Supplements are a big deal nowadays. With people living busy lives and unable (or unwilling) to make time to consume enough nutrients from real food, supplements are the go-to. I know. I take supplements, too, because, like many, life is hectic.
As hormone levels fall the body needs lots of support. And though real food and supplements are keys to feeling well during the menopause phase, they are not the be-all-end-all answers.
The thing is, too much of anything is never good. Remember, supplements are also medication, and that’s a lot of load for the liver. When the body absorbs the nutrients, it’s the liver’s job to metabolize what’s not needed by converting them from fat-soluble molecules to water-soluble molecules for excretion. The good news is that you can lessen the burden.
So here’s my question. Have you ever considered another kind of supplement for your well-being? One that is not medicinal but has healthy outcomes. I’m referring to restorative practices that can be a source of support for your body during this significant rite of passage and health in general, for that matter.
Restorative practices are designed to shift your body from a place of chaos to a place of calm. And there is no doubt that the body feels chaotic during peri and post-menopause for many. If you take a body experiencing the usual ups and downs of everyday life and throw in menopause symptoms, you get a lit life. No pun intended, but it can get hot and heavy, night and day, for menopausal people.
Here is where restorative, non-medicinal supplements come in. These powerful and efficacious practices activate the body’s parasympathetic nervous system to help the body function from a place of rest, repair, digest, and calm. And what the body needs most to function optimally is reduced stress. When the body is calm, cell repair is optimized, digestion is enhanced, hormones are in harmony, and stress is less. Thus, creating room for more joy and health. Who doesn’t want that?
Here are six restorative practices to consider adding to your menopausal ritual toolkit
Breathwork is any form of breathing exercise or practice used to optimize spiritual, mental, and physical well-being.
Yoga originated many thousands of years ago in India. The foundation for this practice is the breath/breathing and postures.
Meditation is a mindfulness practice that involves focusing and clearing the mind while utilizing the breath. There are different types of meditation, including Sahaj Samadhi, walking meditation, yoga meditation, yoga Nidra (sleeping meditation), and more.
Prayer is a form of communication or supplication with a deity such as God, Yahway, Jehovah, Allah, El Shaddai, or whatever your preference is.
Tai Chi also known as Tai Chi Chuan originated in China and is a series of slow continuous movements. It’s a practice that unifies the mind, body, and spirit and has with numerous health benefits, and is easy for anyone to learn, regardless of age.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice that cultivates life force energy or Qi to promote physical, spiritual, and emotional healing. The practice includes breathwork, meditation, sound, visualization, and movement. Similarly to Tai chi, the movements have numerous healing benefits and are easy to learn.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique ), commonly known as Tapping, is a psychological acupressure technique that’s widely recognized and credited for,
– Reducing negative emotions or memories.
– Eliminating pain.
– Minimize food cravings.
– Attaining goals.
What are your go-to restorative practices? Share your thoughts and comments below.