The two major female hormones are estrogen and progesterone. These hormones give the woman strength and stamina and are largely responsible for the peculiarly feminine shape of her body.
The main problems relating to menstrual flow are painful menstruation, stoppage of menstruation and excessive menstruation besides pre menstrual tension. These disorders are quite common, but they are not normal. Healthy women living according to natural laws and consuming natural foods do not suffer from the monthly ordeal. Most menstrual disorders are caused by nutritional deficiencies which lead to deficiency and improper metabolism of the female sex hormones.
The menopause or a woman’s change of life is a perfectly normal event which occurs in the mid or late forties. It signifies the end of the female reproductive period of life which commenced at adolescence in the early teens.
There are several misconceptions about menopause. Many women at this time feel that they are growing old and that they are well past their full physical vigor. Other women feel that menopause brings a cessation of sexual pleasure. These apprehensions are far from true. Menopause may be considered an end to woman’s fertility but certainly not to her virility. It does not decrease a woman’s physical capacity of sexual vigor or enjoyment.
During menopause, the entire chain of endocrine glands is disturbed, particularly the gonads, thyroid and pituitary. In a woman bestowed with good health, the menopausal change takes place without any unpleasant symptoms. The only thing that the ‘changes’, is the cessation of menstrual flow. There are, however, many women who do not enjoy good health due to dietetic errors and a faulty style of living. In these cases, the menopausal change often leads to all kinds of distressing physical, emotional and nervous symptoms and manifestations.
• Although menopause cannot be avoided, it can be postponed for as long as 10 to 15 years and it can be made a smooth affair when it comes, with a proper nutritional diet, special supplements and the right mental attitude.
• Diet is of utmost important; you must have seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables and fruits.
The premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to a variety of symptoms which recur in the same phase of the menstrual cycle. These generally make their appearance two to seven days before the onset of menstruation and are relieved once menses start.
In some women, the onset of symptoms seems to coincide with ovulation and may then persist until menstruation commences. In some rare cases, relief from the premenstrual syndrome may be obtained only with the cessation of the menstrual flow.
Fluids should be moderately restricted and care should be taken not to add extra salt to the food. The patient should not take any oral contraceptives as these may cause fluid retention and lowering of plasma levels.