Q: My mother-in-law is around 50 years, she doesn’t menstruate as she had a surgery sometime back requiring the removal of her womb… recently she complained of heat flashes and all.
Could it be menopause and if it is… how best to manage it?
Very likely, yes.
First thing to note is that Menopause is not a disease but rather a natural occurrence occassioned by ageing.
Symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, irritability and tiredness are often the major complaints.
In addition, research has shown that menopausal women are at a higher risk of several diseases including osteoporosis, obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Here’s a list of what can be done to help manage the condition:
1. Eat Foods Rich in Calcium and Vitamin D.
Leafy greens, calcium-fortified foods with eggs and oily fish are a good source. These prevent the bone loss that can occur during menopause.
2. Achieve and Maintain a Healthy Weight.
It is easy to gain weight during menopause. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight may help alleviate menopause symptoms and help prevent disease.
3. Eat Lots of Fruit and Vegetables.* A diet rich in _organic_ fruits and veggies may help prevent some of the symptoms associated with menopause. It is also a good season to consider taking healthy smoothies. Simply add in all the colorful goodness of your choice of fruits and veggies and blend away!
4. Avoid Trigger Foods.
Certain foods may trigger hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. These may include alcohol, spicy foods or caffeine. Note what triggers yours and stay clear!
5. Exercise Regularly.
There is currently not enough evidence to confirm whether exercise is effective for treating hot flashes and night sweats.
However, there is evidence to support other benefits of regular exercise.
These include improved energy and metabolism, healthier joints and bones, decreased stress and better sleep. Worth indulging in if you asked me. 😊
6. Eat More Foods That Are High in Phytoestrogens
Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring plant compounds that can mimic the effects of estrogen in the body.
Therefore, they may help balance hormones. Some of these include soy beans, soy products, beans, sesame seeds and flax seeds. For this I would recommend *Forever’s Lite Ultra* soy Protein Powder. This can be added to her smoothies very generously. 👍🏼👍🏼
7. Drink Enough Water.
During menopause, women often experience dryness. This is likely caused by the decrease in estrogen levels.
Drinking 8–12 glasses of water a day can help with these symptoms.
Drinking water can also reduce the bloating that can occur with hormonal changes. *Do NOT substitute water for carbonated drinks* o!!! 😄
8. Reduce Refined Sugar and Processed Foods.
A diet high in refined carbs and sugar can cause sharp rises and dips in blood sugar, making you feel tired and irritable. They also affect bone health.