A few lifestyle adjustments can make the transition into menopause easier to handle, writes Angela Donaldson.
Menopause affects women in different ways. Some of us will barely notice we’re going through it, while others will be plagued by symptoms like mood swings and hot flushes.
The good news is that you don’t have to just sit back and wait to see how it’s going to affect you. There are steps you can take now that will smooth the road to — and through — menopause.
Start on supplements
Fight it with phytoestrogens!
In Mediterranean and Asian cultures where there is a high intake of fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, women don’t suffer menopausal symptoms to the same degree as Kiwi and Australian women.
And it’s because plant-based foods are high in phyto-estrogens — plant hormones that have the ability to mimic estrogen in our bodies. “Phyto-estrogens balance our hormones by taking up the slack when there’s not enough estrogen being produced,” says medical herbalist Jennifer Chalmers.
Our body eventually adjusts to the new hormone levels, but we can reduce the impact of the change as well as improve heart health by eating these foods daily. “This is important because the drop in estrogen around menopause increases your risk of cardiovascular disease,” explains Chalmers.
If your daily calcium intake is low, take a calcium supplement in the lead-up to and during menopause to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.
Do it now:
Start supplementing with Phyto-estrogens and calcium now, like the Manna Menopause Support which contains….
- Prosopis Mixture (Manna®)
- Eucalyptus Extract (Flavonoids and Polyphenols)
- Soy Isoflavones- Phyto-estrogen
- Wild yam – Phyto-estrogen
- Maca Root (Peruvian Ginseng) – Phyto-estrogen
- Calcium lactate – Calcium supplements
- Vitamin D – Cancer preventive effect
Manna Menopause Support assists in the improvement of vascular stability. Provides Phyto-estrogens as well as nutrients for enhanced bone density.
The different ingredients work in a synergistic manner to assist in the reduction of the symptoms of pre-menopause and menopause.
If you use the Manna Menopause support and the hot flushes don’t fade away after 3 days, increase the dosage from 2 caplets per day to 4 or even 6.
Eat Phyto-estrogen-rich foods many times a week:
- Soy foods (soy-linseed bread and cereals, soy milk, tofu)
- Beans and legumes (lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans)
- Nuts and seeds
- Celery (as juice or in salads)
- Apples (eat or juice it)