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From the Treasury of Our Granny -- 14

What Menopause Is

When the women do not have periods or menstruation for 12 months; they are said to have menopause. Many physical changes occur during the menopause. There is a premenopausal period before menopause. The menopause begins in the late 40s to early 50s. Irregular periods --- that is to say they may come more of less frequently are the first sign of menopause. This is also called premenopausal period. Thinning hair, insomnia, migraines, anxiety, depression, mood swings, mental fogginess, and short-term memory loss may follow menopause. These are generally due to Vita imbalance. During this period Vata is tend to increase since it is due to the cause that most of the women move to vata phase of their lives. The most common symptom of transition from premenopausal cycle to menopause is the feeling of hot flushes. The hot flushes are the feeling of heat over the upper part of the body. They also cause – sweating and the formation of red patches formed on the skin.  In addition to that women having menopause are at a higher of many other diseases like osteoporosis, obesity, heart diseases and diabetes.

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Natural Ways to Ease Problems of Menopause

Eat foods Rich in Calcium and Vitamin D: Due to hormonal changes the bones become weak; as a result the risk of osteoporosis increases. Foods rich in calcium and vitamin D should be taken. These foods include dairy products, leafy vegetables, beans and cereals. Sunlight is the natural source of Vitamin D.Sitting in the sun during winters can prove very useful, since sunlight is the natural source of vitamin D.

Eat lots of Fruit and Vegetables: Eating more fruit and vegetables help in losing weight. They can also prevent a number of menopause symptoms. This also helps in preventing lots of heart diseases.

Avoid Foods that Trigger Hot Flushes, Night Sweats and Mood Swings: Certain foods are likely to trigger hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings when taken during night. These include tea, coffee and foods that are sugary or spicy.

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Drink Enough Water: During menopause women often experience dryness. Drinking 4 litres of water help reducing the dryness. It can also help in weight loss.

Reduce Taking Processed Foods: Taking too much of processed foods may lead to depression. Thus such foods should be avoided. Home-made nourishing food should be taken.

Don’t Skip Meals: Skipping meals may worsen certain symptoms of menopause. Irregular eating may also hinder weight loss efforts.

Eat Protein-Rich Foods: Protein rich foods such as fish, legumes, eggs and nuts help losing weight.

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Yoga and Pranayama : 
Certain Yogasanas and Pranayama are effective in keeping metabolism in check and also help in losing excessive weights:

  • Pavanmuktasana
  • Bhujangasana
  • Suptvakrasana
  • Pranayama --- It helps in the supply of oxygenated blood to the brain.
  • AnulomVilom -- This Yogic action helps in reducing stress.
  • Shavasana -- This asana helps in calming the entire body and mind. Thus it removes stress.

Conclusion – Menopause is a natural biological cessation of periods. Many women think that they have now become old when they reach this phase of life. However, it should be kept in mind that age is just a number. Thus menopause should be accepted calmly and it should be kept in mind that age brings wisdom and knowledge.