Many women who go through menopause have a variety of alternately embarrassing, painful, or awful stories to tell you about their symptoms. So of course, many women look for treatments.
What Are Home Remedies?
Hot flashes, fatigue, and loss of libido, are but a few of the symptoms characteristic of menopause. Home remedies are natural ways to relieve menopause symptoms. They don't involve medications, just changes in lifestyle habits or environments.
Which Home Remedies Work Best?
Some women find a certain remedy works for them while others find it useless, so it's best to experiment and decide which remedies work best for you. Here is a list of some common and effective treatments.
Relaxation techniques. Stress can worsen menopause symptoms, so its important to take time at the end of the day to try and de-stress and wind down from daily life. Many have found relief when they've turned towards meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, or tai chi.
Exercise. Exercising daily will help relieve stress and keep your body healthy and balanced. Experts recommend exercising for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Find an activity or sign up for a class that you enjoy.
Practice healthy eating. Be sure to get your recommended daily dose of vitamins, minerals, protein, and whole grains. Food is your body's fuel to combat menopause symptoms, so fill up wisely.
Limit alcohol and tobacco. Alcohol and tobacco have can negative effects and actually make the symptoms of menopause worse. Try and reduce your alcohol and tobacco consumption.
Take time for yourself. Do the things that you want to do, whether it be signing up for a class, taking in a movie, or starting a new gardening project. This can give you a well needed distraction from symptoms, as well as calm and stabilize your thoughts, which can in turn help stabilize your hormones.
Learn your triggers. Often particular environmental, physical, or mental situations can set off a symptom. Common ones include eating spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeine. Try to remember or write down what you were doing before the symptom got bad, to avoid repeating the unpleasant scenario.
There are many common home recipes, so try and find one that works for you. If you're experiencing pain or not finding relief for your symptoms, talk to your doctor. Click here for more information on remedies for menopause.
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