Menopause requires improving general health

I believe in “No Pause Menopause.” Women need to strengthen their health so the change of life is not life changing.

The key to a smooth, symptomless menopause is general hormonal health. A woman’s body is designed to go through several stages of life. In each stage, she needs to keep up hormonal health. The mix of hormones is different, but it can still be healthy.

The problem is not that a woman in menopause is estrogen deficient. Yes, the two ovarian hormones, estrogen and progesterone, will decline. But, if she is healthy, other hormones will keep up a state of general wellness.

Menopause is a transition that often reveals underlying health problems. Instead of taking hormones to treat the symptoms, women can improve their general health and wellness so the body naturally makes different hormones to keep functioning optimally.

Hormone soup of the day
All humans contain a hormonal soup. For women, it varies daily through the menstrual cycle, and though life phases such as puberty and menopause. So it’s always the soup of the day. There is no one correct soup. In the summer of her life, it’s tomato soup. Later in life, it’s split pea. They’re both delicious.

A healthy woman’s body can make a good hormone soup any time of life. She should never try to make a soup with ingredients she doesn’t have. If later in life she lacks tomatoes, she does not need to take artificial tomato chemicals. She doesn’t need to recreate the exact soup of yesterday.

Instead, a healthy woman’s body looks at the high-quality ingredients she has on hand and finds something else to add, such as squash. It always about the soup of the day.

Natural phases of life
At each stage of life, all the hormones work together to keep her healthy for that stage of life. For example, at the end of puberty, the growth hormone declines. That’s normal.

Later, as fertility declines, the ovaries stop producing hormones related to childbearing. That’s normal. When the ovaries stop producing estrogen and other hormones, a healthy woman’s body will compensate with thyroid and adrenal hormones.

Of course, some women in menopause notice symptoms such as hot flashes, mood disturbances, fatigue, sleep problems, weight gain, and loss of sex drive — as well as changes such as vaginal dryness. Menopause is not causing these symptoms.

Menopause is revealing underlying health problems that are causing these symptoms. Her estrogen levels have declined and her body is depleted. So the adrenal and thyroid systems cannot take up the slack. She lacks alternative ingredients to make a good hormonal soup of the day.

Alternatives to hormone therapies
Some medical treatments for women in menopause treat the symptoms by giving medications to restore certain hormones. A better approach is to address underlying problems such as chronic stress, poor nourishment and a detrimental lifestyle. That will restore the normal hormonal balance of the thyroid and adrenal glands.

Another way of staying healthy through menopause is to avoid placing excessive demands on other body systems. Reducing toxic stress on the liver and digestive system will ameliorate menopause symptoms. Eat good building blocks, consume clean fuel and don’t put in too much rubbish. This allows the digestive system to produce hormones and protect health in other ways.

A woman who loses her fertility does not automatically lose her vitality. But it can feel that way if her general health is depleted. She can’t make good soup without ingredients such as healthy food, lots of sleep and a less stressful lifestyle.

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