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Beer and Menopause: Help from the Hops!

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When I was a student at Duke in the seventies, the beer flowed.

But I barely touched it.  Just didn’t like the flavor.

After I married Cliff, I took sips of his beers over the years.  But only sips.  I was a wine and mixed drink kind of girl.

Then bam!  Swoosh!  Gulp!

About five years ago, I began ordering my own  beer.

Why the switch to beer in midlife?

I had no clue until Chris Bradshaw of Boombox Network, posted this article on Facebook:

Beer: The Natural Menopause Treatment 

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Seems that hops have estrogen-like qualities. The article reports:

“Hops have long been suspected of having an impact on the hormonal system.

Before your advent of machine pickers, girls and girls picked the plant life at harvest, and would often spend 3 weeks accomplishing this. It was observed amongst the young girls picking hops that their menstrual periods would occur early.

Two young women picking hops

But it wasn’t until hops was studied scientifically that result was explained and endorsed.

It turns out that hops contains very good levels of phytoestrogens – among 30, 000 IU to 3 hundred, 000 IU per 100 grams.” 

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The article explains some of the science:

“Phytoestrogens are estrogen-like plant compounds that are also in alternative menopause therapies like soy. They work simply by binding to estrogen receptors, therefore provide a mild estrogenic impact on the body.

Phytoestrogens are quite a bit less strong as regular estrogen, however as estrogen levels decline throughout menopausal women, this boost of estrogen incorporates a balancing effect on the body.”

So the hops are hoppin’ good for our menopausal woes?

Who knows  for sure.  Let’s hope science continues to study beer and menopause.

Let’s hope science continues to study EVERYTHING about menopause.

Even if beer (in moderation, of course) is only a temporary balm for the woes of menopause, I say, “Bottoms up!”

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Another Article:  Here’s more info,with the results of several studies and some thinking on the positive connection between hops and bone loss.

Non-alcoholic beers:  They contain hops too!

Beer Above:  A 37th anniversary beer with Cliff in August. Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Beer Below:   A beer-rita with Laura in early September. Dallas, Texas.  Here’s how to make a beer-rita without a miniature beer bottle.  (I do wonder if the restaurant washes the bottle before dunking it into the drink.)

Final BlogHer ’12 Report: Starstruck!

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For me, BlogHer ’12 went out with a BOOM, and I was even able to give my regards to Broadway.

Daughter Laura admonished me that I needed cuter flats. I found this pair a few weeks ago at Nordstroms Rack.  I had them on and was doing conference things, when a woman said, “I love your shoes.”  As a not-great-shoe person, I felt triumphant. My shoes were stars for one sparkling moment.

I marched in said shoes fifteen happy blocks to the B(L)oomers Party, sponsored by BoomBox Network, with help from The Succulent Wife.

BoomBox connects brands with boomer bloggers and influencers

The Succulent Wife’s credo is: “For us, succulence is about truly tasting and experiencing life.”  Since I just went to my high school reunion, I especially love Senior Editor Audrey van Petegem’s take on her high school reunion.

Off Site New York, a newly renovated space, was the cool venue for the party. Love when old spaces get fresh lives.

BoomBox displayed quotes on aging. Since I’m a Madeleine L’engle fan, my favorite was this one:

A screen flashed images celebrating the theme of Beauty & Widsom by photographer Robbie Kaye.

Beauty product demonstrations took place in the loft.  Some of you may remember the Epilady of our youth. Ouch! This is the improved, gentler version.

Loved my festive favor bag!  I even found a button for my collection, created by  Not Done Yet, “a hip, new lifestyle brand dedicated to inspiring people to feel ageless at any age!”

The BlogHer conference is teeming with smart, energetic, innovative young women. If one is age conscious (which I admit I am, some) the atmosphere can be somewhat intimidating.

Joy! I walked into the BoomBox party to a room of smart, energetic, innovative women closer to my age.

When I announce I’m a menopause blogger, I almost always get a smile or an, “Ah yes. Menopause.”  I invited the women I met at the party to write guests posts for Friend for the Ride. Crossing my fingers they will.

And speaking of youth, Laura from Storymix Media did video interviews with the guests.  After she interviewed me, we chatted  about Storymix Media.

When Laura discovered  I’m mom to Kath of Katheats she tweeted that this was her most starstruck moment at BlogHer.  She’s been following Kath for years. Ah thanks, Laura. I’m starstruck by Kath too, but after all, I’m her mother.

My glittery shoes took me home by way of the starry lights of Broadway. What a New York night!

Thanks too  Chris Bradshaw of BoomBox  and Audrey Petegem and everyone else for the lovely party.

And thanks again to Estroven and the Good Sleep Challenge for sending me to NYC.