By eating the right foods, exercising and taking charge of your well-being, you may find that the intensity of many of your menopause symptoms will diminish. This may reduce the need of taking HRT, or other various over-the-counter medications, such as headache tablets, sleeping tablets and indigestion tablets to name but a few. We have come to expect a lot from medication – we expect the power of the pill to relieve us of our symptoms almost instantly, and sometimes it is easy to abuse the trust we put in them – maybe reaching for them a little too often!
We hope we can show you how to unleash the power of the human mind, how you can control and manage many symptoms connected to the menopause in a natural way, and how your attitude can help you overcome and psychological and physical issue you may be having.
Exercise – The benefits of regular exercise during menopause are huge and some research suggests that women who are physically active may have fewer menopausal symptoms. 20-30 minutes of exercise a day not only helps you live longer, but stay healthier too. That doesn’t mean you have to do intense training every day, just some sort of activity to strengthen and stretch your muscles and improve the strength of your heart – whether it’s gardening, brisk walking, or even doing housework – just do something.
Diet – About 90 percent of women will notice some weight gain during menopause. On average 10-15 pounds will be gained and most this weight will come on gradually at about a pound per year, unless you start to make some adjustments to your diet.
Phyto-oestrogens – Certain foods contain mild hormone-like components called phyto-oestrogens, which may help to alleviate some symptoms during menopause if you are oestrogen deficient. Phyto-oestrogens are found in many foods such as soybeans, broccoli, mushrooms, Brussel sprouts, brown rice, beets, pears, cherries, to name but a few.
Calcium – 98 -99 percent of calcium is stored in your bones and if you don’t get enough from you daily diet your body will start to steal it from your bones. Include high calcium foods in your diet. A simple rule to remember is, all dark green leafy vegetables are a good source of calcium and should be eaten often, with the exception of spinach, which contains oxalic acid and blocks the absorption of calcium.
Vitamins and Minerals – Calcium, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Boron, Vitamin K and Vitamin B6 should all be included in your diet.
Love your Liver – Oestrogen, progesterone and the stress hormone cortisol are all steroid hormones, originally made from cholesterol, which is produced in the liver. The liver is responsible for eliminating excess hormones and trying to keep the balance right in your body. It is also the primary detoxification organ and is responsible for eliminating toxins. So it is important to support your liver as much as you possibly can.
Lemons are particularly good for the liver, as they contain hydrochloric acid, needed for protein digestion. Try a glass of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice first thing every morning. Avoid processed foods and eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, organic if possible, so your liver doesn’t have to process any chemicals.