Break­through re­search for An eas­ier menopause Nine

Woman's World - - Your Good Health - — Brenda Kearns

in 10 of us aren’t the least bit up­set about our pe­ri­ods end­ing— ex­cept for the hor­monal up­heavals that can oc­cur be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter menopause. For­tu­nately, th­ese sim­ple strate­gies can help you sail eas­ily through the change: ● Cool hot flashes with hops Hops is al­ready a pop­u­lar sleep sup­ple­ment— and now re­search in the jour­nal Ma­tu­ri­tas re­veals that tak­ing it daily cuts hot flashes 50% within six weeks! Hops con­tains a gen­tle, nat­u­ral plant es­tro­gen that helps fill the gap when your own hor­mone pro­duc­tion dips, ex­plains study coau­thor Arne Hey­er­ick, PH.D. (Con­cen­tra­tions vary, so fol­low the la­bel in­struc­tions for dosage.) ● ● KO tummy woes with sun Indi­ges­tion, heart­burn, bloat­ing . . . your risk of belly prob­lems triples when your es­tro­gen lev­els plunge! That’s be­cause es­tro­gen helps keep your di­ges­tive tract func­tion­ing prop­erly. An easy fix: Spend 15 min­utes out­doors daily— with­out sun­glasses! Ac­cord­ing to Cor­nell Univer­sity re­search, sun­light hit­ting your eyes’ op­tic nerves sig­nals the di­ges­tive tract to in­crease pro­duc­tion of di­ges­tion-en­hanc­ing en­zymes and bile—pre­vent­ing tummy prob­lems for up to 67% of women in 10 days. End headaches with yoga It’s not your imag­i­na­tion—hor­mone fluc­tu­a­tions around menopause of­ten make ten­sion headaches and mi­graines more fre­quent and more painful! The good news: Do­ing yoga stretches for 20 min­utes daily can cut those flare­ups 84% in six weeks, re­ports the In­ter­na­tional Jour­nal

of Yoga. Yoga’s gen­tle move­ments boost your brain’s pro­duc­tion of painkilling en­dor­phins, study coau­thor Meghan Adoor, PH.D., ex­plains. ● Fend off fa­tigue with eggs When your sex hor­mone lev­els drop, so does your pro­duc­tion of en­er­giz­ing beta brain waves— which is why at least two in five of us feel draggy th­ese days. How to end that slug­gish­ness? Try eat­ing two eggs ev­ery day. Ac­cord­ing to Ja­panese sci­en­tists, this pro­tein-packed break­fast sta­ple is rich in tau­rine, an amino acid that en­er­gizes brain cells, keep­ing your beta wave lev­els steady, even when your hor­mone lev­els are not.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.