You don’t have to slow down or feel like an active lifestyle is over due to menopause. There’s that old saying, “you’re only as young as you feel.” Let’s start by feeling better by fighting off the most annoying menopause symptoms.
Dress Cool, Stay Cool
Hot flashes can sneak up on you at any time. Your best defense against a spontaneous hot flash is to always be prepared.
To stay cool, layers will be your best friend. This might seem a little counter-intuitive. How can wearing more clothes actually keep me cool?
It all depends on the type of layers you wear. You want to opt for breathable fabrics like cotton. That way when your body turns up the heat, it won’t be trapped against your skin.
You can also look and feel cool all while keeping up with the latest trends. Athleisure is “in” which means there are tons of options for you to mix and match.
No outfit is complete without a comfortable moisture wicking sports bra. Pair your leggings with light, breathable tanks or cover ups. That way you can always lose a layer and still look fabulous.
Take A Dip
Have you ever had a hot flash in the middle of a backyard bbq. Next time, just bring along your bathing suit.
Swimming is a great option for reducing menopausal symptoms because it can provide immediate relief and even reduce symptoms overtime.
Remember, one of the downsides of going through menopause is a decrease in blood circulation. Swimming is an incredible cardiovascular exercise that strengthens your heart and increases blood circulation.
You can even tone your legs while you chill out!
Let’s be honest. How many times have you been really thirsty before reaching out for a bottle of water? We can all do a better job at up-ing our daily water intake, especially when we’re out soaking up the sun.
Feeling bloated? Water can help to reduce hormonal bloating so you can feel normal.
Drinking water can even prevent you from packing on extra pounds. A recent study found that drinking water can help your weight loss goals and even boost your metabolism.
Minimize Spicy Foods
We always hear blogs talk about tips to overcome a “sweet tooth,” but what about the “spicy tooth?”
If you want to avoid triggering menopause symptoms you may have to say goodbye to your favorite savory dishes. Not only are caffeine and alcohol known triggers, but hot and spicy foods can also exacerbate symptoms.
Not a fan of bland food?
Now is the perfect time to start experimenting with your go-to dishes. Different textures and flavors can keep your palate intrigued while blocking symptoms from starting. Shake things in the kitchen.
Choose Foods Rich in Calcium and Vitamin D
We encourage our patients going through menopause to deliberately eat foods high in Calcium and Vitamin D to counteract hormonal fluctuations. We even encourage supplements.
You can find foods high in calcium in many dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt. When searching for vitamin D look for fatty fish like tuna, salmon, and sardines. A quick online search can provide a comprehensive list of foods high in vitamin D and Calcium.
Just Say No to Nicotine
Studies show that smoking tobacco can be linked to increasing hot flashes. Kicking the habit, isn’t just about reducing hot flashes. Quitting smoking can do wonders for your overall health.
Overcoming addiction is not easy, but it is possible. Also, you don’t have to go through it alone. There are many resources to help you take the first step today to quit smoking.
Fruits and Vegetables
Menopause is linked to the accumulation of fat in the mid-section, that stubborn belly fat that just won’t budge. Don’t worry, that’s completely normal! One of the easiest ways to get your body back is to eat more “in-season” fruits and vegetables.
Suffering with the symptoms of menopause can make you feel ancient. Keep your bones strong by snacking on nutritious fruits and hearty vegetables. They can help you rebuild your body so you can keep up with your fast-paced lifestyle.
Eat Healthier, Look Your Best
In case you needed another reason to eat better, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables ward off heart disease. Did you know that women experiencing menopause are at a greater risk of developing heart disease?
We want you to eat better, not just because you’ll look better, but you’ll also feel better.
Keep a Food Journal
Researchers are constantly coming up with new studies revealing the best methods for overcoming symptoms associated with menopause. There are certain triggers we all know, like spicy foods, and margaritas (Sorry, Taco Tuesday fans); but we are still learning more and more every day.
Remember, hormones affect your metabolism. If you keep a food diary, as well as keep track of your symptoms, you can learn more about how food affects you.
You are what you eat. The more you pay attention; you can pick up on your own patterns. For example, you may find that since starting menopause, every time you eat yogurt after 6:00 PM you have horrible bloating?
The better you are about keeping your notes, the easier it will be for you to pick out the culprits and avoid them in future meals.
Addressing Menopause Symptoms Is Important
Sometimes it feels like menopause symptoms can take you on a roller-coaster ride. Menopause symptoms are a direct result of the body coping with the changes in hormone levels.
Hot flashes, for example, can make us feel uncomfortable, but are otherwise inconsequential.
However, other changes in hormone levels can cause bones to become week and brittle. In fact, menopause can increase the risk of developing osteoporosis and other health concerns.
What Can You Do About Hormone Imbalance
Great question. Menopause can cause hormone levels to drop dramatically.
Hormone replacement therapy reintroduces hormones to naturally balance your body and eliminate symptoms. If you’re really ready to kick your menopause symptoms to the curb this summer, you’ll want to learn more about this amazing treatment.
Menopause takes away so much. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Treatment or (BHRT) can give you your life back so you can feel complete again.
Take Charge Today
We want you to start enjoying life to the max. Don’t let menopause take one more happy moment away. Call our clinic and find out how we can help.