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Natural Treatments for Menopause

August 18, 2019

Hey, guys, Dr. Axe here, doctor of natural
medicine and founder of Today I’m going to talk to you about menopause natural
treatments including the best diet and supplements for menopause. I guarantee after you learn
these five secrets, you’re going to see great results immediately. In fact, I think you’ll
start seeing results in 24 hours with your menopause symptoms going away if you follow
these tips. Let’s start off with diet, the top foods that
are causing hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms you might be struggling with. The
first food you’ve got to get out of your diet is processed sugar. Surprisingly, processed
sugar wreaks more havoc than anything and here’s the big reason. It causes yeast and
candida overgrowth in your gut, which is also responsible for hormone production. Again,
the big problem with sugar is it causes inflammation along with yeast overgrowth in the body. You’ve
got to get rid of processed sugar. The second food you’ve got to get out is processed
soy. Soy products, unless it’s fermented like natto, you want to get completely out because
it contains certain types of estrogens that aren’t good for your body. Number three, conventional meats, they’re
packed with hormones, steroids, antibiotics, and they’re fed genetically modified organisms.
We know the hormones from the meat you eat can affect your hormones, in turn causing
issues like hot flashes, low energy levels, low sex drive and much more. Again, stay away
from conventional meat products. The next food you want to stay away from is
packaged foods. Packaged foods typically contain hydrogenated oils and refined flours. Getting
rid of those would be wise. Also, artificial sweeteners, Splenda, sucralose, also aspartame
known as NutraSweet. Those artificial sweeteners will wreak havoc on your hormones. Last but not least, in general, also get rid
of any type of gluten. Gluten in your diet causes inflammation of your gut lining, which
can even lead to autoimmune disease. If you’re struggling with anything autoimmune related
and have menopause symptoms, it’s definitely because of issues like gluten. The next thing you want to do is here are
the top foods that can help balance your hormones and help you get rid of menopause symptoms.
The first one is going to be healthy fats such as avocado. Avocado is high in potassium,
magnesium and omega-9 fats, which are great for hormones. Also, omega-3 fatty acids, consuming
things like wild caught salmon and other wild caught fish, they’re high in EPA DHA, which
can help your hormones and is very important as well. Grass fed beef is great. Grass fed
beef is full of iron as well as omega-3 fats. A few other foods that are great. Berries
are high in antioxidants, specifically polyphenols. I wouldn’t consume a lot of fruit, but the
one type of fruit you should be eating a lot of is berries. Things like pomegranate are
great as well. Also, flax seeds. In fact, there are medical
studies showing that flax seeds and flax meal can help balance hormones. I would do sprouted
flax meal or chia or hemp. Doing sprouted seeds, a couple of tablespoons in a morning
superfood smoothie is always great as well. Coconut products. Coconut oil is the ideal
fat for you to consume and a great oil for you to cook with. It’s great for blood sugar
levels and balance. Last but not least, this is the number one
superfood category for those with menopause symptoms, is cruciferous vegetables such as
cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, turnips, kale. I would go online and look
up or go to, my website, and look up Dr. Axe cruciferous vegetables. I have
a whole list there for you. Adding in cruciferous vegetables, here’s the
secret. Cruciferous vegetables contain something called indole-3-carbanol, which helps your
body get rid of excess phytoestrogens and bad hormones. It really helps detox. It’s
like hormonal detox. It’s like a menopause detox. Getting lots of cruciferous vegetables
can help. Here are the best supplements that can help
menopause. Number one is going to be black cohosh. Black cohosh is very popular in Chinese
medicine. It’s been shown in medical studies to relieve PMS-like symptoms. The next one
is vitex, which is also known as chasteberry. Vitex has been shown to help balance many
hormones in the body and also help the overall health of your female organs. The next one is called ginseng. Ginseng and
other adaptogenic herbs, ashwagandha fall in this category. These herbs are known as
adaptogenic because they help your body adapt and better deal with stress. If you’re especially
under emotional stress, taking adaptogenic herbs such as ginseng, holy basil and ashwagandha
are greatly beneficial and definitely things to consider. The next supplement is an omega-3 supplement.
We know omega-3 fats reduce inflammation of the female organs and gut. That can be key
as well. Also, I’d recommend a collagen protein powder. Collagen is great for the gut. Oh, one more, probiotics. We’ve heard the
principle you are what you eat. It’s not true. You are what you digest. Probiotics help digestion.
Listen to this. This is going to blow you away. Ninety-five percent of your body’s serotonin,
known as the good mood hormone, is produced in your gut. If your gut’s not healthy, your
hormones are unbalanced. Make sure you find a good what’s called a soil-based probiotic
supplement. Last but not least, add some essential oils
into your daily routine if you want to help relieve menopause symptoms. My two favorites
are clary sage and thyme essential oil. Clary sage has been shown to help balance estrogen.
Thyme has been shown to help balance progesterone. Other oils that are good for mood can be great
as well, such as ylang-ylang, wild orange and sandalwood. Those are going to be the
best essential oils to use. For the essential oils, put a couple of drops on your hands,
rub them on your neck, rub them on the temples and your forehead or diffuse them in your
home. Those are going to reap great benefits. One other thought here, lifestyle is important.
Reducing stress. If you’re stressed out and cortisol levels are high, that’s going to
cause menopause symptoms to be worse. Taking a detox bath at night, I recommend you get
some Epsom salts. Do one cup of Epsom salts in the bath, 20 drops of lavender essential
oil, take some deep breaths and relax. Do that three nights a week. Also, go on walks throughout the day. Just
take a walk around lunch, in the evening, in the morning. Take two to three walks a
day for 15 to 20 minutes while breathing and just thinking good thoughts. That can help
relieve symptoms. Also, give yourself some free time. Look at
your schedule moving forward this week, this month, this year, and add in things you love
to do. Maybe it’s lunch with a best friend. Maybe it’s walking around the mall. Whatever
it is, take some time for you. You do those things and you’re going to see
great results in relieving your menopause symptoms. If you want more great information
like this, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel. Also, I’ve got some other articles,
more in depth, on my website, Just go to or search “Dr. Axe menopause
symptoms” and you’re going to find some more great content there. Thanks for watching.


  • Reply Mrs BabyCakes April 22, 2017 at 8:06 am

    some of those oils should not be used without a barrier oil

  • Reply michelle staunton April 23, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I'm fed up with all this health stuff 🙁 I know sugur is bad for you but who the hell can take all these vitamins ,and supplements one you would have to be super rich and two you would nee a suitcase to carry them about everywhere you went

  • Reply Sheila West April 26, 2017 at 9:34 am

    please can you give more info re soya milk

  • Reply Nada April 27, 2017 at 11:01 am

    But I have just read a research report (2003) about how soydrink actually help reduce the potential of breast cancer in Japan. I don't get it now, so should I drink soymilk or shouldn't I??

  • Reply Manawa Leahy April 29, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Speaking my language here. love this clip. Thank you

  • Reply m g May 8, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Great Information! Thanx

  • Reply 80sGirl Asante May 9, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Dr. Axe, thank you for this wonderful information. Many physicians are clueless about women's health and especially "menopause". I commend you for taking interest in women's health. Thank you.

  • Reply Alla Tomas May 11, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Thank you for your information, what's your opinion on adding Ceylon cinnamon to post menopausal diet with pre diabetic condition ( I work out and eat pretty well… no, I'm not overweight!)

  • Reply Sharon Foley May 14, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    A buddy of mine discovered the actual “sowo hope site” on Google. She lost 16 lbs in just a couple of days. I started, too; my progress has been fantastic. I cannot recommend this system enough. Research Google for “sowo hope site. ”

  • Reply rahmah mohammad May 17, 2017 at 1:51 am

    great info, thanks so much!

  • Reply Kathleen Hudson May 19, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    great information. thank you.

  • Reply Amber Kay May 23, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    This is to all my beautiful ladies, I am 40. I'll be 41 in September, I have been taking fenugreek 610mg , two tablets three times a day with meals. It has stopped my hot flashes. I can really say it helps with my sex drive also. I have had hot flashes for a couple of years now… Soaking t shirts in the middle of the night. I also take maca, I can say I rather do all natural , than be put all those hormones in my body again. I was on birth control for 25 years. I had my tubes tied two years ago. I always had a white coat on my tongue from all the hormones… I can't imagine what it has destroyed in my body. I have also started yoga in mornings, which helps with all the stiffness, and hip cramps that have started. I believe it's part of menopause. Getting older, being a super mom, and working. Have notice by body is changing, more sensitive to things I didn't use to be. Also helps about once or twice a week, take a nice soothing bath in Epson salt ladies. Does wonders for the body. Many blessings. Hope this helps, as it did me. I know everyone is different, but if I can offer any good advice. Pass it on. 💞😇🤗

  • Reply Joan Godfrey May 29, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    I stop eating all cabbage cauliflower broccoli all that family no hot flashes. I was told these veggie can interact with my thyroid issues… I found that not has helped…

  • Reply corymartin100 June 8, 2017 at 1:32 am

    wow .great video dr. axe. I just sent this 2 my girlfriend. she should watch this

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  • Reply Donna Baang July 20, 2017 at 1:02 am

    thank u doc for ur tips i really need to follow it…

  • Reply Mitchell July 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    whatever! same direction for anything that ails you…. no sugar, greens, avoid high level stress exercise. why dont you just make 1 video and title it, "Cure All"

  • Reply sara Regato July 21, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    mil gracias doctor AXE.

  • Reply Mai T July 30, 2017 at 9:32 am

    I realized. You guys are wannabes . Like Dr. Oz.

  • Reply Rhynda Watson August 12, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    I really appreciate the information but I think it would also be helpful to include the adverse effects of some of the herbs you suggest with certain medications, some herbal supplements can be very harmful

  • Reply vintage Photography August 15, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    yogurt is good. what would you recommend for us to drink

  • Reply Edith September 18, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Hello Dr Josh, please i need your advice. My mum is undergoing menopause and complains daily of hot flashes, she has high blood pressure and is diabetic. she also suffers from athritis and rheumatism. she is in terrible state. The doctors she has seen in nigeria only prescribe different drugs which doesnt work. Please what will you suggest she take. I dont want her to die in this pains please.

  • Reply cure plus October 4, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Super health tips. For more

  • Reply 4supernatural October 9, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you 🙏🏻

  • Reply Oh Sheila!! 50plus club! October 15, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Great video..

  • Reply Renee CA October 19, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Stopping sugar and carbs helped my hot flashes! If I backslide and have some bread, (even Ezekiel) or a sugary treat during the day, I will feel it that night…Ugh!

  • Reply amy zee October 29, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    What should a woman do who is near menopause n have hypothyroid as well . Becaus cruciferous vegetables are not good for hypothyroid . Plz make a video about it

  • Reply Kirsty Swt1 November 7, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Thanks for tips 😍👍❤💕💕💗

  • Reply Chlarie Peace November 11, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    I went though the menopause at 36 years old and my last one was 37 years best that ever happed to me still love my sex life and I keek fit as well ☺ 🙌👍 feel great love life I even got asked out a few weeks ago by a 23 year old 💑👌

  • Reply Gloria Hester November 12, 2017 at 4:29 am

    Dr Axe what do you think about nutritional yeast ?

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  • Reply HappyHusbandn Wife November 19, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    I have a question, so these foods help to 'control' the female hormone to the way that benefit them. DOes that means if man/boy eat 'too much' of these foods will be less masculinity/manly or become 'sissy' ? ? Thank you in advance

  • Reply Jacq Court November 24, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    This is good to know. I'm going through menopause now and talking about the symptoms with my audience on Menopause Like A Boss. We're always looking for ways to help control those symptoms (and our hormone rage!). Thanks!

  • Reply vigRX Plus Review November 25, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Just wanted to let you know that I love your videos

  • Reply lally asian December 9, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    I bought my menopausal supplements on amazon

  • Reply Victoria Gordon December 11, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Try effisoy it really works. This is the bbq one my mom uses.

  • Reply Davina Test January 4, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    No sugar,no meat,no alcohol,no caffeine,no smoking,no fats…..OMG! I’m having a hot flash just at the thought

  • Reply stacey del bucchia January 8, 2018 at 6:53 am


  • Reply Tracy Holly January 20, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Fantastic information, I will share will all of my menopausal friends, thanks so much Dr. Axe!

  • Reply Lisa Lou January 29, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you so much for all your informative information! Much needed x

  • Reply Calamity JANE February 6, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Hell just don't eat and you will be good to go😂😂

  • Reply psychicoutlaw Chanel February 9, 2018 at 3:47 am

    Do you recommend bioidentical hormones after menopause? I would love to have a sex drive again.

  • Reply Amatullah Hasina Parveen February 12, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Thank u for the information 👌🏽🌟💐

  • Reply Lee Sims February 27, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Can I take Black Cohosh to assist with Menopausal Symptoms if I have Crohn’s Disease? I am already eating and living a healthy lifestyle but struggling bad with the Hot Flushes and it’s disrupting my sleep and making me cranky :/

  • Reply Christian Princess March 6, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Thank you for these videos.

  • Reply nad lavoie March 23, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Finally something right to the point!! Great and fast info

  • Reply Deebull March 26, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Thank you Dr. Axe for all the holistic modalities suggested here, and for all you do for us here on the web. Blessings to you and family. Dee

  • Reply Joann Lindsay April 10, 2018 at 12:57 am

    can i take fish oils to help my menopause

  • Reply Rebecca Swanson April 17, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    I take all kinds of supplements. I have invested $$$$. Nothing helps. I was n vyvanse but my ekg said I had a slight heart Mur mur. It helped me lose 10 lbs and it helped me focus. Now they took me off. Back to where I started.

  • Reply Promise S. May 3, 2018 at 2:59 am

    What if you had a full hysterectomy and have no female parts? What can I take to produce hormones ?

  • Reply surethom May 3, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Why do you say processed sugar? Sugar is sugar.

  • Reply Maame Yaa May 7, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Thank you Dr Axe your videos have always been very helpful tips and good information for family and I. 🙏🏾

  • Reply Learn Languages With Yogee May 8, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Epsom salt … or any bath… what if we don't have a bathtub… we either use a shower or a bucket n mug ( india style)

  • Reply Noor Lifestyle May 12, 2018 at 4:43 am

    Peppermint Oil helps prevents any muscle cramping during hot flashes.See

  • Reply Felix Rosario May 14, 2018 at 2:09 am

    HELP. I wonder if I should go by the actual spelling. MEN O POUSE. as if the name is in fact self- explanatory???????

  • Reply Erika Pavlovich May 16, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply Freedom USA May 24, 2018 at 4:09 am

    Please read this about liver toxicity caused by repeated use of black cohosh before you take or if you are taking this herbal supplement,

  • Reply Diana Nguyen July 3, 2018 at 6:25 am

    Thank you so much Dr.Josh Axe I need this

  • Reply Amelia McGee July 6, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Don't consume too much fruit? what??? Bad info!

  • Reply Mission FinancialFreedom July 14, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you so much Dr. Axe

  • Reply FairyAgelessZoe July 15, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Ive been hot flashing now 10 yrs and getting worse ,I bathed in drops when I get a HF every 2 hrs during the day and every 50 minutes at nights!! I need help ! Get about 10hrs a week of sleep. I’ll try this 😩🙏🏼🤷🏻‍♀️

  • Reply Zarmina Kamran July 19, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    thanks a lot. may Almighty bless you

  • Reply Shaikha AlAbry July 30, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Hi Dr. What do you advise about reducing weight during this tough time of menopause?

  • Reply Dalia Colon July 30, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Hi Doc,
    Thanks for this information I will check this out starting today.

  • Reply Zarmina Kamran July 30, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    thanks Dr. Josh Axe. thanks a lot

  • Reply Boshra Shalaby August 26, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Axe please let me say do not exaggerate things I mean post menopausal state really is a normal physiological state u have to be straight to the point no struggle or big words. I think sugary food intake or another nutrients such as soy grains refined flour and steroids all r so risky bc u may induce some iatrogenic problems for instance DM cancer body uterus osteoporosis and so forth. So no HRT is recommended

  • Reply Andreea Blonde August 29, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Thank you soooo much!!!

  • Reply Angela Angi September 12, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Sage Leaf, drew berry leaf are good for menopause and so transdermal bio progesterone. Namaste 🙏

  • Reply Artisan ArTanis September 16, 2018 at 3:26 pm

  • Reply Mariana Titus September 19, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Thank you so much! I share your info with my natural health group on FB….really helps.

  • Reply Wahiba Wabiba November 6, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Pls Dr Axe I have been told blackcohosh nd soy products cause cancer….pls answer

  • Reply Aa Mateus November 13, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Dr. Axe you never fail to give the best advice.

  • Reply KELLIE TERRY November 28, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Wow…I was hoping to get some quick tips to help reduce symptoms. Maybe I’m simple, and in the dark, but most of what you were saying I was like “what”? I have never heard of 90% of your recommendations. oh well i guess I’m just going to continue with kicking the covers off at night, and keep telling my partner don’t touch me. thank you….anyway.

  • Reply Tina Ray-Arthur November 29, 2018 at 6:14 am

    just plain pushing whats new in the media or shelf ie: coconut, kale, probiotics – surprised he didnt mention that apple cider vinager thing (never used it)- coconut is from the other side of world ! grandparents say ….eat what you grew up on – my Mom was pregnant with me in the good old days of sea food, deer, duck, seal, shell food….so my system is set up for that. Fast food, sugar blah blah blah is not good for anyone. Black Kohosh was a NONO on last video…this guy is encouraging it ??? pills pills pills – no…..just eat healthy, exercise drink water and good rest – always the answer

  • Reply Remy Dupagan December 7, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks doctor for the info

  • Reply Mooncelt January 9, 2019 at 4:17 am

    Dr. Axe, could you possibly research and do a video on natural treatments for the menopausal condition Lichen Sclerosus? There is so little known about this devastating auto immune disorder. You could help so many people! I have not been able to get answers from my doctors for several years that truly address and cure this. Only more steroidal topical ointments. I have been on these steroids for a few years and they are very damaging. Many thanks for your helpful advice through the years.

  • Reply Kayann Ramos January 16, 2019 at 12:26 am

    great advice thank you DR.

  • Reply Coletta Renee March 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

    “You are what you digest.”

  • Reply BELINDA PiTTMAN March 19, 2019 at 1:43 am

    What about regular salt

  • Reply Clau77 April 16, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    De Axe another aspect of using rmobal health that is worth examinaring and studying is the relation of liver function and hormone health. If the liver is t detoxing it’s not processing hormones properly right?

  • Reply Lanora Gunther May 10, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    I hate menopause! I’d rather have my period😣

  • Reply Tracey Tatum May 18, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    blaclk kohaush raised blood pressure

  • Reply cuteblackberry1 May 19, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    from london. Since i switch to raw vegan and fruit diet. i do not have any symptoms!

  • Reply LadyLuv100 May 27, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Can you take ashwagandha and black cohosh together?

  • Reply Mona Dimitri June 4, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    I am on HRT for some time now I am 70 years old and o want to stop taking how do I do that

  • Reply Theresa Squires June 12, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Thank you Dr. Axe 💜
    I'm 50 and not so fabulous…
    Appreciate the informative video!

  • Reply Daisy K June 12, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Is K2 equal to probiotics?

  • Reply Tess Martin June 23, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Thank you so much!!!!!!! I'm really going through it!

  • Reply Denny June 23, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    I tried those supplements… none worked for ME… they may work for others — but not me. What worked for me? CBD oil!! Hemp CBD Oil – Full Spectrum. Let me tell you… I eat healthily and exercise, yet my flashes were horrendous! 10-15 per day – lasting 2+ minutes… I can't sleep soundly cause of these darn hot flashes. Was considering HRT (that's how desperate I was for relief). Then, tried CBD Hemp full spectrum oil — and guess what?!? Flashes went down — now i get 2-3 a day…all natural… can't beat it! No THC —

  • Reply Raven R June 25, 2019 at 2:40 am

    No sugar, I'm going to starve to death

  • Reply Ema Rivelino June 25, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Dr Axe I don't eat or use none of those you just mention on the video and I am experiencing hot flushes ever since my pre menopause started in March 2019

  • Reply nonya bussiness June 29, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Dr Josh thank you soooooo much !

  • Reply Robert Polaco July 5, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    How bout Mexican wild yam? my Mother swears by it I use it and even my daughter which has heavy bleeding and pain during her menstruation has 50% less pain and bleeding using a product called Femoline

  • Reply Anna Ahmed July 8, 2019 at 2:48 am

    Very helpful clip thank you very much.

  • Reply surfcathy July 13, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Pretty much, dont eat anything???

  • Reply Erin Jakeman July 25, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Thank you for another great information packed video 💖

  • Reply It’s me Beth D July 28, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    What helps with the anxiety part of all this mess

  • Reply Blessed life August 4, 2019 at 5:13 am

    Thank you 🙏

  • Reply Bud Chiang August 7, 2019 at 6:02 am

    So sumarinzing: follow Keto diet….

  • Reply Diana Mutlu August 13, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Dont we have to give up all the yummy things…

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