Menopause can bring a wide range of symptoms that spell discomfort to women. Among the most common symptoms include hot flashes, mood swings, irritability, restless sleep, anxiety, irregular periods, fuzzy thinking, and weight gain. While hormone replacement therapy is available, the approach can also increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer, heart disease and stroke. Here are some natural remedies that provide safe and effective alternatives to hormone therapy. Menopause Sleepwear From Cool-jams
Calcium and Vitamin D: When estrogen level drops during menopause your bones begin to lose minerals and strength. Too little dietary calcium and vitamin D can only worsen the problem. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, women age 50 and above should get 1,200 milligrams of calcium daily from their diet and 800 to 1,000 IU of vitamin D each day.
Deep Breathing: Dr. Richa Sood of the Mayo Women’s Health Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota explains that stress affects the area of the brain that regulates the body temperature, thereby, exacerbating menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats and related sleep disturbances. The simple solution: practice deep breathing.
Exercise: A daily walk, bike or jog can do wonders to relieving your symptoms. Regular aerobic exercise is effective in short-term menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and insomnia, and reduces the long-term risks of postmenopausal heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer and stroke.
Environmental changes: For restless nights and night sweating, consider making environmental changes in your bedroom. Consider switching to wicking sleepwear and temperature regulating bed sheets and pillows to help control the temperature in your bed.