The female reproductive life is a roller coaster of events and a conglomerate of complex hormones. Beginning at puberty the female body is thrown into hormonal turmoil lasting throughout their reproductive years and ending with a bang at menopause. In this article, we will be tackling the gala of a woman’s reproductive life “menopause”. The onset of menopause is particularly difficult. As some women describe it as their body being taken over by aliens!
While the symptoms are nothing to smile about, more intimately, what unravels you is the thought of never being able to have children again. The body experiences a decline in production of Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone (GnRH), Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH), and Luteinizing Hormone (LH). Surviving menopause has as much to do with your mindset as it does your actual actions. Once the initial shock of it wears off, you will need to come up with a plan of how to combat the whole tsunami of menopausal symptoms. I am talking hot flushes, mood swings, weight gain, night flashes, and insomnia. Throw low libido into that mix and you got yourself quite a concoction.
Natural Remedies for Menopause:
Some of the natural ways to help ease the effects of menopause.
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The diet I find that immersing yourself in a new interest takes your mind off the elephant in the room. This new phase in your life is going to require a whole new dietary wardrobe.
Three balanced meals a day, lots of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, minerals, calcium and vitamins D, and E ought to go a long way in replenishing the depleting hormones.
Minerals and organic fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants (anti-aging properties) and phytosterols that help to balance your hormones.
High fiber foods include ancient grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes. Probably one of the things you are going to hate considerably is reducing your coffee and/or alcohol intake. What kind of monster takes coffee and wine away from an already strung out woman? Is it any wonder at some point any one of us may turn into an emotional gibbering wreck?
Well, lots and lots of water is the new caffeine. Your body will thank you later.
Shatavari is a traditional herb used in Ayurveda to support hormonal balance. Its vegan and gluten-free. It definitely reduces hot flashes and is good value for money.
Regular Exercises I am not too happy about it either but it is true. Estrogen attaches to fat. At menopause, the body is wary of losing fat in a bid to keep the remaining estrogen intact. Exercising regularly during menopause will make the transition smoother and relieve stress while leaving your body relaxed and tired for optimal rest.
It is recommended that you take strength training exercises 2-3 times a week to prevent bone loss and muscle wasting.
Beauty and Skin Care Regimen. Yoga is the answer! Yoga, meditation, and acupuncture have been known to reduce the effects of aging and general feelings of fatigue for menopausal women. This coupled with increased intake of Vitamin E will combat the rough symptoms of menopause while leaving you looking younger and vibrant.
Although we all know it is coming, we are never quite ready when menopause hits. For some reason, we never actually think that it will happen to us.
But every cloud has a silver lining. For me, menopause is the beginning of the end of contraception. That is my silver lining.