Tackling hormonal upheavals
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.