Menopause is too often treated as a problem to be solved or an illness to be cured rather than the natural process it is. Small changes to our diet and lifestyle can help tremendously when it comes to dealing with the many symptoms of the peri to post menopause.
Hormonal fluctuations with hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, joint ache (to menion a few) are all common symptoms. But should we just get on with having to take time off work or struggle through the day with no energy after a sleepless nights?
Treating the symptoms rather than the root cause of anything is usually not long lasting, and it is the same with the menopause. There are lots of things we can do to improve these symptoms, starting today!
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With the female reproduction system shutting down, the associated hormones take a dive causing a myriad of issues such as hot flashes, mood swings, trouble sleeping, changes in body fat distribution, weight gain and muscle loss.
For some, it's straightforward, for others, it's a roller-coaster! You might not always relate your symptoms to the menopause but it can start as early as in your 30th with minor or major menopausal symptoms.
Many of the symptoms in this process can be very uncomfortable, hard to deal with and sometimes feel too embarrasing to talk about. Rest assured they are all normal and there are probably more woman suffering than you think and know of! Hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, brain fog, bladder issues and weight gain are the most common symptoms, but there are many more and everyone is different.
The Peri menopause can start 10-15 years before your actual Menopause, which can start anywhere from the age of 40-58years. Post menopause is the period after Menopause. We can have symptoms during all this time, some severe some minor.
Many people don't know what to expect of the menopause, but knowledge is power, and by knowing what to expect and how to best manage these symptoms you can really thrive through the menopause!
You can make a huge positive impact on the way you feel by small changes to your diet (what to eat and drink, what to avoid and what to include) but also in many other areas of your life that you might not relate to your menopausal symptoms.
Weight gain is one of the more common 'symptoms' of the menopause and many women find that the approach of eating less and exercising more just does not work. You might find that although you eat the same way and exercise the same as you always have, the weight keeps creeping on. Frustrating, I know! However, there are ways around it and I am not talking about fad diets (they will only make it worse..).
' I finally had an insight as to what was causing my menopause symptoms!
Over the past year I felt I was developing symptons of the menopause. I wanted to understand more what was happening to my body and be able to do something about it without having to take any medication.
Thank you Jana for starting my journey to regaining control of my body.'
- Julie -