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Seven Ways to Ensure the Graceful Initiation of Menopause

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“I am not a Woman, I am a World.”
Queen of Sheba

A woman's transition into her Wisdom years is a grace-filled time of life, an initiation given by life itself. To optimize this transformation, one can initiate true wellness practices and intentions early, in the 30's if not the 20's, to ensure an empowered and graceful menopause.

Maintain Healthy Estrogen Domain Transitions

There are many types of natural estrogens within us and at each stage of a woman's life one distinct estrogen will likely dominate.

  • Estradiol (E2) is by far the most potent of the estrogens and drives the development of both the sexual and reproductive functions and organs; It is dominant in reproductive years
  • Estriol (E3) is the dominant estrogen during pregnancy
  • Estrone (E1) is the dominant estrogen during the post-menopausal wise woman years

Though these estrogens are produced mainly in the ovaries and in the placenta, their metabolism is a complex web involving the liver, adrenals and the brain. In turn, besides obviously regulating reproductive anatomy and physiology, all estrogens, for better or for worse, also affects the brain, bone, cardiovascular system, and many other tissues. In and beyond menopause they are keys to a woman's wellness.

To maintain healthy levels of the estrogens there is no substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle. In addition to this one would also want to consume certain phytoestrogens (estrogen-like molecules found in certain plants). Great sources of phytoestrogens are organic biodynamic Shatavari and Turmeric. These phytoestrogenic herbs have been used by cultures for thousands of years to make these estrogen domain transitions as smooth and graceful as possible.

Support Healthy Levels of Muscle and Body Fat

Pertinent to menopause, most estrone (E1), unlike other forms of estrogen, is made in fat tissue with some generated in muscle. So the more fat you have the more estrone may be produced, as well as other challenging factors that can cause imbalances in blood sugar levels and pro-inflammatory molecules. Also, the more fat you carry, regardless of your age, the more estrone will be a dominant part of your experience, including experiences of early menopausal symptoms.

This connection between adipose tissue and estrone is one of the potential vicious cycles that can be avoided with a diet, exercise protocol and lifestyle that supports balanced tone and muscle. The traditional knowledge regarding the effectiveness of an active life in maintaining true wellness has been confirmed in many western science studies. Herbs that support healthy fat metabolism and tone are the balanced metabolic adaptogens like Ginger, Tulsi, Cinnamon, Liver Kidney Formula, and the classic deep digestive formulas including Trikatu and Triphala.

Keep Toxic Endocrine Disruptors Out of the Environment

Xenoestrogens (XE), literally meaning "strange foreign estrogens," are toxic man-made molecules that appear to the body as estrogens because they can engage and activate estrogen receptors systemically. XEs clearly disrupt physiologic estrogenic responses in human organs and in their progeny. XE's, which are practically ubiquitous in our environments as they include everything from food coloring to pesticides to plastics to emulsifiers to paints, are known to give breasts to 8 year old boys, steal the masculinity and reproductive capacity from males in general, and cause both early and afflicted menarche and menopause transitions.

XEs don’t just disrupt estrogen signaling and thus cell function, but rather wreak havoc with systems that control dozens of functions absolutely vital to our wellness. This includes immunity, inflammatory response, memory, cognitive function and moods.

Consume Phytoestrogens to Maintain Balanced Hormones and Limit Xenoestrogen Exposure

Unlike xenoestrogens which support horrendous versions of cell division, it is well known that many phytoestrogens support healthy cell division and apoptosis (programmed cell death) when combined with endogenous physiologic estrogens. Again, a true matriarch of women's wellness herbs is without doubt Shatavri as it so deeply nourishes core energy, optimizes sexual and reproductive function in both males and females, and does a pretty good job as a detoxifying pro-liver antioxidant.

Other healthy sources of phytoestrogens include Shatavari, Turmeric, high lignan flax, Dioscorea, Evening Primrose, Fennel, Anise, Fenugreek and small amounts of traditional fermented soy preparations, like natto.

Stay Juicy with Nourishing Herbs and Metabolic Oils

Most women consume enough water, but also must consume those foods and herbs which support the right intelligence of hydration:

  1. Healthy and astute kidney health (This is one reason why the Liver Kidney formula is great and why we take anti-stress adaptogens like Tulsi as stress is usually the main factor in attenuated kidney function)
  2. Hyaluranic acid (great for deep hydration that one of my nicknames for it is "Face Cream for the Nervous System")
  3. Herbs with the innate intelligence of hydration, like Shatavari, Aloe, Chia, Licorice, Cinnamon and Slippery Elm.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

In the last few years it has become common knowledge that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) often uses types and doses of estrogen, like estradiol, that simply may not be right for everybody in this stage of life. In fact, HRT is often experienced as disastrous by many as it can significantly disturb the healthy balance of blood lipids, blood sugar, and systemic inflammatory responses in general. Many women have better results when they request that their health care provider use more natural protocols, including phytoestrogens and "bio-identical" hormones.

Engage in Sensible Mineral Management

You can have all the calcium in the world and still not have the best bones. ORGANIC INDIA's Osteoseal Formula supplies calcium, but that is only the mere beginning. Much more importantly this formula directly supports mineral management. So though the tagline on the bottle itself is "Herbal Calcium" a more accurate tagline may be “Herbal Mineral Management."

Summary

As you know now I see this topic of menopause and the transition into the wisdom years as a very important opportunity to accomplish foundational activism that will benefit all beings as it re-hydrates us with the deep creative and restorative juice of the Divine Feminine. It is up to all of us to ensure that women's wisdom years are a grace-filled higher state and that an empowering menopause is part of that transition/initiation into that. The best way to make that transition is to live a whole life of True Wellness, and that includes knowing, creating, esteeming, and following the matriarch and the wisdom she is.

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