Hot flashes, trouble sleeping, moods--no woman likes to put up with these symptoms. Menopause may be a natural process, but sometimes it just doesn’t feel like it.  And because women don’t all respond to therapeutics the same way, symptom relief can seem elusive.

Family members are often a great resource.  A mother, sister, or aunt whom you share genetics with may be a shortcut to discovering a treatment that works for you.

But DNA is different even among siblings, and sometimes there are options you family may have overlooked.  So here are some methods that have helped enough women that they are definitely worth giving a try.

Choosing the Right Foods

Fluctuating hormones can affect your bone density. To keep your body strong even through such a dramatic change, be sure to fill up on calcium-rich foods such as yogurt, seeds, beans, spinach, kale, and other leafy greens.

What’s more, you might also find that your body has trouble absorbing vitamin D from the sun as you get older. To combat this, you should consider eating foods like eggs, mushrooms, and oily fish (salmon and sardines, for example). On the other hand, you may want to avoid alcohol, caffeine, refined sugar, and spicy or processed foods to prevent hot flashes and mood fluctuations.

At the end of the day, a healthy, balanced  diet filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help keep multiple symptoms at bay!

Exercise

It may sometimes feel as though your body is slowing down, but it is not! As such, you should be sure to stay active. A holistic program of aerobics, stretching, balance, and strength training can help the physical and psychological adjustments to menopause. Of course, a rigorous exercise regimen may not be feasible for everyone, and that is okay. Even just walking around the block a few times a week can help keep you moving and feeling great.

Targeting Specific Symptoms

Every woman is different, and so are her symptoms of menopause. Here are some steps you can take to combat some common menopause symptoms:

Sleeping Problems and Moods

Getting a good night’s rest is a common problem associated with menopause. Some women have found that melatonin and magnesium help them go to sleep while also promoting a sense of well being, and bone density support. Other women have found that therapy lamps help regulate both sleep and mood by extending the effects of natural sunlight.

Hot Flashes

75% of all women will experience these at some point in their lives. Often they happen at night. Many women have found some relief by taking black cohosh supplements while others simply wrap cold packs in a pillow case and apply them as needed.

Hypertension

Some women find that their blood pressure increases as they transition into menopause. This should be monitored regularly, as prolonged hypertension can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. 

Going through menopause is hard. The important thing is to try various safe methods and to see what works. Also, be kind to yourself in the process. Be sure to browse our selection at Medical Supply Depot for products that can help ease your menopause symptoms.

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