Less Known Premenopausal Symptoms and Their Remedies

Lack of being able to make quick decisions, loosing focus and becoming forgetful when normally your mind is sharp; being anxious or suddenly tired for no apparent reason; and feeling not as sexy as usual – these are just a few of the less discussed premenopausal symptoms that women experience long before menopause arrives.

But I’m Only 30 Something!

Because these less well-known premenopausal symptoms may begin as early as the mid thirties, when a woman is still fertile and having periods, they may create undue alarm. Yes, before the classic hot flashes begin, or there are any obvious signs of a hormonal imbalance (like the ones that cause weight gain or weight redistribution), women may find their sleep patterns change, that they have more headaches, and their energy level isn’t what it used to be. Many women feel irritable or can’t explain why they want to burst into tears. Premenopausal symptoms may begin years before the official onset of menopause, and may be misunderstood or misdiagnosed.

Are There Natural ways to Alleviate the Symptoms?

One of the reasons that it can be difficult to recognize / treat the onset of hormonal changes is that women, especially in their mid thirties / forties, have a lot of responsibility – with family, young children, or may just have reached the peak of their professional careers. Women have a tendency to care for everyone and everything else, leaving their own needs to last. That must change. Here are some practical suggestions to combat premenopausal symptoms before they become serious issues.

1. Natural Hormone Balancing Foods

Eat more raw vegetables (or veggie juice), especially cruciferous ones, namely broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, bok choy and other types of cabbage, kale, and turnip greens. Set aside one day a week to drink vegetable juice or eat primarily these veggies, or add a few of them to a daily salad – even if no one else joins you. The vegetables listed are not just high in nutrients and vitamins such as A, various B vitamins, as well as C, D and E, but help to balance female estrogen levels. Eating more of these vegetables will help alleviate premenopausal symptoms and will also aid with PSM and general discomfort during menstrual cycles.

2. Pamper YOURSELF!

Do at least one thing a week just for yourself – get a manicure, pedicure, get your hair done, get a massage, go for a tanning session, take a yoga class or go for a walk / bike ride – whatever you enjoy and is just for you. Why is this important in order to alleviate the symptoms that may be part of premenopause? Because STRESS will compound the symptoms of hormone changes. If you can alleviate tension instead of letting it build up inside, you’ll be less likely to succumb to feelings of irritability.

3. Restful, Undisturbed SLEEP

Sleep disorders are often compounded by external factors that can be alleviated. Getting sufficient rest may seem trivial but is an essential part of alleviating fatigue and irritability. Is your bed comfortable? Does it have proper support? Is your bedroom a place where you go to really REST? How can you eliminate the things that disturb you during the night?

4. Douching for Comfort and Freshness

Vaginal irritations, infections, dryness and itchiness all contribute to irritability but can be prevented. Try using a douche to cleanse – choose natural cleanses won’t destroy the pH balance. Some women use water, lemon and a teeny bit of salt, others use garlic especially when there’s a hint of an infection. Calendula is a herb that many women add to warm water and is mild and refreshing. Some ladies like to add a bit of apple cider vinegar to their warm water douche, and this can be good from time to time – but don’t overdo it. Even diluted apple cider vinegar can be harsh for regular use. Avoid feeling irritable with some of the premenopausal symptoms associated with vaginal discomfort by keeping your inner and outer body refreshed.

5. Soy, Cinnamon, Ginger and Cloves

Alleviate headaches by changing some small dietary habits. For example: try soy milk instead of dairy, and eliminate black tea by switching to green tea, or try sipping mint, lemon grass or ginger tea, sweetened with organic honey / maple syrup. Replace sugary beverages with blends of fruit / herb teas spiced with cinnamon and cloves.

6. Aloe Vera, Fiber, Water and Elimination

Help get rid of that lackluster low energy feeling of fatigue by boosting your immune system and getting your bowels moving. Buy a large aloe vera plant and start taking the fresh gel daily. Slurp down a couple tablespoons of aloe gel in the morning with a spirulina or seaweed drink and some fiber and feel how well your body reacts when your elimination cycles improve. If you also drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, you’ll feel better overall, have regular bowel habits so as to suffer less from either pre menopause or menopause itself when the time comes.

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