Menopause is a natural process that every woman goes through from a certain age. This period is often accompanied by unpleasant symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, muscle problems, … which have an impact on your daily life. Don’t let these complaints stop you. Go for energy and strength during menopause!
What happens in your body during menopause?
The menopause is a natural process in which the menstrual cycle stops and you as a woman are no longer fertile. In the run-up to this, your hormones can be thoroughly out of balance. The female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, are produced much less during menopause.
- Oestrogen: Regulates the menstrual cycle and stimulates the ripening of eggs. Estrogen also ensures that sufficient calcium is present in the bones. Less estrogen can therefore cause painful joints and muscles. Moreover, a lower production of this hormone dehydrates the mucous membranes and possibly also results in drier skin.
- Progesterone: Is especially important during pregnancy and the second part of the menstrual cycle so that a fertilized egg could implant.
Fluctuations, loss of both hormones and rebalancing is a process that can take several years. The complaints and discomforts experienced are different for each woman.
5 simple ways to ease the transition!
You can go active in sports, but also walking, cycling or climbing stairs give an extra boost. Look for a sport or activity that will make you happy. Not only will you get more energy but you will also feel better about yourself. No time to exercise today? Put on your favourite song quickly and get away from it all without any worries. Instant happiness and movement!
Nutrition is the fuel for our body and also has an influence during menopause. Healthy and varied food will give your body more energy. In addition, nutrients such as sugars, caffeine and alcohol are best avoided. During menopause women often suffer from osteoporosis and these nutrients reduce the absorption of calcium, an important mineral for the bones.
Take time to relax
During menopause you may suffer from mood swings and not feeling well. Try to take some time every day to unwind and relax. Is this not always successful or do you want to try new things? Take a look at our blog about relaxation.
Try to enjoy 15 minutes of sunshine every day during a walk, a terrace, gardening, … . Sunlight is important for the production of vitamin D in the body. Vitamin D supports, among other things, the bones and muscle function. At the same time, the sun can provide a moment of rest.
A good night’s sleep is necessary. However, this is not always a given during menopause. Do the hot flashes keep you awake? Do you suffer from night sweats? Make sure you’re prepared. Ventilate your room in advance so that not only the temperature drops, but also your sheets are nice and fresh. The right sheets can help maintain the right temperature in bed. Natural fabrics, such as cotton, silk or linen sheets, breathe better than synthetic ones. You can also take a refreshing shower before you go to sleep. Read more sleep tips on our blog.
Phyto-oestrogens or vegetable estrogens such as fenugreek, hops,… have similarities with female estrogen hormones. Moreover, they are modulating. This means that they have a regulating function with a low amount of estrogen in the body, phyto-oestrogens can slightly mimic the action of estrogens.