I used to have lots of energy - if only I could remember where I put it!!
Good nutrition has been shown to improve menopausal symptoms. Women in many other parts of the world show few of the menopausal symptoms compared to around 60% in the UK & US.
Symptoms of Peri-menopause
|Hot Flashes||Irritability||Mood swings|
|Irregular periods||Loss of libido||Anxiety|
|Memory Lapses||Brain Fog||Fatigue|
|Incontinence||Itchy, crawly skin||Aching, sore joints|
|Bloating||Weight gain||Breast tenderness|
|Hair loss||Dizziness||Body odor|
|Tingling||Gum problems||Burning tongue or mouth|
|Osteoporosis||Tinnitus||Soft or breaking fingernails|
|Night Sweats||Insomnia||Dry vagina|
|Confusion||Breast tenderness||Rapid heart beat|
|Headaches||Depression||Feelings of dread|
Most women think of menopause as the time of life when their menstrual periods end. This is true, but menopause broadly includes hormonal and physical changes that take place in the three to five years during middle age before the last menstrual period. For this reason, menopause sometimes is called the "change of life." Menopause is the permanent end of menstruation and fertility and a natural part of a woman's life cycle. This stage of a woman's life occurs primarily due to decreased functioning of the ovaries. This reduced function results in decreased amounts of estrogen and a cessation of the menstrual period. All women experience menopause, however, it is a unique process for each individual woman. For most women, menopause occurs between the ages of 40-58 years old. However, it may occur as early as 30 or as late as 65 years old.
Many women experience a transition phase prior to menopause. This transition phase is called pre or peri-menopause. This is when a woman may start to notice her body beginning to change. During the period, a woman's body begins to slow its production of the female hormone oestrogen. This change in hormone levels can cause weight gain, irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and decreased libido. In fact, recent studies have found for every two pounds of weight gained during menopause, the risk of high blood pressure increases by as much as five percent. Some women also experience aches and pains, mood swings, anxiety and insomnia (difficulty sleeping). These uncomfortable symptoms although not a serious health issue can lead to loss of quality of life. This reduced quality of life is the primary reason women seek out solutions.
Relief for menopausal symptoms
To relieve these symptoms, many women are advised by their doctors to take hormone replacement therapy (HRT). But HRT may not be right for every woman. Some women feel the dangers and obvious risks that come with HRT are far outweighed by any benefit that they may serve. For example: if a woman takes HRT for more than five years, her risk of developing breast cancer increases. There are also higher risks of developing blood clots. Other women simply do not want to use chemical treatments for what is a natural, normal stage in life.
You can help relive some of the symptoms of menopause by taking the following measures: