3 Ways to Stay Healthy Through Menopause

by kellylavieri on October 21, 2015

3 Ways to Stay Healthy Through Menopause

Good health and happiness are two of the most important things in life, and there’s no reason for menopause to get in your way. You can take substantial strides towards a balanced lifestyle by incorporating a few habits into your daily lifestyle. These habits will help you to take care of your reproductive health by keeping your hormones as balanced as possible. Your hormones regulate menopause and libido, menstruation and fertility. By taking steps to keep your hormones balanced, you’ll find a more comfortable and seamless transition through menopause.

1. Stay in Motion
When you live an active lifestyle that includes daily exercise, you promote bone strength, heart health, better energy levels, and smooth, glowing skin. Exercise also helps to reduce hot flashes. Would you believe that only 5% of menopausal women who exercise regularly experience hot flashes? That was the result of one study conducted in Sweden. If that’s not a good reason to exercise, I don’t know what is!

Exercise builds strong bones, reduces blood pressure, and reduces your risk of stroke and heart attack. It’s also great for your mood and will promote a more restful sleep.

2. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Reduce stress, blood pressure, and hot flashes by getting a good rest each night. Sleeplessness can be a challenge during menopause but you can overcome the problem by establishing regular sleep cycles. Get into a routine and try to stick to it. Avoid sleeping in on the weekend, and a sporadic late night can set your schedule off.

3. Eat a Diet that Will Help to Balance Hormones
We’ve all heard about the benefits of a Mediterranean diet, and the same is true for balancing your diet for menopause. It’s great for heart health and your mood, and will help to reduce hot flashes.

The key is to boost your Omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in oily fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines. It’s great for your heart and brain and also helps to moderate menopausal symptoms reducing hot-flash frequency by as much as 55%.

Aim for at least two servings of fatty fish each week, or supplement your diet with omega-3s in hemp seeds, walnuts, and flaxseeds. Aim for a gram a day.

Soy also helps to reduce hot flashes. Organic soy is preferable, and other beans like lentils and chickpeas include similar phytoestrogens, though at lower levels.

Staying healthy through menopause doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little adjustment and practice, these three habits will become an automatic part of your lifestyle. When you exercise, get enough regular sleep, and eat the right diet, you’ll soon find that these habits are easy and automatic leaves you time to think about the more important things in life.

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