Here is a list of Menopause Symptoms:
• Memory problems and difficulty concentrating
• Cold hands and feet, Menopause Symptoms
• Reduced libido
• Bladder problems, including incontinence
• Mood swings
• Depression and anxiety
• Joint pain
• Skin changes (acne, facial hair, scalp hair loss, Menopause Symptoms)
Root Causes of Early Menopause (Menopause Symptoms)
• Eating disorders
• Surgical removal of the ovaries, usually as part of a hysterectomy
• Extraordinarily intense exercise or physical training
• Hypofunctioning adrenal glands
• Ovarian disease
The following tests help assess hormone balance and other issues related to menopause:
Hormone testing (thyroid, DHEA, cortisol, testosterone, IGF-1, estrogen, progesterone, FSH)—saliva, blood, or urine
Complete blood count and chemistry profile—blood
Thyroid panel—blood or saliva or urine
Bone resorption assessment—urine
Bone density—DEXA scan (X-ray)
Treatment – Diet
If you begin to incorporate these suggestions into your diet at the onset of perimenopause, you will likely experience far fewer problems when menopause begins in earnest.
Increase your intake of plant foods such as legumes, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and other seeds as they contain hormone-balancing plant chemicals known as phytoestrogens. Ground flaxseeds also contain phytoestrogens and have been shown in studies to reduce hot flashes. In one positive study women consumed 40 grams of ground flaxseed daily. Fermented soy foods such as tofu, miso, and tempeh can help reduce hot flashes.
Essential fatty acids protect the heart and promote smooth, radiant skin. Good sources are cold-water fish like salmon, cod, and tuna, as well as flaxseeds.
Vitamin E regulates estrogen production. Make sure to include cold-pressed nut and seed oils in your diet, perhaps as a dressing for a green salad.
Food to Avoid
Eat hormone-free animal products to avoid causing a hormone imbalance. Reduce your intake of spicy foods and alcohol, which may worsen hot-flash frequency and intensity.