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MENOPAUSE AND ANDROPAUSE

 

Because the various glands in the body work in unison and rely upon each other, the reduction in levels of testosterone in men and oestrogen in women, causes an imbalance and affects other hormones released by the various glands in the body such as the adrenal, hypothalamus, pineal, pituitary, sebaceous, sweat and thyroid which in turn causes the symptoms listed below.

Male andropause

Unlike menopause in women, the andropause (testosterone decline) in men is a slower process. The testes, unlike the ovaries, do not suddenly run out of the substance it needs to make testosterone. A healthy male may be able to make sperm well into his eighties or longer. However, subtle changes in the function of the testes and prostate may occur as early as 45 to 50 years of age and more dramatically after the age of 70 in some men.

Men can suffer the same symptoms as women due to hormonal imbalances as they age and, when it begins, it is often called 'the midlife crisis'. Because the hormones are responsible for all aspects of bodily functions included the brain and thought processes, psychological changes do take place as well.

Male andropause symptoms

  • Aging skin

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Hair loss

  • Insomnia

  • Irritability

  • Irrational thoughts

  • Loss of libido

  • Mood swings

  • Weight gain

Some men become very insecure in themselves and try to prove their virility. This can destroy their long-term relationships and family life so men should try to realise that it is their hormones causing these irrational thoughts and they may regret their actions when the hormones settle down again. There are many natural foods that can help to calm the mind and improve the mood.

See Natural remedies for symptoms of the andropause and menopause below.

Female menopause

The average age of the natural female menopause is 51 years but it can occur much earlier or later. Menopause occurring before the age of 45 is called early menopause and before the age of 40 is premature menopause.

At the menopause women run out of eggs. Each woman has a supply of eggs (approximately two million) from the moment she is born and over the years they are used up and die off. What the body does then, to try to get the woman to ovulate, is to release a follicle stimulating hormone.

This hormone is released every month in a normal cycle but during menopause, a woman’s body registers that ovulation is not taking place, so even more follicle stimulating hormone is produced. As the ovaries decline their production of oestrogen, the adrenal glands take over and produce another form of oestrogen (called oestrone) in order to compensate for the decline from the ovaries.

There are three phases of the female menopause:

 

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  1. Premenopause periods are still regular but the first symptoms, such as hot flushes and mood changes, may appear.

  2. Perimenopause the function of the ovaries decline, the periods can become irregular and symptoms may be more severe.

  3. Postmenopause is the time following the last period and is usually defined as more than 12 months with no periods in someone with intact ovaries or immediately following surgery if the ovaries have been removed.

The passage through the menopause is medically termed the ‘climacteric’. The last menstruation is known as the menopause.

Symptoms of the female menopause

  • Ageing skin

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Declining libido

  • Headaches

  • Hot flushes

  • Insomnia

  • Joint pains

  • Lack of energy

  • Mood swings

  • Night sweats

  • Osteoporosis

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Weight gain

Aches and pains
One symptom of menopause is an increase in frequency of normal aches, such as headaches, neck, joint and back pains.

Emotions
Irritability, depression, personality changes and anxiety are very common during the menopause; these changes can carry a loss of sexual desire. Although these problems are related to the shortage of oestrogen and testosterone, some may be caused by the inability to cope with the psychological impact caused by all the other symptoms. Added to all this is the fact that in many cases both men and women going through menopause might also be under several other stressful situations during this period. Coping with teenage children, children moving out, aging parents or money worries can also influence the state of mind of menopausal men and women.

Bladder problems
Most women going through menopause complain of the following bladder problems, bladder infection, low bladder capacity, inability to contain urine or frequent urination. These problems start when bladder tissue becomes deprived of oestrogen. Men also experience these conditions due to prostate problems.

Hot flushes
The body’s thermostat is located in the hypothalamus are of the brain, which stops working properly if levels of oestrogen are not sufficient. This will cause extremely hot or cold sensations.

Skin problems
The skin and collagen fibres are very sensitive to low levels of oestrogen causing dry, thinner and aging looking skin, irritation and wrinkles.

Sleep problems
The pineal gland is responsible for normal sleep patterns. When hormone levels are imbalanced during menopause it will also affect this gland and cause insomnia. Hot flushes and night sweats can add to the problem.

Vaginal dryness
Inadequate vaginal lubrication can be a very disturbing for most women due to the pain, discomfort and sometimes bleeding experienced during sexual intercourse. Using a natural lubricant such as pure coconut oil can help.

Natural remedies for the symptoms of the andropause and menopause

Many of the symptoms and discomforts experienced during the andropause and menopause can be relieved by using natural home remedies. Make herbal teas using bottled mineral water and sip three cups throughout the day hot or cold from any of the following (add honey and lemon juice if desired).

Bitter leaf is a powerful African herb for women to take before, during and after the menopause as it helps the body produce the correct oestrogen levels and in doing so can prevent the hot flushes and other symptoms that can occur.

Sage: Painful menstrual periods and excessive milk flow during nursing have been kept at bay by sage in the past. It is also highly effective in avoiding nightmares during pregnancy and menopausal hot flushes. The herb temporarily eases the effects of hormonal imbalances and fluctuations.

St John's wort is especially useful in the treatment of anxiety, depression and insomnia and can be helpful to both men and women who suffer these symptoms and other emotional disturbances during the andropause or menopause.

Berries (red, blue or black), citrus fruit, cod liver or krill oil (1000 mg per day), evening primrose oil, flaxseeds and flaxseed oil, pineapple juice, root vegetables and soya beans can also help to alleviate symptoms of both menopause and androopause.

Nutrients that can alleviate symptoms of the andropause and menopause

Coumestan

Consuming foods rich in coumestan can help treat menopause symptoms and lowers the risk of hip fractures, breast cancer and heart disease.

Natural sources of coumestan

Methionine

Those who are on oral contraceptives or oestrogen replacement therapy will find methionine to be helpful. Since oestrogen is cleared through the liver, an enhanced liver function will reduce the body’s oestrogen load. Specifically, methionine converts the stronger and carcinogenic estradiol (E2) into estriol (E3) which is the “good” oestrogen as compared to estradiol.

Highest sources of methionine in milligrams per 100 grams

  • Sesame seeds 1331 mg

  • Chlorella (dried) 1300 mg

  • Whelks 1205 mg

  • Spirulina (dried) 1149 mg

  • Sunflower seeds 1033 mg

  • Brazil nuts 1008 mg

  • Chicken 859 mg

  • Tuna fish (tinned) 755 mg

  • Calf’s liver, pumpkin seeds, squash seeds 740 mg

  • Quail 716 mg

  • Pheasant 710 mg

  • Beef (lean mince) 694 mg

  • Mackerel (tinned) 686 mg

  • Cod 679 mg

  • Lamb’s liver 664 mg

  • Salmon (Atlantic farmed) 654 mg

  • Cheddar cheese 652 mg

  • Shrimp/prawns 589 mg

  • Lobster 577 mg

  • Caviar (fish roe) 553 mg

  • Rabbit 545 mg

  • Mussels 537 mg

  • Crab 515 mg

  • Venison 505 mg

  • Turkey 495 mg

  • Sunflower seeds 494 mg

  • Eggs 380 mg

  • Flaxseeds 370 mg

  • Squid 351 mg

  • Quinoa 309 mg

  • Peanuts 291 mg

  • Pine nuts 259 mg

  • Rye 248 mg

  • Walnuts 236 mg

  • Soya beans 224 mg

  • Wheat 212 mg

  • Brown rice 179 mg

  • Almonds 151 mg

 Omega-3 fatty acids

The body does not have the enzymes to produce linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acids)  or linolenic acid (omega-3 fatty acids), previously known as vitamin F, as these are made by plants not animals but they are required by the human body so must be consumed in the diet and are therefore essential.  Essential fatty acids are necessary to make cell membranes and for many of the important hormones and other chemical messengers that tell the body what to do.

They are especially important for making prostaglandins in the body which are hormone-like substances that regulate many activities including inflammation, pain and swelling (some cause swelling and others relieve it) which can help with preventing arthritis and autoimmune diseases. They also play a role in controlling the blood pressure, heart, kidneys, the digestive system and body temperature and are related to allergic reactions, blood clotting and making other hormones.

A diet low in essential fatty acids could result in skin problems such as dandruff, eczema, splitting nails and dull brittle hair.  Fatty acids influence the structure of the cells lining the intestinal tract, as well as the villi through which absorption of nutrients takes place. They increase the thickness and surface area of the digestive-absorptive cells that line the inside of the intestine. This results in more effective digestion, better absorption of nutrients, less absorption of allergens and better health.

Omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory, while omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect. Inflammation is essential for survival as it protects the body from infection and injury, but it can also cause severe damage and contribute to disease when the inflammatory response is inappropriate or excessive. Therefore, a balanced ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 is required. Most experts agree that the omega 6:3 ratio should range from 1:1 to 5:1 but the optimal ratio may vary with any condition or disease under consideration. Today’s diet in the developed world can have a far higher level of omega-6 to omega-3 and may be responsible for the rise in many conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease and inflammatory conditions like arthritis.

Many foods contain both omega-3 and omega-6 but the western diet tends to have far higher omega-6 to omega-3 ratios. Hemps seeds are one of the few foods to contain the correct ratio. The other way to correct it is to consume more foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids and lower in omega-6.

Highest sources of omega-3 fatty acids in milligrams per 100 grams

  • Krill oil 36000 mg

  • Flaxseed oil 22813 mg

  • Chia seeds 17552 mg

  • Walnuts 9079 mg

  • Caviar (fish eggs) 6789 mg

  • Cloves (ground) 4279 mg

  • Oregano (dried) 4180 mg

  • Marjoram (dried) 3230 mg

  • Tarragon (dried) 2955 mg

  • Mackerel 2670 mg

  • Herring 2365 mg

  • Salmon (wild) 2018 mg

  • Lamb 1610 mg

  • Basil (dried) 1509 mg

  • Sardines 1480 mg

  • Anchovies 1478 mg

  • Soya beans 1433 mg

  • Trout 1068 mg

  • Pecans, sea bass 986 mg

  • Pine nuts 787 mg

  • Bell peppers (green) 770 mg
  • Oysters 740 mg

  • Radish seeds sprouted 722 mg

  • Purslane 400 mg

  • Basil (fresh leaves) 316 mg

  • Rabbit 220 mg

  • Kidney beans 194 mg

  • Wakame seaweed 188 mg

  • Alfalfa sprouts 175 mg

  • Brussel sprouts 173 mg

  • Rocket 170 mg

  • Cauliflower 167 mg

  • Spinach 138 mg

  • Broccoli 129 mg

  • Raspberries 126 mg

  • Lettuce 113 mg

  • Blueberries 94 mg

  • Summer squash 82 mg

  • Strawberries 65 mg

  • Milk 75 mg

  • Eggs 74 mg

  • Chinese cabbage (pak choy) 55 mg

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)

Foods rich in vitamin B6 can help alleviate andropause and menopause symptoms.

Highest sources of vitamin B6 in milligrams per 100 grams

  • Rice bran 4.07 mg

  • Sage 2.69 mg

  • Brewer’s yeast 1.50 mg

  • Sunflower seeds 1.35 mg

  • Wheat germ 1.30 mg

  • Garlic 1.24mg

  • Pistachio nuts 1.12 mg

  • Tuna fish 1.04 mg

  • Beef or calf’s liver 1.03 mg

  • Shiitake mushrooms 0.97 mg

  • Salmon 0.94 mg

  • Turkey 0.81 mg

  • Venison 0.76 mg

NOTE: Wild salmon (0.94 mg) contains far more vitamin B6 than farmed salmon (0.56 mg) and fresh salmon and tuna are far richer in vitamin B6 than tinned.

Vitamin D (cholecalciferol)

Consume foods rich in vitamin D and get 15 minutes of midday sunshine on bare skin as often as possible. Between October and April, in the northern hemisphere, the sun's rays are too weak for vitamin D to be produced by the skin and thus extra foods rich in vitamin D must be consumed. The body only stores enough for up to 60 days so it is important to have a blood test in December to check levels because, when people reach around 50, the ability to produce this vitamin diminishes and any damage to the liver will also reduce levels as will wearing sun block or covering the skin. Vitamin D is vital for the bones and immune system.

Highest sources of vitamin D per serving listed

  • Krill oil - 1 teaspoon: 1000 IU

  • Eel - 85 g or 3 oz: 792 IU

  • Maitake mushrooms - 70 g: 786 IU

  • Rainbow trout - 85 g or 3 oz: 540 IU

  • Cod liver oil - 1 teaspoon: 440 IU

  • Mackerel - 85 g or 3 oz: 400 IU

  • Salmon - 85 g or 3 oz: 400 IU

  • Halibut - 85 g or 3 oz: 196 IU

  • Tuna - 85 g or 3 oz: 228 IU

  • Sardines - 85 g or 3 oz: 164 IU

  • Chanterelle mushrooms - 85 g or 3 oz: 155 IU

  • Raw milk - 1 glass or 8 oz: 98 IU

  • Egg yolk - 1 large: 41 IU

  • Caviar - 28g or 1 oz: 33 IU

  • Hemp seeds - 100 g or 3.5 oz: 22 IU

  • Portabella mushrooms - 85 g or 3 oz: 6 IU

Vitamin E (tocopherols, tocotrienols)

Consuming foods rich in the powerful antioxidant, vitamin E, can help to provide relief from menopause symptoms and reduce the aging effects of free radicals on the skin.

Highest sources of vitamin E in milligrams per 100 grams

  • Wheat germ 149.4 mg

  • Hemp seeds 55 mg

  • Hazelnut oil 47 mg

  • Almond oil 39 mg

  • Sunflower seeds 38.3 mg

  • Chilli powder 38.1 mg

  • Paprika 38 mg

  • Rice bran oil 32 mg

  • Grape seed oil 29 mg

  • Almonds 26.2 mg

  • Oregano 18.3 mg

  • Hazelnuts 17 mg

  • Flaxseed oil 17 mg

  • Peanut oil 16 mg

  • Hazelnuts 15.3 mg

  • Corn oil 15 mg

  • Olive oil 14 mg

  • Soya bean oil 12 mg

  • Pine nuts 9.3 mg

  • Cloves (ground) 9 mg

  • Peanuts 8 mg

  • Celery flakes (dried) 6 mg

  • Spirulina 5 mg

  • Dried apricots 4.3 mg

  • Bell peppers (red), eel, olives and salmon 4 mg

  • Jalapeno peppers 3.6 mg

  • Anchovies 3.3 mg

  • Broccoli, chicken, chilli peppers (sun-dried), cod, crayfish, dandelion greens, egg yolk, duck, goose, pecan nuts, spinach, tomatoes (tinned or pureed) turkey and turnip greens 3 mg

  • Avocado, beef, bilberries, blue berries, butter, chicory greens, cinnamon (ground), crab, halibut, herring (pickled), mackerel, marjoram, mustard greens, pistachio nuts, poppy seeds, sardines, sesame seeds, Swiss chard, trout, tuna, turnips and walnuts 2 mg

  • Fish roe 1.9 mg

  • Asparagus, kiwi fruit and parsnips 1.5 mg

  • Black berries 1.2 mg

  • Chlorella 1.1 mg

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

Vitamin C increases iron uptake, which vitamin E inhibits and vitamin C lowers manganese and zinc, while vitamin E helps increase manganese and zinc absorption. As a result, a high intake of vitamin E will require an equally high intake of vitamin C to maintain the same ratio which is why it is good to consume fruit with nuts and seeds. To find the highest sources of these minerals follow blue links below.

Highest sources of vitamin C in milligrams per 100 grams

  • Acerola cherries 1677.6 mg

  • Camu camu berries 532 mg

  • Rosehips 426 mg

  • Green chillies 242.5 mg

  • Guavas 228.3 mg

  • Yellow bell peppers 183.5 mg

  • Black currants 181 mg

  • Thyme 160.01 mg

  • Red chillies 143.7 mg

  • Drumstick pods 141 mg

  • Kale 120 mg

  • Jalapeno peppers 118.6 mg

  • Kiwi fruit 105.4 mg

  • Sun dried tomatoes 102 mg

  • Broccoli 89 mg

  • Brussel sprouts 85 mg

  • Cloves, saffron 81 mg

  • Chilli pepper 76 mg

  • Mustard greens 70 mg

  • Cress 69 mg

  • Persimmons fruit 66 mg

  • Swede 62 mg

  • Basil 61 mg

  • Papaya 60 mg

  • Rosemary 61 mg

  • Strawberries 58 mg

  • Chives 58 mg

  • Oranges 53.2 mg

  • Lemons 53 mg

  • Pineapple 48 mg

  • Cauliflower 48 mg

  • Kumquats 43.9 mg

  • Watercress 43 mg

  • Wasabi root 41.9 mg

  • Kidney bean sprouts 38.7 mg

  • Melon 36.7 mg

  • Elderberries 36 mg

  • Breadfruit 29 mg

  • Coriander 27 mg

Dietary additions to alleviate symptoms of the andropause and menopause

Changing the diet to natural organic whole foods and using some very specific herbs have shown remarkable improvements in both men and women going through the andropause or menopause. As the body ages, it becomes sluggish in digestion and absorption and is unable to manufacture sufficient proteins which the cells and glands require to function normally. Medications and alcohol can add to this dilemma and make menopausal symptoms worse. The liver becomes overworked and needs regular cleansing to flush out toxin and fat stores.

Natural foods that can assist with this are listed on the Cleanse and Detoxify page.

Raw juice therapy can successfully treat menopausal symptoms. The best organic natural foods to juice are:

  • Apricot

  • Banana

  • Beetroot

  • Carrots

  • Celery

  • Grapes (red)

  • Lemon

  • Papaya

  • Strawberry

  • Tomato

  • Spinach

Whilst going through the andropause or menopause, try to avoid sugar and refined or processed foods with artificial additives as much as possible and stock up on the following natural whole foods. Try to make sure they are organically produced whenever possible.

Meat and eggs (Three times a week)
Beef (organic lean grass-fed), eggs, lamb, poultry and game birds, organ meats, rabbit and venison.

Fish (Three times a week)
Bloater fish, carp, cod, eel, halibut, herring, hilsa fish, kipper, mackerel, octopus, pilchards, salmon, sardines, shellfish, sprats, squid, swordfish, trout, tuna (fresh only) and whitebait and all other oily fish. Anchovies are high in sodium so not advised for those with high blood pressure. Deep sea fish and bottom dwelling shellfish can be contaminated with mercury so it is advisable to consume these with some algae, coriander and other green leafy vegetables or sulphur-rich foods which can chelate (bind to) mercury and eliminate it from the body.

Dairy (Yoghurt and kefir milk daily and cheese three times a week)
Kefir milk, non-pasteurised blue cheese and yoghurt (plain with live cultures)

Whole grains and psuedo-grains  (At least one every day)
Amaranth, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, oats, quinoa and teff. Consume one tablespoon of psyllium husks per day in a large glass of water or sprinkled onto meals as it has powerful properties that can support digestion and excretory processes and will work within two days to fix many colon and digestive issues.

Vegetables (A selection of at least four different colours per day)
Algae, alfalfa, artichoke, ashitaba, asparagus, aubergine, beetroot, bell peppers (all colours), broccoli, Brussel sprouts, carrot, celery, chicory, collard greens, courgettes, cress, cucumber, daikon, fenugreek, garlic, kale, kelp, leeks, lettuce, marrow, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, peas, radishes, seaweed, spinach, spring onions, Swede, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, tomatoes, turnips and watercress. Algae, such as chlorella and spirulina, contain many important nutrients and minerals often lacking in land-based crops. Take one tablespoon of one of them per day. Also consume three or four chopped garlic cloves per day. Let them and other allicin-producing plants, such as chives, leeks, onions and spring onions, stand for ten minutes to allow for the process, that produces allicin in these plants when they are damaged, to take place. Allicin has many powerful properties that benefit the health.

Legumes (Two or three times a week)
Black beans, black-eyed peas, broad beans, chickpeas, legumes, lentils, lima bean, mung beans, navy beans, peas, pinto bean, red kidney beans, soya beans and winged beans.

Fruit (A selection of two or three colours per day)
Apples, apricots, avocado, bananas, berries, cherries, kiwi fruit, lemons, limes, grapefruit, grapes (black or red), mango, maqui berries, mosambi juice, orange, papaya, peaches, pears, plums, pomegranate, tangerines and watermelon.

NOTE: Grapefruit can interact with many medications.

Dried foods
Apricots, barley grass, chlorella, dates, figs, goji berries, maqui berries, raisins, spirulina and sultanas.

Juice (Fresh, additive free, unsweetened - three glasses daily)
Beetroot, carrot, cranberry, elderberry, grape, lemon, lime, mosambi, nasturtium (freshly pressed), orange, papaya, pineapple, pomegranate and tangerine.

Seeds (A snacks or added to meals daily)
Flaxseeds, hemp, nasturtium, poppy, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and watermelon. Hempseeds provide the correct balance of omega-6 (inflammatory) to omega-3 (anti-inflammatory) fatty acids and should be consumed daily. A handful of pumpkin seeds can be sprinkled on any dish or in sandwiches daily and add many important nutrients.

Nuts (as snacks or added to meals daily. Best consumed with dried fruits to obtain an equal balance of vitamin C and E)
Almonds (five per day), Brazil nuts (two per week unless excessive sweating, through exercise or fever, has taken place, then eat two per day), cashews, chestnuts, coconut, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts and walnuts (5 five per day).

Sprouts (see the Micro-diet sprouting page to find out how to grow your own then add to meals and snacks daily)
Alfalfa, almond, amaranth, barley, broccoli, buckwheat, cabbage, chickpea, corn, hazelnut, fenugreek, flaxseeds, kamut, leek, lemon grass, lentil, lettuce, milk thistle, mizuna, mung beans, mustard, oat, onion, pea, peanut, radish, rice, rocket, rye, quinoa, sesame, spinach, spring onions, sunflower, turnip and watercress.

Common herbs (to be used as often as possible daily in meals or as teas)
Basil, cardamom, coriander, cloves, dill, lemongrass, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, safflower, saffron, sage, tarragon and thyme.

Spices (to be used as often as possible daily. Can be added to teas also)
Cardamom, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cloves (three ground), cumin, coriander, fennel, ginger, Himalayan pink salt crystals, nutmeg, paprika, peppercorns (all colours), sea salt (pure unrefined) and turmeric. A teaspoon of turmeric should be consumed daily due to its powerful compounds that can prevent many ailments. Sprinkle on to egg, fish and vegetable dishes or on brown rice and other grains.

Oils (cold-pressed only and used to cook with or dress vegetables and salads, especially with foods that contain fat-soluble nutrients, such as carotene, to enable absorption)
Coconut oil, flaxseed, grape seed, coconut oil, olive, rapeseed and a blend of sesame and rice bran oils. Also take 1000 mg of cod liver or krill oil daily, especially during the winter months. Never cook with olive oil as it has a low burning threshold and always buy cold-pressed virgin oils when possible.

Derivatives (to be consumed and used as desired)
Aloe vera juice, anise seed tea, apple cider vinegar, barley grass (powder or juice), bergamot tea, black strap molasses, brewer's yeast, brine pickles, caraway seed tea, chamomile tea, green tea, honey, kimchi, kombucha, miso, peppermint tea, pine needle tea, sauerkraut, tea and tofu. Barley grass is one of the rare plants to contain vitamin B12 so is a useful addition to the diet of those that limit meat intake.

At least one (and ideally many more) natural foods and derivatives should be consumed each day from each of the categories above. Pick one of the six colours of fruit and vegetables to consume daily. Yellow/orange, white, red, green, black/blue/purple and cream/brown. Nature has kindly colour coded natural food for us and each colour provides specific nutrients and minerals in the right balances which are required daily. At least one iron rich green leafy vegetable or herb should be consumed daily. See Nature's Colour codes.

If appetite does not allow enough consumption, juice them or make teas by steeping them in hot water for 15 minutes, then strain and drink immediately to gain the nutrients without the bulk. Teas can be gently reheated and honey and half a freshly squeezed lemon added to make them more palatable and to add additional beneficial nutrients. Always consume the zest of half a lemon daily as this contains many nutrients that can help alleviate symptoms of the andropause and menopause.

NOTE Non-heme iron is found in tea and dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale. However, tea and green leafy vegetables also contain oxalates that block the absorption of iron. To assist the body in the absorption of non-heme iron eat a couple of strawberries, a kiwi fruit or some orange, tangerine or mango at the same time.

NOTE: To benefit from foods containing fat-soluble nutrients, such as the carotenoids in carrots and tomatoes, always eat together with oily foods like rapeseed oil, olive oil, fish, nut or other seed oils or avocado because carotenoids are fat-soluble, meaning they are only absorbed into the body along with fats and can then assist with the manufacture of the essential vitamin A nutrient.

Natural toner for dry skin

Toners are used to improve the appearance of the skin, to soothe and to nourish. Men can use toners as aftershaves.

  • 56 g (2 oz) aloe vera gel

  • 56 g (2 oz) orange-blossom water

  • One teaspoon of white vinegar

  • Six drops rose geranium essential oil

  • Four drops sandalwood essential oil

  • One drop chamomile essential oil

  • One teaspoon of vitamin E oil

Mix all ingredients and use daily after washing the face or shaving.

Coconut oil is an effective natural toxin-free moisturiser that has antifungal and antibacterial properties and leaves no oily residue on the skin. It is also safe to use on babies and animals.

Warning about mesh implants

Pelvic organ prolapses (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) are conditions that typically plague women after a hysterectomy, menopause or childbirth. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when a woman’s pelvic muscles weaken and the pelvic organs (including the bladder, rectum and uterus) drop into the vagina. Transvaginal mesh is a net-like implant used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence in women. The product design and implantation technique contribute to serious complications, such as mesh erosion, mesh contraction and organ perforation. Read more

NOTE: Some herbs and foods can have an adverse effect under certain circumstances see What to avoid when.

For Nature Cures natural remedies of the associated conditions mentioned in the above article follow these blue links.

See also the Glands page or follow the blue links below for more information about each gland in the body.

"Nature cures not the physician..." Hippocrates 460 BC

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Organ meats

Raw juice therapy

Salt in the diet

Seeds

Shellfish

Sprouting micro-diet

Sugar dangers

Teas

Vegetables

Whole Grains

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