Natural and Medical Ways to Manage Your Menopause Symptoms
When the body signals that all those years it spent getting ready to produce a baby are about to end, it can be difficult to take. Menopause is indeed the end of a woman’s fertility journey. The realization that such a regular part of life is about to end does have a psychological impact.
Add in all the uncomfortable physical symptoms associated with menopause and it makes sense why so many women dread the thought of beginning “the change of life.” Fortunately there are ways to manage both the physical and mental challenges that come along with menopause.
There are variety of non-drug ways to help stave off some of the worst aspects of menopause, such as night sweats, insomnia and hot flashes.
- Guzzle that water: It seems so simple but it’s easy to forget how important good old H20 is when it comes to warding off menopause. Those extreme hormonal fluctuations that cause hot flashes and night sweats can cause serious dehydration. Women should stay hydrated by drinking at least half of their body weight in water. Adding a little salt, a teaspoon to be exact, can help the body recoup faster. Also, never underestimate the power of ice. Ice water or ice packs can cool the body down fast when a sudden hot flash hits.
- Dive in, stretch it out: Menopause causes weight gain but the symptoms also cause fatigue and anxiety. Exercise is a great way to alleviate these issues, yet the idea of sweating it out on a treadmill might not be every menopausal woman’s ideal activity. Swimming, which is low impact and has the added benefit of being in the water, is a great option. Also, yoga and meditation can help alleviate the anxiety and stress associated with menopause.
- Put down the wine glass: Although that red wine may sound like the perfect remedy, it’s not the best idea during menopause since it can add fuel to the fire. Other problematic items to stay away from? Caffeine and spicy foods. Instead, reach for magnesium-rich fare such as nuts, leafy greens, whole grains and legumes. In addition, pumpkin seeds and mung beans can help with estrogen loss. Supplements are also an option but make sure to check with your doctor first.
Manage with Medication
If those drug-free solutions aren’t curtailing all the symptoms, then hormone replacement therapy is another option. Today, women can choose from a variety of medications developed to diminish the effects of menopause. Bio replacement hormone therapy is becoming an increasingly popular effective and natural choice.
The procedure takes about 10 minutes and unlike some of the synthetic HRT products available, bio-identical hormones are made up of natural products including yams and soy. To find out more about Dr. Ghozland’s natural hormone replacement, contact his office and schedule a free consultation.