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Tips for making it through that time of the month & menopause

Posted Feb 24 2012 10:13pm
Home Health Tips for making it through that time of the month & menopause

0 comments Feb 22/12 Health, Home remedies, LIfestyle

[Note: Please consult with your primary care physician before taking any vitamins or supplements.]

 

I’m a very girly person.  I love playing with my hair, love putting on and shopping for makeup and beauty products, and think that shopping should definitely be considered a sport.

I definitely wouldn’t trade being a woman for anything in the world.  Not even for backstage passes to a Lionel Richie concert.

But as all females know, there are some rather unpleasant burdens that come with the territory of being a woman.

I’m talking menstrual cycles and menopause.

 

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While these things are unavoidable, there are some ways to manage the symptoms/side effects of both:

 

PMS and Menstruation

  • Make sure you’re getting enough calcium (about 1,200 milligrams) and vitamin D to prevent mood swings, bloating, and cramps.  You know, all of the fun stuff. ;)
  • In addition to calcium, make sure you’re getting enough magnesium in your diet (in the form of whole grains and leafy greens).  Magnesium deficiencies are linked to PMS and mood swings.
  • Take a vitamin B6 supplement to ward off moodiness.  Your friends and loved ones will thank you.
  • During that time of the month, reduce your salt intake to cut down on bloating.
  • Make sure that you get enough iron, as women lose a lot of iron when they have their periods.  Pumpkin seeds, lean meats, breakfast cereal, and beans are all great sources.
  • Try sipping on some ginger root tea to relieve menstrual cramps.

 

Menopause

  • Add some flaxseed to your diet to relieve hot flashes and prevent sleep issues.   Sprinkle it over cereal or oatmeal, bake with it, or add it to your smoothies.  Flaxseed has also been shown to lower breast cancer risk.
  • Avoid spicy foods, hot beverages, and soups to control hot flashes.
  • Pass on the red wine at dinner.  The beverage has been shown to trigger hot flashes.
  • To prevent bone loss associated with menopause, aim for at least 1,500 milligrams of calcium per day.
  • Increase your intake of soy since women have low levels of estrogen during menopause.  Soy contains phytoestrogens which act very similar to the natural estrogen found in our bodies.

 

Do you have any tips for managing during that time of the month or during menopause?  Help your fellow sisters out and please share!

Have a great day!

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