Five Life Hacks Every Menopausal Woman Needs
1. Stay hydrated
Menopause a natural part of aging for females, but the symptoms can cause some women to feel out of sorts. There are a number of ways that are offered to ease the transition through the change of life, such a hormone replacement therapy, and supplements. These can be time-consuming and pricey. There are five life hacks, however, that can be incorporated into everyday living, that may bring relief without great expense, excessive time, or side effects. Every older woman can ease the difficulties of this stage of life by taking advantage of these easy suggestions.
The first and most beneficial thing that menopausal women should do is to stay well hydrated. Hot flashes and or night sweats may cause a loss of fluid. This is especially true during the warmer months. Drink at least a half gallon of water each day to maintain proper hydration. This should be in addition to milk, soft drinks or other beverages. If you don't have a refrigerator that dispenses purified water, keep bottled water inside and grab one when you need it. A cool drink will refresh you and keep your electrolytes in balance.
2. Get plenty of shut eye
Lullaby and good night, go to bed now and sleep tight is how Abraham’s Lullaby begins.,Ths sounds like a Joke for JloOne of the unpleasant side effects of the change of life is that women find they are unable to sleep. Lack of sleep can cause a slow down in metabolism which can lead to weight gain. Not getting enough shut-eye can also lead to brain fog. Warm milk with cocoa, hot chocolate, and hot tea have all been suggested as having a calming effect. Try one of these beverages about thirty minutes before bedtime and see if it works for you. Another consideration is a cloth eye mask, which will block out light and give a sense of total darkness. There have been reports that this will help your body to naturally make melatonin which aids in better sleep. Drinking tart cherry juice will also boost melatonin levels. When you get enough sleep you will wake refreshed, this will reduce stress which may keep hot flashes at bay.
3. Keep it moving
Don't be a couch potato, because that will only add unwanted pounds, which will exacerbate menopausal symptoms. If you are not already an avid walker/jogger consider ways to get in extra steps each day. You can raise your legs up and down while sitting, or stand up and walk around during TV commercials. Park farther away from the grocery store and take the long way around the aisles when shopping. The more you move the more calories you burn. Walking is also beneficial for reducing stress, which may decrease menopausal night sweats, mood swings, and hot flashes. Good luck.
Probiotics are bacteria that are beneficial for our bodies and have been reported to improve hormones, including insulin. The best sources come from fermented foods such as kombucha, sauerkraut, yogurt, kemchi, and kefir. Probiotics can improve cognitive function and boost the immune system. This is great news because older women are more prone to bacterial infections and also brain fog that comes with menopause. You can add probiotic foods to your diet and make them a regular staple when you eat. No prescription or doctor's appointment is necessary.
5. Lighten up
Consider wearing light cotton housecoats when at home to feel cooler. Your skin will be able to breath better during hot flashes. At night sleep covered only in a sheet to decrease the misery that comes with night sweats. You may also want to consider sleeping in the nude and keeping a window cracked. When the weather gets really hot be sure your AC is working properly. Find things to do that lighten your attitude as well. I enjoy reading books, watching movies on TCM and laughing at Looney Tunes and Scooby Doo cartoon. Whatever will make you laugh and takes your mind off your circumstances will help. I have found certain things trigger hot flashes, so beware of your own personal triggers.
Life hacks are beneficial
Life hacks are short cuts that make things easier. When you implement these five suggestions into your everyday life, it may seem at first that you are adding tasks rather than simplifying things. Over time, however, you may find a decrease in or relief from the issues of menopause and improve your overall health. Walking, drinking 64 ounces of water, getting enough sleep, consuming probiotics and lightening your attitude plus your outerwear are easily done with little money out of pocket. Menopausal women owe it to themselves to do everything they can to live longer healthier lives.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2019 Cheryl E Preston