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5 Solutions for Menopause Symptoms
Menopause is a transition that comes with its own set of challenges. Its symptoms can affect your life on a daily basis, and not in a good way. Though menopause is inevitable, its more severe symptoms are not. You do not have to accept the discomfort that comes with menopause as "just another one of those things you have to deal with." There are solutions that can take the edge off the symptoms and make menopause more bearable.
What to expect from menopause
As women get to their late forties and early fifties, their bodies start to produce less estrogen than they did before. Eventually, a woman will stop having her periods. Menopause comes with some unpleasant symptoms that can be treated in a number of ways.
1. Hormone replacement therapy
A drop in estrogen levels causes many of the symptoms associated with menopause. The most well-known symptoms are a loss of bone mass, mood changes and the infamous hot flashes. Some doctors choose to get rid of the symptoms by treating the root cause: Low estrogen levels. They use hormone replacement therapy to increase a patient's estrogen levels.
2. Eating foods rich in phytoestrogen
Unfortunately, hormone replacement therapy puts a patient at increased risk of developing the following illnesses:
- Breast, ovarian and uterine cancers
- Coronary heart disease
To combat this, many doctors recommend foods that contain phytoestrogen, a plant product that mimics estrogen. Soy-based foods like tofu as well as flaxseed, sesame, linseed and beans all have phytoestrogens that can mitigate the symptoms of menopause. For the best results, a person should eat unprocessed foods that are rich in phytoestrogen, not supplements or foods with soy additives.
3. Taking medication for hot flashes and night sweats
Some doctors will prescribe low doses of antidepressants to treat hot flashes and night sweats. Others will prescribe certain kinds of blood pressure medication. There are also doctors who will prescribe specific kinds of anti-seizure medication. In addition to all these options, some companies make formulations specifically for the treatment of hot flashes.
4. Avoiding trigger foods
Hot flashes and night sweats are uncomfortable enough without a trigger like caffeine or alcohol. A person should keep a journal that logs all the foods that trigger the symptoms of menopause. They should take it a step further and avoid the triggers altogether. The end result? A person will feel more comfortable because they will have less frequent and less severe symptoms.
5. Eating nutritious foods
One symptom of menopause is osteoporosis. To keep their bones from losing mass, patient's should increase their intake of calcium and vitamin D. On top of that, they should also take care of the rest of their body by increasing their intake of vegetables, Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.
6. Drinking lots of water
A common and uncomfortable symptom of menopause is dryness. Another is bloating. Luckily, keeping the body well hydrated gets rid of both symptoms.
Menopause does not have to be awful
With a few hacks, you can go through menopause without enduring extreme discomfort. You only have to remember to take care of your body as an interconnected system. This means that you should pursue wellness during your time of transition. If you need personalized advice on how to navigate menopause, get in touch with us.
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