The Question Is…Does Menopause Ever End?

MatureHealthyFemale_lying on bedIn short, NO! The menopause never ends. It’s just the beginning.

It always astounds me when I hear women say, “I’m over the menopause.” That’s because in reality, the menopause never ends. It’s just the beginning.

Yes, the more disruptive symptoms, such as hot flushes/flashes, mood swings, weight gain, depression, sleep disorders, and others, do subside as our body adapts to the new hormonal environment (one of low hormone production). Incredible but true – our body adapts to this situation. But the more serious and deleterious issues just keep on chugging along. What do I mean by that?

Let’s take a look.

The Three Stages of Change

There are three phases of menopause, hmm…maybe four if we count premenopause (before perimenopause and menopause! 🙂 ) When we are still considered to be in our reproductive years.

All three have a name because all three exist.

Perimenopause

Perimenopause is the ‘symptom stage’ where we get all cranky and become another person really. Or the majority of us do anyway. Not the person we used to be. We don’t feel good. This is the stage in which our body is suffering from a sudden and drastic loss of female hormones. Our body is now in a hormonal revolt and is determined to let us know by way of symptoms.

Basically, our body is in hormonal-starvation-mode, it is suffering withdrawal symptoms. The body needs its hormones back to allow us to function correctly and rid us of all those life-destroying issues. And to allow us to return to the ‘us’ we once were.

This is when we should start thinking about embarking on a programme of bioidentical hormones restorative therapy (BHRT). Imagine the peaceful and symptom-free life you would have!

Perimenopause usually lasts from 5 to 10 years, starting at about age 45. This is an approximation of course. It can start before, last longer or start later and finish sooner. Everyone is different.

Menopause

Menopause is the, ‘you no longer have a period and haven’t had one for over 12 months. 1 year, in other words’, stage. And where your symptoms start to ease. Our body is becoming used to living without hormones. It has adapted, even if it doesn’t want to, it has to.

When we are born, we are born with 1 to 2 million undeveloped eggs in our ovaries and, by the time we reach puberty and start menstruating, approximately only 300,000 immature egg cells (or follicles) remain. Following this, an average of 600 follicles die per month, which are not replaced. By the time we reach menopause, there are no eggs left. As eggs are the main producer of female hormones, this is why we slowly become deficient (in female hormones).

Menopause means the end of our reproductive life as we know it. You can no longer make babies. We have no eggs left and without eggs there will be no oestrogen production and consequently, this leads to no more progesterone production either.

Believe it or not the brain doesn’t like this scenario, it likes to think we are still reproductive. Yes, it may sound crazy but it’s true. The brain gets confused and thinks we are of no use anymore. It believes we are only here to reproduce. Biologically speaking we are here to perpetuate the species (of course, we know better :)). We know we still have a lot to give. Unfortunately, though, the brain isn’t convinced about this. Luckily, we can now do something about it…we have an option. BHRT is that option.

Bioidentical hormones, ‘the miracle molecule’, help reset the brain into thinking all is well again. They kind of trick the brain. Life will continue as before, or maybe even better than before! Even if we are no longer capable of making babies. Hormones nourish the brain and the body and keep it working at optimal.

Post-menopause

So what happens after menopause, when symptoms of perimenopause have subsided and we no longer have a period? Does this mean the menopause has ended, that everything goes back to normal and life just starts all over again? Was the perimenopause just a hiccup? Was menopause just a message telling us we could no longer reproduce? Not exactly.

Yes, it is true that the majority of menopausal women find that symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, sleeping difficulties, mood swings, etc are transitory. And last only as long as it takes the body to adapt to the lower hormone levels. But don’t kid yourself, the menopause is not over. There are other menopausal health issues that are happening within the body. We are talking post-menopause here.

In fact, more important and permanent changes such as drying and thinning skin and vaginal membranes, dry eyes, foggy memory and a decreased urinary tract tone, to name a few, are the next step in this body-change. Basically, this is your body breaking down, sad to say but true. This is your body talking to you. You need to listen to it and take action. We do have a choice now, an alternative…an option!

As time passes, other developments such as heart disease, osteoporosis, cholesterol disorders, cancers, diabetes, and cognitive problems all become more apparent. All of these health issues are known as age-related diseases. They are related to ageing and hormonal loss. Our repair molecules are missing. Hormones play a critical role in repair and regeneration because they are the most comprehensive messaging machine in the human body.

They are the human network of health. They are what keep us in one piece. They are what make us work. With missing or low levels we will feel it. In truth, low hormone levels put an enormous stress on the entire body. Imagine putting petrol in a diesel car…same concept. It won’t work very well. Chug chug! Then it grinds to a halt.

With low hormone levels the body cannot repair or regenerate itself as fast as it once did, and certainly, will not function properly. It will start to ‘chug’ and slow. You see this every day on the streets. Just compare a young woman of 20, in her prime, to a woman of 50, then to a mature woman of 80. Do you notice the ‘chug syndrome’?

This is what happens to the body post-menopause. You don’t feel it like you feel the initial symptoms in perimenopause because it’s moving so slowly, but the body is giving us other indicators now. Your body is struggling. It’s running on low. It’s in breakdown mode.

I am not saying that bioidentical hormones stop us from ageing totally, we all age and we all die. But they definitely slow and ease the ageing process. We age more gracefully. They make us feel and look good. They help us avoid unnecessary pain and discomfort. We can choose how we want to age. In illness or in health. We can hold back age-related and chronic diseases…honest we can. We now have a new template for change. Let’s embrace this change, this new way of ageing. We no longer have to accept the traditional way of ageing, we CAN make ageing good.

We can choose whether to take bioidentical hormones or not. They are truly the key to optimal health and optimal ageing.

Please don’t kid yourself that the menopause ends. Just because your symptoms have subsided does not mean you are no longer in menopause. In fact, as you’ve now understood, you are seriously in menopause…big time. The trick is to keep your body, brain and immune system strong. All of which bioidentical hormones do.

Why am I telling you this?

Why? Because I truly want to help you understand that we DO NOT have to sit quietly and suffer the symptoms of menopause, or in the long-term, the consequences of post-menopause (body breakdown), which brings with it turmoil and the age-related diseases mentioned above, and many many others.

When we restore our hormones we can avoid the symptoms of perimenopause, curb chronic disease, and slow the ageing process. Isn’t that just great. This is for real. I know it myself. I see and feel it every day. I could not live without my hormones. I am vibrant, energetic, focused, positive, happy, sensual, sexy, and enjoy the things in life I always did.

I am sixty-one this year but my biological age is 45 years. How’s that for trumps? I have been on bioidentical hormones for more than 12 years now. I love my life! Embracing BHRT was the best thing I ever did. I am happy and look forward to even better things to come every single day.

I am straight and upright, not bent and crooked. My body is strong, and my mind is the best it has ever been. I am living the optimal life. You can too.

My last tip of the day

If you are considering taking bioidentical hormones (BHRT) make sure you go to an expert. Hormones are safe and work efficiently when prescribed by an expert doctor. BHRT, if not followed and prescribed correctly, can be just as detrimental as synthetic hormones. It is important to find a doctor qualified in this sub-speciality. Always check him/her out! Ask where and who trained them.
Bioidentical hormones aid us in ageing with style, grace, vibrancy and energy, and in maintaining that easy movement of youth. That clarity of thinking, sexuality, sensuality, and zest. What more could you ask for? When we are healthy, feel and look good, each stage of life is wonderful.

For Your Information
If you would like a more in-depth look at menopause, how your body works and exactly what BHRT is check out my book, “The Menopause Cure – Hormonal Health”. I know you’ll enjoy it. It’s an easy read and life changing. Live your life to the fullest.
If you are looking for a qualified BHRT doctor click this link, or drop our team a message or email us – we’re here to guide you.

Your health is our priority.

To Your Health 🙂

Jill xx

Bioidentical Hormone Restorative Therapy (BHRT) – Let’s Start At The Beginning.

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Not All Hormones Are Prescribed Equally

Not all hormone therapies that are prescribed and taken are created equally. HRT and BHRT are two very different therapies.

Unfortunately, all hormones in any form are considered a controversial topic. This, of course, would be due to the outcome of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study which was halted ahead of schedule, in 2002, after it was found that HRT (hormone replacement therapy), a combo drug of synthetic oestrogens and progestins commonly known as PremPro, increased the risk of both heart disease and breast cancer.

Since the WHI study, both synthetic and bioidentical hormones have been bundled together as ‘bad’ and disease-causing.

This, of course, is totally untrue.

The Importance Of Understanding The Difference Between HRT And BHRT

It is important for everyone to understand the difference between these two forms of hormonal therapies – synthetic and bioidentical – and to have the correct information, otherwise, we will never get over this misconception of bad meets bad.

The major difference between bioidentical hormones and synthetic hormones is that synthetic hormones (HRT) set-up new reactions in the body that it is unfamiliar with. In short, they declare war with our physiology (in other words, body-balance and health); they mess with it! This is largely due to the fact that they are synthetic and the body and brain cannot quite get around that fact. The body/brain set-up gets confused when something ‘non-natural’ is put into it.

The body doesn’t produce synthetic hormones, never has done, and never will do. I am wondering why then, should we replace our declining hormones with alien or counterfeit ones – ones that have never ever existed in the body? And ones that have been seen to create detrimental and lethal health issues. It just doesn’t make sense. Instead, we should be restoring the missing hormones with bioidentical ones, identical to those produced in the body. Ones that do not cause health issues but rather enhance our health.

Bioidentical hormones restore normal physiological pathways with optimal body response. In other words, they work, they make us feel well. They calm our symptoms’, and at the same time slow the ageing process. They create harmony within the body – not disharmony! That is because the body/brain set-up understands them with great ease.

Hormones – The Human Network of Health

Hormones are miracle molecules that are naturally produced (endogenous) in the body and keep us alive and functioning. They are precious – we have been blessed with them. If we want to remain healthy, vibrant, positive and young, we need to keep them in the body at the correct levels and ratios.

With age, our hormones decline. When hormones decline, our health, both physical and mental, also declines, leaving us in a weak position. Maintaining optimal hormone levels is key to keeping us young, beautiful and sexy. And it is the most independent factor for a healthy, strong and vibrant immune system. And for keeping our hearts, brains, bones, joints, and bodies functioning correctly…at optimal.

Hormone ratios are very important to body health and maintenance. It’s not just the levels of hormones that counts but the ratios between these hormones. Hormones ratios such as oestrogens to progesterone and cortisol to DHEA, which greatly impact our health.

Hormones are messaging machines that interact with each other to literally form ‘a human network of health’ – they are, in fact, what helps us ‘keep it all together’! With a decline, we begin to fall apart slowly but surely. This is when the first signs or symptoms of ageing become apparent: withered, wrinkled and thinning skin; loss of muscle tone; weight gain; low sex drive; low mood; aching joints – these are just a few from a long list of health issues that occur with a hormonal decline. Menopause, in truth, is the beginnings of the ageing process, like it or not. This, of course, is also valid for men – they don’t get away scot-free either. They suffer hormonal decline just as we do, but in a slower and more gentle way.

When we restore declining hormone levels with bioidentical ones, we ‘keep it all together’, slow the ageing process, hold off chronic disease, and regain and/or maintain our health. It is never too early to start – the sooner, the better. We now have an option.

Let’s Take a Look at Bioidentical Hormones

Bioidentical hormones are an exact copy of the hormones produced in the body, they act and are read by the body exactly as our own. They come from soya and wild yam, and other plant extracts that are biosynthesised in a lab to become an exact copy of the human hormone. We are so lucky to have these miraculous molecules within our reach these days.

They are life-giving molecules that protect and enhance our declining and maturing health. They do not challenge the body in any shape or form – they are safe and efficient when prescribed by an expert doctor. BHRT, if not followed and prescribed correctly, can be just as detrimental as synthetic hormones. It is important to find a doctor qualified in this sub-speciality. Always check him/her out! Ask where and who trained them.

Bioidentical hormones aid us in ageing with style, grace, vibrancy and energy, and in maintaining that easy movement of youth. That clarity of thinking, sexuality, sensuality, and zest. What more could you ask for? When we are healthy, feel and look good, each stage of life is wonderful.

I admit, there is no magic bullet for the so-called ‘fountain of youth’ but, if I were to tell you that bioidentical hormones were also the golden key to better sex, a leaner body and a more youthful skin, would you believe me? You’d better! Typically, women taking bioidentical hormones look and act 10 to 15 years younger than women who don’t. And did I mention weight loss and thicker hair too?

For Your Information

If you have read my book, “The Menopause Cure – Hormonal Health”, and/or checked out my website, you will have understood why it is important to restore your body with bioidentical hormones. And the huge benefits these natural molecules provide. Life is fun again!

If you are looking for a qualified BHRT doctor click this link,drop our team a message or email us – we’re ready to help.

Your health is our priority.

To Your Health 🙂 xx

Autoimmune Disease Explained

orangeimmunecells bursting outThe relationship between autoimmune disease and immune resilience.

These are very delicate times we are facing, especially with our health. And more specifically, because the coronavirus virus (COVID -19) has hit hard. To make things a little more clearer, we really need to understand the relationship between autoimmune disease and immune resilience. This, at least, may help people with autoimmune diseases feel a little more secure about the whole COVID-19 situation.

So, autoimmunity… and why does the body attack itself?

In my previous blogs I talked about immune tolerance and immune resilience. However, it’s important to understand that having an autoimmune disease doesn’t mean to say it will weaken immune resilience. But we’ll get to that later. First, let’s look at what autoimmunity really is.

Autoimmunity, to describe it in medical terms, is a disorder where the immune system erroneously destroys and attacks body tissue. Put simply, it is the immune system going slightly crazy (it’s gone into ‘tilt mode’) and mistakenly eats, destroys, and attacks body tissue. As an example, Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, where the body mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland; or rheumatoid arthritis, where the body mistakenly attacks the joints. Other examples of autoimmunity are type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, alopecia, vitiligo, etc.

Under normal circumstances the immune system is able to tell the difference between foreign (nonself)cells and your own (self) cells. And protect against germs like bacteria and viruses, sending or releasing, an army of fighter cells, natural killer cells, etc, to attack the foreign invader.

When we look at autoimmune disease, however, the immune system erroneously thinks parts of the body, such as the thyroid, joints, skin, etc, are foreign. Your immune system is in ‘tilt mode’, and sends out, or releases autoantibodies that then attack healthy cells.


How does autoimmunity affect your chances of contracting an illness – viral, bacterial or otherwise?

Well, that depends. When we talk about autoimmune disease and immune resilience we need to look at how well your immune function is working in relation to your autoimmunity. To put it another way, different people may have the same autoimmune disease but either a higher or lower immune state. And in fact, autoimmunity can either heighten or dampen immune resilience.

As an example, some people with Hashimoto’s may have a high white blood count and some a low white blood count. Some may have different levels of natural killer cells, T-cell regulation, and B-cell activity, etc. Everyone is different, just because you have the same autoimmune disease doesn’t mean your immune status will be the same!

What this means is some people with autoimmunity alone may have a heightened immune status, meaning they have a high immune resilience. One way to tell if your immune resilience is strong is if you haven’t caught a cold or flu over the last 5 years or so. Even when, at the same time, heightened immune activity may exacerbate autoimmune attacks against bodily tissues. This may seem a little complicated but really it isn’t. A good way to look at it is, we should think of autoimmunity and the immune resilience as two functioning processes that can harm us or protect us. Autoimmunity is a disease which harms us, whereas immune resilience, which can be built or broken depending on your lifestyle habits. When immune resilience is strong we will be less likely to catch get ill. And less prone to chronic disease.

Do people with autoimmunity need to be cautious when taking botanicals?

Well, yes and no!

Let me explain. Because autoimmunity instigates such a diversity of immune responses in each and everyone of us that have it, we need to think before we start taking any herbs, medicinal mushrooms, or other botanicals that can influence the immune system. Of course, it is always best to speak with a qualified functional/restorative doctor before commencing any regime.

If we take a look at the immune-stimulating botanicals such as echinacea or maitake mushrooms in some autoimmune people, they can fire up the immune system and make their autoimmune symptoms even worse. Again, botanicals that actually delay or slow immune response, such as antibody production, can also make autoimmune people worse. We need to be very careful here. Talk to your qualified functional/restorative physician or doctor.

The best way to modulate the Immune system and improve resilience with autoimmunity

So, let’s cut to the chase. If you are one of those people who finds it difficult to balance your immune system, or measure chronic disease, your lifestyle picture should be looked at. As mentioned in my previous blog they make a world of difference. These lifestyle strategies include:

Of course, there are many other healthy lifestyle habits you can take on which help balance immune function. But just start off slowly and you’ll see, you’ll get there. The key is to understand how important your life is…and your health. We only get one shot at this, and we only have one body. You can’t buy a new one, it’s not like a car or fancy dress. Take care of yourself and learn to love yourself. Remember you are the best thing that ever happened to you 🙂

You can find previous blogs here:

Healthy Immune System – Healthy You

The Immune Reset

To your health

Jill:) xx

Healthy Immune system – Healthy You

I just wanted to touch base and explain a little about our immune system and how important it is to our health. Especially in these difficult times.

I actually believe the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been a wakeup call for us all. And maybe, just maybe it has helped us understand who we really are, and not only… Maybe it has also helped us to understand how important a well-functioning body and immune system really is. To have a well-functioning body we need a strong immune system.

When we talk about the COVID-19 virus we are entering into uncharted waters, however, many top doctors have suggested that a robust immune system may protect you from this virus. Well not actually protect…you can still get it, but if the immune system is working well, strong and robust, you (your immune system) has more chance of fighting it off. You may have it but your symptoms won’t be as severe. In fact, a major hospital in New York is now administering high dose vitamin C IV therapy, which is a potent immune booster, to help combat the COVID-19 virus, and they have seen great results.

So to explain further…

I like to think of our immune system as our ‘Knight in shining armour. It is our shield, our defence mechanism against illness and disease – disease is the blade that cuts deep into our body and attacks it. The shield is our protector that holds out and rescues us – it is our health. That’s it made simple by the way.

In reality, the immune system is extremely complex, and supporting, building, improving, and/or repairing it, is not all about taking a whole cocktail of different nutraceuticals and botanicals. It’s so much more than that. Yes, supplements and bioidentical hormones are one of the keys to building a strong and robust immune system. And in fact, hormones (natural hormones not HRT ) is the most single independent factor to an optimal-working immune system. However, they are not the only health steps you can take. In fact, immune system health is a lifestyle!


So what is the immune system and what is so complex about it?

Well, there’s always two sides to a story, right? This one is immune tolerance and immune resilience.

The status of our immune system tolerance and immune resilience, in relationship to disease, is very important. When the immune system is not functioning very well due to low tolerance the immune system will be compromised and disease – viral or bacterial – will have more chance of getting in. When tolerance is even and resilience is strong we will have a well-functioning immune system,

Tolerance:

So what exactly does tolerance mean? Tolerance is an immunological term in which our immune system reacts correctly to the environment. When we have a healthy immune tolerance we won’t have food intolerances, chemical sensitivities, or autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s disease (where our immune system erroneously attacks the thyroid gland), rheumatoid arthritis (where the immune system erroneously to attack the joints), etc…the immune system will respond appropriately to the environment around us. In other words, it is working properly.

In short, our immune tolerance will be ‘the decider’ whether our immune system reacts or doesn’t react against various food proteins we ingest. Basically, when we lose immune tolerance we are more likely to react to different foods, and therefore, develop many food sensitivities.

Another type of immune tolerance is chemical. When chemical tolerance is low we are more likely to see sudden skin breakouts and rashes to certain lotions and soaps/detergents we use. This is a clear sign that something is wrong. Also, you may not be able to tolerate certain scents or perfumes anymore more…which can make you feel really quite nauseous.

Finally, there is the third type of tolerance which is self-tolerance. Self-tolerance is basically an autoimmune disease, of which there are many. As mentioned above, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and rheumatoid arthritis, and others such as vasculitis, Grave’s disease, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, etc.

So, to cut it short, we know that when someone has a decline in their immune tolerance, their overall immune system will be weaker. This is when we need to support immune tolerance to strengthen immune resilience.

Resilience:

Immune resilience is not the same as immune tolerance. Immune resilience (strength) is the body’s ability to protect itself against biological pathogens (illness and disease). In other words, preventing us from getting infections that we are exposed in everyday life, either bacterial or viral. It is our immune resilience that determines if pathogens get in and infect us, which then cause a significant and ongoing immune response.

When resilience is high we are better protected. Again, in the case of low immune tolerance, we need to support it, in order to build correct immune resilience.

There a number of strategies we can do and something that should be followed at all times if you want to remain healthy and have a robust immune system:

Good sleep
Proper diet and nutrition
Hydration
Physical activity at appropriate levels
Emotions (crying and laughing)

As mentioned previously, supplements and bioidentical hormones restorative therapy are key to an optimally working immune system. However, the first strategies people can do is to follow the lifestyle habits mentioned above. I will go into them in more depth in my next blog. These strategies are very powerful in helping you to build a healthy/optimal immune system. Immune system strength is not found in a supplement bottle alone. It’s a lifestyle. When we combine all these things together, our immune system will be at peace.

The truth of the matter is if you are fatigued all the time, if you catch colds and flu easily…if you have food sensitivities, if you have digestive issues, these are all signs our immune system, and therefore, our health is below optimal. Now is the time to challenge yourself to get healthy. You can do it! You may have to abandon ship for a while to reach these goals. I know old habits die hard but you can do it, and at the same time most likely lose weight along the way.

Please look out for my next blog. I will explain exactly how to get the best out of these lifestyle strategies, and discuss why they are so important to immune system health.

To your health
Jill

How Probiotics Boost Immunity, Protect Your Intestinal Tract and Improve Brain Function

8 Foods To Boost Your Immune System

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Hi,  Jill here from menopausewoman.com andwww.myoptimalwellbeing.com

With the virus reaching a large portion of the UK and United States now, and schools and jobs being temporarily halted or closed, we need to start thinking about the next few months ahead and how to better protect ourselves.

I live in Italy and I know that the mainstream media in the UK has been reporting cases about Italy that send shivers down your spine and provoke even more concern/panic for what might be to come in the UK and US in the near future.

However, an article recently published suggests that more than 99% of Italy’s coronavirus deaths were people who already suffered from previous health conditions.

Institutes in Rome examined medical records of approximately 18% of Italy’s coronavirus fatalities, and found that only three (3) victims actually died of the coronavirus itself – meaning they had no previous illness (pathology). To be clear, almost 50% of the victims suffered from at least three prior illnesses, and approximately 25% had either one or two health conditions. To be even clearer…their immune systems were already compromised. Our immune system is the protector of our health, or at least, it gives us a head-start at protecting ourselves from illness and disease. It is our warrior, our metal suit of armour.

Whatever, please don’t think I am making light of this situation – I am not! The coronavirus is serious. But what I want to do is pre-empt you to take action and protect yourselves, along with your family, friends and colleagues.

So, where do we start? Well, there’s lots of things we can do but for now, let’s just take a look at our eating habits.

  • Eat to ‘Nourish’ your Body and Strengthen your Immune System.

Eating nutrient-rich foods is the best way to support your immune system – meaning foods rich in nutrients, eg, vitamins, minerals, EFAs (essential fatty acids – omega-3s), etc.

It is essential that you quit eating refined sugars, processed food and artificial ingredients, and all junk food. Instead, eat a diet rich in greens, vegetables, herbs, spices, fermented foods, fruits, and healthy fats.  

Of course, there are certain foods which are particularly beneficial for your immune health, largely because they contain increased immune-enhancing properties. Add these to your nutrient-rich diet and keep safe!

Try and eat at least 3 servings of each of these super-immune-enhancing foods on a regular basis to super-charge your health and for prevention:

  • Vitamin C: For a great source of vitamin C and antioxidant power, and to cleanse and alkalise your body, consume lemons and limes.
  • I recently made a bone broth for my family as it is rich in vitamins and minerals and helps calm respiratory issues.
  • Garlic has many magics: it reduces inflammation, supports a healthy immune system, and fights infections very efficiently.
  • Onions hold magics too: similar to garlic, it is a potent infection-fighter that enhances your immune system and helps to reduce inflammation.
  • ‘A’ for apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar offers fantastic antioxidant support and is a healthy disinfectant, even against most resistant bacterial strains. Use it on your salad with some olive oil, or drink it in a little water before you eat.
  • Olive oil: Olive oil is a fantastic source of monounsaturated healthy fats that works wonders with the immune system. Drizzle it on your salad.
  • Ginger: Ginger is an impressive medicinal spice that boosts immune system function, helps reduce inflammation, has been seen to improve sore throats, and lower pain levels.  
  • Mushrooms: Mushrooms are another fantastic inflammation-fighting and immune-boosting superfood.  

To your health!

Jill.

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Bioidentical Hormones

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3 Little Known Ways to Ease Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common condition that causes pain, numbness and tingling in the hand and/or wrist. Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome are given a range of options to treat this debilitating health issue. But what happens when the traditional splint, injection therapy and anti-inflammatory agents provide little relief?

Hint: I’ve got three amazing natural treatments to tell you about!

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a gradually progressing condition that occurs when the nerves in the wrist become compressed due to swelling and inflamed tendons within the carpal tunnel.

Patients regularly complain of pain and numbness, tingling and weakness in the hand, and more specifically, in the thumb and first finger. This can make it difficult to grip objects and perform other simple task.

CTS affects women approximately three times more than men which may be due to the shift in hormone levels during pregnancy and menopause. In addition, women have smaller wrist bones, which makes the carpal tunnel naturally smaller to begin with. While CTS usually develops after the age of 30, the greatest risk is seen between the ages of 45 to 54. This is where we see the connection between declining hormone, menopause and CTS.

If you suspect that you have developed CTS, see a doctor immediately. It is important to diagnose and treat CTS promptly to reduce the possibility of permanent nerve damage.

What is the Carpal Tunnel?

To put it simply, the carpal tunnel is designed to be a shield. As described by the Mayo Clinic, it is a small passageway that protects the median nerve in your wrist. It also protects nine different tendons that are used to make the fingers bend. When the median nerve is subjected to too much pressure, numbness and tingling arise.

What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Most people think that typing is the leading cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. However, this isn’t true. According to NHS Choices, carpal tunnel is more likely to affect people who perform strenuous activities than those who type for a living. However, there are also many people who acquire this syndrome that do not work.

Researchers have found that a number of health conditions can play a part in the development of CTS. These can include: hormonal changes associated with menopause (leaving women much more susceptible to this syndrome), diabetes, excess weight, rheumatoid arthritis, and underactive thyroid (all good reasons to get your hormone levels checked). In addition, activities that stress the wrist, wrist injury, abnormal wrist structure, family history and pregnancy can contribute to the risk of developing CTS.

If you’re seeing few results from traditional treatments for CTS, check out these three alternative options.

1. Vitamin B6

Research on vitamin B6 and CTS is astounding. In fact, Prevention magazine reports that some experts claim that up to 90 percent of cases of CTS can be quelled with the use of this vitamin. But why?

According to Ryan-Harshman and Aldoori (2007), vitamin B6 is very important when it comes to the metabolic pathways of neural function. Remember that CTS is a condition associated with compression of the medial nerve. If you don’t have enough B6, you could potentially have problems with nerve conduction.

There is other research that backs this concept up. For example, Life Extension magazine reports that one study concluded that four patients who displayed vitamin B6 deficiency and took supplements for at least three months showed improvement in symptoms. The team later conducted another study in which all seven study subjects displayed insufficient levels of vitamin B6. When daily supplementation of 100-150 mg of B6 was given for two and a half to three months, symptoms improved greatly in comparison to research using placebos.

Give vitamin B6 a try. Just remember to choose a pharmaceutical-grade vitamin. Vitamins aren’t all the same, so you owe it to yourself to consume the best possible product on the market.

2. Yoga

As it turns out, the benefits of yoga extend far beyond stress relief. According to the Mayo Clinic, specific yoga postures may be useful in the treatment of CTS. This is because yoga postures can build strength, stretch the muscles, and balance the joints. The combination of these factors could potentially improve symptoms.

This is particularly true when it comes to improving grip strength. A randomized, single-blind controlled trial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that patients who participated in a yoga-based regimen showed a greater improvement in symptoms than those who were given wrist splints. In addition, the patients reported greater pain reduction.

Your best bet is to find a reputable yoga class in your area. Ask your friends which instructors they prefer. An experienced teacher can show you exactly which yoga postures will be beneficial for you.

3. Cupping Therapy

According to a press release issued by the American Pain Society, researchers from Germany have found that cupping can help to reduce pain associated with CTS. Cupping therapy is a healing method used in China, India, Arabia, Central Europe, and Africa. The technique is said to boost microcirculation in order to improve symptoms.

The study, which was published in The Journal of Pain, involved more than 50 CTS patients who were separated into treatment and control groups. Those in the treatment group participated in wet cupping therapy, which involved the use of cupping glasses and skin punctures using a sterile lancet. Researchers concluded that patients who underwent cupping therapy experienced a “highly significant” decrease in symptoms. Just one treatment improved symptoms for a week.

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