Menopause. Just the word is enough to send some women into a fit of anxiety, and for good reason, as this stage of life is filled with a whole lot of changes and unanswered questions. In addition to the classic hot flashes and night sweats, women going through ‘the change’ are likely to be more irritable, more likely to cry, and be the victim of a wide array of mood swings, all caused by our ever-altering hormones.
If you’ve found yourself worrying endlessly about how you will manage your life while going through this phase, there is no need to fret because we have a few proven tips that will help you balance those pesky hormones.
While most people think of menopause as a brief time in our lives, the hormone changes have a long-lasting effect on our bodies and some of these changes stay with us for the rest of our lives.
By managing your diet, you can halt some of those menopausal side effects. Salmon, eggs, spinach, kale and blueberries are a few ingredients that are known for reducing symptoms of these inevitable changes, due to the fact that they contain a wide variety of nutrients. Maintaining steady blood sugar levels is key to avoiding the crash that could send your body into a succession of hot flashes, so it’s important to eat every few hours.
We can’t emphasize the importance of water enough. It comes into play in all health-related issues and menopause is no different. By keeping your body hydrated with at least eight glasses of water a day, you are more likely to reduce menopausal symptoms such as breast pain, headaches, and fatigue.
Just like sleep is good for your body’s recovery after an intense workout, it’s good for reducing fatigue and difficulty concentrating, which are two common symptoms of menopause. It also allows your body to recharge and build up its defenses against pain and illnesses. Aim for eight hours every night.
Add some ginger to your diet. While this herb is normally well-known for its magic with relieving nausea, it’s also packed with anti-inflammatory characteristics, which aid in restoring that hormonal imbalance and any pain that you may have as a result of the changes going on in your body. It’s easy to add to a cup of tea or toss it on a salad.
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