Zee Media Bureau/Salome Phelamei
Every woman will at one point of time, experience this phase in her life- Menopause. Menopause is defined as the cessation of a woman's reproductive ability. In other words, it is the time in a woman's life when her period stops.
It is a natural biological process and can happen in your 40s or 50s.
Menopause can be a tough time for any woman as their body responds to the rapidly fluctuating and dropping levels of the body's own hormones, resulting in a number of effects such as hot flushes, mood swings, weight gain, depression, insomnia, headaches, etc.
Here are some natural remedies to alleviate the unpleasant side of menopause without taking pharmaceutical drugs:
Healthy diet: Of course, your diet plays a vital role in your overall well-being. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet. Limit alcohol, coffee and other caffeinated products as they can enhance the severity of hot flushes. Also cut down on fats and sugars.
Exercise: Studies have found that exercise can help treat symptoms of menopause from hot flushes to mood swings. Daily exercise will also help protect against heart disease, diabetes and other conditions. It also helps some people sleep better.
Yoga or meditation: Yoga can help reduce the irritability and depression and even hot flushes brought on by menopause.
Omega-3 fatty acids: Again, research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can help improve your mood swings. Omega-3 fatty acids considered as essential fatty acids also help fight heart disease.
Vitamin D: With age, your body also weakens and the ability to absorb vitamin D decreases, increasing the risk of bone density loss. It is necessary to include vitamin D in your diets to boost bone health. It will also help hormone balance, which is a key factor for menopausal women.