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How Do I Fight Perimenopause & Menopause Weight Gain?
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How Do I fight Perimenopause & Menopause Weight Gain?

As women approach their middle years and enter perimenopause or menopause, they often experience symptoms such as menopause weight gain, headaches, anxiety and mood swings. How do you fight these symptoms such as weight gain? What are the options that are available?.

For years, particularly in the 70s, the popular treatment for perimenopause and menopause was hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with synthetic hormones such as Premarin. These hormones were derived from horses and pigs and are foreign to the human body. So, of course, women experienced a lot of side effects including increased risk of breast cancer and stroke among other things.

For the past 25 years, women and doctors have switched to using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Bioidentical hormones are natural plant-based hormones that are formulated to resemble a woman's hormones that are natural to her body. The levels of these hormones is individual to each woman and cannot be generalized. That's why you don't find readily available formulas for bioidentical hormones. Pharmacists are usually the ones who put the special formulas together based on specific instructions from your doctor who will have determined your level of various key hormones from your blood.

The risk of side effects is lowered drastically under BHRT because as we have seen, the hormones that are used are natural to your body.

Taken in moderation, under the supervision of a doctor, and in adequate doses, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can yield outstanding results to correct hormonal imbalance and reverse the signs of aging such as menopause weight gain and the apple-shape body that goes with it most of the time.

However, like with any other medical issues, treating menopause symptoms such as weight gain with bioidentical hormones works better if you embark at the same time on an overall health improvement program.

Since good nutrition should constitute 75% of a health improvement program along with exercises and balancing your hormones, you should start the process by changing your diet. Once you enter menopause, as in other times as well, you should refrain from eating highly processed foods which are loaded with sugar, white bread and pasta. Your diet should emphasize lean proteins such as chicken and fish, non starchy vegetables and whole grain such as brown rice.

Remember to keep the healthy fats such as olive oil, butter, cheese in your diet. Strive to have a high level of Omega3 fats found in some fish such as salmon and herrings. Contrary to popular beliefs, health fats are very important because they assist in the production of key hormones and in the healthy reproduction of our cells.

So fighting perimenopause and menopause weight gain does not have to be complicated. You just need to improve your diet, exercise regularly and work with your doctor to balance your hormones. In future articles I will discuss in more details which hormones you should watch for when fighting menopause weight gain.

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