This week I would like to take the time to review the 5 most common menopause symptoms, and how they can best be relieved. Many of the solutions we will cover today offer excellent short-term relief, and will hopefully allow you to cope with even the most difficult of days.
1) Fatigue - The modern women already has what seems like a never ending schedule of tasks to be completed everyday; waking up for work, sending children to school, preparing meals and generally organizing the household – a woman’s work is never done, and when trying to cope with menopausal fatigue, these responsibilities can often become an impossibility to maintain. Two of the most common causes of this fatigue are insufficient nutritional support and erratic sleep patterns, these are extremely common issues found during perimenopause and menopause.
To counter this fatigue, every women should make sure they can find a quiet place each day where they can simply relax, clear their mind and take stock of the day’s events so far. Also use this “free time” to employ some relaxing breathing techniques, which can energize the body and help you to continue with the hectic day ahead.
2) Weight Increase - Any hormonal changes can cause major differences in the way excess weight is stored. When the body is experiencing periods of elevated stress levels, it can often revert to “survival mode”, where the body becomes prone to storing away extra calories in preparation for any future events. The typical Western diet is high in Carbs and lower in healthy fats and nutrients, which in turn hastens the weight increase.
With this information in hand, it would seem obvious to start with your diet as an area for improvement. By including more fibre and good protein, it is possible to lower the overall glycemic load of meals. This allows a woman’s body to maintain more stable blood sugar levels and lessen the chance of the body storing unwanted carbohydrates.
3) Hot Flashes - For many women, hot flashes (sometimes referred to as hot flushes) are the most common and well known of all the menopause symptoms. These hot flashes are caused by a brain signal telling the body that it must dispel heat immediately. There are many triggers for this reaction, stress being a major contributor, but many food and drinks can also cause this unpleasant symptom. Sugary snacks, caffeine, alcohol and hot spices can send a women into a heat wave, signalling an uncomfortable end to an otherwise pleasant day.
A simple way to help with this situation is to ensure you are wearing layered clothes. This allows clothes to be easily removed or added as hot flashes occur or dissipate.
4) Lowered Libido - A lowered sex drive is a common symptom experienced by women during the menopause. Often this symptom is also accompanied with emotional and relationship changes, unrelated to the menopause, which only heighten the feelings of anxiety and stress. In many cases, once the transition period ends, a woman’s libido will return. Until that time, there are a few ways to light the spark again.
Taking part in relaxing activities such as massage, yoga, warm baths and going to a beauty salon can all encourage a women to feel more confident and comfortable with their bodies and appearance, promoting the feelings of intimacy and togetherness with her partner.
5) Hair Loss - A woman’s hair is often seen as her source of beauty. So when one of the symptoms of the menopause is hair loss, it can be an extremely stressful and devastating side effect that completely eliminates and destroys the self image a woman has of herself. The main cause of this hair loss is the hormonal change occurring, but fortunately we can promote healthy hair by taking some different vitamin supplements.
Make sure you are getting plenty of vitamins B, C, D, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, iron and fish oil.
Of course, for all of these symptoms listed above, there are also several herbal supplements available that can provide ongoing relief from these symptoms, and even prevent them from occurring at all. One of these herbs is Curcuma Comosa, a herb that has been used in Eastern medicine for many years. This herb can alleviate feeling of fatigue, hot flashes and hair loss in addition to promoting libido and halting unwanted weight gain.