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5 Natural Ways To Minimise Menopause Symptoms

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Some women can feel the stress of going through the menopause a little early in life. If you see the signs of menopause before your 50s you might feel that there is nothing that you can do about it. It’s one of those things that we can worry about but there are things that we can do to help reduce the symptoms of menopause.

Taking Natural Supplements

There’s a lot of natural approaches to minimising the symptoms of the menopause. What you really need is trusted health information that you can rely on from websites such as CFAH and the NHS.  You can see there are plenty of natural HRT remedy ideas online and as many women take natural remedies and products it can be difficult to cut through the ineffective ones. But there have been studies that show black cohosh may minimise hot flashes. The big problem with natural supplements is that there haven’t been enough studies on them. Taking natural supplements can have an effect but it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. Many women take supplements to relieve the symptoms but you’ve got to go with your instincts and not rely on these as a cure-all.

Consuming Calcium And Vitamin D

Due to the various hormonal changes during the menopause bones can weaken. When it comes to minimising the overall symptoms of osteoporosis, consuming calcium and vitamin D can help to lower the risk of hip fractures. When we go through the menopause we may forget about the long-term physical ailments associated, especially when we’re feeling fatigued. But this is where consuming a good quality diet is crucial.

Regular Exercise

Another major underestimation of the menopause is how it can have an impact on our mental health. When we feel irritable or anxious we can turn to exercise as a mood stabilizer. Exercising in total for around 3 hours per week doesn’t just improve your physical health but it improves your mental health. This can improve your quality of life overall. Exercising in groups can also prove beneficial. When you incorporate regular exercise this can help to improve your quality of sleep.

Maintaining A Healthy Weight

Due to the various combination of changes going on in the body the likelihood of excess body fat around the waist goes up. This can increase your risk of developing diseases like diabetes and heart disease. It may also help to alleviate menopause symptoms. And those women who lost approximately 10% of their body weight over the course of the year are more likely to get rid of hot flashes and night sweats.

Reducing Your Trigger Foods

The best way to reduce night sweats, mood swings, and hot flashes is to start a symptom diary. If you begin to see the certain foods trigger your menopause symptoms do your best to reduce your intake. Caffeine and alcohol have been known to trigger certain menopause symptoms. But it’s not just stimulants like these sugary and spicy foods can also trigger menopausal symptoms.

The menopause can be particularly unbearable for some women. If you have concerns over it, minimising the symptoms through simple lifestyle changes is one of the best practices.

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One Comment

  • rawsonjl

    With osteoporosis so rampant in my family I have been taking calcium and vitamin D supplements for years but I often worry that it might not be enough.

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