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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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7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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