Women are consistently in hormonal flux, with our hormones dictating our cycle, our skin, our weight and so much more. And as women age, hormones become a factor in maintaining happiness and sexual vitality.
Hormonal wellness is overall wellness, and today’s guest highlights natural remedies to improve mood and libido; because the girl who is getting some, is ALWAYS happy!
Natural Remedies to Improve Mood and Libido
Our bodies can do all kinds of crazy things as we grow older, and as women, it can feel like our hormones are betraying us. There are mood swings, libido changes, and the dreaded menopause that starts creeping up on us in our 40s and beyond.
If you’re feeling a little betrayed by your body, help is at hand! We’ve rounded up a few natural menopause remedies and lifestyle tips that will help you balance your moods and reinvigorate your sex life.
A little exercise to Ease the Threat of Premenstrual Symptoms
For most of us in our 40s, we can set our watches by the premenstrual symptoms faithfully turning up every month to wreak havoc on our mood and energy levels. There is the anger, the irritability, the tenderness and the pain – no wonder it’s the least favourite time of the month for us! .
Although getting up and getting active is the last thing you might feel like doing, not enough can be said for the benefits of a little gentle exercise! The endorphins released will cheer you up, help to combat mood swings, regulate your hormones and reduce symptoms like bloating! Even a little walking can help minimize premenstrual symptoms – give it a try!
DID YOU KNOW: It’s thought that decreasing your alcohol and caffeine intake up to two weeks before your period will help to ease mood swings and physical pain. This is a fantastic, easy to employ natural remedy!
Attack of the Menopause:
Typically, the menopause occurs when women hit their 50s typically, although some recent research shows that early symptoms can manifest in women in their 40s too – typically, a change in sexual desire, insomnia, mood swings and period irregularities are some of the noticeable signs.
Today’s physicians often use hormone replacement therapy and anti-depressants as the solution, but there are actually several natural menopause remedies you can try too. It shouldn’t hurt trying some of these natural options, or discussing them with your doctor:
- Soy: Soy is believed to help combat hot flashes and some of the symptoms associated with menopause that can darken your mood. Recommendations include trying soy supplements or drinking soy milk. Since soy often has other health benefits, it could help with other issues as well to improve your overall health.
- Black Cohosh: Long used in the Native American culture for many ailments, black cohosh is thought to help the symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes. However, long-term use may cause liver damage and the overall true impact is not known.
- Phytoestrogens: You also may relieve menopause’s effects through foods rich in phytoestrogens, including lignans and coumestans. Lignan phytoestrogens are found in high-fiber foods, such as cereals, grains, and beans.
- Healthy Fats and Fatty Acids: Some claim that olive oils and flaxseed oil can help alleviate some of the symptoms of menopause. Also, fatty acids have been found to positively impact certain hormone production, potentially helping to balance out those crazy mood swings.
- Vitamin E: Known as a vitamin that possibly offers healing benefits, Vitamin E may help with hot flashes as well.
- Other Options: Some women swear by exercise, mediation, and acupuncture to help them through menopause, but these may be individual preferences that could or could not work for you. Worth trying nonetheless!
You have a lot on your plate, right? Full-time work, taking care of the family, serving as the taxi service and being a partner? – it can be exhausting both physically and emotionally. The first thing to suffer is your libido, and of course, this can hurt a relationship.
However, there are natural ways so you can revive your libido too, and ‘stoke the fire’, so to speak! Give a couple of these natural options a chance:
- Exercise: Not only is aerobic activity thought to increase endorphins that get you in the mood, but you will also have the euphoric feeling that you look and feel great, adding to the interest.
- Relax: Easier said than done, but if you can do it, you will be able to decrease the stress hormone known as cortisol and help reactivate that testosterone you need to get in the mood. Try yoga, reading, or some other activity that you know will get you to calm down.
- Supplements: Some people swear by natural supplements, claiming that tablets created from herbs such as ginkgo biloba can boost libido. However, some there is not enough empirical evidence to substantiate that claim. Other recommendations are Vitamin B5, which is known to help make the sex hormones found in the adrenal glands while choline has been claimed to help fire up acetylcholine, a brain chemical that gets those sexual impulses going from your brain to your sex organs. I mean, that can only help, right? Some herbal remedies and supplements can affect medication, so it’s best to seek medical advice before taking anything new.
Final piece of advice: Whatever you do in regards to your changing moods and physical appearance in your 40s & 50s, it is best to consult with your physician about how you feel, what is going on with your moods and body, and what might be the best natural approach to feeling better and sexy into your mature years. Doctors are there to help, and can probably provide you with some useful solutions.
This article was written by Carly, a writer working on behalf of NaturesBest.co.uk. When Carly isn’t writing, she enjoys walking her two doggies and training for her first 5k race!