5 Steps to Menopause Relief
These simple lifestyle steps can help you enjoy a long & healthy life.
Do you perform 30 minutes of aerobic exercise most days of the week?
Exercise is important in all stages of life, but at menopause, it becomes especially valuable for its ability to combat stress, improve mood, and even boost brainpower. Just 30 minutes of brisk walking – or any activity you enjoy – five or more days per week is a boon to health.
2. Blood Pressure & Bone Density
Have you had your blood pressure and bone density levels checked within the last five years?
Blood pressure is a key indicator of heart health that can be quickly and easily measured in your doctor’s office. Also, bones can become brittle when levels of protective estrogen decline. Getting a baseline bone density test around or shortly after menopause provides a baseline reference for future bone health.
3. Thyroid Checkup
Have you had your thyroid level checked with the last five years?
The thyroid is the master gland of metabolism. Slow thyroid function can creep up on us leading to fatigue, weight gain, low mood, constipation, and feeling chilled. A simple thyroid blood test as part of your annual physical can check to see if your thyroid is producing adequate amounts of hormone.
4. Adrenal Support
Do you feel chronic stress is taking a toll on your well–being?
Many of the symptoms attributed to menopause are actually caused by overworked, undernourished adrenal glands. Having the blues, lack of energy, poor sleep, and foggy thinking can all point to low functioning of our main stress response glands. Supporting adrenal function with specific nutrients and botanical medicines known as adaptogens can improve emotional and physical well-being.
5. Nutrient-Dense Diet
Does your diet include a variety of healthy nutrients from fruits, vegetables, and protein?
Including a little plant or animal-based protein in each meal helps stabilize blood sugar and preserve lean muscle mass. Dietary fibre feeds the healthy intestinal bacteria that strengthen immunity and lowers cholesterol. Antioxidants from colourful produce along with herbs and spices fight free radicals to help lower the risk of chronic disease.