Post Menopausal Care
Women, undergo a few important phases in life that involves hormonal imbalances while the transition from one phase to the next. However, these are the milestones in life of every woman. Menopause is an important milestone which marks the end of the menstrual cycle.
The spring season ends and onset of autumn makes an entry. In the current scenario, many women are likely to get menopause syndrome in the early 40s. A woman reaches natural menopause, where the endocrine function in the ovaries exhaust and stop producing eggs before she reaches 50.
The life after menopause extends at least to two decades. So, women in post menopause category form a large population. Let us get an insight on post-menopausal care, the Ayurvedic way.
Hot flashes, mood swings, sleepless nights, weight gain and many more symptoms haunt the everyday life of a postmenopausal woman. In Ayurvedic context, menopause is perceived as a transitional phase or imbalance, not a disease. It is natural and imbalances can be avoided with proper care. Menopause is the phase where Pitta period ends and Vata period begins. So, women experience both Vata and Pitta imbalance. When a woman naturally has a Kapha imbalance, it causes a lot of disruption in the normal activities / day to day life. The lifestyle, health condition and state of body and mind impact the menopause, accordingly. Following are the symptoms that can help you identify the dosha imbalance.
- Mood swings
- Vaginal dryness
- Loss of skin tone
- Irregular periods
- Variable hot flashes
- Joint aches
- Feeling hot
- Hot flashes
- Night Sweats
- Heavy periods
- Excessive bleeding
- Urinary tract infections
- Skin rashes
- Weight gain
- Fluid retention
- Yeast infections
- Lack of motivation
- Slow digestion
Balance or Rebalance your Health and Body after Menopause
Whatever you eat has its impact in the body and mind. Ayurveda helps you to identify the foods that suits you post menopause. Since every woman is unique, make sure to understand your body type and nature. For choosing the best foods, get one on one consultation with Ayurways, in Melbourne, for post menopause care.
Foods that cause imbalance post menopause in your body
- Oily foods
- Gooey foods
- Sweet foods
- Salty foods (Artificial foods / preservatives)
Suggestions for a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle
- Drink healthy liquids / fluids in form of fresh juices, herbal teas, warm broths, soups etc
- Make sure to eat season specific foods – eating warm or hot drinks won’t be helpful during summer
- Get adequate Vitamin D – expose yourself to natural sunlight at least 20 to 30 minutes a day. It promotes your health and immunity.
- Boost up the calcium rich foods to maintain bone health – eat dairy. (However, individual analysis is essential where if you have aggravated Kapha or Kapha dominance, you should avoid dairy foods)
- Include healthy fats – do not avoid oil or ghee in your diet. It makes you prone to Vata vitiation.
- Avoid eating trans-fat, food with preservatives and processed foods / meat.
- Make sure to form a habit that helps you relax. It can be anything from exercise to cooking!
- Exercise (in any form) to manage your weight. If you are already in the verge of gaining weight or obese, consult with an ayurvedic physician for possible solutions. Exercising enhances circulation and reduces stress.
Plenty of herbs help in managing the menopause without going through more complications. To name a few,
- Shatavari – A boon for women health
- Indian Sarsaparilla
- Khus Khus grass (vetiver)
Panchakarma Therapy is recommended
During or Post menopause, women can go for purification therapy, the Detox in Ayurveda called Panchakarma therapy to clear away the toxins. It rejuvenates the body and mind, stabilizes the doshas and regulates the hormones.