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Friday, June 1, 2012

Facing the Changes as We Age

From time-to-time I have written on the women's issues, including life change issues & products I use like evening primrose oil, flaxseed oil, progesterone cream, hot flash remedies, & generally avoiding HRT all-together.

Maybe, like me, you are finding less & less or your friends & relatives who are going through ~ or went through natural menopause. So, today, I just want to give you a short-list of good, common sense things to do to help any of you who are going through the changes of later life make it through a little easier.

1) Eat a reasonable diet ~ we all know what that is. It's been repeated to us in countless articles, Dr-type T.V. shows & blogs, so I won't go into any depth w/that here; except to say that you must watch out for meats shot-up w/hormones. Those hormones DO effect us. So buy your meats locally, if possible.

2) Drink lots & LOTS of water ~ water not only feeds & hydrates our body, but it flushes so many bad things OUT. Including fat . . . including any of those hormones from GMO foods, mentioned above. If you think you've had enough for the day, drink more.

3) Here it comes . . . exercise! There . . . I said it. Even a 15-20 minute walk 3-4 days a week can make a huge difference for your body AND your mind. Take a walk w/your hubby or your older kids . . . great conversations come out of those times together.

4) Do some research on supplements that are beneficial to you. I often tell people who shop at the health food store I work at that I look at what I take from there as Dr's bills I'm NOT paying.  Here are some things to consider:
  • Vitamin A ~ our eyes are some of the 1st things to be affected by age
  • Vitamin E ~ helps w/skin tone & healing
  • Evening primrose oil ~ I take, & recommend, 1,300 mg per day. You can find some that have that amount in 1 capsule so you don't have to worry about forgetting to take another at another time of day
  • Vitamin B12 ~ we all need an energy boost, especially as our bodies go through changes. Start w/a 1,000 mcg nugget; just let it dissolve under your tongue
  • Vitamin D3 ~ THE best D, it's the "sunshine" D & helps w/bones & energy
  • Calcium & magnesium ~ they help each other do what they do. Personally, I take the Garden of Life Raw Calcium. When you take raw vitamins your body thinks they are food & uses almost 100% of what you take
  • Zinc &/or Echinacea ~ builds immunities
  • Iron ~ Garden of Life raw or Floridex liquid herbal or even drinking dandelion root tea is a good way to take it & NOT get constipated
  • Flaxseed ~ ground up & put in your smoothie or food (I put 1/4 c of flaxseed meal in my bread) or, as my husband & I have done for years, 1 TB of flaxseed oil a day
5) Stay informed & find a trustworthy friend or group of friends that you can commiserate with. If you have an issue or question, chances are that someone in your group of TRUSTED women-friends, or sisters (if you are blessed w/one or two), have gone or are going through what you are. What worked for them? What works for you that you can share w/them?

6) PRAYER. 'Nuff said.

I hope this is helpful. Let me know.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

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  1. Kim, this is timely! I do not want to take anything unnatural and He wouldn't have us go thru it if we weren't able with His help :)

    I will print this out! I knew of evening primrose oil but not the others. Thank you!

  2. I always enjoy your posts like these. You always give such good information. I am of course past the change; but still need energy and etc. I liked your thoughts and I am going re-evaluate the Vitamins that I do take. You gave some great reminder.
    Blessings to you!


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