Summer is supposed to be the time of year that we get to relax and enjoy ourselves. For women experiencing symptoms of menopause, that expectation can often be difficult to realize. With the summer heat, hot flashes, weight gain, dizziness, and dehydration occur more frequently and more intensely, making this year’s prime vacation season anything but a holiday–as if menopause wasn’t bad enough. But you don’t have to miss out on summer memories with family just because your body decided to change. By using our strategies to fight the symptoms of menopause, you can maintain your health, regain your sanity, and enjoy the summer.
Here are 5 ways you can beat the heat and stay active during the warmer months:
Be Conscious of Your Diet
Maintaining a diet that gives your body the nutrients it needs is especially important during menopause. The decrease in estrogen production during and after menopause is directly linked to osteoporosis, so eating foods rich in calcium and Vitamin D, or taking vitamin supplements is crucial. The isoflavones in soy can also help reduce hot flashes and other symptoms. Other nutrients to keep in mind include Iron and Fiber. You can avoid excessive weight fluctuation by avoiding foods high in fat, sugar, and sodium. Avoid spicy foods, caffeinated or sugary drinks, and alcohol, as these can trigger hot flashes.
In addition to hormone replacement therapy and natural herbal remedies, many women choose to treat menopausal symptoms with acupuncture. In a new study conducted by researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Acupuncture has been shown to reduce hot flashes and night sweats by up to 36%. Consider acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine for an added defense against these symptoms so you can enjoy your summer in peace and comfort. You can find out more by calling your local acupuncturist or traditional Chinese medicine practitioner.
Whether it’s a frozen drink, a wash cloth that’s been sitting in the freezer, or an ice pack, utilizing very cold items can help temporarily relieve some of the worst symptoms of menopause during the summer. Consider placing ice packs on your neck or draping a wash cloth over your head if you need to cool yourself off in a hurry. Try to avoid overly sweet frozen drinks or products, however, as the excess sugar will only exacerbate symptoms.
Easier said than done, right? Well, before you try to reach through your computer screen to strangle this writer, consider that for every 10 pounds of fat lost, hot flash frequency decreases by 33%. Not only will you be alleviating the amount of hot flashes you experience, but also you will be reducing hot flash intensity. Excess fat traps heat, so the less fat you have, the cooler you will be.
Because of night sweats and hot flashes, you are already behind the curve when it comes to daily water intake. With the added heat of summer, you water loss increases exponentially. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, though some women even go all the way to a gallon every day. Watch for signs of dehydration, such as dizziness, dry mouth, muscle cramps, and nausea.
If you want relief from your menopausal symptoms and live in the Miami area, call Longevity Acupuncture to set up an appointment today. Dr. Litman can help you get your life back to normal so you can have a comfortable and enjoyable summer.