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Sunday, October 6, 2013

African American Women Over 40 And Menopause



If you are a Woman over 40, you have probably already heard something about Menopause, and you may be experiencing some changes in your body, mind and emotions that are most likely associated with this thing called Menopause. The goal of this article is to provide African American Women with a better understanding of what you are experiencing and how to live a better quality of life in spite of it all.

As Women enter into another season of their lives there are many complex emotions that take place daily and sometimes hourly as a result of Menopause. Society still believes that this is the time to slow down and take it easy, rest and relax, but not the 21st century Women, she believes that she is in the prime of her life and even though she is going through Menopause she is just starting to live.
First and foremost it is important to define natural Menopause. I have found various definitions out there, but the bottom line is it is the time of a woman's life when she no longer menstruates for a period of 12 months consecutively.

As a result of "final cessations of the menses", as defined by Webster's Dictionary, when there are many hormonal changes taking place in the body. The primary change is your body stopped manufacturing a very vital hormone called Estrogen.

Estrogen is like gold or precious gems in your body, without it you have many of the following symptoms which can cause discomfort, illness even death. Some of the symptoms are as follows, but keep in mind African American Women may be more extensive then other populations:

o Hot flashes
o Dryer and thinner vaginal walls
o Anxiety
o Mood Swings
o Fast Heart Palpitations
o More susceptible to various cancers
o Forgetfulness and fogginess
o Heart disease
o Osteoporosis
o Depression
o Low Libido
o Arthritis and more..

As you go through Menopause use the following suggestions to regain the feeling of well being. To get more information visit your local library or search online there is plenty of information that can help you navigate through this stage. There is even an African American Women's Health Initiative:

1. Eat Healthy foods-Several studies have shown that by eating the right foods, particularly those with phytoestrogens, you can improve your quality of life immediately. There are some foods that can make you miserable. When you were younger you could eat anything, but today your body reacts negatively to these foods and you have to eliminate them from your diet.
2. Take Supplements-There are many great herbs that can be taken orally in the form of pills or powders that may need to be included into your daily routine. When you can, get these herbs naturally from the plant, but if you have to turn to supplements purchase your products from a health food store. Spend time with them, ask questions and get a clear understanding of what you will be taking and what the benefits are.
3. Exercise- It is recommended that you exercise at least 4-5 times every week for 45 minutes- 1 hour. Menopausal Women, who do exercise, experience a better quality of life, both emotionally and physically. Enjoy the benefits of feeling good, developing strong bones, developing your stamina, distressing, and building a strong heart and strong muscles.

Below are some examples of what qualifies as exercise;
o Yoga
o Walking/jogging or other cardio activity
o Weight lifting
o Bike riding
o Dancing, etc.

As you get stronger, do more rigorous exercise. Keep up with those young people. There are many forms of exercise. You can be in a gym, outside with nature, or in the comforts of your home. It doesn't matter where, the key is to just exercise!
Good luck.

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