Love the skin you're in
Posted 24 December 2014 12:00 AM by Nurture team
Rethink your nutrition
Angela Dowden, registered nutritionist and freelance writer suggests fuelling the body with slow-release carbohydrates to help boost energy levels and stabilise mood. “Try porridge, lentils, grainy breads and brown rice.” We should also be careful not to avoid the good fats. “Make sure to eat one or two portions of oily fish weekly. If you can’t do this take an omega 3 supplement. Omega 3s help nerve cells communicate with each other, which is essential for good mental health.” An added bonus is that these also help to reduce skin’s tendency to wrinkle.
Embrace the change
Dawn Harper, a TV GP specialising in preventative medicine, women’s and family health explains “For a lucky three out of ten women, the menopause simply means waking up one day and realising they haven’t had a period for some time. For the other seven, however, it comes with some unpleasant symptoms including hot flushes, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness and mood swings.” As our ovaries start to run out of eggs our skin can suffer too. When we reach the menopause collagen levels can fall by as much as 30 per cent causing visible changes like wrinkles, dryness and thinning. But don’t let yourself suffer, an easy solution is available in the form of soy isoflavones. These plant oestrogens mimic natural oestrogen levels so that menopausal symptoms can be reduced and skin can feel more comfortable and look healthier.
Dr Sarah Brewer says “Engage in at least three hours of exercise per week as this helps your body to release chemicals called endorphins, these trigger a positive feeling so they’re worth the effort.” Research also shows that exercise helps to boost your energy and can reduce menopausal symptoms. Exercise doesn’t have to mean going to the gym though - even the housework counts! And remember, this is a great chance to do something you enjoy like dancing, gardening, or yoga.
Spend more time with others
Research shows that those who are more socially connected live longer and happier lives. Expert life coach Eve Menezes Cunningham recommends that we “See more of the people you can truly be yourself with. Combine friendships with life enhancing activities.” The wise old saying tells us that ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ – share your thoughts and feelings to help you work things out and avoid carrying the burden on your own.