Friday, October 13, 2017

5 Helpful Tips to Deal With Your Menopause Symptoms

It's World Menopause Month. So many women deal with menopause in their everyday lives. It may be difficult, but it can be done. Whenever you enter into menopause, you may not realize what's happening to your body. In honor of world menopause month, Central Ozark Medical Center will explain the symptoms of menopause and give 5 helpful tips to deal with your symptoms of menopause.

Symptoms of Menopause

Symptoms you may experience that could mean you are entering into menopause could include:
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Irregular periods
  • Loss of libido
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Hair loss or thinning
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disorders
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory lapses
  • Dizziness
  • Weight gain 
  • Incontinence
  • Bloating
  • Allergies
  • Brittle nails
  • Changes in body odor
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Irritability
  • Panic disorder
  • Breast pain
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Burning tongue
  • Electric shock sensation
  • Digestive problems
  • Gum problems
  • Muscle tension
  • Itchy, crawly skin
  • Tingling extremities
  • Osteoporosis

5 Helpful Tips to Deal With Your Symptoms of Menopause

1. Eat Foods That Have Plenty of Calcium and Vitamin D

Hormonal changes that can happen during menopause can cause your bones to weaken. This can lead to osteoporosis. Foods high in vitamin D and calcium are linked to good bone health, so it's essential that you eat plenty of these types of foods. For calcium-rich foods, try eating foods or drinking liquids such as:

  • yogurt
  • milk
  • cheese
  • kale
  • tofu
  • beans
  • sardines

For foods with Vitamin D, try eating:

  • oily fish
  • eggs

2. Achieve and Maintain a Healthy Body Weight

It can be very common to gain weight during menopause. According to healthline, one study of 17,473 postmenopausal women found that those who lost at least 10 lbs (4.5 kg) of weight or 10% of their body weight over a year were more likely to eliminate hot flashes and night sweat.

3. Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables

Eating lots of fruits and vegetable can help prevent many menopause symptoms. Fruits and vegetable can be low in calories, so that helps with weight loss and maintenance. Fruits and vegetables have also been known to help prevent heart disease. This is significant because the risk of heart disease tends to increase after menopause.

4. Avoid "Trigger Foods"

There are foods that can trigger hot flashes, such as foods or drinks that contain:

  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • foods that are spicy or sugary

5. Exercise on a Regular Basis

Regular exercise can lead to:

  • improved energy
  • improved metabolism
  • healthier joints
  • healthier bones
  • better sleep
  • decreased stress

Need a Women's Health Provider at the Lake of the Ozarks Who Listens to You and Provides Care for your Specific Needs?

Central Ozarks Medical Center Physicians recognize the unique medical needs of women and provide a variety of medical services designed with you in mind.   Through each stage of your life, COMC physicians tailor wellness and preventative care to meet you where you are. 

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