Most people have heard about the dreaded Hot Flashes that come with “change of life” or menopause as we call it. If you are a woman who is experiencing this stage of your life cycle or you have already experienced and has gone through this, you are well aware of what I am talking about. If you are a man, it’s quite likely that you know someone and can relate, whether it’s your mate, sister, mom, grandmother, or a friend.

At the age of about 40, I started experiencing unusual symptoms that I was totally unaware were caused by the onset of menopause. Depression, inability to sleep, and wake up feeling rested, forgetfulness, irritability, headaches, vision problems, what looks like strings swinging across my eyes. Nasal congestion, anxiety, fear for no apparent reason. Nervousness, jittery. Palpitations, shortness of breath, sinus problems, environmental allergies, food allergies that became worst with time. Irritable bowel syndrome, GERD, bloating, constipation, excess gas, and uncontrollable farting. Bladder discomfort, vaginal dryness, painful sex, loss of libido. Dry skin, dry eyes. Joint and muscle pains. Plantar fasciitis. Low energy.  Hot flashes and excess sweating, hot and cold spurts. Weight gain. Need I go on?

I felt like I was dying.  In desperation, I did what I felt was the right thing to do, I made an appointment to see my primary doctor.  He promptly diagnosed me with Depression and prescribed Lexapro which I diligently took. I felt less depressed and slept a bit, however, I woke up feeling tired.  A couple of months later, it occurred to me that the dosage was no longer working, and my doctor increased the dosage.  At this time, I was tired of feeling bad and decided to do some research to see if I could figure out the cause of these problems and find out how I could overcome and rid myself of them.  I wanted so desperately to feel good in my mind and body.  Turning to books and the internet, there were so many testimonials by women who had healed themselves of Menopause symptoms using dietary regimen, healthy eating.  Most of these women declared that the Raw Vegetarian diet was their saving grace. Unwilling to give up meat, cheese, processed junk food like my favorite Oreo cookies had me putting just a tad more veggies into my diet, but certainly not enough.  The symptoms continued and even worsened.  Out of desperation, I decided to take the plunge and eliminated all or most unhealthy foods from my diet, deciding to also eliminate or significantly reduce all flesh and completely get rid of all processed meat.

This is when the transformation began.  Today, I am proud to say that perhaps 95% of all menopausal symptoms are of the past, except for a couple here and there. Healthy lifestyles do help us to rid ourselves of health conditions, including menopausal symptoms.  One of the things I learned in my extensive research is that if our blood/body is in an acidic state, we will be more symptomatic.  Whereas, a body that is a bit on the alkaline side is either symptom-free or less symptomatic.  Real foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, healthy grains, roots, and for the meat lovers, minimizing the quantity of flesh, will help our bodies to be in a more PH balanced state.  Getting rid of processed foods that have added salt, sugar, and preservatives also helps.

I wrote a book about my experiences with severe, life-threatening illnesses, sharing how I was able to heal myself using Wholistic measures, ridding myself of all health problems, and now living a totally healthy life.  Read more in my book: EAT SLEEP MEDITATE. A NURSE’S GUIDE TO HEALTH by Marva Riley, RN. Available on Amazon, my website

AS Hypocrites stated, Our food is indeed or medicine and our Medicine is our food

Marva Riley, RN