SHOULD YOU TAKE MENOPAUSE VITAMINS? You should if you know you don't eat right, and most of us don't. You should if you feel run down, or have other symptoms related to menopause. Good vitamins can help you FEEL better. Good vitamins can give you more energy or enhance your sleep, among other things.

As we age, all those years of bad habits have accumulated in our bodies and our systems start to wear down. I used to have a digestive system like iron. Nothing phased it. Now I have to be very careful about what I eat. Some women who've had endless energy all their lives are now forced to do less as their energy wanes. Some of us end up with chronic diseases with strange sounding names like Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

Maybe we begin to think about our family history of heart disease, diabetes, or cancer. We're told our bones are going to start getting weaker and break more easily. And they wonder why we older women have more anxiety?? It seems pretty obvious to me – most of the health information we get as older women is not very empowering.

We may already have symptoms of menopause or pe menopause. Mood swings, anxiety, depression, poor sleep, fatigue, fuzzy thinking, poor digestion. These are due to shifting and declining hormones. Not just the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone, but the adrenal and thyroid hormones as well. This turns out to be quite a problem, because the adrenals are necessary to take over some of the production of the sex hormones, and without healthy adrenal glands, your thyroid cannot be healthy. Without a healthy thyroid, you will have all the symptoms mentioned above and more.

Sounds depressing, doesn't it? The good news is there are solutions to all of these problems. Some are easier than others to accomplish. The first step is to correct your diet. No, not to low-fat, high soy. To real food. Most of what we eat these days contains more chemicals than nutrients. Real food is a whole apple, or a fresh stalk of broccoli. Real food is found in the produce section of your grocery store. Not the convenience food section. When it comes to dairy, meat and fish, it gets a bit more complicated, but that is for another article.

So, step one. Eat real food. Eat good fats. Not trans fats. Trans fats contribute to heart disease, obesity and insulin resistance. By the way, are you aware that the labeling laws in the U.S. allow manufacturers to declare 0 trans fats on the label when there are actually up to .4 grams per serving? If you eat real food, you don't have to worry about this.

Step two is to provide extra nutritional support for your brain, adrenals, digestive and cardiovascular systems, and your reproductive system. You also want to get as many anticancer agents through your diet and vitamin supplement as you can. Menopause vitamins can help with blood sugar regulation as well.

In addition to Vitamins A, C, D, E, the B vitamins, calcium and magnesium, you will need trace minerals such as zinc and selenium, extra antioxidants like alpha lipoic acid, and probiotics and enzymes to support your digestive system.

A good supplement will have many of these nutrients, which will support and heal your body's systems. This will result in more energy, better sleep, enhanced moods, and reduced symptoms. At the same time you are protecting yourself against heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Good menopause vitamins might even help you lose weight!

Good vitamins can help you FEEL better. However, all vitamins are not the same. A high quality vitamin supplement has nutrients you can absorb. The manufacturing process does not destroy the nutrients. The supplement actually contains what it says on the label. I prefer whole food supplements whenever possible because the synergy of the nutrients has more potential to heal and less potential to harm.
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