Sage advice to beat the heat
(NC)—Hot flashes. Irritability. Night sweats. For many these symptoms may be concerning enough for a trip to the doctor but for women nearing their late 40's it is an indication of changing hormonal levels in the reproductive system – or as it is more commonly known: menopause.
“About 75 per cent of women suffer hot flashes and sweats while in menopause,” says Josée Fortin, accredited naturopath. “However there are a number of other symptoms that can also cause distress including vertigo, high blood pressure and loss of libido.”
For years there have been pharmaceutical treatments available to help women such as hormone estrogen, which has been proven to have serious side effects. However, there are a number of natural options for women who are looking to beat the heat:
• Eat healthy: a diet which includes nutrient, mineral and fibre rich foods such as beans, soy products, fruits and vegetables not only contribute to our overall well-being but can also help to ease menopausal symptoms.
• Exercise: including regular exercise in our routine can help by promoting mobility, flexibility and relaxation.
• Sage: used for millennia as a medicine, its antispasmodic and astringent effects make it effective to treat the symptoms of menopause, with tablets made from fresh leaves being particularly effective in reducing hot flashes and excessive sweating.
More information on herbal remedies for menopause is available at www.AVogel.ca.