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Traveling during the menopause – natural ways to control symptoms ”
Choosing to travel in your 40s and 50s comes with many positives. You’re still young(ish) and fit enough to get stuck in and enjoy both the journey and the destinations, and you may have accrued a decent savings pot allowing for a more comfortable trip than you might have had in your 20s or 30s.
However, it does have certain pitfalls, such as experiencing the menopause while on the road. For some, symptoms aren’t severe, but for others it could really take the shine off what should be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
With difficulty accessing a doctor or collecting repeat prescriptions on the road, the solution lies with natural remedies to help control the symptoms and, depending on where you are in the world, you might even find some local knowledge and traditional remedies that do the trick too.
Here are three natural ways to control menopause symptoms while fulfilling your wanderlust.
While you want to experience the culture and cuisines of all the places you are visiting, it’s also important to maintain a healthy diet when you are traveling too.
While estrogen levels are fluctuating, it’s important to keep everything else in balance by eating well. Foods rich in vitamin-D and calcium are particularly helpful, so try to include lots of oily fish, liver, egg yolks, milk and dairy and vegetables such as mushrooms, kale and spinach in your diet.
Soy beans and milk, tofu and edamame beans are also thought to be beneficial thanks to high levels of isoflavones, which is a type of plant-based estrogen, so include some of these in your meals too if you can.
There are a variety of herbal remedies that have been reported to have varying beneficial effects on people suffering with menopausal side effects. If you are going to try any of these for the first time, it is important to discuss it with your doctor in case of any potential side effects or issues with any other medications you might already be taking.
Along with this, there are also Menopause Supplements available, which are still all-natural but have balanced the beneficial ingredients for you and made them into a hormone-free, non-prescription tablet. Perfect for taking on your travels.
Striking the right balance between staying active and getting enough rest is crucial at any time of life but even more so during the menopause.
A good level of activity will provide benefits for both physical and mental health and while menopause symptoms may disturb a good night’s sleep, it’s important to take a break when your body tells you to.
Gentle flowing exercise that aims to balance the mind and body are therefore ideal to practice while going through the menopause.
Yoga for instance offers restorative poses that some participants report have helped ease symptoms such as hot flashes and irregular or heavy periods.
So, if you have travel on your bucket list but are concerned symptoms of the menopause may negatively impact on your trip, it’s certainly worth considering trying some simple natural solutions to help you on your journey.
Traveling during the menopause – natural ways to control symptoms