On this post few natural tips to support the body during Menopause!
Menopause is a point in time 12 months after a woman’s last period.
While the experience will be different for each woman, the biological process is the same: when a woman approaches menopause, her ovaries become less able to secrete oestrogen and progesterone, bones become less dense, making women more vulnerable to fractures, the body begins to use energy differently, fat cells change, and women may gain weight more easily.
And as the hormonal levels start to fall, ovulation and the monthly menstrual cycle become irregular before periods stop completely.
Although all women go through the menopause, everyone experiences it differently and not everyone will have the same symptoms.
The years leading up to that point, when women may have changes in their monthly cycles, hot flashes, or other symptoms, are called the menopausal transition, or perimenopause.
The menopausal transition most often begins between ages 45 and 55.
A few women will hardly be aware that they are going through the menopause at all, while others will experience varying degrees of symptoms.
The most common menopausal symptoms are:
- Hot flushes, including night sweats.
- Sleep problems.
- Mood changes.
- Weight gain and slowed metabolism.
- Thinning hair and dry skin.
- Loss of breast fullness.
Hot flushes are one of the most common symptoms of menopause.
During the night, hot flushes often occur as night sweats.
Triggers include moving into a warm room after being outdoors, stress, anxiety, and even eating spicy foods.
Support the hormonal changes with DIET
EAT HEALTHY FATS AND REDUCE SATURATED FATS
GOOD FATS- are essential, they will help to hydrate your body from inside out and will help with dry skin.
Concentrate on essential fats that found in nuts, seeds, avocado, oily fish and even eggs.
SATURATED FATS- bad for the heart, make your body more acidic.
Reduce your intake of red meat (such as beef) and cheese because these foods are high in saturated fats which are not good for your heart.
EAT MORE FIBRE
Have a good intake of natural fibre from fruit, vegetables and whole grains.
Fibre helps to keep your blood-sugar levels stable. Fibre is also important for efficient detoxification, as it helps your body to excrete “old” oestrogen and other waste products through your bowel.
EAT MORE PHYTOESTROGENS
Certain phytoestrogens, including legumes such as soya, chickpeas, lentils and so on contain isoflavones.
soya, in particular, contains two main isoflavones (genistein and daidzein), which are thought to have a significant effect on menopausal symptoms.
Great way to eat more healthy soy products are miso and tofu.
The overall result is that phytoestrogens can help balance hormones and reduce symptoms such as hot flushes and vaginal dryness.
On the next part, I will include herbal and supplement suggestions to help you to manage any of the menopause symptoms you might experience.