"The change" isn't always welcomed and the term is as demeaning as what it represents: The end of your fertile years. Sure, no one misses their menstrual cycle, but it's absence is replaced with symptoms that can be more bothersome, including hot flashes, night sweats, sleeplessness, urinary issues, low energy, decreased sex drive, increased sex drive, irritated skin and more. Once in full menopause, symptoms can become more troublesome. At this stage, bone strength and density is a major concern, which should be monitored by a doctor.
HOW CAN NUTRITION HELP?
As your body adapts to lower and eventually no oestrogen, it often struggles with the changes, feeling weighed down by new demands. Proper nutrition should be your first action as it's proven to offer significant help for women during menopause.
Specifically, you should eat foods rich in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, manganese, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, copper, selenium and more. If that list looks daunting, just think of fish, oats, lean meat, brown rice, eggs, Greek yogurt, beans, nuts, green leafy vegetables, lemons, strawberries, avocados and much more. Your meals should look like a rainbow.
Don't worry, we will guide you through every step and delight you with easy recipes that fuel your body and keep the joy of eating. We also have a few top tips for beating night sweats and boosting your libido.
EXTRAS TO BOOST HOW YOU FEEL
We assume you already know smoking is bad for you, but smoking makes those annoying menopausal symptoms much worse. Stop now! Your body will thank you.
Help your bones stay strong by exercising every day. That doesn't mean you need to complete a gruelling, 60-minute run, but it does mean walking and lifting weights. Buy some dumbbells and do arm exercises and lunges while watching your favourite tv programmes. You will quickly see and feel the benefits.
Limit alcohol. No, we are not trying to kill your fun, but alcohol drains your energy and makes hot flashes worse. Besides, it makes you gain weight and feel bloated.
Be happy! Start today.