Taking the time to put your mind and body in the best possible health, can positively impact on how you move through menopause.
As we age, estrogen (and progesterone) production slow down as our bodies no longer require it for reproduction. However estrogen is also used in our bodies for bone health, emotional regulation and alongside progesterone, temperature control.
When these hormones diminish our systems can be thrown into chaos resulting in a wide range of unpleasant symptoms, including hot flashes, excessive sweating, sleep disturbance, energy fluctuations. vaginal dryness and irritability.
But there are natural ways to help reduce the impact these symptoms have on us.
The old adage you are what you eat can help point us in the right direction when it comes to eating and lifestyle choices.
Eating natural whole foods including whole grains, fresh fruit and veg, calcium and boron rich foods will help support the body leading up to and during menopause.
Eating foods containing isoflavones (natural plant estrogens) found in soy foods such as tofu, tempeh, miso and edamame beans may help reduce hot flushes. Additionally fiber found in whole grain foods such as oats, quinoa, corn, barley and buckwheat helps to regulate estrogen levels.
Leafy green vegetables, legumes, nuts, grapes, and fruit from the pome family (apples and pears) contain good amounts of boron which can help harden bones. Adding plenty of calcium rich foods such as broccoli, soy beans, almonds, oats and non-fat dairy products such as yoghurt and cheese will also strengthen bones.
And of course a healthy diet includes limited saturated fats, sugary and refined foods, caffeine and alcohol. A diet high in processed foods contains phosphates which can deplete calcium and other minerals in the body.
Additionally taking time to strengthen and relax your body and mind also has benefits during menopause.
Gentle, stretching exercises, help to regulate breathing and your nervous system which may help with hot flushes and night sweats. Plus exercising outdoors gives you the added benefit of vitamin D which is required for bone health.
Manutuke Herbs also offers a natural support option for menopause. Meno Health is a herbal and homeopathic blend of remedies used during the menopausal shift to balance temperature, sleep and hormones.
Meno Health is safe to use during this life change, and is also safe to use with other medications.