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Putting Your Best Foot Forward in Perimenopause

Putting Your Best Foot Forward in Perimenopause

Oftentimes, the terms perimenopause and menopause are treated as synonyms, when in reality perimenopause is the stage that leads up to menopause, and where the symptoms of hot flashes, mood swings, irregular periods, night sweats, or vaginal dryness are most common. Menopause is only one day, when your body reaches a full year without ovulating or menstruating, and when you become infertile.

So when the word menopause is tossed around in reference to many symptoms, it is actually not correct, because it is indeed the perimenopause phase when women are suffering the most and experiencing the strongest symptoms. So how can you make sure perimenopause doesn't keep you down? It is as simple as following these few easy steps, and you will find yourself feeling healthier and more energetic in no time.

Exercise

Putting Your Best Foot Forward in Perimenopause

You have probably heard this advice before, repeatedly: exercise for 30 minutes, 5 times a week. This is the recommended guideline by many health organizations, because it is enough to boost your endorphin levels, increase your energy levels, and improve your health overall. There are many different activities you can try in order to meet this goal and feel young, alive and full of energy once again.

One of the most popular options is swimming, because it is refreshing, carries a low impact to the joints, and it is very safe for those who are at risk of osteoporosis. At the same time, a proper Aquaerobics class can do a lot for cardiovascular resistance and muscle growth.

Zumba is great as well, since it provides a full cardiovascular workout while making you feel sexy and fun, which provides extra help to combat vaginal dryness and loss of libido. If you don't have time to go to a regular Zumba class, just try going for a walk after dinner three or four nights a week. Instead of sitting down in front of the TV, you don't need any planning or gear beyond just lacing up your tennis shoes and hitting the pavement (even if it's only for 20 minutes.) Likewise, if you are worried about menopausal weight gain, exercise is one half of a two-pronged approach that will help you battle your growing waist line.

Eat healthy

Eating healthy is the second prong of a healthy lifestyle. This will not only help you shrink your dress size, but will help your hormones stay balanced, and it will regulate your digestive system so it continues functioning properly.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward in Perimenopause

You should continually be adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet. A diet rich in whole grains and lean protein, but low in processed sugars will do a lot to regulate your blood sugar fluctuations throughout the day. In turn, this will regulate your hormones and keep your energy levels steady.

Finally, try adding phytoestrogenic-rich foods into your diet, such as soy or chickpeas. Phytoestrogens mimic your body's natural estrogen and are able to help boost your estrogen levels when yours are depleting.

These two steps will help keep your feeling healthy during the perimenopause stage and beyond. If you want to learn more, click on link below to find out about the other treatments for perimenopause.

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  • Hopkins, Virginia. Lee, John R. M.D. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause. New York: Warner Books Inc., 1996.
  • Love, Susan M.D. Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.
  • Martin, Raquel. The Estrogen Alternative. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2000.