Menopause & Natural Hormone Balancing

You may have heard headlines about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in recent years. More and more, women are questioning traditional methods of coping with menopause.

There are many ways to naturally support your body during the menopausal transition. Nutritional supplements, diet, exercise, stress relief, and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy may provide relief. Village Green’s highly trained staff are committed to giving you personal guidance in choosing the most appropriate products and services to address your individual health concerns.

During menopause, a woman’s hormone levels can shift and contribute to physical, mental, and emotional imbalances, resulting in symptoms that may make this a very stressful time. Knowing your hormone status can be an important first step in enhancing quality of life and well-being during menopause.

Why Are Saliva Tests Better Than Blood Tests?

Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that must be in proper balance in order for the body to function optimally. Research shows that the most accurate way to measure steroid (sex) hormones is through saliva testing, which measures the amount of unbound or “bioavailable” hormones that are able to reach their receptor cites.

However, most doctors use blood tests, which only measure bound hormones that are attached to carrier proteins. Saliva testing allows for a truer measurement of the amount of available hormones that tissues in the body can actually use. 

About Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

Until recently, conventional estrogen and progestin therapy was considered the standard of care for menopausal complaints. However, many questions have been raised since the release of the Women’s Health Initiative study, which brought to the forefront concerns about the safety of this once thought miracle treatment. Evidence has suggested that the use of synthetic hormones in conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is associated with many health risks, such as an increased risk of breast cancer, coronary events, stroke, and blood clots.

As a result, more and more women and physicians are opting for the use of bio-identical hormones (BHRT) because they are created to match the structure and function of hormones produced in the body and are safer than synthetic hormones. Because bio-identical hormones are natural, your body can metabolize them as it was designed to do, minimizing side effects. Bio-identical hormones provide the well-known benefits of traditional hormone replacement therapy -- without most of the unwanted side effects and risks.

Lifestyle Factors That Can Help With Hormone Balancing and Menopausal Health

Diet Tips

  • Eat whole foods rich in beneficial nutrients to protect your body from illness and other imbalances. Nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains, soy, flaxseeds, and fresh fruits and vegetables are supportive to good health.
  • Increase your fiber intake – optimal liver and colon health are critical to healthy hormone balance.
  • Include fish in your diet once or twice weekly to provide important essential fatty acids.

Exercise Tips

  • Your mind, body, and spirit can all benefit from physical activity.
  • Exercise my help reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes.
  • Regular physical activity also benefits mood, bone, and cardiovascular health.
  • At least 30-60 minutes of moderate-to-intense exercise 3 times a week is recommended.

Stress Relief

  • Continual stress can cause your body to shift its progesterone production to make cortisol (a stress hormone). The resulting lower levels of progesterone can cause an estrogen dominance state, while elevated cortisol levels can cause leeching of calcium from the bones, increased abdominal fat, disrupted sleep, and other health concerns. Clearly, it is very important to control stress levels and avoid this chain reaction of hormone issues.
  • Relaxation can be as simple as sipping a warm drink while cozying up to a good book, taking an aromatic bath, listening to wonderful music, or getting outside to garden. Deep breathing exercises, visualization, yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, and massage are all other great ways to help your mind and body let go of stress. RELAX!