Women have always known to have great intuition, especially when it comes to their body reacting to certain conditions - emotionally, mentally or physically.
These “feelings” tend to get “out of control” during specific phases of our life, the kind that we see in movies but have not explicitly discussed before it happens.
We start to sense a shift in the way our body works; drastic mood swings with frequent tears or outbursts.
The worst part?
The way people start reacting to this outburst, responding like they think we’re going crazy.
Honestly, we are not going crazy ...it's just menopause!
Menopause is no fun ride. All the mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, joint pains, and the never ending list of problems. Feels like we have a lot to deal with, by ourselves.
Understanding and accepting these symptoms can help us simplify the process of solving them (as promised, as easy as 1, 2, 3)!
Let us start with understanding the 3 stages of Menopause:
Perimenopause or Premenopause can begin several years before menopause. This could last between a few months to about 10 years. However, on average it lasts about 5 years.
The official menopause stage begins 12 months after the last menstrual period (bleeding).
The concept of “a minute on your lip, a lifetime on your hip” comes to reality. Eating one slice of cake for dinner could increase weight around our waist and abdominal region, with a reduction in our metabolic rate."
It is also common to notice our hair and skin becoming drier and thinner; no amount of conditioner and lotion seem to absolutely solve this problem.
Yes, the troubles don’t end right at menopause. It is the stage where most of the severe menopausal symptoms decrease but it comes with additional side effects.
Now we have identified the 3 stages of Menopause.
Understanding the 3 most common symptoms amongst women is vital, allowing us to solve or reduce these problems.
We might have come across various methods to solve specific menopause symptoms. This includes our doctors recommending hormonal therapies or birth control pills to help our ovaries continue producing estrogen; or medications such as antidepressants to reduce our mood swings and other allopathic medication for joint pains and bloating.
However, instead of concentrating on medication that alters our hormone levels, there are natural ways to reduce these symptoms with no side effects in the long run.
Here are 3 natural ways to reduce our menopausal symptoms:
It is easier to reduce menopausal symptoms and potential health conditions by having a healthier lifestyle. This would include:
(i) exercising regularly
(ii) avoiding stimulants like smoking*, caffeine*, alcohol* and excess sugar or salt.
(iii) emphasizing on a balanced diet* which would involve consuming tons of whole grains, cold pressed oils, leafy vegetables and nuts while avoiding junk food (especially ones with excess sugar and salt).
*Avoiding caffeine, smoking, alcohol and consuming a balanced diet significantly reduces hot flashes and night sweats.
There are 3 popular and common herbs such as Turmeric, Moringa and Curry Leaves which help decrease various menopausal symptoms (as discussed below):
(i) Turmeric & Curcumin
Turmeric an herb and spice commonly used to make our curry yellow. It consists of a miraculous ingredient called ‘Curcumin’ which has various benefits like:
(a) anti-inflammatory benefits which naturally reduce joint pains and osteoporosis in the long run.
(b) fighting common age-related chronic diseases like diabetes and cholesterol.
(c) boosting brain-derived neurotrophic factors which help improve conditions like memory loss and depression.
However, Curcumin content in Turmeric is not high (approximately 3% by weight). Additionally, Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream.
Therefore, to maximize the full effects of curcumin, it helps to consume ‘Black Pepper’ with it to enhance the absorption by 2000%.
Moringa is a plant that has been renowned for its health benefits for thousands of years. It has various properties that could reduce common menopause symptoms like:
(a) Preventing Osteoporosis & reducing joint pains as it contains large amounts of calcium and Vitamin A, which makes the bones stronger.
(b) Potentially helps with diabetes management in the long run.
(c) Combats weight loss, mood swings, anxiety and depression as it contains Vitamin E.
(iii) Curry Leaves
Curry leaves are commonly used as herbs or seasonings in Indian cuisine which has amazing health benefits.
(a) It helps with weight management and weight loss.
(b) It helps with digestion of food avoiding symptoms like bloating.
(c) It regulates cholesterol and diabetes as well
There are 3 vital types of vitamins that help reduce common menopause and postmenopause symptoms- Vitamin D, A & E; along with Calcium.
(i) Vitamin A & Calcium, as mentioned before reduces joint pains and the development of osteoporosis during postmenopause.
(ii) Vitamin D supports vitamin A & calcium by making your bones stronger.
(iii)Vitamin E helps to ease stress (including oxidative stress), which reduces the risk of depression.
Going through menopause by yourself is hard! Especially because it affects our daily life! Symptoms like reduction in metabolic rates and estrogen levels that cause weight gain and increase the size of our abdomen; night sweats and flashes, joint pains that make us feel 30 years older...are just to name a few.
Therefore, we have broken down understanding and solving menopause in 3 easy steps; which can make this journey a little less frustrating!
At Better Body, we have a mission to help make menopause easier for women. We have done the research for you, invested blood and sweat to find a solution to tackle major menopause symptoms.
We hope you can see that menopause does not have to be difficult and solving it can be as easy as 1, 2, 3!