Let’s talk about menopause
Menopause can be a difficult time for women, both physically and emotionally. However, menopause is a completely natural process and it should be embraced wholeheartedly. As the hormones in the body change, it produces a whole array of symptoms that can be annoying to deal with. Without proper support, menopause can be a significantly frustrating process.
According to the NHS, menopause usually occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55, where a women will no longer experience periods and will no longer be able to conceive a child. Before this process is over, a number of physiological changes can happen which could include symptoms like, hot flashes, night sweats, irregular menstrual cycles, insomnia, a reduced sex drive, vaginal dryness, weight gain, and mood swings. These symptoms are a result of hormonal changes, primarily a reduction in oestrogen levels. It is important to ensure that you are physically active because exercising up to 30 minutes per day will increase your endorphin levels and improve the health of your joints. There are a number of dietary shifts that you can make to help support you through menopause. It is essential that you reduce the consumption of foods high in saturated fats, reduce the number of red meats, and increase the consumption of foods that are iron-rich and full of vitamins and minerals like fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants found in such foods will help to cleanse and detox the body.
To help reduce menopausal symptoms and lower cholesterol levels, consume foods high in phytoestrogens. A study that was conducted in 2014 concluded that phytoestrogens can help to relieve hot flushes, while other research from 2011 found that they can also help to fight postmenopausal osteoporosis. High levels of phytoestrogens can be found in Lima beans, soybeans, tofu, soy milk, flaxseeds, celery, fennel, and all sorts of nuts. During menopause oestrogen levels decrease in the body so, consuming foods that are calcium-rich is essential to strengthening the bones and reduce the risk of contracting osteoporosis. Some high calcium-rich foods would be Milk, Yoghurt, Cheese, Cabbage, Broccoli and Kale to name a few.
For a balanced support, our Menosupport + Renewal has been formulated with phytoestrogens that mimic oestrogen production to alleviate the physical symptoms of menopause.