Most of us realize that exercising and staying physically active in general is one of the best ways to counteract Father Time, but when women hit menopause it can be difficult to find enough energy just to get through the day let alone regular workouts. Hot flashes, insomnia, weight gain and irritability are just a few of the frustrating symptoms that can develop in menopause.
Unfortunately, many women who turn hormone therapy to combat these unwanted symptoms often experience side effects that were worse than the original problem in addition to an increased risk of uterine cancer, breast cancer, heart disease and stroke.
Your diet can be one of the best weapons against menopause symptoms. Limit beverages that contain a lot of caffeine, as well as carbonated beverages in general; these drinks have the ability to increase bone loss- not something you want to happen considering that it already accelerates around menopause.
Limit your consumption of saturated fats by avoiding commercially raised meats (beef, pork and chicken) and increase your intake of foods that contain phytoestrogens such as soy beans. Base your diet on healthy grains, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably organic), and healthy nuts like almonds and walnuts.
Don’t let your wonderful exercise habit go out the window. While it might be tempting, especially on very bad days, keep in mind that exercise is probably the best prescription for decreasing the severity, and even eliminating, menopause symptoms. By staying physically active, you’ll prevent weight gain, improve your sleep patterns, strengthen your bones and even gain more energy. It can also have a positive impact on your mood, which can sway more than a little during menopause.
Women in Peru have been using maca root for centuries and experience little or no menopause symptoms. This root plant comes from the mountains of Peru, and has the ability to stimulate the pituitary gland, balancing the entire endocrine system. Maca is grown at elevations of over 14,000 feet in the Peruvian Highlands, which is the most nutrient rich soil in the world, resulting in a plant that contains natural combinations of vitamins, minerals and 19 amino acids. The plant was even used to boost the stamina of Incan Warriors before going into battle, all without harmful side effects like HRT therapy.
Maca root is a big relief to many women experiencing menopause symptoms by naturally encouraging the body to produce its own hormones that restore balance.