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YourNewLifePlan: Top tips to manage menopause arthritis

Menopause arthritis? As if there wasn’t enough going on without worrying about aches and pains. How could this possibly occur?

As you approach, and transition through the menopause years, the hormone fluctuations can affect you in many, many ways. Hot flushes, weight gain, anxiety, mood swings, low libido … there are 34 accepted symptoms of menopause.

It’s thought that oestrogen provides protection for joints by reducing inflammation, and as the levels fall pain becomes more obvious. Especially noticeable in the back, hips, knees, fingers and toes, particularly noticeable first thing in the morning, improving as the day progresses.

So what can you do?

  1. Dehydration can also contribute towards joint pain as a build up of uric acid promoting inflammation in your joints. As oestrogen is also important for regulating fluid levels in your body, and with falling levels of the hormone, you may find that your body is unable to retain water efficiently. Drink an adequate amount of water daily to see maximum benefits.
  2. Exercise to keep fit but avoid prolonged high impact exercise like jogging on the roads to help protect your joints. Yoga and swimming can be more beneficial.
  3. A high acidic, processed food diet can contribute towards inflammation, include a plentiful supply of fresh vegetables and fruit.
  4. Avoid a high carbohydrate/sugar diet can lead to insulin resistance and Type II Diabetes, spreading further inflammation in the body.
  5. Lose any additional weight to relieve stress on the joints
  6. Include calcium rich foods in your diet to help build strong bones, protect them for future years post-menopause. Use sea-weeds as a replacement for salt, figs, wholegrains, nuts, seeds are all high in both calcium and magnesium.
  7. Take vitamin D and a good multivitamin mineral.
  8. Reduce your stress levels! High levels of the stress hormone cortisol promotes inflammation.
  9. Ensure plenty of anti-inflammatory Omega 3 foods in your diet. Salmon, trout, mackerel, tuna, avocados, nuts, seeds and consider taking an Omega 3 supplement. These Omega 3’s are also imperative for creating and maintain balanced hormones.
  10. Turmeric is a fabulous anti-inflammatory. You can add to foods, or make a turmeric milk drink. Adding black pepper makes it more powerful combination.
  11. Massage, osteopathy or acupuncture may also help.
  12. The herb Devils Claw may help in the early stages.

As with all menopause symptoms, there always something you can do naturally to get some relief, IF you start early enough, with the added bonus that whatever you do will not just help one of the symptoms, but ALL of them as harmony and balance are restored.

A full hysterectomy in her 30s led nutritional therapist and health coach Clare on an amazing adventure exploring the many opportunities available to manage her enforced menopause and create long-term health.

Clare prefers the natural approach, and qualifying in nutritional therapy gave her the confidence to come off HRT, take back control of her life and health, and look forward to living the best third of her life free of prescription drugs. Understanding the importance of creating harmony of health of both body and mind through menopause and beyond, she’s now on a mission to inspire, educate and empower other women, too.

Click HERE to find out more about how Clare shares her years of exploring, experience and knowledge through 1:1 consultations and online programmes, and where you can download your FREE 7 Secrets to Creating Your Marvellous Menopause Body & Mind and request a FREE 30 minute consultation with Clare to discuss any personal menopause/health concerns you may have.

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