Menopause comes with age and takes away some of the things you never knew how to live without. Hot flashes and mood swings are an unpleasant, yet unavoidable side effect, but we must cope with the changes that unremittingly occur in our bodies. Certainly, all women go through menopause at some point (somewhere between the age of 40 and 60), but fortunately, there are a few ways through which you can delay experiencing an early one:
- Don’t smoke or quit smoking immediately. Smoking not only affects the blood flow, but also speeds the process of aging in ovaries. This is just another reason to add on the dreadful ‘why is smoking bad’ list.
- Have a healthy diet to which you add more beans, soy products and whole grain foods. Being high in phytoestrogens, the hormone production in your body will be enhanced, thus keeping menopause at distance.
- Make sure you exercise enough in order to boost your immune system and keep your blood circulation the way you need it to be. Estrogen and serotonin levels are doubtlessly influenced by your lifestyle, so they can be kept in normal parameters with a bit of effort.
- Stress and anxiety should not be present in your life, since they can trigger premature menopause. Try yoga, meditation and a lot of exercise in order to calm your mind and body. If you are retired but still feel stressed out, perhaps a change of scenery might be beneficial for you: either go on a long, relaxing vacation, or move to the countryside; whatever appeals to you.
- Finally, embrace who you are and the changes that are occurring. View it with positive eyes, because this is a sign of evolution and not of aging.