Menopause : Symptoms and Treatment of Menopause


Menopause is the transitional change in a woman's life when menstruation ceases. It is a natural occurrence, which marks the end of the reproductive years, just as the first menstrual period during puberty marked the start.

As women approach menopause the production of hormones by the ovaries starts to slow down. As this process accelerates, hormone levels fluctuate more and
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often a woman notices changes in her menstrual cycle. The hormone levels will fall to a level where menstruation (periods) will cease altogether and the menopause is reached.

Symptoms of menopause

* hot flushes and cold sweating
* palpitations
* tingling, or itching sensations
* vertigo
* aches and pains in muscles and bones
* forgetfulness
* headaches
* irritability
* insomnia
* depression
* lack of self-esteem
* reduced sex drive
* tiredness
* urinary frequency
* vaginal dryness.

There are many aspects of your lifestyle and diet that you can alter to help improve the symptoms that can be associated with menopause. These include following a diet that will help to balance the hormones.

* eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
* eating whole grains like brown rice and oats
* eating organic foods
* eating phytoestrogens, including, beans such as lentils, chickpeas and soy products,
* eating oily foods - fish, nuts, seeds and oils
* reducing your intake of saturated fat from dairy products and meat
* drinking plenty of pure filtered water
* increase your intake of fiber
* avoid additives, preservatives and chemicals, such as artificial sweeteners
* avoid or reduce your intake of caffeinated beverages
* reduce alcohol
* avoid sugar on its own and hidden in foods
* regular exercise, at least 30-45 minutes most days of the week
* a good multivitamin and mineral supplement designed for women like Complete Balance for Menopause AM/PM Formula. It reduces night sweats and assists in getting a good night's rest.