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6 Ways to Pamper Yourself

I know you are busy, but it is important to take time for some self-care.  Schedule some time to pamper yourself so you don’t get run down.  I know I need to remind myself of that as well.

To help you get started, here are 6 Ways to Pamper Yourself:

Try out one or all of these gifts to treat yourself.

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Natural Ways to Help Relieve Your Hot Flashes

A woman having a hot flash using a fan to cool off.

Hot flashes are one of the most distressing symptoms of menopause for many women.  In the spirit of giving, I want to share with you some natural ways to help you relieve your hot flashes.

To prevent hot flashes avoid the following triggers:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Eating spicy foods
  • Wearing tight clothing
  • Staying out in the heat too much
  • Stress

Other lifestyle steps you can take to reduce hot flashes naturally include:

  • Wear Cool Cami or the CoolMe Mat developed by Menopause Sister Nancy Munro.
  • Keep your bedroom cool but not cold at night.
  • Use fans to keep your skin cool throughout the day.
  • Wear natural fibers such as cotton, not synthetics.
  • Exercise lightly every day, such as walking, swimming and cycling.
  • Try yoga or meditation
  • Relax by doing deep breathing, about 6 breaths per minute, for about 5 minutes in the morning and at night, and when a hot flash starts.
  • Watch your nutrition: 
  • Eat more foods rich in Vitamin B complex, and leafy greens
  • Vitamin E, such as in sunflower seeds, almonds, fresh spinach, olive oil and kiwi fruits

Natural remedies

Some botanical and herbal therapies can also be used for relieving hot flashes. Remember that what may work for one person may not work for another. Monitor your symptoms to see if what you are taking makes any difference to your hot flashes.  Give it time as most remedies may take 4-6 weeks to see the full benefit.

Having said that, here are some natural remedies that may help ease your hot flashes:

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)

CAM therapies are may also be helpful to relieving hot flashes.  Examples here include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Reflexology

Try all of these natural ways to treat hot flashes and see which ones work best for you.

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Path to Health and Healing Gift Giveaway!

Have you started your holiday shopping?  How would you like to shop for some awesome free gifts for yourself? 

You can grab your gifts for a limited time now in the Path to Health and Healing Gift Giveaway!  Join me, holistic nurse practitioner, Laura Dankof, along with other amazing healers for this special event!

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What You Can Do For Your Sagging Skin

Have you looked in the mirror recently and thought…..OMG what happened!  My skin is sagging!  Make it stop!

I know I have.  Once your hormones start to change as a result of menopause, it can really impact your skin and the way you feel about your overall appearance.

Suddenly it seems there are wrinkles appearing, your neckline is not as toned, and your arms start to giggle like jello.

Aging is inevitable.  That includes aging skin.  So how do you keep your skin looking great no matter what your age, without having to spend a fortune?

Start with a good daily skin care routine:

  • Washing
  • Toning
  • Moisturizing
  • Exfoliating a couple of times a week.

Washing should be done with a gentle, natural cleanser that does not contain hormone disrupting chemicals.  Many skincare products have such ingredients.  In fact they can contain harsh chemicals that you want to avoid putting on your face.

Toning will help get rid of any dirt the washing might have missed, and tighten pores so they don’t become clogged with any dead skin cells.

Moisturizing in the morning should consist of applying one with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun and prevent sun damage, dark spots, skin cancer and wrinkles. Don’t forget to apply it to the backs of your hands as well-nothing gives away your real age faster than your hands.

In the evening, consider applying a heavier, more nourishing cream, especially around the eyes.

Exfoliating with sugar a couple of times a week is the equivalent of an expensive fruit peel. Just remember it will redden the skin for several hours after, so only do it at night.

Applying makeup

Use fresh, oil-free makeup. Some foundation makeup will also have SPF, for double protection if you apply it over your moisturizer. If you have dry skin, avoid cake-y powder foundations, which go in every crack and crevice and make you wrinkles stand out more! Opt for a light liquid makeup that matches your natural skin tone and is not too stark a contrast with the skin on your neck.

Remove makeup at night

Be sure to avoid any products with a lot of chemicals and fragrance. Remove all makeup before you retire for the night so you don’t end up with clogged pores and breakouts.  Your skin needs time to breath and rejuvenate.

Lifestyle measures

Skin care is important, but since you are what you eat, it stands to reason that your outer skin is a reflection of your inner health.

Stop drinking alcohol and smoking

Both can cause wrinkles to appear much sooner.

Eat a healthy diet

Vitamin C is great for boosting collagen, for skin firmness and slowing down the sagging skin. Vitamin E offers rich nutrients to the skin. A will boost the immune system and B will keep puffiness down and help you cope with stress.

Exercise

This keeps the circulation flowing, leading to a radiant glow, which will help with your self-confidence.

Follow these guidelines and you can put your best face forward no matter what your age, even during menopause.  Not only that you can slow the sag.

By the way, Beautycounter has a great line of skincare products that contain natural ingredients and no hormone disrupting harsh chemicals.  You can visit my Beautycounter page by clicking here!

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Have You Lost Control of Your Bladder?

One of the most embarrassing aspects of menopause is the development of urinary tract symptoms as a result of hormonal changes.  This can have a significant impact on your quality of life unless you know what to expect and how to deal with these issues effectively.

Have you lost control of your bladder?  If so, what should you watch for?  Here are the most common bladder issues women in menopause deal with:

  •  Lack of control over urination (incontinence)
  • Lack of control due to a laugh, sneeze or cough, for example (stress incontinence)
  • Lack of control due to the bladder being full (urge incontinence)
  • Overactive bladder (OAB)
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

All of these can be triggered by the diminishing estrogen levels in your body causing changes to your vaginal tissues. Due to the position of the urethra in relation to the vagina and bladder, you can become more prone to urinary or vaginal infections. Loss of tissue tone, like skin tone in the rest of your body (as demonstrated by sagging, for example), may contribute to urinary incontinence.

Now that we know the main symptoms to look out for and what causes them, what natural remedies can help?

Incontinence
It is important to stay hydrated.  However some liquids can be irritating to the bladder and decrease your bladder control.  Irritating liquids can include:  caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, and diet or regular soda.

Instead opt for fresh water and eat more soups and stews to add liquid to your diet and nutrition at the same time.

Avoid drinking a lot of liquid before bed so you are not disturbed in the middle of the night and are less likely to leak during the night. Go to the bathroom before bed.

Practice bladder training 
Bladder training can take some time, but it is effective for all forms of incontinence. You train your muscles and bladder to hold urine for longer. While training, use incontinence pads and garments as needed to avoid any little accidents.

Over Active Bladder (OAB)
OAB can be a real nuisance.  Do you find yourself basing your activities around being able to get to a bathroom easily? Fortunately, there are many effective lifestyle measures that can help:

  • Exercise, including
    • abdominal strength training
    • Kegel exercises (pelvic floor muscle training)
  • Weight control-the more excess weight you carry, the greater your risk of suffering from OAB.
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid acidic foods
  • Smoking cessation
  • Consume a health diet that includes things that support a health bladder such as:  unsweetened cranberry juice or a cranberry extract and probiotics.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

Many of the things that can help OAB can help with UTIs. In addition, try:

  • Wearing cotton, not synthetic, underwear
  • Avoiding perfumed pads
  • Avoiding douching
  • Not holding urine too long
  • Wipe from front to back

Having healthy vaginal issue can further help reduce menopause related bladder issues.  Julva is a wonderful product that may help and was developed by Dr. Anna Cabeca.  To learn more about Julva, click here now.

Now that you know what to do about the most common urinary symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, you should start to lead a fuller life where the first thing you do is not to have to spot the bathroom everywhere you go.

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Does Menopause Have You Feeling More Emotional?

As you know, menopause is a time of great hormonal fluctuations. During perimenopause, the years just before the periods finally stop; your hormone levels can fluctuate a lot.  This can lead to emotional upheaval that can last for several years.  This can be very distressing for you but also those around you.

What is going on!

During menopause and in the perimenopausal years, the estrogen levels gradually decrease and the ovaries put out less progesterone. This results in a rise in FSH and LH, which can be measured as part of the diagnosis of menopause although “menopause” is a clinical diagnosis, meaning that it is declared “menopause” when a woman has not had a period for more than a year. The cause of menopause is primary ovarian failure. The ovaries simply run out of eggs and do not produce the same amount of gonadal hormones as were made during the fertile years.  All these hormone changes can make you feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster ride.  

Emotional Impact Of Time Gone By

For some women, the emotional impact of menopause stems from the simple fact of getting older and seeing the changes happening in their body.  Some women have real issues with age, and menopause is a landmark time that typically marks the end of middle age.  Seeing the changes taking place in your body can be frustrating and scary.

Emotional Impact Related To Womanhood

For some women, menopause may trigger feelings of depression and sadness because a lot of their personal identity in womanhood is tied up in being able to bear children. There are also those women who may have not had a chance yet to bear children or as many as they wanted to or planned to which lends itself to feelings of sadness, anger, grief and loss.

Emotional Impact From Hormonal Fluctuations

There is lots of reasons you can feel more emotional in menopause.  Hormone fluctuations have a direct affect on the neurotransmitters in your brain. Low levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, for example, can be found in menopausal. These low levels contribute to feelings of depression and irritability. Women are more likely to suffer from an episode of major depression during these years.  It is not uncommon to see many women put on an anti-depressant, sleeping pills, or anxiety medication.  There is a time and place for this, but what if you could find a way to balance your hormone or ease the hormone fluctuations?

There are programs and trained health practitioners that can help.  You may also looking into various supplements that can help support your hormones and your emotions in menopause.  One of my top recommendations for this is Mighty Maca.  I have found it can help mood, libido, and energy.  The feedback from the women I treat has been amazing.  I often hear, “I love it”!  “I will never stop taking it”!  It was developed by gynecologist, Dr. Anna Cabeca when she was trying to treat her own hormone imbalances.  If you want to learn more about Mighty Maca:  Click Here!

What are other reasons you might be feeling more emotional in menopause?

A Time Of Loss

Menopause is also a time of loss. It is during this time when many women are having personal upheavals in their lives, such as the loss of children who have grown and have moved away from home, the changing face of relationships, and the coming of older age. You may be considering a change in careers.  These things can cause anxiety, irritability, agitation, and depression in women who otherwise would be able to handle these life changes.

Health Problems That Effect Motions

The menopausal years are also peak times for women to suffer from health problems that can affect their emotions. Hypothyroidism can occur during these years and many women deal with things like breast cancer and other health crises.

Improving The Emotional Outlook

So how do you begin to cope with these emotional changes—both biochemical and environmental?  You can start by taking a look at your diet.  Food is Medicine after all.  Eating healthier foods such as organic whole fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats and protein are essential to supporting your mood and your hormones.  Exercise helps to preserve muscle and bone mass.  It also increases endorphins, which affect mood.

You are never too old to begin something new such as starting a walking program or doing things like yoga or aerobic swimming classes. Riding a bike for half an hour a day can bring about a better mood and improved outlook on life.

Even adding a hobby can improve your outlook and lift depressive symptoms in menopause. Women who have social hobbies tend to feel better than those who have isolative hobbies but actually, having any kind of hobby will improve mood and increase well-being. Exercise may even improve the sleep disturbances seen in menopause.

Because women are at higher risk for heart disease and bone loss after menopause, this is the time when exercise. Emotional improvement can be seen with exercise as much as physical improvement.

Staying social can help you cope with the changing of emotions. This means finding and having friendships with other women and keeping up a healthy relationship with one’s loved ones. Simply keeping a good social calendar can combat feelings of loneliness, hopelessness, and depression so often seen at this time of a woman’s life.

For those with deep seeded depression, and sadness, professional therapy is always a good option, especially when depression begins to effect quality of life and persists into a long term situation.

The bottom line is, it is normal to feel more emotional in menopause.  Yes, it is not pleasant.  No, you are not going crazy.  If you want to get the love and support of other women in menopause, we would love to have you join us over at the Menopause Sisterhood Facebook Group!