Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Estroven noticed my recent posts about hormones and weight gain and reached out to me to share some information with my readers about the potential weight loss benefits of combining herbal supplements with regular exercise. Regular exercise, you say? You know I’m on board with that!
Like many of my 40+ female clients and readers, I’ve been dealing with my own hormonally-induced-around-the-middle-weight-gain. Some days it seems like my belly gets softer if I even LOOK at a bagel.
Sure, I eat well (although there’s always room for improvement) and exercise regularly (at a fairly high intensity). But I find that I have to work much harder now to stay lean and muscular, than I did even 3 years ago.
The fluctuating hormones of peri-menopause are no doubt partly to blame. Although men and women both tend to gain weight and body fat as they age, declining estrogen, progesterone and serotonin, coupled with increasing cortisol levels, result in women accumulating relatively more of that increase around their middles. For many women, the weight management strategies they’ve used previously no longer work.
It’s becoming more and more apparent that the best way to offset the symptoms and body composition change associated with menopause is to balance your hormones.
While proper nutrition, regular exercise and stress-reduction are a great place to start, many women find that supplements containing natural or naturally sourced ingredients provide additional relief, for hot flashes and night sweats, in particular, but also for weight loss and weight loss maintenance.
Estroven has a full line of products that safely and effectively provides multi-symptom menopause relief. Each product contains naturally-sourced ingredients that go beyond reducing hot flashes and night sweats to relieve your most bothersome menopause symptoms. Their newest product, Estroven Weight Management, combines three ingredients that are often prescribed to menopausal women:
- soy isoflavones. Last year, the results of a large scale review of 19 independent studies on the effect of soy and menopause demonstrated that soy isoflavones (chemicals found in soy that exert a mild estrogen-like effect) can decrease the frequency and intensity of hot flashes. Moreover, the effect is dose-dependent; the larger the dose the greater the relief
- black cohosh. Both well-studied (dating back to Germany n the 1940′s) and long-used in the treatment of menopausal symptoms, black cohosh has been shown to reduce both hot flashes and improve mood. Unlike soy, black cohosh is not an estrogen mimic. Rather, it appears to work by stimulating seratonin (a ‘feel good’ hormone) pathways in the brain. Research shows that serotonin, a key compound in our bodies, declines with age, and in particular, with the lower estrogen levels of menopause. Insufficient serotonin can lead to feelings of hunger, a less efficient metabolism and moodiness.
- Cissus quadrangularis. A plant native to West Africa, Southeast Asia and India with a long-time history of traditional medicine uses, Cissus quadrangularis has been reported to support bone health (in mice, at least…) and aid in weight loss (when combined with other ingredients, including green tea, selenium, chromium and soy)
Two other things that I like about the product’s ingredients? It contains no caffeine (a common stimulant in many weight loss and weight loss maintenance supplements) and provides a little extra vitamin C (6% of your RDI and a welcome addition to the diets of those of us who live in sun-impoverished climes…).
As part of National Menopause Awareness Month, Estroven has partnered with personal trainer Deb Horn to create an 8-week workout plan designed specifically for women. You can follow the experiences of 6 female bloggers as they try the new Estroven Weight Management formula and incorporate Deb’s weekly exercise routines into their busy lives. Workouts are free to download and combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training. I’ve taken a look and I LIKE what I see!
Although I’ve yet to feel the need to try a menopause supplement myself, (perhaps my hot flashes and night sweats will remain mild and manageable?), knowing that there’s a safe, all-natural and caffeine-free option out there makes it a little easier to sleep at night…
How do you manage your menopause symptoms?
Have you ever tried a menopause supplement?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Estroven. The opinions and text are all mine.