Menopause is a journey that all women will one day experience. The symptoms of menopause are not all too commonly spoken about, and they differ from woman to woman. If you think you’re about to start your menopause or are currently experiencing difficult symptoms, this article has some ideas on how to naturally alleviate your symptoms.
In the UK the average age that menopause begins is 51, and will usually last for around four years. Some women won’t experience any symptoms and some will be impacted significantly. If you are someone who experiences symptoms then the following are some advice on how to naturally relieve these unpleasant side effects that menopause brings.
Use Magnesium Flakes in Your Bath
When you’re going through menopause and your day to day life has shifted, it’s incredibly important to take the vitamins and minerals that your body needs. One of these vital minerals is magnesium.
Low levels of magnesium has been linked to many common menopause symptoms, including insomnia, irritability, depression, restlessness, anxiety and headaches. Upping your magenisum levels can therefore help combat the severity of these symptoms. One great and relaxing way to do this is by taking a bath with magnesium flakes.
Magnesium is a natural way to reduce stress. Cortisol levels (the stress hormone) are known to rise significantly during the onset of menopause, meaning you may start to feel stressed and tense a lot of the time. Having warm baths regularly could help to alleviate the stress that comes with menopause and help you to sleep better too.
Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables
A diet rich in all the nutrients that fruits and veggies provide could help alleviate menopausal symptoms. Studies have found that menopausal women who ate more fruits and vegetables had a decreased risk of bone loss.
This is because fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals that are essential for our body’s health. Eating plenty of these foods can help with the usual menopause symptoms, and your overall health.
Drink More Water
Staying hydrated is important for our overall health, but it can also help ease symptoms of menopause too. Dryness is a common symptom of menopause that is caused by a decrease in oestrogen. Drinking plenty of water can combat this, so it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking around 6-8 cups per day.
Cut Down on Caffeine and Alcohol.
Food and drink that contain caffeine and alcohol can cause symptoms such as hot flashes to trigger. This is why it’s recommended that you cut down your consumption of these foods and beverages to avoid triggering an uncomfortable symptom. Instead, you could try a soothing herbal tea to replace your morning cup of coffee.
Include Strength-Training and Yoga in your exercise regime.
Strength training becomes a vital type of exercise during menopause, as not only does it boost your metabolism, but also helps build bone and muscle strength to protect from Osteoporosis.
Yoga practice is known to calm the body and mind, helping to normalise Cortisol levels, which is essential for optimum production of Oestrogen and Progesterone.