January 16, 2017

Why Japanese Women Almost Never Worry About the Symptoms of Menopause

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In fact, they don’t even have a word for hot flashes

Menopause is a word that generally makes people cringe— both men and women.

Women – because they have to go through the discomfort of hot flashes, night sweats, muscle fatigue, dehydration, insomnia or restlessness. Because they lose the ability to think straight, and sometimes even acquire the dreaded paunch of a spare tire in the midsection. Of course, there are the classic symptoms of menopause, such as irritability, mood swings, or becoming anxious are all noteworthy facts of this mid-life phenomenon.

Men – because their women are irritable and yell at them.

*Author’s note: Dear Ladies, I don’t mind you yelling at me. It probably makes you feel a little better and I’m more than willing to do anything I can to help relieve the uncomfortable symptoms brought on by your changing bodies. Just know that I’ll always be here for you and you don’t look a second older than that earth moving day when my eyes first feasted upon you.

Here’s a little news flash for you guys – there’s also a male menopause (there’s a gender joke in there somewhere) that has to do with a drop in testosterone. So, wipe that smug little smirk-of-superiority from your lips and be supportive!

And a great way to be supportive to any woman in your life going through this trying time is to give them good, solid, healthy suggestions for putting discomfort behind them so they can feel happy, healthy, and free from aches of mind, body, and spirit…

The secret is in Asia…

But, you won’t have to move to Japan to take advantage of this menopause mauling miracle!

You see, in Asia – specifically Japan – most women don’t worry about hot flashes or night sweats – or any of the other symptoms associated with menopause.

There’s a very good reason: it’s their diet.

First, the most common symptom of menopause is the hot flash.

Hot flashes, or vasomotor flushes, are intense feelings of heat and sweating, especially around the face and neck areas. Hot flashes can affect 50–85% of women – up to 20 times a day.

Hot flashes are of particular concern because they occur in the premenopausal stages, during, and even after the “change” has fulfilled its dastardly obligation.

It all starts with a dramatic drop in estrogen levels

Once a woman reaches a certain age, usually around 51 — but can start earlier or later depending on the woman — menopause signifies the end of fertility. It begins with a significant drop in estrogen levels and is marked by irregular periods and a decline in egg production.

You can’t avoid it. You can’t stop it. So if you must deal with it, why not make it as easy as possible? A change in your diet could work wonders…

Discover the natural wonders of Asian food remedies

 

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Somen Noodles by Flickr FotoosVanRobin

Instead of the high animal protein diets we westerners take in, Japanese women eat more

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