Factors affecting menopause symptoms
Stress can heighten menopause symptoms. Try adding 30 minutes of relaxation to your daily routine. Natural remedies made with rhodiola are great for stress management, especially if stress is brought on by fatigue.
Something as simple as a minor cold or slight irritation can set off your symptoms. As well, some prescription or over-the-counter medications for symptom relief are contraindicated with supplements, which may cause their efficacy to be reduced. Consult with your health care practitioner.
Recent move? New job? Life altering event, whether negative or positive? Major life changes can affect your nervous system and consequently your hormone levels.
Fatigue, depression, or joint aches and pains could be an indication of low iron or vitamin D. Have your thyroid checked out as well. Hypothyroidism can cause fatigue and mood dips.
What you eat can also influence your symptoms. Make sure you’re maintaining a well-balanced diet with plenty of fresh produce and foods containing calcium, fibre, iron, and protein. Drinking plenty of water will help to avoid dehydration and its side effects.
Exercise, including walking, also helps; try to fit in 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
Night sweats keeping you up at night? During menopause, it’s particularly important to get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep. Try using a valerian or hops supplement which could help improve the quality of your sleep.
Men’s health across the life course
Theodore D. Cosco, PhD (Cantab) CPsychol