of the signs of menopause is a change in menstrual patterns. Between
ages 45 and 60, a woman's ovaries make less of the female hormones,
estrogen and progesterone. Periods become irregular in both cycle
length and flow, and eventually, stop completely. This change
indicates that a woman is growing beyond her childbearing years.
Other Symptoms Include:
Natural treatments for hot flashes: products such as vitamin E and vitamin B complex, as well as certain herbs, such as black cohosh. Foods made from soybeans-such as soy milk, roasted soy nuts and tofu.
Natural treatments for vaginal dryness-women with minor vaginal dryness can use special vaginal lubricants and moisturizers, such as Gyne-Moistrin, Replens and Astroglide. For severe vaginal changes, a vaginal prescription estrogen product (such as a cream or ring) is the treatment of choice. Exercise is good for your health , but it is good for your sex life too. Exercise will help to you to look and feel better - and have better orgasms. At midlife, you need different types of exercises, including stretching exercises for flexibility, aerobic exercises for endurance and weight-bearing exercises for strength. Kegel exercises can help women to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles and, when practiced during intercourse, they can provide extra stimulation for the male. Exercise will certainly make lovemaking more comfortable and creative!
Helpful methods for prevention of urinary problems-some women are prone to urinary tract infections. These tend to recur but are easily treated with antibiotics or other measures. Preventive techniques include urinating after intercourse, not keeping the bladder over-full for long periods, drinking adequate amounts of fluids and keeping the genital area very clean.
The key to raising your metabolism is dependent upon knowing what it is and
it works. Your
metabolism is like an engine that transforms the food you eat into energy
that runs your body. Your
metabolic rate is the speed at which the food is transformed into energy. Many of us
look at food in the wrong way. Food that we put in our mouths becomes both
fuel and "building
blocks" for our bodies. It is what gives us energy and the elements
necessary to repair and rebuild ourselves. What we eat determines
whether we gain, maintain, or lose
Eat a variety of foods in smaller portions. Because your metabolism slows as you age, you need about 200-400 fewer calories a day. Eat only when you are hungry and only enough to satisfy your hunger.
As you age, your body becomes less able to handle extra food and likely to store the excess as fat. So, eat small meals. Eat only when you are hungry. Consume most of your calories during the day when your metabolism is higher.
Losing weight and keeping it off is very difficult for most people. Besides making you feel old and unattractive, the extra-pounds around your middle are associated with lung and breathing problems, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, endocrine problems, gall bladder disease, diabetes, several cancers, gallstones, hypertension , osteoporosis and premature death.
2. The untold story of weight control:
Why we do we want to eat? Why are we starving no matter how much we eat?
Because your body needs elements in the form of vitamins and minerals to perform all of its metabolic functions. Your body is looking for these "building blocks" in the food you give it, but the chances are great that your food doesn't contain the building blocks your body demands. When your food contains too much fuel, but too few "building blocks" your body asks you to eat more and more. This additional fuel is stored entirely as fat. This causes obesity.
It is difficult to obtain the necessary vitamins and minerals from food because of mineral-deficient soils that are common throughout the world today. It only takes 10 years of intensive farming to exhaust the minerals in any tract of land. The depletion of necessary nutrients by cooking and processing living foods adds to the difficulty in obtaining vital minerals and vitamins from our food. Severe mineral and vitamin deficiencies will result in serious illnesses. Too much body fat is a symptom of malnutrition. So, where can we get the minerals we need if they not available in our food supply? About the only method available is to initiate a program of nutritional supplementation.
Disclaimer: This information is intended as a guide only. This information is offered to you with the understanding that it not be interpreted as medical or professional advice. All medical information needs to be carefully reviewed with your health care provider.