Treat your Body Right During Menopause

It’s a significant milestone in the life of all women. As early as your mid-40s, you’ll find your menstrual cycle coming to an end, signalling the Big Change. It isn’t always easy for a woman to finally face menopause – and it certainly isn’t helped by any additional physical problems you may face during this time.

The Symptoms of Menopause

Perimenopause, the period preceding menopause, happens when the ovaries no longer produce high levels of hormones like oestrogen and progesterone – the very same hormones that control menstruation. Oestrogen also influences how the body uses calcium and maintains cholesterol levels in the blood.

Those rapid changes in hormone levels result in symptoms like mood swings, changes in your sleep pattern, hot flashes, as well as depression and fatigue. Other serious health problems that could set in include osteoporosis, and coronary and arterial issues.

It’s All in the Nutrients

To keep yourself in good shape and ease the symptoms of menopause, start by looking after your diet.

A lack of oestrogen after menopause often leads to osteoporosis, so take care of your bones and joints by getting enough calcium and Vitamin D. Two to four servings of dairy products like milk every day should help keep you covered. To ensure that your bones absorb all the calcium, make sure to also include a reasonable amount of foods rich in Vitamin D, like beef and cheese.

To strengthen your immune system, get more foods rich in selenium (like broccoli and brown rice) and Vitamins A, C and E (like tomatoes)¬ – all of which also act as antioxidants. B vitamins help to keep you emotionally balanced during menopause. You can find a healthy serving of these in fish and dairy.

Decrease the Stress

Stress can be also be the cause of additional imbalances in hormones, and may affect your blood sugar, cognitive and thyroid functions, and digestion. Stress has also been the cause of symptoms such as hot flashes.

But don’t let all of this stress you out even more! Deep breathing is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress. You could also take up relaxing activities like tai chi and yoga.

The Big Change is an uncertain time in a woman’s life – and the last thing you need to be is also uncertain of your health. Natural adjustments to your lifestyles and diet like these not only help you feel better, but also enable you to gain more control over your menopausal symptoms. With a little bit of time, you’ll soon discover the combination of natural steps that help you manage your symptoms, allowing you to age as gracefully as ever.

References

  1. http://www.famplan.org.hk/fpahk/en/template1.asp?style=template1.asp&content=sexual/srh.asp&nsrhref=3
  2. http://www.famplan.org.hk/fpahk/en/template1.asp?style=template1.asp&content=services/clinic/services.asp&nscref=5
  3. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic-what-is-perimenopause-menopause-postmenopause/hic_Menopause_and_Osteoporosis

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