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Get menopause ready

It’s now the perfect time to prepare for life as a senior...

brunch Updated: Feb 17, 2018 23:31 IST
Shikha Sharma
Shikha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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There may be a feeling of fatigue and constant tiredness in women during menopause(Shutterstock)

Menopause is a natural phase for women: the period when fertility slowly declines over a few years till it finally ceases. It is important to lay the foundation for healthy senior years during this phase of change.

Menopause may be characterised by mood swings and hot flashes, as well as the possibility of vague aches and pains, and sometimes back and joint pains. There may be a feeling of fatigue and constant tiredness. Skin becomes dry, and spots and blemishes begin to appear. Hair too becomes dry and begins to fall.

To retain your health and vitality, try these preventive and regenerative methods.

* Vitamin D: Many women suffer from Vitamin D deficiency, the cause of joint pains, fatigue and hair fall. Take a blood test and learn whether you need to take Vitamin D pouches or tablets as prescribed by your doctor.

Note: Do not overdose on Vitamin D. Follow your doctor’s advice strictly.

*Calcium: The body loses vital calcium for several reasons, including the overconsumption of sugar, which leads to an acid imbalance and subsequent release of calcium by the kidneys to compensate. If you are calcium-deficient, chances of joint pains get higher.

*Skin: The skin bears the major brunt of the damage due to ageing. Ayurveda recommends amla in its various forms to combat the effects of maturity. Amla is rich in Vitamin C, and also contains several other vitamins and minerals that help slow down the ageing process.

*Shatavari: This herb is renowned for reducing the effects of the ageing process. Available at all Ayurvedic stores, it can be taken with milk or water.

*Vitamin B12: If you feel emotionally down, with a chronic feeling of tiredness, you could be suffering from a deficiency of Vitamin B12. It is found in non-vegetarian foods and so, vegetarians may need a supplement.

*Protein balance: There is a high prevalence of protein deficiency among women, due to which they suffer from hair loss, skin changes, flabby muscles and stubborn weight. Protein deficiency is especially evident during and after menopause.

From HT Brunch, February 18, 2018

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First Published: Feb 17, 2018 22:20 IST