Menopause...hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, memory issues...is this what ALL women have to look forward to?
Despite what you hear about in the litany of articles and websites, menopause can actually be a time of profound beauty, satisfaction and celebration. How is this possible? With key steps you can take to prepare your body and mind for this incredible time that is part of our journey as women.
First, let’s take a look at what menopause really is.
Around the age of 40, women (in the Western cultures) may begin to notice the first signs of peri-menopause, the transition into menopause. This is when your hormone levels of estrogen, progesterone and the androgens start to change.1 During peri-menopause, women begin to notice symptoms like irregular periods and mood swings, which can last between 5 – 13 years.2
As our ovaries produce less and less estrogen and progesterone and your levels of testosterone drop too, you eventually enter what we call, “menopause”. Quite simply, this means the end of menstruation. But there’s so much more to menopause and this is where YOU have the opportunity to make this transition a celebration.
There are a wide range of menopause symptoms, most of which feel uncomfortable and frustrating for women.
Menopause symptoms can include:
Research has recently found that women who experience the most severe symptoms during menopause, have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease.3
This connection could be due to the reduced beneficial effects of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone that are available to cells.
But aside from the “gloom and doom belief” that often surrounds the transition to menopause, let’s take a moment to look at what’s really happening in our journey as women.
As women, we have natural stages in our lives, each with their own beautiful gifts. When we move into young adulthood, today’s “modern” woman is concerned with starting a career, finding a partner and for many, giving birth to new life and raising children. During this time, we are busy with the energy of creation. Our youthful energy spurs this creative energy to flow.
Because of the “cycle of life” our bodies are designed to alter its energy as the years go by. We all must move from the energy of creation to the energy of reflection. In this time of reflection, our bodies begin to slow down…not in a way that is “less than,” but in a way that is powerful in its stillness.
Our lives tend to be more settled and if we truly look, we find that we have this time to become more still and begin to listen.
From this stillness, a whole new type of energy arises. This is the energy of inspiration. It comes from inside. It not only shifts us, but it shifts those around us. What’s happening here is the potential for tapping into a deeper wisdom. If we honor the time of menopause, we can actually create the time to listen from within.
You and your body want to now experience life in a different way at this stage of your life. This is where, instead of “efforting,” you can begin to create from this place of stillness. It is what’s often referred to as manifesting by drawing upon “inner wisdom to create”, rather than creating with force.
So, menopause is a wonderful, much-deserved time when a woman can focus on her owns needs, nourishing and rebalancing herself, physically and emotionally.
As you move into menopause and celebrate time to focus on YOU, this does NOT mean you have to lose your life force energy! Indeed not! This is the perfect time to focus on restoring your prenatal, constitutional physical energy while maturing and enriching your soul and spirit. (To mature means to ripen and who doesn’t love the sweetness and beauty of a ripened fruit?)
According to traditional Chinese medicine’s view on energy, we humans are born with a certain amount of “jing”, otherwise known as life force energy or prenatal jing. This is the finite, inherited energy that comes from your parents at conception and from the time you spent inside your mother’s womb). In this day and age your “jing” is usually depleted throughout your super-busy childbearing years due to stress, career building, and not enough balance in your life.
When a woman reaches the peri-menopause stage and if her prenatal jing has been depleted throughout her life then symptoms will manifest that we have come to accept as normal. In actual fact, they are not! They do not have to be a part of your life...
So the question every woman should asking herself as she approaches this stage in her life is, how can I replenish my prenatal, constitutional jing? ( I do have a book coming out in ’09 that will delve more fully into the secrets of how to do this, called The Baby Boomer Diet.)
Natural Hormone Replacement Therapies (HRT alternatives) are available to today’s woman that may be helpful in relieving symptoms of menopause, but you don’t have to go down that route. And before you do or IF you do, please realize that diet and lifestyle changes must come first because HRT may be unnecessary or needed in lesser amounts. Body Ecology suggests a more fundamental approach to helping you prepare your body for the menopausal years and beyond.
Remember the Principle of Uniqueness...every woman is unique...YOU ARE UNIQUE...and there is no “one size fits all” remedy for resolving your menopausal symptoms. There are many basic ways or fundamentals, however, for taking care of yourself that will benefit you through your transition and beyond. They will keep you looking an feeling years younger than the calendar birthdays you’ve celebrated.
Here are 12 natural lifestyle and diet tips to help replenish your jing energy:
Probiotic-rich Dong Quai is one of Body Ecology’s answers to helping eliminate menopause symptoms, PMS and peri-menopause. A blend of the herb Dong Quai fermented with the best blend of probiotics results in an ideal tonic that boosts your energy and immunity. Drink some Dong Quai today and celebrate all the stages of your life!
To me bio-identical hormones are similar to antibiotics in that they seem to be the miraculous answer we all have been praying for. But they have a front and a back side to them as well too. Once your body learns to depend on them if they are no longer available (remember codex is a threat) your organs will suddenly crash. Their crutch will be taken away. I would rather see us look beyond Bio Identical HRT and find ways to authentically restore our endocrine organs to their original youthful condition. And with stem cells on the horizon they may be the answer but the Body Ecology Diet and numerous methods of detoxification are already available.
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