Looking good for your age is desirable no matter what your chronology, but maintaining a youthful appearance after you’ve hit menopause is enviable. And the 40 million or so potential clients out there who are going through life’s changes don’t need face-lifts and botox shots to do it. In fact, maintaining the glow may be as simple as cultivating some healthy habits and receiving facial treatments that address menopause-related changes.
After months of hot flashes, fatigue, and irritability, oftentimes the last thing a woman in the throes of menopause wants is to be touched. Yet, this is exactly when a woman needs to experience touch, especially massage and bodywork. When she most needs to be nurtured, comforted, and reminded of her beauty and inner spirit, is often when a woman’s body rebels and begins fighting against her.
Natural remedies for menopause, such as soy, licorice root and black cohosh, have been prevalent for some time. Enter into the foray the Peruvian plant maca. Unlike the former, which all introduce phytoestrogens into the body as a relief agent, maca regulates the flow of estrogen throughout the body, according to biological researcher Gloria Chacon, Ph.D. Rich in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, protein, carbohydrates and vitamins B1, B2, B12, C and E and some fatty acids, maca has been reported to assist with fatigue, mood swings and hot flashes.
Self-regulating the body’s hormones may be the key to easing the less-than-desirable symptoms often associated with menopause, suggests BottomLine Health. To maintain balance of estrogen and progesterone levels, it is important for women at the onset of perimenopause (and thereafter) to get sufficient fiber. This aids the liver and gallbladder in taking some of the hormonal by-products out of circulation and recycling others. It is also recommended that women at this stage take glucomannan, to also remove hormonal by-products, and vitamin B12, which is crucial for liver function.
Most of us take water for granted. It’s in our oceans, rivers, lakes and swimming pools. It falls from the sky and flows from our faucets. We swim, bathe, wash and soak in it. When we need it, or want it, we have it. Our supply of water is not the problem today, (more than 70 percent of the Earth is covered by it) the problem is the purity of the water.
All water is not the same. There are differences equating to different healing properties and, as you can imagine, its uses in hydrotherapy vary greatly.
Understanding the difference between hot flashes and night sweats is one of the bittersweet burdens every woman bears in life, but comradery doesn’t make it any easier. Experts say we are in the midst of a giant “meno-boom” today, with more than 40 million U.S. women in the throes of this midlife rite of passage we know as menopause. The good news is there are many natural ways to make the transition a little easier for all of us.