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Adjusting to Life With Menopause

You may be celebrating that your periods have ended and you’ll never have to deal with menstruation and all that entails ever again. Yet, it’s no surprise that the transition to menopause is wrought with many changes and comes with plenty of frustrating symptoms, such as:

At The Well for Health in Davidson, North Carolina, our dedicated team of holistically-minded practitioners understand the frustrations of menopause. We know that it affects each woman differently and can be a very difficult time. Here are our top suggestions for how you can best adjust to life with menopause. 

Improve your nutritional intake

As your hormones shift during menopause, it’s easy to gain weight. With the increase in weight, comes new risks for heart problems and metabolic disorders. You’ll find all kinds of advice about what you should and shouldn’t be eating. The best rule of thumb is to eat whole, real, unprocessed foods straight from nature and lower your sugar intake. We always advocate for plenty of vegetables and fibrous foods as well. 

Choose exercises that enhance your bone health

Bone loss accelerates during and after menopause. That’s why it’s crucial to counteract the loss with regular bone-strengthening exercises like yoga, tai chi, weight lifting, resistance training, walking, Pilates, lunges, swimming, tennis, and dance.

According to studies, you get the most benefit by exercising between 45 and 60 minutes at least three times a week. Of course, any amount of exercise is better than none at all, so we encourage you to do what you can every day.

Practice good sleep hygiene

Sleep is restorative and healing. To improve the quality of your sleep, work to build a regular sleep schedule by going to sleep and getting up at the same time every day. Turn off electronics in your bedroom and use blackout curtains to create an environment that’s conducive to sleep. We also advise you to avoid caffeine after mid-afternoon and refrain from eating anything within a couple hours of bedtime.

Replace your depleted hormones

Natural hormones like estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone decline as you get older. When your hormones are out of balance, you experience all the symptoms of menopause. To help you rebalance your hormones, we develop a custom plan to replace your depleted hormones with ones that perfectly match your natural ones. It’s called bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and we administer it to you in a variety of methods, such as pills, creams, lotions, injections, or implants.

If you’re having trouble adjusting to life with menopause and you need someone to partner with as you make the transition, give us a call or request an appointment online

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