Why You Don't Want an Early Menopause
(and how to prevent one)
What is early menopause?
The average age for menopause is 45 - 55. Menopause that happens before 40 is considered early menopause.
And while not having to deal with your period anymore might be tempting...
Early menopause means your estrogen levels drop at a younger age.. and that's associated with health risks. It could mean increased risk of:
- Bone fracture
- Heart disease
AND From an Oriental Medicine perspective.. Early menopause is a sign of early aging. It means your energy reserves - your battery pack - your life potential - are running low.
Many docs recommend taking hormones - including estrogen - for 5 - 10 years after menopause. They feel the significant health benefits outweigh the risks.
Well keeping your hormone and estrogen levels high naturally - by having a later menopause - gets you all those benefits with none of the risks.
It also means your body is more likely to continue to make small amounts of those precious hormones & hormone-like substances after menopause to keep you looking and feeling younger for years to come.
It's a warning sign. An early menopause says - replenish your energy reserves - or you could be at risk for other signs of aging or even a shorter lifespan.
It could mean you're feeling old before your time.
SO - that's plenty of reasons why you don't WANT an early menopause.
What can you do to prevent an early menopause?
You want to refill your energy reserves - it's like refilling your energy bucket.
The first step is to stop energy leaks.
The second step is to take in more energy than you're putting out.
- Stop burning the candle at both ends (don't over-schedule yourself)
- Practice stress management every day (it's not as hard as it sounds)
- Breathe deeply
- Be sure to get enough sleep and enough rest.
- If you're not sleeping well, make it a priority to get better sleep.
- Don't skip your vacations & time off
- Eat healthy meals made up of clean food at regular times and chew well (don't skip meals)
- Use superfoods and herbs that nourish Jing and Kidney energy (talk to a qualified Chinese herbalist to get personalized recommendations)
Why is clean eating important?
Artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, refined sugar, GMO foods, and other food additives create inflammation, which is a big ENERGY LEAK.
Why is stress management important?
Stress, worry, anxiety, and overthinking are a big ENERGY LEAK.
Why is eating regularly important?
You make energy from your food. Eating good food at regular intervals is the best way to tune up your digestion, so you're making the most energy possible from your food.
Why is deep breathing important?
You make energy from the air when you breathe, but only if you're breathing deeply. You want to breathe really deeply and well as often as possible, so you're making as much energy as possible from the air.
These strategies help refill your energy reserves, your energy bucket, every day.
Ready to get started today? Here are 3 things you can do to start to refill your energy reserves today.
- Breathe deeply for 5 - 10 minutes.
- Go to bed before 11 pm (earlier if you're tired)
- Eat foods that nourish Jing like eggs and seeds - and chew really well. (Bonus if you can find black sesame seeds and quail eggs:)
The symptoms of early menopause are the same as the symptoms of menopause.
If you're wondering... Am I having signs of perimenopause or menopause??? Click Here to learn more about what to look for and how to tell if your symptoms are hormonal - or not.