It might surprise you to learn that menopausal symptoms are largely a western phenomenon – they’re far less common in less industrialized parts of the world. There are several reasons for this.
First, our society is chronically stressed out, which often leads to adrenal fatigue (for more information about what this means physiologically, click here). Your adrenal glands produce several hormones. One of them is called DHEA, which is a precursor to other steroid hormones (such as estrogen and testosterone). Women whose adrenal glands are functioning normally can compensate better for the ovaries when they stop producing hormones. Those in adrenal fatigue, on the other hand, will have a rougher time of it.
Adrenal fatigue can also be exacerbated by poor dietary choices – there’s a clear connection between sugar cravings and low adrenal function, and menopausal symptoms worsen with high sugar diets.
Second, the industrialized world is full of chemicals. In order to explain why that matters in this case, let me digress for a second:
There are primary and secondary organs of waste elimination. If the primary organs of elimination, like the liver, get overwhelmed (by massive amounts of chemicals for instance), then the excess waste will try to escape via secondary routes – and this leads to symptoms. One of the secondary routes of elimination for a woman is her period, which (from a philosophical standpoint) has a lot to do with why so many women in the US experience PMS. Once you’re in menopause, those toxins can’t escape via that secondary route anymore – so the higher your toxin load is beforehand, the more symptoms you’ll experience in menopause.