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  • Wacky Hormones

    2 posts, 2 voices, 427 views, started Oct 3, 2008

    Posted on Friday, October 3, 2008 by Ms-kay


    • Carnelian

      Responsible for: Menopausal Issues

      Hormones. They go up and down and all around and eventually start to decline. During menopause, as your body settles into its new hormonal equilibrium, you may experience symptoms that profoundly influence how you feel, from hot flashes and sleep problems to aching joints and forgetfulness.

      Action Plan: Try meditation to help calm hot flashes, review this plan for deep sleep, and get plenty of exercise and calcium to build and keep strong bones.


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          Maria Louise Van Deuson wrote Oct 4, 2008
        • Unfortunately for me, I’m all too familiar with “acky hormones.” When I first started menopause 10 years ago at 38, I was so nauseated every morning that I thought I was pregnant. It turned out to be a severe shift in my female hormone levels.

          Eventually, I experienced hot flashes on and off throughout the day. After the first 5 or 6 years, I started to rarely have hot flashes during the day, but now suffer from debilitating night sweats.  

          I’ve tried every herbal, over-the-counter, and Rx known to man to no avail.

          The only thing I haven’t tried is testosterone...

          Over time, the mood swings, aches, and forgetfulness improve.

          However, I’ve found no improvement in loss of libido or (nightly) hot flashes and/or night sweats.

          My Action Plan:
          -I eat soy and take soy supplements (I’m vegetarian)
          -Wear “breathable” layers that I can put on and take off as needed.
          -Drink LOTS of water.
          -Avoid hot or spicy consumption (and alcohol)
          -Exercise 4-6 days a week (ballet, Pilates, weights, cardio)
          -Keep ambient temperature in my house cool all year round.
          -Sleep with a fan near my head circulating air throughout the night.

          I agree that meditation or any calming activity helps greatly. Emotions (good or bad) can trigger a physiological response and before you know it...HOT FLASH!

          Lastly, multi-vitamins, flax, and healthy oil supplements are also beneficial.

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