Being a woman is never easy – every stage of life has its challenges. The reproductive system is the source of many changes in the female body, from the beginning of menstruation through the phases of menopause. Genetics, lifestyle, health and many other factors impact how each woman will experience menopause. For some, it is just a bump in the road, while others have a rocky journey through this phase. Here are some tips for managing menopause to make the excursion through this phase as smooth as possible.
As the body is going through “the change” it is under stress. The hormones become unbalanced, which can impact almost every system in the body. To minimize the impact of this change in the body, you want to ensure you have the nutrients needed. Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fresh produce, lean protein and micronutrients are important, but many women can benefit from supplements. Extra calcium, B vitamins, D3 and other nutrients can help your body function optimally during this phase.
Exercise for Improved Health
Exercise is vital to maintain your muscles, bones and weight during the menopausal years. Osteoporosis, weight gain and muscle loss are linked to menopause, all of which can benefit from regular exercise. Choose weight-bearing exercises that build muscle and stimulate bone growth, such as stair climbing and strength training.
Hydrate and Detoxify Your Body
Staying hydrated is always important, but the menopause years are when you can notice changes in your skin and body from moisture loss. Drinking a minimum of 64 ounces of filtered water a day can keep you hydrated and help detoxify the body. In addition to flushing toxins from the body, menopause is a good time to reduce toxins that you put into your body. Reducing caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars and other toxins can help you sleep better and achieve better health.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
The change in hormonal balance can be brutal for some women, resulting in a very bumpy ride through menopause. If you are experiencing weight gain, insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and other disruptive menopause symptoms, hormone replacement therapy can be the best option to regulate your body. Sarah Quinn, our NP and medical director at AWC, is a hormone therapy specialist, who can perform hormone level testing to determine the best treatment for your unique needs. We use bioidentical hormone replacements that offer the best results for menopause treatment.
The journey through menopause does not need to disrupt your life. There are ways to manage this change and minimize the bumps in the road. At Arcadia Wellness Center, we offer customized nutrition plans, IV drip therapy, HRT and many cosmetic treatments that can make help you feel and look your best through menopause. Call our facility in Phoenix to schedule your menopause management consultation.