Breakthrough research for An easier menopause Nine
in 10 of us aren’t the least bit upset about our periods ending— except for the hormonal upheavals that can occur before, during and after menopause. Fortunately, these simple strategies can help you sail easily through the change: ● Cool hot flashes with hops Hops is already a popular sleep supplement— and now research in the journal Maturitas reveals that taking it daily cuts hot flashes 50% within six weeks! Hops contains a gentle, natural plant estrogen that helps fill the gap when your own hormone production dips, explains study coauthor Arne Heyerick, PH.D. (Concentrations vary, so follow the label instructions for dosage.) ● ● KO tummy woes with sun Indigestion, heartburn, bloating . . . your risk of belly problems triples when your estrogen levels plunge! That’s because estrogen helps keep your digestive tract functioning properly. An easy fix: Spend 15 minutes outdoors daily— without sunglasses! According to Cornell University research, sunlight hitting your eyes’ optic nerves signals the digestive tract to increase production of digestion-enhancing enzymes and bile—preventing tummy problems for up to 67% of women in 10 days. End headaches with yoga It’s not your imagination—hormone fluctuations around menopause often make tension headaches and migraines more frequent and more painful! The good news: Doing yoga stretches for 20 minutes daily can cut those flareups 84% in six weeks, reports the International Journal
of Yoga. Yoga’s gentle movements boost your brain’s production of painkilling endorphins, study coauthor Meghan Adoor, PH.D., explains. ● Fend off fatigue with eggs When your sex hormone levels drop, so does your production of energizing beta brain waves— which is why at least two in five of us feel draggy these days. How to end that sluggishness? Try eating two eggs every day. According to Japanese scientists, this protein-packed breakfast staple is rich in taurine, an amino acid that energizes brain cells, keeping your beta wave levels steady, even when your hormone levels are not.