A healthy lifestyle is your first line of defense when you start your menopause transition. I always say:
"If you are not healthy going into menopause, you will be forced to make the healthy changes as how you feel will dictate it!"
A foundation of healthy lifestyle through the menopause transition requires understanding of the ways that you can make a big impact on how you feel every day.
The foundational concepts are healthy nutrition, regular exercise, managing your stress, avoiding toxic chemicals, adequate sleep, supplementation that makes sense, and a positive mindset.
This has been covered so eloquently by Cheryl Rising, FNP so if you have not followed her as of yet - jump on over to the "Nutrition" tab and follow what she is saying. In a nutshell from me however I recommend:
Ok, so I am aware that you KNOW regular exercise is important, however did you know that during the menopause transition your exercise regimen should change? Whether you are not exercising or exercising too much (yes I said too much), you need to change. Doing a balance of the following types of exercising will give you the best possible chance to balance your hormones.
Stress is part of our daily living and we must understand the importance of managing this more than ever in the menopause transition. This is the ticket to the best health you can get and MUST be addressed. The video explains in more detail, however in a nutshell:
Sleep is one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle. When you are sleeping your body cells rebuild from the day's work. If you have disruptive sleep, it can lead to not only hormonal imbalance but fatigue and chronic health problems.
Although this may be a new concept for you I cannot tell you how important this becomes in the menopause phase. Please view the video as I define and describe Estrogen dysruptors and how they can affect you in the fragile transition.
The chemicals to take note include: