What Are The Best Menopause Fatigue Remedies?
When I was preparing to write this blog from an herbalist's perspective, I researched what information was available online about menopause fatigue, and some of what I found made me so angry!
Some of it just wasn't enough to really get to the root of the fatigue at all
And some of it was just plain insulting - like - menopause doesn't usually need to be treated, because the symptoms like fatigue only last two to three YEARS!!
Believe me, this is not written by someone who has tried to live with menopause fatigue for even one week.
So today I'm going to share with you not only some of the commonly researched causes and lifestyle tips that will help you understand menopause fatigue, I'm also going to dive much deeper into what you can do to address it at it's root cause and get much bigger relief than what's commonly offered.
What causes menopause fatigue?
First find out your fatigue isn't caused by something other than menopause
Of course be aware that if your fatigue started with other menopausal changes, there's a good chance it's caused by menopause. But for significant fatigue it's always good to get checked by your doctor to be sure the fatigue isn't being caused by something else like anemia, coronary artery disease, diabetes, heart failure, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, or kidney or liver disease.
The first way menopause causes is fatigue is just from hormonal changes that don't happen in perfect balance
If your fatigue is caused by menopause - why does this happen? I mean hot flashes are one thing, but what's with the sudden complete exhaustion?
One woman I worked with, a very healthy, active, fit woman said when she came to me that her sudden fatigue was so extreme "it was hard to do what was expected of a person just living their life." And I know some of you can relate to that.
And the answer is that it's just the hormonal changes of menopause that cause the fatigue.
And yes they just cause so many different symptoms it's almost mind boggling.
If you keep your hormones from dropping to low, and you harmonize the ratios of your hormones with each other, the fatigue can simply disappear.
The second way menopause can cause fatigue is by messing with your sleep
The other way the hormonal changes cause fatigue is by messing with your sleep. That one's more obvious - if you're not sleeping at night you're more tired during the day.
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What are the most commonly recommended solutions to menopause fatigue?
The lifestyle basics
There are some simple lifestyle adjustments you can make that will help improve your energy. But I think of them more like baseline healthy habits for good energy through your whole life (not specifically related to menopause.)
But seriously don't skip a single one of these. We have to work a little harder to feel amazing than we did in our 20s - this is the work. (Did you drink enough water TODAY?)
The online recommendations to take with a grain of salt
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What are the menopause fatigue supplements and remedies you're not hearing about
Menopause fatigue remedy No. 1: Keep hormone levels from dropping too low
Herbs that support what we in Chinese Herbalism that are considered Kidney Yin Tonics like Rehmannia are often the most helpful with this - they're often herbs rich in phytoestrogen
Menopause fatigue remedy No. 2: Harmonize hormone levels with each other
hese are herbs that help your own endocrine system fine tune your hormone levels up and down - and they help keep your hormone detoxification pathways open. Not the types of herbal remedies typically associated with menopause fatigue - but still so important. A common formula like Xiao Yao San can help with this - but there are others that can work even better if dryness is a problem
enopause fatigue remedy No. 3: Keep your energy moving
In the style of herbalism I practice there are two reasons you can feel tired. ONE: You don't have enough energy. Like there's just not enough gas in the tank. The other reason is that your energy is stuck. Like having money in the vault. It's yours but you can't get to it so you can't spend it.
The key to getting good results with herbs is figuring out which one of these you need more help with. It could be mostly one, mostly the other or 50:50. But when you get them both working better, it's well worth it. It's also the reason there isn't one menopause fatigue remedy that works for everyone - not if you want the really good results.
She decided to try herbal remedies for a few months, then switch to HRT if it wasn't working, because she simply couldn't live with that level of fatigue. After taking herbal remedies for hormonal balance and energy she was back to feeling like herself and was happy she got everything she needed with something so natural.
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A Live Video Discussion of Menopause Fatigue
In this live video I talk about:
- The difference between menopause fatigue and "regular" fatigue that gets worse during menopause
- TWO strategies you MUST have for managing fatigue long term.
Thanks so much for joining me today! Please put your questions & comments in the comments section below, I'd truly love to hear from you!
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