I remember when my mom complained about her body turning into a furnace. I’d look over and her face would be dripping wet. She’d rush to find anything she could use to fan herself off. Most of the time it was a book or magazine lying around. I’d just blow off the event in my head by saying something to myself like “hot flashes can’t be that bad, every woman goes through it.”
WOW!! I was totally 100% dead wrong. Hot flashes are bad… really bad! At least they were for me. I’d be watching TV, working on clients, running errands or laying in bed then all of a sudden … OMG I was literally on fire. I would throw of the covers if I was in bed or start the hunt for something I could use as a fan in a futile attempt to cool myself. A few minutes later it would pass. I did okay for a few weeks, that is until they seemed to take a turn for the worst. I was getting them more frequently and I couldn’t go anywhere without taking a .99 fan that I purchased for my daughter during a trip to the local annual expo.
Being the holistic person that I am. I started searching for options and long story short came across macca. It worked great for 3 months. I would just add the powder to my smoothies each morning and they totally went away, for 3 months anyway. Then something happened that I was not prepared for. They came back with a vengeance. I was told my body got used to the macca which is why it was no longer effective.
The days were tough but nothing compared to the nights. I’d wake up from a dead sleep every hour totally burning up. We’re talking burning up from the inside out. Then it would take me 10-15 minutes to fall asleep again, just to wake back up 45 minutes later. Three weeks of little to no sleep, loads of tears and utter exhaustion, I couldn’t take it anymore. It was becoming next to impossible to even do client sessions. I tried everything I could find that was holistic and natural that was formulated for menopause symptoms. Nothing worked. I was frustrated, defeated and beyond exhausted.
Finally I made the decision to visit a chiropractic physician who specialized in women’s health. After we got the test results back from my blood analysis, we put a plan in place. We tried acupuncture, natural formulations, B-shots, and I switched up my diet to avoid “food triggers.”
Again… nothing worked.
Time for plan B. My husband talked me into seeing an OBGYN and to try the traditional route with hormone replacement therapy. This is something I was avoiding at all costs. No one I knew within my circle had positive results and all of them gained a lot of weight. Still, at this point I’ll admit I was more desperate that ever, so I went. I was given a patch to wear and hormone pills. Long story short. In 3 short weeks I ended up gaining 10 lbs. (super rare for me) and after the first week of using the patch a rash started to develop. I removed the patch for a couple of days then put it back on as I wasn’t 100% sure the patch was causing the rash. Yep, just as I thought, it came back. And ass if the rash wasn’t bad enough, the weight gain was unbearable. I had always been able to maintain a pretty healthy weight. Aside from pregnancy, ups and downs were not “normal” for my body. Even after giving birth to all three of my kids I went back to the same weight I’ve been for most of my life. So even 10 lbs. was a shock to my body and my ego, especially putting it on this fast.
I was done! I was going to do my own research and figure out what my body needed once and for all. I am beyond thrilled to share what I learned and what has worked for me for nearly 4 months. Full disclosure, I can’t guarantee you’ll have the same results and although I’m hopefully optimistic that this is a long-term solution … well, I can’t guarantee that either. What I can say with confidence is that this solution gave me back my sanity and I hope it will do the same for you. To keep my body from adapting, I’ve switch up my vitamin regimen.
This is what I’m doing and why:
- Ashwaganda liquid – in smoothies approximately 3-5x per week
- Energy booster, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-depressant, fights diabetes
- Vitamin E liquid – in smoothies approximately 3-5x per week (or pill – I’ve done both)
- Reduces hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms
- Vitamin D – 3-5x per week
- Regulates calcium within the body – also my blood work showed that this was extremely low
- Vitamin C – 3-5x per week.
- Hot flashes and heart health
- Black Cohash Extract – Tuesday/Thursday
- Hot flashes, sleep problems, night sweats, mood, vaginal dryness
- Red Clover Blossom – Wednesday
- Menopausal symptoms, cancer prevention, improving bone mineral density, improves mood, sleep, energy, hair, skin, libido
- Blackseed Oil – Tuesday/Friday & Sunday
- Cancer prevention, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory
- Dandelion Liquid – in smoothies approximately 3x per week
- High in fiber, cleanses liver, high in vitamin K which helps maintain brain function and a healthy metabolism.
Questions you might have:
Q: Do I ever skip days?
A: Yes, I’ve found that after a week I can go two or three days without taking anything. But then I can feel the symptoms return so I get right back on schedule. I do this mainly to give my body a break.
Q: Have you since lost the 10 lbs. gained from hormonal replacement therapy?
A: No, but I’m working on it.
Q: Do you have to take all of the supplements, that seems like a lot?
A: I don’t know. This is just what I’ve done and it works! What I’ve recommended to friends is to just try 2 or 3 and if they work… great! If not, try another combination until you find one that does.
Q: Is this all you take?
A: No, I’m a big believer in supplements so I have many others; however these are the specific ones I take for my hormonal symptoms and the ones I take regularly.
I’m more than happy to answer any questions. If you have friends or a group you belong to that you feel could benefit from this post, please share.