Menopause is a natural part of ageing that happens in all women. The time when menopause starts varies from woman to woman. If we are going to be absolutely accurate the term “menopause” can only be applied once a woman has had 12 months without a period. Prior to that it’s more accurately known as “perimenopause”. That is the time women tend to see symptoms begin.
The path to menopause shows us just how different we are from one another. Some women sail through menopause, experiencing very few physical and emotional symptoms, while others experience symptoms that may last for some time.
Here are the top 4 symptoms women usually experience and our top tips for coping with them:
1. Hot flushes – this is often the first noticeable symptom women experience and for some, one of the most debilitating. A recent study has found that Fennel which is a herb known for its culinary and medicinal uses can reduce hot flushes. There are lots of recipes around on the internet but it may be easier to use fennel tea bags which are readily available from good health food stores. Ideally a minimum of 3 cups a day
2. Memory – what was I saying??? That’s right, it suddenly seems as if your capacity to store information or keep a train of thought just evaporates! Dehydration intensifies symptoms so making sure you are drinking at least 1.5 litres of “hydrating fluids” a day will be a big help. The bad news is coffee isn’t a “hydrating fluid”, quite the opposite, it actually dehydrates us! Instead, try replacing your coffee with the fennel tea. It’ll be worth it.
3. Pain in joints/muscles – hormonal fluctuations can cause inflammation leading to pain and aching. To combat inflammation and improve lubrication increase the amount of “good fats” in your diet (and they aren’t fattening!) such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, nuts and seeds.
4. Mood swings – are you feeling more of a “moody mare” than usual? That’s those pesky hormones again… Magnesium has been shown to support mental health. The tricky bit is getting our body to absorb it from our diet. Instead, skip the digestive system and absorb it directly into the body through the skin by adding 3 generous handfuls of Epsom Salts to a warm bath, preferably in the evening before bed.
I hope these tips help, if you would like to learn more about what you can eat and drink to provoke positive change and support your body naturally through this often challenging period of transition come to our workshop “Find your way to a calmer Menopause” on Wednesday 11th October at 6 pm at Health and Healing for All, Ground Floor, 2 Cecil Street, Carlisle, CA1 1NL.
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