Here are some new Tips

Bonnie - posted on 02/06/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I got this information from the Doctor Oz show (www.doctoroz.com). If you don't watch it, or know about it, check out his website. It is full of great medical tips for just about everything.

Menopause Help:
Complementary and alternative therapies are medical treatments that are considered non-traditional. They include dietary and herbal supplements, acupuncture, chiropractic and massage therapy, biofeedback, homeopathy, and eating certain foods that are thought to prevent disease or heal. Alternative treatments are often used alone, while complementary treatments are alternative treatments that are used in combination with traditional treatments, such as drug treatments or surgery. Women going through menopause may find relief from their symptoms from lifestyle changes. These lifestyle modifications may include avoidance of triggers such as caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, and cigarettes.

Some botanicals, such as phytoestrogens, may help relieve symptoms of hot flashes. Phytoestrogens, found in plant-based foods, are substances that are thought to have weak estrogen-like effects. They may work in the body like a weak form of estrogen. Some may lower cholesterol levels, and have been suggested to relieve hot flashes and night sweats. Examples of plant estrogens include isoflavones. Isoflavones can be found in foods such as soy products, whole grains, and beans. It is important to remember that not every woman is able to convert soy to equol (weak estrogen). Also, choose soy foods rather than supplements.

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Karla - posted on 01/14/2012

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From:

http://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/sle...



The latest recommendation for use of HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) for severe menopause symptoms is to use the lowest possible dose for the shortest possible time, with regular follow-up with your doctor.



If you are not a candidate for HRT, if your symptoms are not severe, or if you simply decide not to use HRT, the following tips might keep you cooler at night and help you sleep better without the use of hormones.



Wear loose clothing to bed. Clothing made of natural fibers, like cotton, is usually best.

Keep your bedroom cool and well-ventilated.

Avoid certain foods that may cause sweating (such as spicy foods), especially right before bed.

Other practices that may ease sleep problems during menopause include:



Maintain a regular bedtime schedule, including going to bed at the same time every night

Exercise regularly but not right before sleep

Avoid excessive caffeine

Avoid naps during the day, which can prevent you from sleeping well at night

Talk to your doctor about prescription medications that can help you sleep

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