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Look Out for These Signs of Menopause
A sudden change in the menstrual cycle and hot flashes are the most common symptoms of menopause. But, it is also manifested through other changes in the body much before its arrival. Most of the women generally do not give importance to such symptoms before their late 40’s or 50’s, but taking due account of them in time and correlating such signs to menopause, helps a lot in dealing with the stress and trauma associated with it in a natural way.
Why is it necessary for women to be vigilant of such natural symptoms? Olinda Rola of the InfoSearch Publishing and the natural health website, “Safe Menopause Solutions” opines that the signs of menopause are manifestations of hormonal imbalance that is harmful to the body. But, by making some changes in your lifestyles in terms of your eating habits, exercise, stress management, you will, in fact, be able to deal with the symptoms easily and cross over to the inevitable menopause phase.
As per Rola, most of the signs of menopause, like the ten most common symptoms given in this article, can be related to an anovulatory cycle, which is a general phenomenon amongst women, who are in their 30’s and 40’s. The 10 most common symptoms include:
- Allergy symptoms
- Chronic fatigue and morning sluggishness
- Sugar/caffeine/carb cravings and unstable blood sugar levels
- Depression, anxiety, and mood swings
- Facial hair growth
- Loss or thinning of hair
- Low metabolism
- Low thyroid levels
- Urinary tract/yeast infections
In other words, as the periodicity and level of ovulation decreases, the production of progesterone in the body wanes. This state also results in the excess of estrogen. This hormonal imbalance in the body results in the appearance of symptoms of menopause. The level of estrogen is also compounded from other sources like birth control pills, chemicals, and pesticides from foods.
But, most of the early symptoms of menopause may also be part of the aging process. Women tend to gain weight around their waist and hips, as they grow old. Similarly, the common feeling of lethargy in the morning can also be attributed to age. So, how do the women discern them from the early symptoms of menopause? Or how do they know, if it is true, a hormonal imbalance in the body?
Consulting a doctor is a wise idea, although chances are that, the doctor would readily advise for a ‘hormonal replacement therapy’ that is to adjust the hormonal balance through medications.
This can also be achieved by taking some natural supplements like some herbal products. They are believed to be a healthier choice, as they are natural products. Many such products are available in the market that can increase the level of progesterone level in the body. The advice of health experts should be taken to select the right supplement and dosage.
Apart from medication and health supplements, adopting a healthy lifestyle also helps to maintain the hormonal balance in the body. Foods rich in protein, fruits, and vegetables help a lot in this regard. Healthy habits like drinking plenty of water, regular exercise, and good sleep are also desirable. The use of some natural cleaning products is also recommended by some health experts in order to reduce the effects of the harmful chemicals that are responsible for the hormonal imbalance in the body.
The symptoms or the early physical manifestations, described above may not be necessarily be related to menopause and one need not be overly concerned about it. Most of the symptoms are only some pointers of some changes in the body and as such, do not warrant any medical attention and can easily be dealt with in a natural way.
What is important is to be aware of these subtle physical changes or symptoms with the help of some minor dietary modification and minor alteration in the life-style; one can very well address the problems. Taking a dose of progesterone also goes a long way to minimize their effects.