Menopause: Calgon take me away!
My son would take one look at me and with two words he would perfectly described my chemotherapy induced menopause; Flame On. Just like Johnny in the Fantastic Four I could go from zero to on fire in less than 30 seconds. Of all the cool superpowers out there – I have to say this one would be last on my list.
Some of us come to menopause naturally; others arrive at it due to treatments or surgeries. Either way, it ain’t pretty. Length and severity of symptoms vary from woman to woman, some are short lived – others can go on for years. So what’s a woman to do?
Exercise can be a powerful aid, combating the sleep disturbances that often occur, reducing severity of hot flashes and leveling out mood swings. Exercise also helps effectively combat weight gain and bone loss experienced by many women during menopause.
Change Your Diet
Eating right during menopause is a crucial part of controlling symptoms such as hot flashes, skin dryness, and sleep problems.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine and chocolate as much as possible, and try to limit your intake of spicy foods. Try to eat more plants containing estrogenic substances, such as tofu, oats, brown rice, almonds, garlic, fruits and vegetables.
- Anything with soy protein will be helpful, since it contains phytochemical compounds called isoflavones, which aid in reducing cholesterol levels and preventing osteoporosis.
- The high amount of plant estrogens in flaxseed can help regulate hormones during menopause.
Take Vitamin C
More than a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C has also been shown to reduce the risk of depression and fatigue, which can be symptoms of menopause.
For some women traditional Chinese acupuncture has been shown to be very effective in reducing the severity of hot flashes. Acupuncture enhances the body’s production of endorphins, which in turn can help stabilize its temperature.
And of course my husbands favorite remedy when all else fails- rip your clothes off.
How do you spell relief?