Adapting to natural lifestyle adjustments during menopause not only makes the body and mind feel better, it also brings along a feeling of control over our bodies at a time when control seems to be out of our reach.
Small, yet important, changes can create results that will help alleviate menopause symptoms and improve overall well-being. With a bit of time and effort, along with some trial and error, discovering the combination of natural steps that works to help you relieve your symptoms is possible.
We've put together a list of 5 helpful resources to start you on your journey:
1.) The benefits of aloe vera continue to surprise. Aside from being commonly used for cuts, scrapes, and burns (along with a host of other natural medicinal uses), A Natural Menopause Treatment from Healing With Aloe Vera explains aloe vera activates estrogen receptors, and pure aloe vera juice can help restore hormone balance by cleansing your system of acids making for more a efficient hormone system.
2.) Proper hydration is essential to well-being, and even more so during menopause. Hormonal changes during menopause can bring about dehydration which prevents oxygen and nutrients being properly circulated to different parts of the body. My Menopause Journey’s Detox Water for Health and Wellness has some helpful guidelines and some tasty detox water recipes to help keep you motivated to stay hydrated beyond the "boring" water routine.
3.) Not only can you look and feel younger, yoga can help you deal with Menopause better. Studies have shown practicing yoga regularly can help reduce hot flashes, and can improve your libido, mood, and craving control. Yoga Journal has a collection of Yoga Poses For Menopause designed to help deal with symptoms associated with menopause and will also help you increase your muscle tone which gradually decreases after age 30.
4.) For hot flashes and night sweats, soy has been shown to be an effective solution for reducing those symptoms in particular due to soy having isoflavones, which are phytoestrogens (plant estrogens). Menopause and the Soy Question from Everyday Health provides an overview of the latest scientific evidence of soy's effect on menopause symptoms.
5.) During menopause it is important to learn how to relax your body as stress can make your symptoms worse. Breathing patterns are often disrupted by changes in emotion so becoming familiar with your patterns and changing them in ways that help you relax is key. Women to Women's Deep Breathing - The Truly Essential Exercise gives more insight into why deep breathing is beneficial to your health and offers some breathing techniques along with other mindful exercises.
Once we start to control the changes we can make, it is easier to accept the changes that are out of our control. If you have any natural menopause management tips we’d love to hear them!