Most women are apprehensive about the pre-menopause period, and rightly so. There are a lot of changes that take place in the body during that time and most of them are highly unpleasant. A few changes in your daily schedule and food choices can do wonders in combating most of these dreaded symptoms.
There is plenty that can be done to prevent and circumvent most of the unpleasant effects. Here are some simple ways to ease the transition.
Introduce exercise in your daily routine.
Exercise is a must for anybody – young or old. However, for pre-menopausal women, regular exercise is even more important because it eases their mood swings, increases restful and restorative sleep, fights depression, and improves digestion. This is a good time to practice yoga and other such exercises that combine meditation (mental relaxation) along with body fitness for overall health and a sense of wellbeing.
Avoid coffee and caffeine.
This is a time when coffee, carbonated drinks, tea and other such drinks should be avoided as these promote hot flashes. Avoid consumption of alcohol for the same reasons. Carbonated drinks decrease the ability to absorb calcium and may leave you more vulnerable to osteoporosis and tooth loss. Have plenty of fruit juice, vegetable juice, and water. You need plenty of hydration to counter the dryness of the mucus membranes of the body, and juice will replenish some of the vitamins and minerals your body so greatly needs right now.
Hormone replacement therapy involves literally putting hormone levels back in balance and sustaining that balance. Though some studies show that this therapy sometimes increases the risk of breast cancer, this method is still the fastest way to get relief from many of the pre-menopausal and menopausal physical symptoms.
Try natural remedies.
You might be pleasantly surprised with the variety and efficiency of natural remedies. Beta carotene, fish oil, flaxseed, and soy bean products are only a few of some excellent natural products that can work wonders in preventing and eliminating the majority of the pre-menopausal symptoms.
Pre-menopause can be a frightening and confusing time in the life of even the most self-assured woman. By taking simple, proactive steps, you can step into this new stage of adulthood with confidence, health, and grace.