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WELL WOMEN OF COLOR | Rosalind Brooks

May 14, 2018 by  
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Finding your balance

When we think of hormone imbalances, the “whys” of that issue can be difficult to understand. Hormone variations occur naturally in menopause, pre-menopause, even puberty.

Our hormones play a fundamental role in overall health — and there’s a broad range of symptoms that could trigger a hormonal imbalance. Your symptoms will depend on the hormones or glands that aren’t working properly.

In women, the most common symptoms are heavy, irregular or missed periods; weight gain; acne; vaginal dryness; pain during sex; mood swings; and decreased libido. Don’t panic; most of these symptoms are caused by toxins accumulated through an unhealthy lifestyle — which means that the solution isn’t far from your fingertips. To be safe, visit your physician to better understand exactly what you’re up against.

While there may be no getting around hormone replacement therapy, a healthy, animal-free diet has been shown to eliminate hot flashes and most menopausal symptoms. Natural herbs that can ease your symptoms are: Red Clover, Alfalfa, Chinese Angelica, Black Cohosh, Wild Yam and Licorice (not the candy).

And of course, eating more raw fruits and vegetables, exercising at least three times a week, drinking between 80-100 ounces water each day, and keeping your stress level down will do wonders for not only your menopause symptoms, but your health and life in general.

Balancing your body is truly a power that you hold. Assess yourself, pay attention to your physical signs, educate yourself, and of course, check with your doctor before doing anything new.

Cia Strickland contributed to this article. Got questions? Email roz@wellwomenofcolor.com. To join a program that can assist with your health goals, go to www.wellwomenofcolor.com and become a part of Wellness University.

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