Tack­ling hor­monal up­heavals

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

MAY Wong, 48, can­not un­der­stand what is go­ing on. She can’t sleep well at night and feels tired all the time. She of­ten feels hot and breaks out in sweat even when the air­con­di­tion­ing is on. A clue to what may be hap­pen­ing is her ir­reg­u­lar pe­ri­ods. Cou­pled with the pres­sures that come with car­ing for her teenagers af­ter her di­vorce, May just feels stressed out. “Am I al­ready menopausal? How long will I feel this way?” May asks her­self.

Many women are un­aware that menopause does not oc­cur overnight. It is ac­tu­ally a process, which unfolds over a pe­riod of five to 10 years. Med­i­cally known as per­i­menopause, it can also be de­scribed as the time “around menopause”. Women usu­ally en­ter this stage af­ter the age of 40, dur­ing which they ex­pe­ri­ence sig­nif­i­cant hor­monal changes as their body pro­gresses to­wards menopause.

Hor­monal im­bal­ance is the cause for phys­i­cal and emo­tional symp­toms that women ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing this pe­riod. Some feel lethargy, dull, ex­pe­ri­ence body aches and pains, ob­tain dry skin or break­outs, de­velop in­tol­er­ance to heat (mini hot flushes), gain weight, have poor mem­ory, mood changes and anx­i­ety. These are the hall­mark traits of women in their midlife. On top of this, this pe­riod is also when many women are deal­ing with tremen­dous amounts of stress be­ing part of the “sand­wich gen­er­a­tion”, where they have to care for the peo­ple around them, which just ag­gra­vates the con­di­tion.

How­ever, midlife need not be a time of dread if women learn to care for her hor­monal well-be­ing. In fact, midlife could re­ally come as a bi­o­log­i­cal sig­nal emit­ted by the body to prompt women to look af­ter their own needs first so that she can bet­ter care for the peo­ple around her.

In deal­ing with hor­monal disor­ders, se­lect­ing an or­gan­i­cally sourced prod­uct is best be­cause the hu­man body is ex­tremely sen­si­tive to­wards chem­i­cals (pes­ti­cides) and tox­ins. This is one of the rea­sons why many hor­mon­al­re­lated prob­lems such as pe­riod ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, cyst for­ma­tions and fi­broids are be­com­ing more com­mon, as a re­sult of these chem­i­cals in our food. As 80% of soy prod­ucts are are ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied to with­stand the ef­fects of strong pes­ti­cides, women do need to be ex­tra care­ful with their choices.

Or­ganic genis­tein has three main ac­tions. It func­tions as a phy­toe­stro­gen (nat­u­ral hor­monal bal­ance), an­tiox­i­dant (anti-stress, cell pro­tec­tion and beauty) and metaboli­creg­u­lat­ing com­plex (to in­hibit fat for­ma­tion and to reg­u­late bone build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties). It works by “im­i­tat­ing” the prop­er­ties of es­tro­gen in a safe, se­lec­tive and gen­tle man­ner. As such, or­ganic genis­tein works dif­fer­ently from hor­mone-type drugs and hor­mone re­place­ment ther­apy (HRT), which merely add on hor­mones to the body.

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