Although menopause can be a good thing that marks the end of menstruation and reproductive struggles for women, it highlights an aging process with unpleasant symptoms. Women start experiencing night sweats, mood swings, brittle hair, and other unfriendly difficulties. If you are experiencing menopause in Providence, Dr. Coppa can perform a blood test to determine your hormone levels and provide you with several treatments to relieve the symptoms.
Here are natural treatments you may want to consider:
- Regular workouts
A workout should not be an option when you have free time, but a part of your regular schedule. Experts recommend 3 to 4 sessions per week with simple regular walks in between. Combine cardio workouts, weight training, and some stretching exercises to get the most benefits.
- Eat foods high in vitamin D and calcium.
The changes that occur during menopause weaken the bone, increasing your chances of developing osteoporosis. Taking calcium and vitamin D improve your overall bone health and reduce the risks of hip fractures. Some of these foods include dairy products and green leafy vegetables.
- Drink enough water
A decrease in the level of estrogen leads to dryness for women in the menopause stage. Doctors recommend drinking 8 to 12 glasses of water daily to help cope with this situation. Water also prevents weight gain by increasing the body’s metabolism.
- Do not miss meals
Skipping meals and having irregular eating habits during menopause can worsen the symptoms. Studies have shown that skipping meals can lead to up to 5% less weight loss.
Having sleepless nights is a common issue in many women who are experiencing menopause symptoms. Massage, hot baths, reading books, and turning off all devices and lights work to induce a good night’s sleep. Find out what works best for you and start the application.
- Eat foods rich in protein
As one starts to age, they will notice they begin to lose lean muscle. Studies have proved that consuming proteins at least once a day slows down muscle loss due to aging and increases calories burned, improving weight loss or maintenance.
- Reduce intake of refined sugars and processed foods
Diets that are high in refined carbs increase the chances of depression for women in the postmenopausal stage. Processed foods negatively affect the health of bones, increasing the risks of fractures.
- Eat a diet with foods rich in phytoestrogen
Phytoestrogen occurs naturally in the body and has a similar effect to estrogen. They assist in hormone balance. Such foods include soybeans, flaxseeds, sesame seeds, linseeds, and beans. Women who take these foods rarely experience hot flashes during menopause. This diet also helps with cholesterol levels, night sweats, and blood pressure.
- Spend time outdoors
Spending a lot of your time locked indoors may not do your menopause symptoms any good. Instead, go outdoors to get some sun. Sun exposure and socializing with others helps with bone health, mental and emotional health, and helps you calm down.
Not all women experience menopause symptoms. Those whose symptoms affect their daily routines should seek medical help to get a balance of their hormones. Many treatments are available, and the experts at the office of A. Michael Coppa, MD, will help determine the best one for you. Book an appointment to help in your smooth menopause transition.