Some women such as myself, are declining in estrogen. We need help. I suspected I was declining in estrogen because my skin dramatically changed in a short time. I knew my body needed a boost to help produce the estrogen that was naturally declining. I had that monthly headache from hell, a classic sign of declining estrogen levels.
I am at the beautiful part of my life where clearly I am a changing woman. Not only am I a changing woman, but I found getting answers (especially dependable natural answers) very difficult to come by. I am not in menopause yet (a woman must go without a period for 1 year before she is in official menopause), but my body is going through peri-menopause which is the beginning stages of "THE BIG CHANGE." My cycle has started to fluctuate and come earlier and also come much later than 28 days.
Recently, I started incorporating more soy in the form of tofu and natural mango and soy protein drinks. I really didn't think too much about it to be honest. I was just "trying it" since I suspected it was estrogen loss and progesterone creams didn't help me.
Recently, I started incorporating more soy in the form of tofu and natural mango and soy protein drinks. I really didn't think too much about it to be honest. I was just "trying it" since I suspected it was estrogen loss and progesterone creams didn't help me. I now use soy as a "natural hormone helper". "Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food" as Hippocrates stated long ago. Maybe we all need to learn how and what to eat at certain stages of our life? Maybe there isn't a one size fits all approach to health? Of course, that's true. We are all as unique as our fingerprints.
I am pretty surprised that my headaches have subsided along with my brain fog. I would get this monthly and soy (along with stress reduction, eating healthy and exercise of course) has made me feel a lot better. I was eating well and exercising before the addition of soy but still getting those intense monthly headaches that would last for a few days sometimes. I knew what was going on. I knew it was hormones. My skin was clearly losing it from the inside. When I started eating more soy, I didn't feel the headaches as often and as strong if at all most of the time.
Before trying soy-based products like tofu, edamame etc, I had heard about bio-identical hormone replacement. I called a few natural bioidentical hormone replacement clinicians and learned about the process of getting tested and being put on bio-identical hormones. The clinician I spoke to explained about the side effects of bio-identical hormone replacement. Yes, there is the uncomfortable side effects on even natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and they aren't fun from what I gathered. The body has to adjust and getting it right can take months and months of feeling rather badly. I couldn't see myself going through another "experiment" with my body. I am very sensitive and know how my body reacts to prescription drugs- not good. "Patient knows thyself" is my motto.
"Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food" as Hippocrates stated long ago.
I did not want my body to go through a yo-yo experience trying to establish "the right levels" not to mention the adjustment to getting on and then off of the hormones after a few years. One can not stay on them for more than a few years. They aren't safe in the long term. They can cause cancer. So, I decided to keep asking the more mature woman I knew who had gone through this stage of life.
Some of the women I spoke to did use hormone replacement and didn't have a very good experience with it. 99% of the women I spoke to advised me AGAINST going on hormone replacement therapy (including bioidentical). The woman against it tried it and said exercise, eating right, and developing a good spiritual discipline was more helpful than the replacement therapies and they wished they didn't do it. Some got off of it completely and stayed positive stress-free & natural and preferred it. One couldn't remember having any problems with it. Some said it helped them very much although they had recently started and have not had to jump off it yet. I am not against bioidentical hormone replacement as every woman must do what she feels is in her best interest and needs. I just wanted to try to be as natural (and stable) as possible.
Before trying soy-based products like tofu, edamame etc, I had heard about bio-identical hormone replacement.
I am going to include a link to PubMed for you below so you so you can look into the natural as well as medical studies that have been published by scientists and doctors on the use of soy isoflavones for estrogen hormone help. You may be like me and just need to include more tofu in your diet. You may also benefit from progesterone cream if you are estrogen dominant (the opposite of me).
If this article was interesting or helpful to you, then consider sharing it with other women who may get some help from the information. I am sure they will appreciate having some alternatives. Scroll to the bottom of this article for studies.
Thank you for reading,
Owner & Maker of Plant-Based Skin Care
Here are a few links off of PubMed site regarding soy isoflavones and hormone estrogen balance.
African kids get help from Soy https://www.worldvision.ie/news/detail/the-power-of-soy