Natural alternatives for HRT
I’m a big advocate of natural options. There is always a time and a place for medication. But I like to have exhausted all of my natural options before I go down this route. It’s a personal preference. Although one a learnt was not always a good option when I attempted a natural birth!!
Natural alternatives to HRT
Natural alternatives to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are available for women who want to manage menopause naturally. HRT is not the only way to manage symptoms related to menopause, and it can have serious side effects.
The following natural alternatives may help reduce hot flashes and other symptoms:
- Magnesium supplements -- Magnesium helps regulate calcium levels in the body, which can help control hot flashes. You can take magnesium by itself or in combination with other nutrients such as vitamin C and Echinacea. If you get headaches after taking magnesium supplements, try combining them with calcium instead of taking them at different times of day; some people find that this helps prevent headaches from occurring while also providing relief from hot flashes and night sweats.
- Oestrogen like supplements – Such as Soy beans, tofu, flax seeds, vitamins and herbs such as black cosh and chasteberry. These contain plant-based phytoestrogens that mimic oestrogen production in your body.
- Progesterone -- This hormone regulates ovulation cycles while also reducing anxiety levels when taken orally instead of being applied topically as an oil (which may cause irritation). Flaxseed oil contains both omega 3 fatty acids needed by our bodies but not produced internally so we need additional sources such as this type of seed.
- Calcium carbonate/vitamin D3 - Calcium carbonate helps strengthen bones while vitamin D3 increases immunity against infections like colds that could exacerbate symptoms like wheezing due
- Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish and nuts. They can help with mood swings, hot flashes and memory, concentration and sleep. Omega-3 fatty acids have also been found to be helpful for depression.
- Vitamin D: Vitamin D is important for bone health, but it may also help with hot flashes and night sweats, according to a study published in the journal Menopause. Researchers found that women who had higher levels of vitamin D were less likely to experience these symptoms than those who had lower levels. Getting enough sun exposure will help you get more vitamin D in your diet; however, if this isn't possible or practical for you then taking supplements is recommended by most doctors as well as organizations like the American Heart Association.
- Vitamin E: This antioxidant helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, which are by products of oxygen metabolism. It's also believed to improve blood flow in the body. If you're not getting enough vitamin E in your diet, consider taking a supplement as well as eating foods rich in it (like almonds).
- Vitamin B6: Another antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage by free radicals, this vitamin has also been found effective at reducing hot flashes and night sweats. Foods high in B6 include poultry, fish and bananas--but don't go overboard; too much can cause nerve damage if taken over long periods of time! If you choose not to take supplements or eat these foods regularly then consider taking an over-the-counter medication containing 50 mg per day instead; just make sure it doesn't contain additional ingredients like soybean oil or lactose which may cause side effects such as stomach discomfort or diarrhoea respectively."
Natural herbs for hot flashes and menopause symptoms.
Hot flashes and night sweats are two of the most common symptoms of menopause. While there are many different herbs that can help reduce these symptoms, some work better than others.
Here's a list of herbs and their uses:
- Black cohosh - a herb used to treat hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings associated with menopause. It has been shown to be effective in clinical studies but should not be used by women who have liver disease or oestrogen-dependent tumours (such as breast cancer).
- Chasteberry - an herb derived from a shrub native to Europe called Vitex agnus-castus (or Chastetree). Studies show that chasteberry helps reduce symptoms like vaginal dryness during menopause by balancing hormones naturally instead of introducing additional synthetic chemicals into your body like hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does!
- Rosemary, sage and thyme. These herbs are thought to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flushes by stimulating the nervous system.
- Ginger and turmeric. Both have been used for centuries to treat menopausal symptoms such as nausea and dizziness, as well as helping with sleep problems (1).
- Peppermint tea: Drinking peppermint tea has been shown to help reduce the frequency of hot flushes in women who suffer from them (2). It also helps ease stress levels which can lead to more frequent attacks (3). Chamomile is another soothing herb that makes an excellent alternative if you're not a fan of peppermint but still want something tasty!
If you're looking for a natural alternative to HRT, then there are plenty of options. Some of the best include herbs, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. These can help with hot flashes and night sweats during menopause without causing side effects like weight gain or bone loss like synthetic hormones do.
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