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Low Metabolism during Menopause

Menopause & ExercisingIf there is one complaint that most women have about menopause or the period of time that is leading up to menopause it’s the fact that their metabolism is slowing down to a crawl. As a result of changes that are going on inside of a woman’s body, including the reduction of key hormones that are being produced, it is not unusual for this to take place. The unfortunate side effect of it is the fact that many women tend to gain weight during menopause that may not come off after their hormone levels have evened out.

If you are experiencing this problem in your own life, there are a few things that can be done which can help you to boost your metabolism and to lose any additional weight that you may have put on since your metabolism began to slow down. Even if you’re not able to get your metabolism back up to the levels where it was before, there are also some things that can be done which will help you to maintain your weight during this difficult time.

The first thing that you need to do, in many cases, is to change your diet. This is especially true if you are eating a standard American diet which is full of a lot of fatty or sugary foods. Shift toward a more raw and natural diet by adding these good foods into your diet regularly. The more of these good food you add them, the less of a bad foods you’re going to eat. This, in itself, can make a difference in your weight rather quickly.

Something else that you can do and it is really one of the main ways that you can boost your metabolism is to exercise regularly. This can be done in a number of different ways, from walking or riding your bike to even lifting weights at the gym. One of the most effective, however, is to do interval workouts where you will go hard for a period of time and then go easy for the same or perhaps a bit longer of a period of time. Continue to cycle your way through your workout until you have reached 20 minutes to a half hour. This will boost your metabolism considerably and keep it raised throughout the day. Doing this in combination with getting the right types of foods will bring you back to where you need to be quickly.

Menopause and Anxiety Attacks

Menopause Anxiety AttackMenopause and anxiety attacks just might be a symptom you suffer from. During the time in life that is known as menopause, so many different things are going on within a woman’s body that is difficult to pinpoint any single difficulty that may be causing problems. It is during this time in life whenever her estrogen levels are dropping rapidly and the production of progesterone stops almost entirely. It is little wonder then that women who are going through these difficult changes in their body may experience anxiety attacks from time to time.

You might also be interested to know that a lot of the difficulties that women go through during menopause are not physical at all. For instance menopause anxiety attacks could be common while you go through menopause. Many of the mental problems that tend to associate themselves with menopause are generally caused as a result of a misconception of what is going on during menopause. Some women may feel as if their purpose in life has waned or perhaps are considering that menopause is a condition that signals that their life is all but over. In reality, however, you may only be half way through your life which can be rather comforting if you keep that in mind.

The anxiety attacks that you may be experiencing during or after menopause can be caused either by the physical changes that are going on in your body or perhaps even the mental uncertainty that may go along with the menopause itself. Menopause and anxiety might seem like an oxymoron but be assured it is a real symptom associated with menopause.  In either case, there are some things that you can do which can help to reduce the anxiety attacks and in some cases, may even be able to remove them altogether.

The first thing that would be beneficial for you to try in order to overcome the anxiety naturally is to supplement your vitamins. Not only are your estrogen and progesterone levels dropping rapidly, your body also tends to use up its levels of vitamin B very quickly. As we age, it may be necessary for us to supplement with this particular vitamin several times throughout the day in order to keep our levels up.

Another thing that can be done is to make sure that you are exercising and eating the right types of foods. Sometimes food, vitamins and minerals are a simple solution when it comes to menopause and anxiety related symptoms. Taking care of your body in this way is not only going to help you physically during this difficult time of life, it will also help you mentally. Relaxation techniques may also help to take any additional stress off of you in order to get rid of the anxiety altogether. Menopause and anxiety are very closely related to menopause and depression!