Your impression of menopause is possibly one that looks a little daunting, but you don’t have to dread it. You can do things to help prepare for it and to feel calmer about the situation to come. The lifestyle choices you make can help keep the upcoming symptoms in check. Here are some of my tips:
First and foremost, get in the right mindset. How you’re feeling about yourself and about life, affects your stress levels which then has a knock on effect on your relationship with food, your sleep routine and whether you get any activity into your day. Having a more positive take on your present and future, will really help reduce stress levels. I say it all the time, but make time for yourself – have time to relax and recharge and have time to do things that you enjoy and make you happy.
Look at eliminating the toxins in your life. We encounter a ridiculous amount of toxins in a day, from the deodorant and the face creams we use, to the food we put in our mouths and the air we breathe. Go for the most natural products you can afford and ones with antioxidants to fight those free radicals.
Look after your gut. Eat plenty of phytochemicals (found in cruciferous food) which help with liver detoxification. Give your body more fibre and eat a range of plant based foods to help feed healthy bacteria.
Follow good nutrition principles. Keep a check on alcohol and caffeine intake as this affects our liver function. Reduce consumption of processed foods and sugary products to ensure that your blood sugars don’t rollercoaster. Include complex carbs as these can help calm our nervous system, but be sure to have the right balance of carb/fat/protein. Include good quality protein as this helps build and repair muscle tissue. The more lean mass you have the better your metabolism will work, meaning less weight gain. Bone density drops as we age so be sure to supplement with calcium products.
Exercise. Get out and get moving. Opt for a mix of cardio, strength and flexibility. Not only will these help you with your cardiovascular health and bone health they will release those happy serotonin hormones, thereby helping with point one about looking after your stress levels.
Sleep well. Broken and short sleep has a knock on effect on our mood and appetite
Do your research. Unlike with puberty, we don’t get a school education on this life stage, so it’s down to us to research what to expect. If you know the symptoms to look out for and the possible treatments then you’ll be much better prepared to deal with them when they rear their heads.
We all go through the peri-menopause and menopause differently. Some may sail through without too much problem, others may get every symptom going. Some may go through it quickly, for others it may be a few years. But it’s a natural process and it shouldn’t be something to be feared. Not talking about it doesn’t make it go away I’m afraid, so be open to conversation. If anything, the conversation will make you feel better, as you’ll realise you’re not going through this alone.
If you've got any other tips from your own experience then please let us know
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