Amid the horror stories you may have heard about HRT and pharmaceutical drugs, there are hidden gems in the world of menopause relief. If you're not into traditional medicine and are searching for a more natural solution to your menopause symptoms, check out this list for viable treatment options.
How Can I Ease My Menopause Symptoms Naturally?
Whether it's small changes in your lifestyle or beginning a new regimen of natural herbs, we've got advice for five ways you can live a happier life during menopause.
Cut back on caffeine
It has been scientifically proven that the consumption of caffeine increases the frequency and severity of hot flashes. Coffee will also have a negative impact on symptoms like fatigue and other sleeping problems, because it provides “quick fixes” rather than long-term solutions. It causes a rise in energy levels momentarily and increases alertness, but then will create dips in energy levels, affecting your health and mental state. Caffeine also has a huge impact on sleeping patterns. Reactions with the nervous system will also heighten the intensity of mood swings, and cause them to occur more frequently.
Add more soy to your diet
Incorporating soy into your diet may be a possible solution to menopause problems because soy also contains phytoestrogens. However, as with phytoestrogenic herbs, it's important to limit the amount of soy that you eat or drink and not to use soy for long-term menopausal relief.
Regular exercise can also have a positive effect on the functioning of the body. Working out for thirty minutes a day, five days a week can lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, and weight gain. Weight-bearing activities will also help to ward off osteoporosis. And those are just the physical advantages. Exercising can also release valuable serotonin in the brain, a chemical which chases away stress and anxiety, and leaves you feeling happy.
Take phytoestrogenic herbs
Herbal remedies to relieve symptoms of menopause come in several varieties, usually categorized according to how they function. Phytoestrogenic herbs like black cohosh and dong quai are so named because they introduce the plant version of the hormone estrogen into the body. However, it's important to be cautious with phytoestrogenic herbs. While they can solve the problem of low estrogen levels for most women, taking these herbs for an extended period of time can also render the body unable to produce its own estrogen.
Take hormone-regulating herbs
Because phytoestrogenic herbs can only be taken for short-term relief, hormone-regulating herbs like Macafem are preferable. This type of herb encourages the body to produce more of its own estrogen naturally. Herbs that nourish the body's endocrine system are a safe way to treat menopause symptoms.
Although natural treatments are beneficial, it's important to maintain a good relationship with your doctor, especially during menopause. Make regular appointments with your physician for a proper diagnosis, and of course, to monitor and marvel at your progress with these natural treatments.
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