Just like menstruation is a normal part of every woman's life, so is menopause. Menopause occurs in women after the age of 45-50 years and is the phase where their period becomes infrequent until it just stops. This also marks the end of their ability to reproduce. But just like women face a plethora of issues when they initially get their period, they also have quite a few problems once they hit menopause.
A plethora of symptoms like hot flushes, insomnia, exhaustion, loss of sex drive, changes in the skin, hair and nails, as well as increased anxiety, weight gain and depression can accompany menopause. So naturally, things become difficult for women to deal with. An expert says, “Some doctors prescribe HRT. There is nothing wrong with short-term treatment but what happens if you’re on it for years?" This naturally means that while medication may work for a bit, you can't be on it for the rest of your life. So, here are some natural ways to help you deal with menopause.
Consume phytoestrogens: These are compounds that are found in plants and act similar to estrogen that is produced in the body. It is readily available in foods like chickpeas, lentils, edamame, soy-based products such as tofu, wheat bran, broccoli, cauliflower, garlic and certain seeds. Apart from being linked to multiple health benefits, it is also known for reducing hot flushes.
Opt for herbs and supplements: Herbs like Rhodiola Rosea can help combat stress, anxiety and can even help with sexual problems while sage can combat excessive sweating. Certain supplements like black cohosh supplements are also known for reducing excessive sweating and night flushes.
Do some exercise: Get moving, ladies! Opt for some yoga or pilates session to help strengthen your bones and increase flexibility. Teaming this kind of exercise with foods rich in calcium, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids can work wonders for your health post-menopause. Doing this could possibly help your body reabsorb the estrogen it would otherwise get rid of.
Try these tips out and see what works best for you. In worse case scenarios, make sure to seek medical help from a professional. Stay tuned for more updates.