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Navigating Perimenopause and Menopause: Answers to 5 Common Questions

Symptoms of menopause



Navigating Perimenopause and Menopause: Answers to 5 Common Questions

Entering perimenopause and menopause brings about many changes in a woman’s body, often accompanied by a range of questions and concerns. At Menopause Vitamin Company, we understand the importance of addressing these queries and providing valuable insights to help women navigate this phase. Here are five commonly asked questions along with some answers:

1. How can I lose the weight I have gained around my middle?
Menopausal weight gain, especially around the midsection, is a common issue during perimenopause and menopause. Several factors contribute to this, including declining muscle mass and changes in hormonal balance. Tackling weight gain requires a multifaceted approach:
  • Incorporate resistance training into your routine to build muscle mass and boost metabolism. This can include free weights,         weight machines or your own body weight. Also, include some gentle cardiovascular exercises like walking 
  • Focus on a balanced diet rich in fibrous carbohydrates like beans, grains, broccoli, and peas and  lean protein, and healthy             fats.
  • Minimise added sugars and refined carbohydrates.
  • Opt for regular meals over frequent snacking.
  • Menopause Vitamin company has a full guide on the vitamins and minerals that can help with your nutrition here.
  • Ensure adequate thyroid function by consulting with your healthcare provider.
2. How can I improve my sleep?
Quality sleep is essential for overall well-being, yet many women experience disruptions during perimenopause and menopause. Implementing proper sleep hygiene practices can help, including maintaining a cool bedroom and avoiding screens before bedtime. Additionally, consider:
  • Trying a magnesium glycinate supplement to promote relaxation.
  • Including starchy carbohydrates like potatoes or rice in your evening meal to enhance melatonin production.
  • Practicing stress-reducing activities such as mindfulness or gentle exercise.
  • Addressing night sweats with appropriate sleep hygiene practices, non-hormonal medications, or HRT.
3. What can I do about migraines?
Headaches and migraines are common complaints during perimenopause, often due to hormonal fluctuations. To alleviate symptoms:
  • Consider speaking with your GP about any possible underlying causes or medication including HRT that can balance your hormones.
  • Check nutrient levels and address any deficiencies.
  • Avoid high histamine foods and drinks, such as red wine, which may trigger headaches.
4. What can I do to improve my thinning hair, dry skin, weak nails, and achy joints?
The decline in oestrogen levels during perimenopause and menopause can affect collagen production and loss of moisture, leading to changes in hair, skin, nails, and joints. To support these areas:
  • Consume foods rich in Vitamin C and protein to promote collagen synthesis.
  • Limit added sugars and fried foods, opting for a diet rich in phytonutrients.
  • Consider a high-quality all-in-one nutritional supplement like Vibrancy Blend by the Menopause Vitamin Company
5. Why can’t I tolerate wine anymore?
Many women find their tolerance to alcohol diminishes with age, particularly during perimenopause. Possible reasons include hormonal fluctuations, liver health, and hydration levels. To address alcohol intolerance:
  • Reduce alcohol until hormone levels stabilise.
  • Adopt a healthier diet and lifestyle to support liver function.
  • Improve gut health with probiotics and fermented foods.

Navigating perimenopause and menopause involves understanding the changes occurring in your body and implementing strategies to support your overall health and well-being. By addressing these and seeking appropriate solutions, you can embrace this transformative phase with confidence.

 

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Copyright Menopause Vitamin Company LTD 2024. All information featured is  personal opinion only and should not be taken as fact or as a substitute for medical advice, please see the Disclaimer 

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