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10 Top Tips for Dealing With Menopause!

10 Top Tips for Dealing With Menopause!

Menopause is something that every woman will go through around the age of 51. Every person is different and has different symptoms, some fly through it as if it’s nothing at all and others suffer greatly. Just like me!

Menopause brought with it changes I didn’t understand, every day of the week there was something: mood swings, lack of energy, can’t-cope syndrome, grumpy, a generally unhappy person. A personality change had occurred and I really didn’t like myself anymore. Sleep: I couldn’t sleep peacefully anymore, I was tearing my hair out.

I discovered the cause of my symptoms – hormonal havoc! The cure was restorative medicine which balanced my hormones and gave me my mojo back! Restorative medicine is little known has existed for over 30 years in America. Prevention is always the intelligent and smartest medicine – start making changes today.

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Here are my tips for hormonal health during menopause.

Vitamin D

Low levels of Vitamin D are linked to a higher risk of bone fractures in women after the menopause. Your body naturally produces this vitamin when it is exposed to sunlight – a recommended 40 minutes a day is the ideal way to optimise your Vitamin D levels. The next best thing is a good quality supplement, particularly in the colder months.

Water!

Dehydration can affect the nervous system, which triggers hot flashes. Your body requires water to support its detoxifying processes in the kidneys, liver and blood. If you are feeling hungry, drink a glass of water first. Chances are your body is trying to tell you it needs water and we often get hunger signals mixed up with thirst.

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Weight

Around 90% of women gain weight between the ages of 35 to 55 due to fluctuations in the hormone levels. Hormones and weight gain go hand in hand especially when there is cortisol dominance or too little progesterone, testosterone or estrogen. Have a blood test and try to keep your weight in a healthy range.

Eat For Healthy Hormones

A balanced diet containing the right amounts of fats, protein, carbohydrates is crucial for optimum health, and will help keep your weight in check too. Adding phytestrogens, found in plants like soybeans, lentils and alfalfa, before the menopause is a good idea.

Restore with natural hormones

During menopause there is a significant drop in our hormones especially; estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. These hormones play a huge role in protecting the brain, heart, bones and also sex drive. Restore these depleted hormones to optimum levels and you will regain your sex drive and your lust for life. Like me, many women prefer bioidentical hormones, which are made from natural plant sources.

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Exercise

Age is not an excuse! Regular exercise will keep your weight at a healthy level, optimise insulin and balance estrogen levels. Women who move little and eat a lot have much higher estrogen(s) levels, and when the ratios between estrogens and progesterone are out, we get a phenomenon known as ‘estrogen dominance’. You don’t want that. Feel-good endorphins will boost your mood and sense of wellbeing, too, which is so important during a time when your mood levels tend to slump.

Body Swerve Plastics

Try to avoid plastic containers when cooking or storing food. They can contain weak synthetic estrogen-like agents which may disrupt the endocrine system. Toxins that leach from plastics can actually make the body work twice as hard at detoxification, leading to illness.

Natural Supplements

Help keep menopausal symptoms at bay by restoring your body with high quality vitamins and minerals. Ideally you should get all your nutrients from a varied diet, but a good quality supplement can help if you’re falling short.

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Reduce Stress

Work, health, family and financial issues cause stress, which can blunt hormone production. Take a hot bath, have a massage, eat well and get enough sleep. Sometimes all you need is some designated ‘Me Time’ to help ease those feeling of anxiety.

Get the facts early

Even if you think you’re years away from the menopause or perimenopause, make changes today and you will thank yourself later. Be kind to your body by eating whole and natural foods, exercise, sleep and smile a lot, which keeps stress at bay. Doing this ahead of the onset of menopause means you have already developed healthy habits to see you through.

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Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

“Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after something like an illness, a long night up with a sick child, or a busy week at work. When tiredness is persistent, however — when you feel tired as soon as you wake up in morning or when sleep doesn’t seem to help, no matter how much rest you get— it may often indicate a deeper, underlying problem.

While there are a lot of possible reasons for tiredness, here’re some of the most common causes of fatigue:

1. Dehydration

If you want to boost your energy levels, first check whether you are dehydrated. The human brain is 85% water, and needs to maintain this level in order to perform its essential functions.

If you fail to drink enough water, the brain extracts fluids from your blood to compensate for the deficit. As a result, the oxygen levels in your blood drop, reducing the amount of energising oxygen available to your organs and tissues. Fatigue and sleepiness set in rapidly, leaving you more vulnerable to the 2 pm post-lunch crash that many of us experience.

You cannot cure this crash with caffeine – the only long-term, effective solution is to drink hydrating fluids throughout the day.

2. Lack Of Exercise

A workout will surely leave you feeling even more tired, right? Wrong! As counterintuitive as it may sound, physical activities have an energizing effect. Moving your body releases endorphins, increases your heart rate, and boosts your concentration.

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Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise every day. It’s easiest if you can make this part of our everyday routine, either as soon as you wake up or right after work.

3. A Poor Diet

The food you eat has a direct impact on sleep quality and the amount of rest you get every night. For maximum energy, stick to protein, slow-release carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy (unsaturated) fats. The majority of your food should be plant-based, high in fiber, and low in sugar. These choices will prevent blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you feeling exhausted.

An easy way to make sure you stick to a good diet is through meal preparation. It’s easy to just get take-out when you’re tired after work, but if you have a meal ready for you in the fridge, you’ll be less tempted by pizza or cheese.

Find out more about healthy meal prep here: 10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

4. Skipping Breakfast

Physician Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan advises that eating breakfast is key to maintaining a good level of energy throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you are sending calming signals to the areas of the brain responsible for avoiding danger, along with those that instruct the body to conserve as much energy as possible.

Ingesting food signals to your brain that there is enough food available to ensure our survival. This encourages it to stay relaxed, which in turn, promotes restful sleep.

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Some great ideas for a healthy, filling, and make-ahead breakfasts include overnight oats, smoothies, and freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.

Or if meal-prepping isn’t your think, stock up on easy but healthy breakfast foods like multigrain cereal, yogurt, and fruit: 20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

5. Poor Quality Of Sleep

We all know that it’s important to wind down a couple of hours before bed. But did you know that it’s what you do throughout the day that promotes good-quality sleep? It’s not just about the number of hours you sleep, but how restful and deep that sleep is.

TO feel rested, try to regulate your everyday routine to make your sleep deeper and better. Get up at a regular time in the morning to ensure that you get regular sunlight.

Eat nutritious foods in moderate amounts, and make sure you stay hydrated. Go to bed at the same time. And before bedtime, avoid screens that can give off harmful blue light and also keep you stimulated when you need to prepare for a restful night.

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6. Sleep Apnea (A Person’s Airways Get Blocked off While They Are Asleep)

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where a person’s airways get blocked off while they are asleep, causing their oxygen levels to drop while they are asleep. This often causes people to stop breathing at night and then to jerk themselves awake (this can happen over 30 times an hour).

Because of this, people with sleep apnea can feel short of breath and have low energy levels. Mouthpieces and other devices to aid in breathing as well as the use of a special breathing machine to keep oxygen levels in a safe zone.

If you feel tired all the time and think you might have sleep apnea, consulting with a doctor is important. Do a sleep study, as this can often reveal if there is an underlying problem causing your tiredness — and once a diagnosis is made, treatment to help you get your energy back begins.

7. Depression

Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States (and in many other countries of the world as well). It is marked by persistent feelings of sadness or unhappiness but has physical symptoms, too. Apart from fatigue, people may also experience changes in sleeping and eating habits and difficulty concentrating.

Treatment can often center on anti-depressants, counselling and lifestyle changes like stress management to help manage this condition. You can take a look at these 15 Ways To Overcome Depression And Sadness.

Many people also benefit from activities like yoga and meditation, which help regulate both the body and mind.

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8. Hypothyroidism

If a person has hypothyroidism, their thyroid gland does not produce adequate levels of these important hormones— and the result can be a persistent and unrelenting fatigue, even if someone is getting enough sleep. Other common symptoms of this disorder include mood swings, weight gain and feeling cold all the time.

Fortunately, simple blood work can reveal if there is a problem and it can be treated with artificial thyroid hormone pills like Synthroid. Check here for signs of having a thyroid problem. If you suspect that you might have hypothyroidism, talk to your doctor.

9. Anemia

People with anemia are not able to make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the their bodies. This is often due to a lack of nutrients like iron or B-12 and can be caused by problems such as heavy periods, bleeding in the digestive tract or pregnancy (due to the increased demands of the growing baby).

However, in most cases, this can be resolved with treatments like changes in diet, iron supplements or B-12 shots.

While here are some drinks you can try to relieve symptoms of Anemia, it’s best to do a blood test and consult your doctor in case of any hidden medical conditions.

10. Cancer

While you shouldn’t be freaking out about cancer just because you are tired, it is a fact that fatigue is one of the symptoms of cancer. Other common symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and the presence of palpable lumps or growths. This disease is marked by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells that can do damage to surround tissues and possibly spread to other parts of the body.

Diagnosis is usually by biopsy and treatment often focusses on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery— and generally when a diagnosis is made early, the outcomes for the patient are better.

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