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Natural Alternatives To Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

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The Dangers of Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, has been touted in recent years as the solution for menopause. However, recent studies conducted by the Women's Health Initiative have shown that the risks outweigh the benefits. For some women, HRT does not produce any noticeable improvements. There are two different types of hormone replacement therapy: estrogen only or estrogen/progesterone combination. These hormones can be derived from plant or animal sources, or can be artificially synthesized.

Menopause

Menopause is a natural process that is part of aging. Menopause occurs when the production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone by the ovaries begins to fluctuate. Menopause can also be triggered by a hysterectomy if one or both ovaries are removed. Some of the symptoms of menopause are:
  • Mood swings
  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Anxiety
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Bladder control
  • Muscle soreness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Incontinence
  • Mental disturbances: Memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and mental confusion

Natural Treatments

Fortunately, these unpleasant symptoms can be alleviated without the harmful effects of hormone therapy.
  • Exercise: getting moderate exercise can help alleviate some symptoms like hot flashes
  • Healthy diet: this will improve your general health.
  • Quitting Smoking
Consider adding plants like:
  • soy
  • certain beans
  • peas
  • lentils
These plants contain phytoestrogens, which may help reduce menopausal symptoms and help protect against osteoporosis. Be sure to get enough calcium, vitamins C and D, and soluble fiber The following foods can trigger hot flashes, so try to avoid them:
  • Spicy foods
  • Hot beverages
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
Natural herbal remedies have been shown to help alleviate some menopausal symptoms. Some of the most common are:
  • Black cohosh. This herb has been shown to decrease the amount and severity of hot flashes, and helps with anxiety.
  • Hesperidins are flavonoids found in the peel of citrus fruits. They decrease night sweats, hot flashes, and cramps.
  • Rice bran oil can help regulate hormone levels.
  • Sage leaf helps reduce night sweats and balance moods.
  • St. John's Wort
  • Vitamin E works as a natural, safe estrogen substitute.
Many women find that any combination of these therapies works best for them. Everyone reacts differently to medications and other treatments, so you should talk to your doctor about designing a natural treatment for menopause that is right for you.

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Sources: http://www.cwhn.ca/resources/faq/alternatives-ht.html http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/women/reproductive/menopause/738.html http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hormone-therapy/WO00046

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