Posts Tagged ‘gynecology’
Have you been experiencing hot flashes or irregular periods? Worried about osteoporosis? Emotions running rampant? You might be at the beginning of menopause or peri-menopuase. Yes, there are many drugs out there that reduce menopause symptoms with some dangerous side effects. Why not eat the right foods to feel cooler and a little less crazy instead? Proper nutrition can reduce symptoms and keep you calm with out any of the worries of medication. In Chinese nutrition, each plant, nut, seed, or fruit has an energetic value to it. They can give you energy or help you to de-stress.
Here are some tips.
What to eat, when you’re feeling.….
Overwhelmed or afraid
Miso soup, adzuki beans, black beans, buckwheat, soba noodles, roots and greens, squash
Barley, wheat, rye, lentils, white beans, spring greens, daikon radish
Worried or self-conscious
Millet, adzuki or garbanzo beans, sweet squash, root veggies
Depressed or sad
Brown rice, tempeh, lentils, roots and greens, miso soup, onion, scallions, ginger
Cooling foods to help with hot flashes and night sweats
Apples, bananas, pear, persimmon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, citrus, lettuce, radish, cucumber, celery, asparagus, Swiss chard, eggplant, spinach, summer squash, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, zucchini, soy, mung beans/sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, millet, barley, amaranth, seaweed, spirulina, wheat grass, peppermint, lemon, cilantro, marjoram, molasses, oats, wild rice, black beans, parsnips, black sesame seeds, potatoes, kidney beans, blueberries, blackberries, and watermelon.
Sources of fluorine for building bones
Cabbage, avocados, black-eyed peas, seaweed, rice, rye, parsley, lemon grass, licorice, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, carrots, caraway seed, cauliflower, cucumber, dates, endive, turnip and beet greens, dandelion, sunflower seeds, garlic, spinach, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, and almonds.
Feeling better about ‘the change’ now that you’ve read this? I hope so! You can take charge of your health and do it naturally. The transition into menopause can go smoothly.
Live natural. Live well.
Vulvo what? Vulvodynia (vul-vo-DIN-ee-uh) is chronic vulvar pain. The pain, burning or irritation associated with vulvodynia can be so uncomfortable that having sex or sitting for extended periods becomes unthinkable. Yes, you read correctly. Ouch! The poor women who suffer from this condition are often misdiagnosed or told nothing is wrong.
Less than 200,000 women in the US have been diagnosed with vulvodynia. So you might be asking, “Why is Heather writing about such a rare condition?” Because I’ve seen an increase in cases in the last 6 months and most ‘specialists’ don’t really know what to do. The increase might be a coincidence or that doctors are getting better at diagnosing. I’m not sure. Western medicine doesn’t have much success in doing more than temporarily reducing symptoms. One of the recommendations for this incredibly painful condition is to wear cotton underwear. Really?!?
Topical creams, gels, hormones, steroids, and/or antidepressants are the typical courses of action. Some of them may help temporarily.
Some of suggestions for treating the illness, not just the symptoms
- Test for Candida and treat it. Candida is overgrowth of yeast that can lead to many health issues.
- If you have a history of sexual trauma, seek professional help. Acupuncture is great for dealing with any physical or emotional trauma.
- Eat an alkaline diet, to reduce inflammation and acidity throughout your body.
- Support your immune system through proper nutrition and supplementation.
- Reduce your exposure to chemicals, pollutants, and other toxins.
- Do a cleanse with a qualified physician to reduce your levels of toxins. This will help reduce inflammation and balance your immune system.
For those of you who are suffering from this rare condition or think you might be, there is hope. Many of my patients have experienced relief within a few months. Some are symptom-free in less than a year.
Live natural. Live well.