Guest Post by Rebecca Hulem, a certified menopause clinician and widely known as “The Menopause Expert”
When menopause starts, there are a variety of options for easing the common symptoms of menopause. While each woman can offer advice on relief, I’ve found that different treatments work for different women.
One thing many women agree on when creating their personal treatment plans is a preference for natural solutions. Natural remedies typically involve plants or habitual lifestyle changes that help alleviate the bothersome symptoms of menopause.
As we conclude National Menopause Awareness Month this September, make sure you’re aware of these simple options for naturally easing the symptoms of menopause:
- Focus on Nutrition –The right kind of diet is full of fruits, vegetables and plant-based proteins such as beans, lentils, legumes and soy. Some women may experience more severe hot flashes when consuming caffeine, alcohol and certain spicy foods. I also recommend avoiding caffeine or alcohol within three hours of bedtime to decrease the likelihood of interrupted sleep.
- Exercise Regularly – Exercise has been shown to reduce hot flashes as well as a host of other menopause-related issues women face, including sleep disturbances. However, to reap the full benefits, it’s important to incorporate a variety of techniques including aerobic, weight-bearing, strength training and relaxation exercises like yoga.
- Reduce Hot Flashes Naturally– Natural supplements containing soy isoflavones have been scientifically proven to reduce the frequency and severity of menopausal hot flashes by approximately 20 to 30 percent. To make sure the supplement contains the right amount of soy isoflavones, just look for the green NovaSoy® brand leaf on the labels of over-the-counter supplements widely found in drug, grocery, and health & nutrition stores.
- Relieve Your Stress – There are many ways to alleviate stress, such as deep breathing, meditation and yoga exercises. Some women are turning to more creative therapies such as hypnotherapy, herbal therapy and aromatherapy.
It’s important to remember, though, that you should still consult your health care provider if you are planning to incorporate natural remedies. Discuss your symptoms, treatment plan and how it may impact your overall health.
Interested in discussing hot flash relief and your menopause journey with other women going through the same experience? Join the NovaSoy Facebook community! Discussion topics include exercise inspirations, healthy recipes, and menopause blogs, videos and cartoons. There’s also an interactive symptom checker to let you know if you’re experiencing menopause.
As the saying goes, it truly is all about the journey. Let’s learn a little, share a little and experience the natural transition of menopause together.