If you are experiencing symptoms of perimenopause or menopause you might be feeling exhausted. And you may feel unable to get your energy and your life back.
Perhaps you feel like your body and your emotions have betrayed you.
Your night sweats and insomnia prevent you from sleeping. Your hot flashes give you personal summers all year long. Your emotions are running rampant and your weight creeping up on you, just to name a few symptoms that are plaguing you.
Sometimes it might seem like there isn't anything you can do.
Not true. There are things that you can do that will help you get your energy, emotions and body back. You can take charge of your menopause symptoms.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
During menopause there is a decrease in both estrogen and progesterone. However, declining levels of estrogen cause fat cells to release more estrogen. This increase in estrogen causes your body to store more fat.
Imbalances in estrogen and progesterone levels can make perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms much worse and your risk of other diseases is increased. Dropping the extra weight can normalize or alleviate symptoms altogether.
Breaking the vicious cycle helps to balance out your hormones and reduces the symptoms associated with estrogen dominance. Some symptoms are mood swings, decreased sex drive, headaches, hair loss and weight gain. Other possible symptoms include thyroid dysfunction, foggy thinking, insomnia and fatigue. Sound familiar?
Eat a Plant-Based Diet
All plant-based foods encompassing all fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes have fiber. I recommend increasing the amount of plant-based food you consume until you are eating a combination of at least 10 servings every day.
Fiber binds to excess cholesterol and excess estrogen in the body. Eating a high fiber, nutrient-dense whole food diet can reduce menopausal symptoms and improve overall health.
Manage Your Stress, Sleep and Exercise
Managing stress, sleep and exercise has an amazing effect on alleviating menopausal symptoms as well.