Early Menopause Relief with Calcium and Vitamin D

Early menopause systems can change your life for the worst. From irregular bleeding to sweats, hot flashes, urinary problems, sleep disturbance and mood changes… your entire routine can become a mess. One upside to this, you are glad that Aunt Flow is flowing away for good. On the other hand, you are fed up of experiencing random hot flashes every day, anywhere you are.

These symptoms are quite small compared to osteoporosis. As you age, your diet gets smaller and smaller. Chances are you are not getting the right amount of nutrients that you need to keep your body healthy. At a time like this, the two main nutrients that you often fail to provide your body with are Vitamin D and calcium. When it comes to Vitamin D, the intake should be slightly increased as it is not only used by the body but it also works as a helping hand in absorbing calcium.

Vitamin D and Menopause

Here’s how your body behaves when it doesn’t get an adequate amount of Vitamin D:

  • Fatigue
  • Low immunity
  • Frequently occurring infections (flu and cold)
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Sleep problems
  • Impaired cognitive function

Calcium and Menopause

When the body doesn’t receive enough amount of calcium, there are many parts of the body that get affected. These include:

  • Weak nervous system
  • Slow muscle contraction
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Osteoporosis
  • Low level of estrogen

The Connection between Vitamin D and Calcium

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While sunlight is the best and sure way to receive Vitamin D, it has quite a few disadvantages such as the risk of getting skin cancer. When a woman goes through menopause, the first visible sign is aging of the skin. This makes it difficult for your skin alone to provide you with the Vitamin D your body badly needs. There’s also this whole trouble of dealing with sunscreen, so this method is not a great one.

Let’s come to the most obvious way: food. However, you need to be very carefully because postmenopausal individuals experience slow digestion, which makes it difficult for them again to get enough Vitamin from the food that they eat. The best way to get both Vitamin D and calcium are dairy products.

According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, research was conducted using large population of women as their population sample. The frequency of Vitamin D and calcium intake was measured for 4 years. The results revealed that women who took both minerals in adequate amount and in the form of dairy products were at a lower risk, 17% to be exact, of early menopause.

Product Sources of Vitamin D

  • Fatty fish
  • Orange juice
  • Egg yolks cheese
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Oysters
  • Egg yolks
  • Mushroom

Dairy Product Sources of Calcium

  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Whole milk
  • Ricotta
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Swiss cheese
  • American cheese

Try including these food items in your daily diet to get the Vitamin D and calcium your body needs. Women in their late 30’s can also sometime suffer from early on-set menopause, so better start changing your diet now.

Siberian Rhubarb and Menopause Symptoms

Menopause, the clinical term used for the period when menstruation has ceased for over a year, is a difficult phase for many. In the final 1 to 2 years before menopause, the levels of estrogen increase which cause the menopausal symptoms to become more pronounced. Natural menopause occurs between the ages of 40-58 years. Most of the women experience menopause at this age along with a dozen of symptoms that make this time really hard for them.

Menopausal Symptoms

While there are many different symptoms of menopause, the most common and the most debilitating one is hot flashes. Almost 80% of the women suffer from hot flashes and around 30% of the women report these hot flashes to be so intense that they affect the quality of their lives.

Treating Hot Flashes

Until recently, the most common way of treating hot flashes was hormone replacement therapy. However, recent studies found out that hormone replacement therapy increased the risk of heart diseases, as well as breast cancer. They are only recommended for a short-term use. Thus, finding a long-term, effective and safe way to treat hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms was necessary.

Siberian Rhubarb

A special extract of rhubarb has been used in Germany and many other places for years to treat hot flashes related to menopause. The extract is also known as Err 731 and is found to have no estrogens in it. The exact mechanism of the function of Siberian Rhubarb is still being studied by researchers.

Siberian Rhubarb Reduces Hot Flashes

A study examined the effectiveness of rhubarb in treating the menopausal symptoms in 109 premenopausal women. These women experienced frequent hot flashes. Half of these women took tablets containing 4mg of rhubarb extract for 12 weeks while the remaining half received a placebo. The results of the study suggested that the women taking rhubarb extract experienced a clear decrease in the frequency of hot flashes they experienced as compared to the women who were on the placebo.

Err 731 has been found to reduce the severity and frequency of hot flashes in women. It is also found effective in reducing night sweats as effectively as done by a low dose of estrogen. In addition to reducing hot flashes, rhubarb is also found to ease other menopausal symptoms as well including but not limited to mood changes, sleep disruption, musculoskeletal symptoms, and vaginal dryness.

The Final Word

Rhubarb or Err 731 has been used in Germany since 1993. However, it has become available in the U.S. only recently. Thanks to the Siberian rhubarb, women facing severe hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms have been able to find a cure to their problems. Unlike Hormone Replacement Therapy, Siberian rhubarb extract contains neither estrogen nor other potent activators of ERs. Thus, it is an effective and long-term solution for treating menopausal symptoms. Along with personalized lifestyle changes, Siberian rhubarb can offer relief to the women facing menopausal symptoms in an effective and safe manner. It makes transitioning to menopause a little easier for the women out there.

Top Rated Professional Supplements (Part 1)

Sometimes, keeping up with a healthy diet is not enough. There comes a time when your body requires more nourishment, which can only be achieved through supplements. There are thousands of supplements available online but choosing the right one is crucial to your health.

In the past years, the required intake of vegetables and fruits recommended by professionals has changed. According to CDC, one in only ten adults meets the required federal vegetable or fruit recommendations. This makes supplements a natural and cost effective way to boost the immune system and keep yourself healthy.

To help you get the best out of your supplements, we have found the top rated professional supplements that will help you live longer and healthier:

XYMOGEN

Founded in 2003, XYMOGEN has been transforming the lives of people. The company uses exclusive professional formulas to distinguish its supplements from other supplement brands. Provided to healthcare professionals, XYMOGEN is mostly prescribed, as they are a new generation of supplements and care must be exercised when choosing one for any illness. One of the reasons XYMOGEN is highly praised in the healthcare industry is because it not just provides supplements for the body but for the brain too through its line of supplements created specifically for neurological disorders. Following are a few of the supplements that offer support for:

  • Detoxification
  • Cell-Life Regulation
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Immune System
  • Relaxation and Sleep
  • Bone
  • Health
  • Blood Sugar

MARCO PHARMA

MARCO PHARMA was established in 1983 by a German Naturopath, Dr. Marx. He conducted seminars and lectures to teach healthcare practitioners how to administer German therapies. By 1991, MARCO PHARMA was well known in the US and thus began distribution of its supplements internationally. The supplements provided by MARCO PHARMA are advised by trained professionals who are leading authorities in acupuncture, homeopathy, Electro-acupuncture, herbal medicine, natural modalities, clinical ecology and a few other naturopathic disciplines. The company has 4 lines of different supplements, which include:

  • Homeopathic and Herbal Remedies: Supplementing and healing
  • Pacific Island Herbals: Allows you to produce vegetation in nutrient-rich soil, which gives you potent medicinal benefits
  • Ionized Trace Minerals: Development and normal growth, repairs and heals wounds and regulates the body’s absorption mechanism
  • Additional Homeopathic and Herbal Remedies: Proteolytic enzymes and other products that support the body’s functionality

Metagenics

Established in 1983, Metagenics has a unique approach to healthcare supplements. They came up with the revolutionary idea that genes are not the only driving force behind our health. This led them to create nutritional supplements that increase people’s quality of life. The company uses pure ingredients, which are gluten-free, non-GMO and vegetarian products. The six areas/functions of the body that their supplements help improve are:

  • Immune health and function
  • Gastrointestinal health
  • Cardio metabolic health
  • Healthy blood glucose
  • Muscle, bone and joint health
  • Neurological

Along with health supplements, Metagenics also offers nutritional supplements, some of which are for:

  • Detox
  • Enzymes
  • Omega 3s
  • Probiotics
  • Ketogenic

Healthcare supplements provided by these companies are quite potent and therefore, are only offered to healthcare professionals. So, if you are playing to get on a healthy track to keep yourself fit, then visit the nearest healthcare professional and take advantage of these supplements.

What We Are Never Prepared For – Menopause and All That Comes With It

“I don’t even like myself, but it’s something I can’t help,
I got those God almighty, slap somebody PMS blues.
Most times I’m easy going, some say I’m good as gold
But when I’m PMS I tell ya, I turn mean and cold.”

Yes, this is a song about menopause. Just because this subject is taboo, doesn’t mean we can’t sing about it… that’s probably what Dolly Parton thought. God bless this woman because she just hit the nail on the head.

Alright, so let’s talk about menopause.

The Start

Most women go through menopause in their mid 40’s or 50’s. It starts small and then turns your life upside down. There are a dozen symptoms that you will experience, which may last a few months or an entire year.

What Is Menopause?

To tell you the truth, it’s the most dreadful time in a woman’s life. It’s when you stop ovulating and go without having a period for 12 months, means you have entered menopause. It’s completely natural and part of our aging process. What it signifies is a new life, which for some is filled with roses and for some with thorns. Talking about 12 months… this brings us to our next topic:

Peri-Menopause

First in line to wreak havoc is peri-menopause, which is the 12 months period you go through. This involves a fluctuating menstruation cycle, hot flashes, diminished sex drive and more that we will be discussing below.

Menstrual Changes

When you are trying to get pregnant, your ovaries play a huge role in the process. The ovaries release 2 hormones called progesterone and estrogen. The latter is released by the ovaries to prepare the uterus lining for pregnancy. Then, a mature egg is released by the ovaries, which increases the progesterone level. This process is called ovulation. If there is no sperm in the process, both hormone levels start to decrease, which triggers menstruation.

When the peri-menopause phase begins, there is a huge change in the hormone levels. Less estrogen is produced, which stops ovulation from occurring. As a result, the body gets confused and skips a period. When this happens on a regular basis, your periods start getting lighter or heavier. After some time, 12 months to be exact, they stop and you enter the menopause phase.

Symptoms of Peri-Menopause and Menopause

  • Breast tenderness
  • Mild skin problems
  • Fatigue
  • Lowered libido
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Night sweats
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Osteoporosis
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hair thinning

The Bane of Our Existence during Menopause – Hot Flashes

The most common symptom of menopause is hot flashes. This causes a rise in the body temperature that usually affects the upper half of the body. The skin turns red and becomes blotchy, and you experience a rush of heat that causes feelings of dizziness, heart palpitations and sweating.

Hot flashes usually happen twice or thrice a day and continue until you have completely entered the menopause phase. Triggers that cause this include:

  • Eating spicy food
  • Consuming caffeine or alcohol
  • Being somewhere hot
  • Feeling stressed

While there’s no way of stopping this process, you sure can make some lifestyle changes to ease into it. The peri-menopause and menopause phase together last 2 to 3 years. A few changes that you can make is eating healthy and exercising daily. The rest will come along as you age gracefully.