On a beautiful Easter Sunday I went to a spring picnic with a group of friends at Will Rogers State Park. With a glass of red wine in hand – and after a couple of yummy cupcakes – we ladies began to chat about food and health and everything else.
I couldn’t help but direct our conversation toward my favorite subject: “menstruation.” It may seem a little unusual to talk about this in a social setting like a picnic, but my new friends happily opened up and shared their experiences.
Several of them are in the process of going through menopause, and one lady has come out the other side. When asked about what it was like to be past menopause, she said with a big grin on her face, “I couldn’t be happier!”
Then she added, “The only downside is that after menopause I noticed my skin had lost a lot of its elasticity.” She grabbed a patch of skin on her arm and pulled it up. Yep, she was right, and she proved it to us.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but among couples of a similar age, women tend to look older than men.
So why is it that women age faster than men but live longer? Have you ever wondered about this? Here are some of my thoughts:
Estrogen is what keeps our skin supple, breasts perky and muscles toned.
According to the Yellow Emperor’s Classic – the bible of Chinese Medicine – a woman’s sexual essence peaks at 28, declines beginning at 35, and reaches exhaustion at 49 (menopause).
Men, on the other hand, follow a different life cycle. Their essence peaks at 32, begins declining at 40, and won’t reach exhaustion until 64. Read more…
The difference in the development, growth and reproductive cycles explains why women age faster. They’re almost 15 years apart (49 versus 64)!
But why is it that women live longer (with a life expectancy of 66-81 years for men and 74-86 years for women)?
1.Women menstruate every month.
When we release our menstrual blood every month, we also release the unwanted toxins from our body. No wonder so many women report that they feel relieved, cleansed and renewed after their periods.
2. Women are emotional.
To appear tough and strong, men are trained to keep their feelings and emotions to themselves. Women, on the other hand, are much more in tune with their emotions and are more likely to express them openly. So don’t let anyone to tell you that you should keep your feelings to yourself. Expressing them (hopefully constructively) helps us live longer, believe it or not.
3. Women like to talk.
We find solutions to life’s challenges by talking things through. Men, on the other hand, like to go to their cave and sort things out all by themselves. Talking is a wonderful way for women to relieve stress and let go of the day. At dinner my boyfriend has to listen to every single event of my day, whether he likes it or not J. I’m very grateful for his ears…
If you think that your monthly menstrual cycles, emotional ups and downs and talkative nature are weaknesses, think twice. They may be really good things that keep you healthy – and help you to live longer.
What are your thoughts on this subject?
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