possess the ability to rebalance the sweat-regulating mechanism in the brain. This means that however wobbly your hormones are and however much they are throwing out your ‘thermostat’ regulation, Sage can help to bring your temperature back in line.
If your symptoms are particularly stubborn or varied you may also want to take A Vogel Menosan Menopause, tablets a herbal food supplement with Soy Isoflavones, Magnesium (known to help with tiredness and fatigue), Hibiscus and Vervain. Isoflavones found in soya are oestrogen-like plant hormones (phytoestrogens), which help to reduce hot flushes and other symptoms by providing an additional boost when oestrogen levels are low. Phytoestrogens have been shown in several studies to reduce hot flushes significantly, and that is certainly something we have witnessed in our customers at Elixir.
It is not hard to see how menopausal symptoms can make life a misery, particularly coming at a time when perhaps children are leaving home, parents are becoming old and frail, and at the same time realising that you are not getting any younger yourself. It is therefore important to know that there is help available even if you are not able (or willing) to take HRT.
There are no contraindications with either Menopause Support or Menopause Sage, so now is a great time to try them yourself but pregnant or lactating women or those on medication should seek the advice of their medical professional before taking supplements.