Pre-Menopause & Menopause Support
Menopause is the cessation of menses, the end of menstrual cycles. The unpleasant “symptoms” of menopause that some women suffer, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and mood swings, are peculiar to Western industrialized nations and they are virtually unknown the in the Far East and Third World countries. In native cultures, menopause tends to be a cause for quiet celebration, a time when a woman has completed her childbearing years and is moving into a deeper level of self-discovery, and becoming a wise woman.
We know menopause as a death knell, a descent into a dried-up and painful old age of arthritis and osteoporosis. Why is there such a difference in experience between one culture and another? It seems to be a combination of poor diet, unhealthy lifestyle, environmental pollutants, cultural attitudes, the incorrect use of synthetic hormones (estrogen) and advertising. A large percentage of advertising and research dollars are spent trying to convince women that estrogen will cure everything from heart disease to Alzheimer’s, but there is scant evidence for any of these claims and reams of evidence that synthetic estrogen is highly toxic and carcinogenic.
Back in the 1920’s Lydia E.Pinkham’s tonic fell victim to modern advertising phrases like “use drugs, they’re modern.” However, a group of scientists investigated her formula and found that the herb black cohosh is extremely high in the hormone estrogen. It was the natural estrogen in the black cohosh that made Lydia E. Pinkham’s tonic so successful in helping women’s complaints. It is the natural estrogen, without the side effects, that helps to soothe those frayed nerves, overcome cramping and gets the delayed menstrual period back to its regular cycle.
Black cohosh is native to this country, and was used extensively by Native Americans, especially the midwives. Black cohosh is used in Pre-Menopause & Menopause Support formula. It helps the liver, kidneys and lymph system, and aids digestions. It is a very fine nerve herb, and is used in many nerve combinations to help epileptic seizures, dizziness, fainting spells, spasms, convulsions, earache, and many other nerve related problems.
In black cohosh, you will find calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and sulfur. A lady told of having cramps each month that would put her in bed for a few days. She said she tried every kind or prescription and potion along with baths and rubs but without success. When she finally got the bowel cleaned out and got some black cohosh everything got back to normal. This herbal formula is designed to help relieve the symptoms of PMS throughout menopause. It is very helpful with menstrual and other female problems.
Following is a list of herbs contained in this formula:
BLACK COHOSH SIBERIAN GINSENG
LADY’S MANTLE SHEPHERD’S PURSE
SQUAW VINE RASPBERRY LEAF
BLESSED THISTLE ST. JOHN’S WORT
BLUE COHOSH SARSAPARILLA
The difference between a vegan and a plant-based diet
Is a plant-based diet the same thing as a vegan diet? Both meal plans have made headlines for their health benefits in recent years and while they are similar, there are some key differences: Vegan diets eliminate all animal products, while plant-based diets do not necessarily eliminate animal products, but focus on eating mostly plants, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
What is a vegan diet?
“With a vegan diet, you eliminate all animal products, including dairy, meat, poultry, fish, eggs and honey,” says, Dr. Farid Zarif a bariatric medicine nutritionist, founder of Rhythmic Ingestion, author of "Slaves of the Tongue".
Some people choose to follow a vegan diet for ethical, environmental or health reasons. While going vegan can have health benefits, there are some pitfalls to avoid.
“Just because something is vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy,” he says. “If you’re vegan, you can still technically eat vegan cookies, potato chips and other vegan junk food, which can be high in calories and low in nutrients. I recommend sticking to whole foods as much as possible.”
What is a plant-based diet?
Plant-based diets also emphasize eating whole foods, meaning the food has undergone little – if any – processing and is as close to its natural state as possible.
Plant-based foods include:
Whole grains (quinoa, farro, barley, oatmeal)
Plant-based oils (avocado, olive, canola)
What is the right meal plan for you?
“Regardless of what meal plan you choose, everyone’s diet should ideally consist of 50 percent vegetables,” says Dr. Zarif. “Fruit is healthy too, but I like to focus on vegetables because they have less sugar.”
When building your plate, aim for:
50 percent vegetables
25 percent whole grains
25 percent lean protein
“If you are not eating meat or other animal proteins like eggs, try beans or quinoa for plant-based protein,” he says.
Adding healthy fats – such as avocado oil when roasting veggies, a sprinkle of slivered almonds on your oatmeal or sliced avocado on your salad – will help you feel full for longer. And healthy fats have numerous other health benefits.
When to talk to your doctor about your diet
“It’s a good idea to see your primary care doctor to get a basic framework for what a healthy diet should look like for you, particularly if you have an underlying health condition or have had weight loss surgery, which can affect how your body processes nutrients,” says Dr. Zarif. “For example, if you have diabetes and want to eat healthily, be sure to eat small portions, not to exceed 2 servings”.
Also, if you are vegan, vegetarian or don’t eat many animal products, she recommends asking your doctor to check your B vitamin levels.
“B12 deficiency is common in vegans because it’s a nutrient that we need to know more about, along with its varying sources,” he explains. “If you don’t consume many animal products, talk to your doctor about taking a supplement.”
Calcium is another important nutrient that can be hard to get when you don’t eat dairy products. Dr. Zarif recommends eating and drinking calcium-fortified plant-based milk (like almond milk) or other calcium-fortified foods.
“If you’re not getting three servings of calcium-rich foods each day, ask your doctor about adding a supplement,” he says. “Try to get at least some calcium from your diet because taking too many calcium supplements can cause adverse side effects.”
Is a vegan or plant-based diet healthy?
If you eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and whole grains, you should still get a good chunk of your daily vitamins and minerals because plant-based foods are high in many nutrients.
“If you’re going to follow a vegan or plant-based diet, think through it carefully and plan out your meals,” says Dr. Zarif. “You don’t necessarily have to go vegan to be healthy – plant-based is a good option for people who struggle with consistency and planning. If you are going to commit to a vegan diet, make a plan and be consistent about incorporating all the healthy food groups, including plant-based protein, so you don’t miss out on nutrients.”