You’re starting to feel it–those hot flashes, the moodiness, the night sweats, the changes in your period. Whether you’re tiptoeing toward it with pre-menopause, or showing the beginning of full-blown menopause signs and symptoms, there are some easy ways to help you along the way.
Diet is an excellent way to alleviate some of those menopausal symptoms. Eliminating food and drinks that exacerbate symptoms, like caffeine and alcohol, are important during menopause. Caffeine will increase already troubled sleep symptoms and may even increase hot flashes and moodiness. Alcohol can also increase moodiness and affect sleep. Also, pass on the sugar, refined carbohydrates, and fatty foods for best results.
Exercise is important during menopause because it can help to curb some of the moodiness as natural endorphins kick in. If you’re new to exercise, start out walking or with beginner yoga as a way to combat your mood. Try the soothing and cooling motions of swimming if you want to battle hot flashes.
Figure out what works best for you as a stress reliever and then kick it up a notch during menopause. The more relaxed you are, the more it may lessen your symptoms. Take a relaxing walk, listen to your favorite music, soak in a soothing bath or spend time laughing with your girlfriends.
Don’t discount the over-the-counter products available to you because some of them can be quite effective in fighting menopausal symptoms. Try something like Kuhl Care’s menopause product, which can provide safe, hormone-free relief of menopause symptoms.
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