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Perimenopause

Perimenopause, or menopause transition, begins several years before menopause. It's the time when the ovaries gradually begin to make less estrogen. It usually starts in a woman's 40s, but can start in her 30s or even earlier. Perimenopause lasts up until menopause, the point when the ovaries stop releasing eggs. In the last 1 to 2 years of perimenopause, this drop in estrogen speeds up. At this stage, many women have menopause symptoms. (Source: WebMD)


There are many natural options to help woman sail through the life transition smoothly. Every woman is unique and will experience perimenopause differently, therefore, you don’t need to use all of these remedies just choose some that work best for you.


Healthyping’s suggestions


Proper diet: Hormone balancing through food is the most important. Eat more green vegetables, soy products, whole grain foods, fresh fruit and seeds which contain rich phyto-chemicals to rebalance hormones.


Grazing: Eat smaller, more frequent meals to avoid the heat generated by digesting large amounts of food. Avoid spicy foods which can produce heat and drink plenty of cold water.


Maca root: It grows in the mineral rich highlands of Peru. It provides a unique set of nutrients that directly fuel the endocrine system and help the glands to produce vital hormones. Take 500 mg every morning. It works effectively for hot flashes, night sweats, mood irritation, energy level and sexual drive.


GABA is an amino acid and the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. Take 500mg 1 to 2 hours before bed to help relieve hot flushes, night sweat and improve mood, anxiety and sleep.


Melatonin: The body naturally produces melatonin, but with age it decreases. The biological clock does not run properly resulting in insomnia, so the elderly have a greater benefit from using melatonin. Normally, it takes a week after starting melatonin to see the benefits for insomnia. Some people may feel a little sleepy the next morning for a few days, but this side effect will disappear with time.


Supplements: every day take 1,200 to 1,500 mg of calcium with vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis; vitamin C 500 mg to strengthen joints and also improve the immune system; multivitamins and vitamin B complex to help with general health and magnesium 400 mg is good for healthy bones, blood pressure and sleep.


Acupuncture and Meridian massage boost the body’s own healing power; improve blood and energy flow; rebalance hormones and metabolism; reduce stress level and help cope with the life transition smoothly.


For more information call Dr.Lu at 661 513-9265, Ping’s acupuncture/ Bamboo Acupuncture.

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