Perimenopause and Menopause are phases in a women’s life that normally occur between the ages of 40-58. During these phases many women experience various symptoms of menopause, including but not limited to, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, irritability, vaginal dryness, insomnia, and fatigue.
Hot flashes are a common menopausal symptom that can be uncomfortable and may interrupt a women’s daily life. When hot flashes occur at night, they are called night sweats and can lead to disruptive sleep.
What’s the cause of menopause?
Like many other female-only health issues, hormones are at the root of the symptoms of menopause. During menopause your brain and body are trying to adjust to lower estrogen levels that impact the balance and function of other hormones like follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). This is a big adjustment that throws the thermostat of the body, the hypothalamus, for a loop. Many of our lifestyle choices can play a big role in alleviating menopause symptoms.
Here are some natural ways to help reduce the symptoms of menopause:
Whole Food Diets Help
Following a whole food diet rich in nutrients, phytosterols and bioflavonoids not only supports hormonal health, but improves body composition.
Ensure you have adequate protein intake, such as lean poultry, fish, eggs and grass-fed beef. You can also include protein from vegetable sources such as legumes and non-GMO Tofu. Protein intake can help prevent the loss of lean muscle mass that occurs with age. Include healthy fats such as avocado, olives, Nuts & Seeds, while avoiding trans and hydrogenated fats.
Certain foods may trigger hot flashes, night sweats, and mood changes. Common triggers include caffeine, hot beverages, alcohol, and foods that are sugary or spicy. If any of these foods trigger your menopause symptoms, try to reduce consumption, or avoid them completely.
During menopause, dryness is often an issue. This is likely caused by the decrease in estrogen levels. Drinking 8 to 12 glasses of water a day can help with these symptoms.
Maintain a consistent and frequent exercise program to improve mood and energy. Resistance training helps increase lean muscles mass, healthier joints and bones. To reduce stress, include meditative forms of exercise such as yoga, tai chi or qi gong.
Get adequate sleep
Sleep is required for repair and rejuvenation. Allowing the body to shut down and rebuild on a nightly basis enables one to begin each day with energy and motivation. Get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Turn off digital devices 1 hour before bedtime. Essential oils such as Lavendar, Vetiver or Chamomile can be beneficial in assisting you to wind down and get a good night sleep.
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*Published in peer reviewed medical journals - Menopause.2010;17(2):303 - Climacteric.2011;14(Suppl 1):4