Expert’s Name: Gail Edgell
Menopause Relief: Could cleaning up your home be in the mix?
I think all of us can agree that household cleaning products can not be safe for anyone to breath whether you have asthma or not. These toxic fumes have long been suspected of causing a host of ailments, perhaps even disease.
But in this most recent study they looked at stain resistant, water resistant and fire resistant products. They even looked at plastic containers. All of these contained PFC’s. PFC stands for perfluorocarbons and there is strong evidence that it impacts a woman’s menopausal symptoms.
The West Virginia School of Medicine study observed over 26,000 women ages 18 to 65. Women who were exposed to higher levels of PFC’s were more likely to experience an earlier menopause. The PFC’s actually have an impact on the endocrine system which is vital to hormone functioning properly.
I will add to this saying not only an earlier menopause, but most likely more extreme menopausal symptoms.
A few months ago I interviewed, Dr. Mark Sneller, an air quality expert. He said one of the most dangerous things women can do to disrupt their endocrine system is to breath in toxic chemicals. He even included perfumes in this category. So this is not new information by any means.
So what can you take from this?
- Avoid stain resistant, fire retardant and water resistant materials
- Never heat anything in plastic, preferably stop storing things in plastic which I understand may be difficult
- Begin to move toward more natural cleaning products such as vinegar and water
All of this is certainly a process, but if you and your family want to feel great, this is some place you can start.
As with most studies, more research will need to be done before policies are put in place.
Source: Knox, S. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, June 2011.
Sleep. Many menopausal women have issue sleeping and these can be due to hormone fluctuations or a number of other things.
First of all, what are the benefits of sleeping?
1. It repairs cells.
2. It puts you in a state of relaxation.
3. It boosts memory.
4. It is known to help control and maintain weight.
So how can you improve your sleep?
1. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, white flours and white sugars as these are known to increase hot flashes.
2. Avoid eating a heavy meal before bedtime.
3. Avoid exercising before bedtime.
4. Go to bed and get up at the same time each day.
5. Practice relaxation such as deep breathing and meditation.
6. Set your bedroom thermostat at an optimal temperature.
7. Take melatonin which is at naturally occurring in the body.
8. Take B-vitamins or even 5-HTP.
I met an interesting individual today and I wanted to tell you about her. She specializes in the environment and toxins. And the reason why I bring this up is because I asked her why so many women in their peri-menopausal years complain of migraines and headaches. And what do you do about it?
One thing she suggested is really journaling. Finding out when and why you’re getting migraines and headaches I thought it was just a great idea. Some suggestions she had of what might be the triggers?
- Obviously environmental toxins, so look at where you getting these headaches and migraines at home, at work, etc. Do they go away when you leave for an extended period of time?
- What about stress levels in your life? Do you find that you’re getting headaches and migraines and is it related to stress in your life?
- Another thing are food allergies. Caffeine and chocolate triggers but it could be very well chemicals laced out in our processed foods.
- Also pesticides on our foods and vegetables.
- The most obvious reason for peri- menopausal women to get headaches and migraines are changes in estrogen and progesterone levels.
So really track is it when you’re ovulating, is it when you’re getting in your cycle, look at when you’re getting your headaches. From there you can start eliminate possible triggers.
Reduce your exposure of environmental toxins. Harmful substances on the outside of our body end up in the inside of our body. They are in the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and the products we use. Unfortunately toxins can cause a host of issues in our body from arthritis to cancer and extreme menopausal symptoms.
How can you reduce your environmental toxins?
- Find non-toxic household cleaning products
- Install a water filter at your kitchen faucet and even on your showerhead or better yet install a water filtration system in your home
- Avoid plastics number 3, 6 and 7. They contain BPA. BPA is known to impact estrogen levels which in turn can impact menopausal symptoms
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