Memorial Day Tribute to Female Vertans

In this week’s show, Nancy and Laura talk about women veterans and their health choices for those that served now that they are experiencing health issues related to menopause and other aging health issues.  We greatly appreciate the sacrifices these women and their families have made to serve our country.

 

Menopause and Dryness – Hand in Hand

Menopause Treatment for Dryness

Expert’s Name: Carrie Pierce

It’s well documented that a natural ‘drying out’ process occurs in a woman’s body as she moves through the peri menopause and Menopause process.

Fluctuating hormone levels have a role to play in this issue- and the essential fatty acids assist the body in the manufacture and distribution of crucial sex hormones, carrying molecular messages between the cells and serving to provide prostaglandin balance.

Prostaglandins are hormone-like in their nature and are understood to serve as messengers and regulators within the body cells and tissues.

So, just what the heck does all this scientific mumbo jumbo mean to Y-O-U?!

Simply put, this:

  • Peri menopause begins around the age of 35 in most women.
  • During this time of hormonal shift, skin, hair and nails begin to suffer and other worrisome and bothersome symptoms set up shop. A woman may begin to experience ongoing -and worsening- dryness issues.
    Her skin might become sensitive-with itching and flaking occurring regularly where there was no problem before.
  • Chronic dry skin stems from 2 basic causes: deficiencies in key nutrients and ongoing, uncorrected hormone imbalances.

The Essential Fatty Acids we discussed in Part One of this article series work to combat both these root causes, by feeding the skin at a cellular level, allowing skin cells to nourish and rejuvenate themselves.

Keeping your diet free from excessive sugars by eating low glycemic foods and trans fats also works to have a positive impact on overall skin health by stopping the formation of AGE’s (Advanced Glycation End products) otherwise recognized as the telltale crosshatching affect of older skin.

So how does one go about ensuring that they consume enough of the EFA’s to positively impact both skin AND hormone health?

Omegas 3 and 6 can be obtained from food sources and supplements.

Excellent sources of Omega 3s are:
Seafood/Flax seeds/raw nuts-especially walnuts/eggs and canola oil.

Excellent sources of Omega 6 are:
Borage Oil/Evening Primrose Oil- aka as : ‘the King’s Cure-all’, ( yet given its many uses for easing menstruation, hot flashes and other rather severe female-hormone- related issues, perhaps it should be known as the Queen’s Cure-all instead…) Sunflower, canola and safflower oils/eggs and soybeans.

Now that we’ve discussed why these EFAs are crucial to health and beauty-especially during Menopause- let’s look at the proper ratios:

  • Studies show a healthy balance of Omega 3 to Omega 6 is crucial.
  • The typical American diet has a ratio of 1:20 (Omega 3 to Omega 6), and it’s now thought this ratio should be closer to 5:1 or less.
  • Omega 6s are known to be possible inflammation-producers and as such need to be properly balanced with Omega 3’s which are shown to reduce inflammation within human tissues.
  • When Omega 6 predominates in a diet, such as a diet rich in animal fats and corn derived products, skin and hormonal issues appear to be made worse.

The bottom-line to all of this is- simply put: good skin starts with good nutrition. PERIOD.

Vaginal dryness, dry eye, joint pain and/or thinning hair, skin and brittle nails are all signs of EFA deficiency- in most cases- and should be discussed with your health care provider.

Adding the right ‘Beauty Fats’ to your diet can make all the difference- and your entire body –from head to toe will thank you!