‘SIM­PLE LIFE­STYLE TWEAKS CAN MAKE A BIG DIF­FER­ENCE’

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GP SARAH JARVIS SAYS, “Menopausal women as­sume Hor­mone Re­place­ment Ther­apy (HRT), which con­sists of taking reg­u­lar doses of syn­thetic hor­mones, is their only op­tion. But sim­ple life­style changes can make a huge dif­fer­ence.

“Women who cut their fat in­take and in­crease their con­sump­tion of fruit, veg­eta­bles and whole grains ex­pe­ri­ence less symp­toms such as hot flushes.

“Foods that are rich in omega-3 (oily fish and nuts) counter mem­ory loss. While those con­tain­ing tryp­to­phan (tur­key and oats) ease mood swings.

“You can boost your li­bido with zinc (found in kid­ney beans and read meat), mag­ne­sium (leafy greens, al­monds) and pro­tein (fish and nuts).

“Ad­e­quate sleep, ex­er­cise, and me­di­a­tion can help too – with the added bonus of boost­ing your phys­i­cal health.”

“I’’d sug­gest vis­it­ing your GP to dis­cuss HRT and other po­ten­tial op­tions.”

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