By Amanda McQuade Crawford
The difference between Feminine Comfort and other herb formulas for menopausal dryness is the synergy of the best ingredients drawn from both ancient medicinal traditions and hard-nosed science. We need a steady supply of essential fatty acids in our bodies, but not all Omega-3 oils are created equal these days. Instead of turning to cold water fish or plant parts that many women cannot metabolize, the Blessed Herbs Feminine Comfort formula uses Chia seed Omega-3 to provide a low-fat, bio-available source for real symptom relief of feminine discomfort.
Alfalfa, combined with Chia Max Omega-3, promotes a healthy response to inflammation and supports proper circulation. Building on that solid basis, Feminine Comfort contains only six other herbal ingredients – because sometimes less is more!
Tribulus – One of the best-studied plants in contemporary scientific trials, Tribulus terrestris, finds that this wasteland weed tops the many other herbs known to improve lubrication – and does it safely.
Black Cohosh – Black cohosh is a reliable mood mender for irritable women whose sleep is broken by night sweats. In human trials, black cohosh has been shown to improve how women feel. Herbalists do not use black cohosh by itself, however.
Licorice root – Licorice root moistens tissues, soothing and cooling us from the inside out. Licorice root’s plant compounds do not seem to alter hormone balance (a good thing) but do ease symptoms of heat and dryness – as well as promote a healthy inflammatory response. This effect is complemented by different types of herbs with an affinity for menopausal women’s health.
Red Clover – Red Clover blossoms have been shown to improve immunity generally, and skin health especially.
Dandelion – Helps promote liver health + your body’s natural ability to utilize other herbs.
Feeling fantastic again in our own bodies comes from not one but six plants used for nourishing the nerves (Shatavari, Black cohosh), cooling the skin, and stabilizing the flow of healthy blood (Black cohosh, Red clover). If we mineralize healthy bones at the same time (Alfalfa, Black cohosh), it’s no wonder we find comfort. The Change is our initiation into a new feminine freedom.
Feminine Comfort – Nutrition
Herbs fine-tune what regular patterns of eating establish: fewer hot flashes, better sleep and memory, and hormonal self-control. Eating healthy, cleansing foods over time (even just three weeks) can help women taking the herbs to get “more bang for their buck.”
The best way to manage several Menopausal symptoms at once is with fiber from vegetarian proteins (beans, peas, legumes), greens and root vegetables (carrots, beets, jicama), and flax seeds. If you choose carrot sticks over sugary “protein” bars, your symptoms will quickly come under your control.
Hormonal balance has as much to do with blood sugar spikes and crashes as it does with perspiring when you don’t want to … cleansing fruits, vegetables, and whole grains provide mid-life women with better chances to experience mild symptoms that taper off sooner than later.
Choose the Right Kinds of Fats for your Menopause Diet
Menopausal women need high-quality fats (olive oil, walnut oil, coconut oil, butter) daily. We recommend a supplement of essential fatty acids most days, such as chia seed (in our Feminine Comfort), hemp, evening primrose, or fish oil.
Balance blood sugar with high-quality protein – but not more than you need. Without physical activity, unused fuel turns to fat, and this alters blood sugar. When in doubt, aim for 15 grams at each meal, or an average of 45 grams a day. For instance: a GMO-free veggie burger (6 grams) on a low-carb whole grain (2-6 grams protein), and a cup of cooked greens (broccoli 4 grams, spinach or kale 5 grams).
Or, a cup of cooked black beans (15 grams protein) with a mild salsa (helps digestion but too much “hot” – spice may trigger a hot flash). A serving of tofu about the size of the palm of your hand delivers 10-15 grams of protein. Most commercial soy is genetically modified, which is worth avoiding. GMO-free, organic soy remains an affordable and usable protein. Fermented tempeh can replace high cholesterol animal products as well.
Choosing vegetable proteins in general over animal proteins has several advantages, depending on your philosophy and medical profile.
The fiber benefits heart, hormones, bones, blood sugar, blood fats, weight, and immunity. Plant-based proteins are better for your body and the environment, not to mention the cost.
Abundant recipes are out there for pre-soaking beans with a pinch of baking soda or cooking beans with cinnamon, citrus, or other kitchen staples to fight flatulence. All beans, lentils, peas, and assorted legumes, from aduki to mung and soy, are easily digested; all the more so, if cooked with a pinch of my favorite “gasless” culinary herb, epazote (Dysphania ambrosioides, formerly Chenopodium ambrosioides).
Too much more than a pinch in the pot doesn’t make beans taste better, by the way. Epazote can be found in Mexican food markets, or ask at your grocery store – it’s probably there with the chilies. It’s mildly bitter flavor improves digestion while the herb’s Magnesium and B vitamins help nerves, skin, and healthy hair.
You can be more precise about your needs if you prefer. Women need 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight. A woman who weighs 125 pounds but rarely exercises probably needs between 40 and 50 grams of protein a day. We all need to eat protein to prevent muscle loss during menopause, but some sources say we need more protein than others. The consensus is: we do not need more than we really burn.
You might need up to 80 grams a day of protein if you work out, and exercise is the single safest way to reduce hot flashes long term (yes, after sweating short term every day).
Then, there is heart health, bone strength, muscle mass, better sleep, fewer tension headaches, and other advantages from your favorite way to move through space and time.
In General – Small, Healthy Snacks and no “Convenience” Foods!
To help you stabilize wild swings in energy or mood, eat small portions (3-5 oz.) of high quality protein at meals, or small protein snacks every few hours. Fifteen almonds provide 8 grams of protein, healthy oils, and other nutrients. Mixing lower-calorie almond or sunflower seed butter 1/2-and-1/2 with organic peanut butter allows a few apple slices topped with a teaspoon of delicious nut butter to stop drops in blood sugar before you buy that cupcake.
You have heard it before: skip “convenient” packaged “food.” This is because this simple change is still the single biggest self-help for healthy weight, mood, and hormonal balance – no matter what your age! Consider refined sugars, sugar substitutes, and empty calories UN-FOOD. These are unworthy a place in your body’s temple as you renew yourself.
The Bottom Line
Reconsider your worth. Revisit your dream of who you are. Indulge, when you choose, in something like an organic almond-chocolate cluster, an antioxidant-packed delight that is real food for body and soul. And remember, menopause doesn’t mean you have to suffer feminine discomfort or dryness – or engage in hormone therapies. There are plenty of herbal, nutritional, and all-natural alternatives out there!
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