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.
Natural Ways to Ease Problems of MenopauseEat 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.
Yoga and Pranayama : Certain Yogasanas and Pranayama are effective in keeping metabolism in check and also help in losing excessive weights:
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.