Natural Ways To Reduce Symptoms Of Menopause
Menopause marks the end of your monthly menstrual cycle; a person is said to have reached menopause when they haven’t had a period for 12 months. This is generally known to occur during the late 40s or early 50s. However, the months or years leading up to menopause can be a little rough as you start observing a couple of troublesome symptoms, that can even last till a little after your menopause. The symptoms typically include hot flashes, night sweats, difficulty in sleeping, reduced libido, vaginal dryness, headaches, mood changes, palpitations and recurrent UTIs. Let’s take a look at a few natural ways to reduce the symptoms of menopause that you can try to alleviate your discomfort.
KEEP TRIGGER FOODS AT BAY
Hot flashes and night sweats can end up disturbing your sleep cycle and cause mood swings. Certain trigger foods like alcohol, caffeine and spicy or sugary foods are known to induce increased hot flashes, especially when consumed at night. These trigger foods may vary from person to person. You can try and keep a closer look at your diet when you experience discomfort, and accordingly limit the consumption of the triggering food items.
COUNTER HOT FLASHES EFFECTIVELY
The most common menopausal symptom is the occurrence of hot flashes and night sweats. These generally occur when you are sleeping, and can be intense enough to wake you up. Try and keep the room temperature cool and dress in breathable fabrics to avoid discomfort. Often, night sweats are followed by sudden chills, so keeping a heavy blanket at hand can help ease the condition without disturbing your sleep completely.
INCLUDE CALCIUM AND VITAMIN D IN YOUR DIET
Your body goes through a lot of hormonal turbulence in the time leading up to menopause, which makes your bones weaker and increases the risk of osteoporosis. Try to include calcium-rich foods like yogurt, milk, cheese and green leafy vegetables in your diet. Vitamin D is also known to work wonders for your bone health. The easiest way to ensure that you’ve fulfilled your Vitamin D requirements is to soak up early sunlight. You can also supplement it with dietary sources like eggs, cod liver oil and fatty fish like tuna and salmon.
TACKLE VAGINAL DRYNESS
During your perimenopausal phase, you might experience irregular periods for nearly a year before they stop altogether. Due to the drop in vaginal blood flow, you may experience extra dryness and irritation, which may make intercourse hurt. Use of water-based lubricants can help considerably, while reducing the chances of allergic reactions. Also, bacterial infections can pass easily to the urinary tract, leaving you at a higher risk of recurring UTIs. Soy products contain huge amounts of phytoestrogen, which can contribute to estrogenic production even after menopause and aid in keeping the vaginal lining moist.
Menopausal symptoms also include weight gain especially around the midsection, which may also put you at a higher risk of developing diabetes and heart diseases. Going for a walk and doing light exercises on a regular basis can go a long way in avoiding excess weight gain. Regular exercise also ensures healthier joints and bones.
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