Every day in the United States, 3,500 women enter menopause. Until recently, the most common regime prescribed by standard medical practitioners for symptoms of menopause was hormone treatment therapy.
If a woman follows today’s medical thinking, she is asked to believe that all she needs is estrogen and a couple of antacid tablets for calcium and she will be spared the problems of menopause. However, it has been estimated that as many as one-half of all women on such a conventional program has stopped, partly due to intolerable side effects and partly due to new research showing the long range side effects. Moreover, there are many women, who because of confusion and misinformation about hormone therapy, decide to do nothing. Let’s take a look at this time of a woman’s life and try to get some answers.
First, estrogen is not a single hormone but a family of hormones. We now know that there are at least two dozen identified estrogens produced in a woman’s body. Estrogen plays 300 known functions in the body, supporting vital organs such as the brain, heart , and liver.
Second, estrogen becomes estrone (E1) ,estradiol (E2) and estriol (E3). The estriol (E3) part has been shown to be a cancer preventative. On the other hand, estradiol (E2) is predominantly implicated in increased cancer risk.
Third, most synthetic estrogen such as the product Premarin, convert estradiol, the estrogen which increases cancer risk. Furthermore, taking estrogen alone without progesterone can cause an estrogen dominance which can lead to the proliferation of cancer cells.
Fourth, it is possible to synthesize hormones from plants that closely match human hormones. Plant-derived estrogen and progesterone duplicate your natural hormones, are free of side effects, and are gentler and safer for the body. In Europe, bio-identical, plant-derived hormones such as from sources as soy and wild yam have been available sine the late forties. And women have been using plant-derived estrogen through two and three generations with no reported problems.
Fifth, progesterone is believed to be just as important as estrogen in balancing hormone replacement needs. Natural progesterone has none of the side effects of the synthetic progestins such as the product Provera. Bio-identical, plant-derived progesterone does not interfere with your body’s own production of progesterone. It helps balance estrogen, leaves the body quickly and therefore does not compete for receptor sites. It is superior to synthetic products in its effect on lowering cholesterol.
Sixth, there are plant-derived products you can use that put all the good effects of the estrogens together and used in conjunction with plant-derived progesterone provide protection ass well as relief from menopausal symptoms.
Seventh, Pro-gest, a suspension of natural progesterone in Vitamin E oil is absorbed through the skin, a safe delivery system. This progesterone can help prevent and even reverse osteoporosis, PMS, and premature menopause. Starting on day 14 of the menstrual cycle, 1/8 teaspoon of Pro-gest cream is applied every day for 14 to 17 days, then increased to 1/4 teaspoon day 18 to 22, then increased again to 1/2 teaspoon until menses. Then application is stopped until the next mid-cycle.
Eighth, a surgically-induced menopause makes it necessary for a woman to need both estrogen and progesterone replacement.
Ninth, what you eat or don’t eat has its effects on hormones. Over 300 plants possess compounds that have estrogenic activity/ Legumes, grains, nuts, seeds, soy, lignans, all convert to active estrogenic substances when eaten. The intestinal flora (good bacteria) change plant compounds into hormonally active substances that the body uses and which help control the hormone rheostat. A diet high in vegetables lowers levels of estradiol, which in turn decreases menopausal symptoms and lowers the incidence of cancer. A diet high in animal fat raises estrogen levels and increases menopausal problems and aging problems. Thus, the food you eat can cause hormonal health or hormonal havoc.
Tenth, good digestion is crucial to hormonal health. If you experience gas, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, or poorly-formed stools - in fact most digestive complaints - you need to improve both the enzymes and flora in your GI tract. Plant-derived, digestive enzymes taken at the beginning of meals - about 15 to 230 minutes - will break down, digest, and absorb nutrients in food. Natural probiotics such as acidophilus, bifidonate, and Bulfaricum floras, not only ensure getting nutritional benefits from food, but also make your intestines more immune-system active. Taken before meals, probiotics reestablish healthy populations of flora, keeping harmful yeast, viruses, bacteria, and fungi from overloading your system.
Your ideal program should begin in midlife and go beyond the end of menopause. it should be started as soon as possible if you are experiencing any signs of discomfort. Your program will depend on doing your part by using the information here and in other reliable sources to take control of your own treatment. Turn “the Change” into an opportunity to understand more about your body and how to protect, support, and enhance it the rest of your life.
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