Recently I read an article in the Wall Street Journal by Melinda Beck, regarding how to decrease peri menopausal symptoms. I became interested in this article mostly because so many women in their 40’s have such frequent complaints from symptoms of perimenopause, and often they feel at the mercy of them. Some of these weren’t natural, but many of them were, and for the sake of making you aware of all the options, I’ve included all the suggestions that were listed.
Using birth control pills to assist with keeping stable levels of hormones as opposed to lots of fluctuations will be helpful for good solid function of the brain. Not to mention some of the other types of symptoms that arise throughout the body from hormonal fluctuations.
Estrogen and Progesterone Therapy
You can ask your doctor about trying ERT for help with replacing your own estrogen, along with trying more progesterone as well. There are progesterone creams and lotions that you can find at your local health food retailer, and I can personally attest to their effectiveness in minimizing symptoms from low progesterone levels such as short luteal phases with menstrual cycles and the irregular cycles in general that accompany that.
Exercise and Mood
Mood enhancement is one of the best positive side effects from regular exercise on a daily basis. Exercise according to this wall street article, will help to increase natural endorphins as well as serotonin levels which is why your mood will elevate. I’m in my per menopausal years, and I can’t imagine living in these years without exercise, just because of the positive mood quotient involved.
Watch Your Carbs and Fat
Keeping an adequate balance of proteins and carbohydrates will work to keep your weight in check as well as curbing the fluctuations that occur with blood sugar levels, which seems to be more of an issue in peri menopausal years. Be sure to eat good carbs as opposed to refined processed carbohydrates.
Limit Your Caffeine Intake
Limiting your caffeine consumption will naturally reduce any problems with sleep. However, make sure you’re including soda and other sources of your diet that include caffeine in as well.
Moderate Alcohol Consumption
More risk of heart disease exists among women that are per menopausal so it’s important to make a point of not drinking more than one glass of alcohol per day. This is also a good way to keep breast cancer at bay, as well as maintain good sleep patterns. Alcohol is known for sleep disturbance in some people.
Perimenopause can be a big problem for some women in their 40’s, but taking better care of yourself with diet exercise and good lifestyle habits will help to alleviate a lot of the annoying symptoms that plague so many women in this age group.
Wall Street Journal Health and Wellness section
October 12, 2010 issue