Spotlight on menopause
The symptoms of menopause are different for everyone and every woman is affected uniquely. Take a look at some of these simple tips for managing menopause symptoms to find a management plan that’s right for you…
Maintaining a healthy and nutritionally balanced diet is more important during menopause while your body is undergoing significant changes, so try to limit your caffeine intake and drink at least 6 – 8 glasses of water a day. Ensure you get plenty of calcium rich foods into your diet by consuming low-fat dairy products. Eating low GI wholegrain breads, pasta and cereals can also help combat feelings of fatigue often experienced during menopause.
Combat the loss of natural oestrogens during menopause and reduce menopause symptoms by consuming plant oestrogens, otherwise known as Phytoestrogens. Good sources of Phytoestrogens include soy beans, tofu, legumes, wholegrains and soy and linseed bread.
Exercise is important in maintaining your health, mood, weight and bones, so you should aim to get the recommended amount of thirty minutes per day. Walking the dog, taking the stairs and parking at the far end of the car park are great ways to sneak exercise into your day as well – every bit helps.
Mood can be affected during menopause due to the hormonal changes occurring in your body. If you experience irritability, mood swings or depressive mood changes you can try boosting your mood naturally with sunlight, physical activity, increased intake of omega 3 fatty acids and fish oil and enjoyable activities like reading, meeting up with friends or cycling. If your symptoms don’t improve you should speak to your GP about alternative treatments.
HRT or Hormone Replacement Therapy may help to relieve the symptoms of menopause in some women, but there are also potential side affects involved, so if you’re considering HRT, speak to your GP about the benefits and risks involved.