When it comes to treating menopause symptoms, there is no quick-fix. However, due to the adverse side effects associated traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT), many women are seeking alternative treatments first before resorting to more drastic therapies. Luckily, alternative treatments are becoming more readily available.
How Can I Treat Symptoms Naturally?
How you chose your alternative treatment methods will heavily depend on your individual symptoms, and which ones are more severe. Below are some of the most popular ways to naturally treat common menopause symptoms:
If you haven't started a workout routine, there's no better time to do so. Along with helping you battle menopausal weight gain, exercising can help the body produce endorphins and serotonin, two natural chemicals that keep your mood balanced. Exercise will also guard your bones against developing osteoporosis and decrease your chances of developing heart disease.
A soy-friendly diet
Soy is a popular way to treat depleting estrogen levels because it contains phytoestrogens, or estrogen derived from plants. This is a good short-term solution because it's easy to implement, via soy milk, edamame, miso, and other foods. Be careful not to stay on a soy regimen for too long, because prolonged use of phytoestrogens can impair your body's own ability to produce estrogen.
This solution is ideal for some women with hot flashes. While vitamin E doesn't work for everyone, it's worth considering if you're looking for a natural solution. Also, vitamin E comes in a variety of forms, and helps prevent the appearance of aging skin.
Meditation, acupuncture, and yoga are all great ways to calm your mind and manage your menopause symptoms. At a time when you're experiencing rapid changes in your body and are prone to mood swings, anxiety, and depression, it's just as important to mind your mental health as it is to preserve your physical health.
Within the realm of natural herbs, there are many that can help with menopause symptoms, including black cohosh, ginseng, and red clover. These are good for short-term relief. Products that help you produce hormones naturally are a great long term solution.
What to Avoid
Many of your everyday habits could be making menopause symptoms worse. It's important to avoid triggers that can set off hot flashes, mood swings, or any other unpleasant symptoms. Stay away from caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol as a part of your new, menopause-friendly routine.
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