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The Men-O-Pause

Updated: Apr 24

I guess those of us who are suffering menopause on any level have at least some idea of what’s happening in our bodies. I didn’t! For years I wasn’t affected by it so I didn’t really acknowledge the issue. Now I know that menopause is the result of a drop in estrogen because our ovaries begin to produce less of it. The decreased production of estrogen affects other functions in our bodies resulting in hot flashes, night sweats and more.

Our bodies become the victim of an internal war between our hypothalamus and our ovaries. The hypothalamus has an ongoing conversation with our ovaries until the communication begins to weaken and ultimately stops. Then as they both begin shouting to be heard this results in hot flashes, exhaustion, night sweats, etc. The trick is to increase estrogen levels without harming our bodies. The side effects of hormone replacement therapy are risky including heart, breast and uterine issues. NOT!

The herb that works for me is red clover. It contains isoflavones, which are plant-based chemicals that produce estrogen-like effects in the body. Also known as phytoestrogen, the chemicals mimic the actions of estrogen to communicate with our hypothalamus, and respond accordingly. Research the many plant-based options that are out there and determine which works best for you. For an extensive list of options complete the form below and a list will be sent to you. Stay cool!

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