These 27 Symptoms Show You’re Heading Towards Menopause

symptons of menopause

Menopause is the point in a female’s life when her monthly period stops and essentially the end of a woman’s reproductive years. Menopause is the point when a female no longer has menstrual periods for at least 12 months. It is a difficult transition for some females so let’s drive right into some common symptoms of menopause.

Some of the most common menopause symptoms are:

  • Irregular period
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Night sweats
  • Decreased libido

Besides these symptoms, some ladies also experience:

  • Joint pain
  • Sleep difficulty
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain

It’s very unlikely for every woman to experience each of these menopause symptoms, but these are the most common that are widely experienced. Besides the 9 common symptoms of menopause, let’s look deeper into the 18 uncommon symptoms of menopause.

  1. Bladder infections
  2. Digestion issues
  3. Thinning hair on head 
  4. New hair growth on body
  5. Change in body odor
  6. Dry mouth
  7. Burning tongue
  8. Painful gums
  9. Sore breasts
  10. Dry skin
  11. Acne
  12. Brain fog
  13. Dizziness
  14. Headaches
  15. Anxiety/ depression
  16. Fatigue
  17. Heart palpitations
  18. Bone density loss

These symptoms of menopause are a lot to digest, but there are women who have had such painful experiences with menopause. Once you know what is ahead, at least you are mentally prepared for it.

These examples below are considered to be the “less desirable” symptons of menopause:

Menopause comes with different issues for different women, but most complain of a few common symptoms that include hot flashes, vaginal dryness and weight gain. These symptoms  combined with other symptoms heighten frustration.

  1. Hot flashes

Hot flashes tend to keep women awake at night causing fatigue, brain fog that further increases the inability to focus. 

  1. Vaginal dryness

It causes the libido to dip making women feel less and less interested in sex.

  1. Weight gain

Dealing with sudden weight gain not only impacts women physically but changing appearance also disturbs women emotionally and mentally.

Holistic health experts advise women over 40 who are moving towards menopause to eat well, stay hydrated, get good sleep and exercise regularly. With so many potential symptoms of menopause, the intensity of which varies person to person, it is best advised to consult and keep an open dialog with your holistic health expert.

Menopause can make you feel bad

Menopause affects each individual differently, but it is sure to make each woman going through menopause pretty low at some point of time. It affects not only physically, but also emotionally and mentally disturbing the well-being of a woman. 

Hormonal mood swings, lack of sleep, fatigue all add up to the already existing anxiety. However, if you are a little prepared for what is to come ahead, you can swim through this anxious state. As Margaret Mead said, “There is no greater power in the world than the zest of a postmenopausal woman.”

How to know if you are going through menopause?

Changes in your period will be the biggest indicator that you are going through menopause. Perimenopause occurs months or even years before menopause depending on your hormone levels. If you’ve gone 12 months without your flow it is a sure sign you have gone into menopause. 

Want to learn more about menopause? Get answers to your questions about menopause and its symptoms or find a holistic practitioner specific to your needs

How To Deal With Anxiety And Panic Attacks?

How You Can Deal With Anxiety And Panic Attacks

Have you ever had a panic attack?

  1. Get this intense feeling where you feel anxious, panic grips you and you feel as if you are unable to breathe? 

  1. Does it happen more often when you feel stressed or are put in a stressful situation? 

If your answers to both the questions is a yes then you may need to know how to deal with anxiety and panic attacks. The symptoms of panic attacks are not dangerous, but it can be frightening if you don’t know how to control it as most attacks last anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes.

Symptoms of panic attack:

  • Shaking
  • Feeling disorientated
  • Nausea
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Dry mouth
  • Breathlessness
  • Sweating 
  • Dizziness

Is It A Panic Attack Or An Anxiety Attack?

Yes, they are actually different. 

Panic attacks come on suddenly and involve intense, overwhelming fear accompanied by frightening physical symptoms while anxiety attacks are usually related to the anticipation of a stressful situation, experience or event and may come on gradually.

It may be difficult for you to know whether you are experiencing a panic attack or an anxiety attack. 

Both anxiety and panic attacks have similar risk factors that include:

  • Witnessing traumatic events
  • Experiencing a stressful life event
  • Ongoing stress and worries
  • Living with a health condition 
  • Having an anxious personality
  • Having a mental health disorder
  • Using drugs or alcohol

Having anxiety doesn’t mean you will experience a panic attack but if you experience anxiety, it can lead to panic attacks. 

How To Deal With Panic Attacks?

Firstly understand this, do not let your fear of anxiety or panic attack get to you. Know that it does not need to control you, with the right techniques you can control it.

  1. Master your breathing 

Hyperventilating is a symptom of a panic attack but deep breathing can help control the attack. All you need to do is practice deep breathing, breathe in and out through your nose while you feel the air filling your body going up to your mind and clearing your thoughts.

Breathe in

1 2 3 4 5

Breathe out

  1. Understand, it is temporary

Either at the onset of it or in the middle of it, you need to work on yourself, make yourself realize that the attack is temporary and will pass. Rather than focusing on when it will stop, focus on how you can control and stop it.

  1. Discover your triggers

If you look back at the incidences or times you have had panic or anxiety attacks you’d see a pattern. Your panic attack may be triggered by either some stress or enclosed space or crowd or animals. 

Know your trigger and you will be able to better manage and cope with anxiety.

Want to learn more about how to deal with panic attacks? Get answers to your questions on how how to deal with anxiety and panic attacks about or find a holistic practitioner specific to your needs.

Let’s Talk About Allergies: Causes and Symptoms of Allergies

Our immune system defends us from typical threats including virus and bacteria and sometimes even against substances that typically don’t pose a threat to our body. Known as allergens, our body reacts to certain substances causing allergies and can be the causes and symptoms of allergies.

Allergens can enter our body through various ways including touch, inhale or things we eat.

Let’s find out what can be the causes and symptoms of an allergic reaction?

Does allergies run in your family? If one of your close relatives has an allergy issue, chances are you might be at risk of developing one as allergies can be inherited.

Your doctor might not know the cause of your allergy. The causes of all the allergies are still not known, (yes, there are multiple types of allergies).  Here are some known substances that can cause allergic reaction:

  1. Pollen
  2. Mold
  3. Pet dander
  4. Insect sting
  5. Certain food
  6. Medication
  7. Certain cloth
  8. Plants

If these are the symptoms you have been struggling with then you might have an allergy:

  • Red spots or rashes on the skin
  • Itching
  • Nasal congestion
  • Scratchy throat
  • Watery eyes

If you are suffering from the following symptoms then you might be severely allergic:

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Heart palpitations
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unconsciousness

 Parts of your body that will react to allergies are:

  • Airways
  • Nose
  • Skin 
  • Mouth
  • Digestive system

What to do if someone is experiencing an allergic reaction?

  • Call for help
  • Check if they have an inhaler
  • Try to keep the person calm
  • Help the person lie on their back and raise their feet above
  • Do not crowd the person, give them enough space to breathe
  • If bleeding or vomiting, turn them on their side
  • Avoid giving them anything to drink or eat

How can you prevent an allergic reaction?

If you have a known allergy, you can prevent an onset allergic reaction by avoiding the allergen and if you are still struggling to find out what substance you are allergic to, take help of your doctor or our holistic health experts to find the cause of your allergy.

Once you identify your allergen, make sure to

-Avoid the allergen

-Take prescribed medication

-Carry your medication along as the allergy season had begun

Avoiding an allergic reaction might not be possible completely but these steps can help reduce the chances. Want to learn more about allergies, their causes, symptoms, treatments? Get answers to your questions about allergies or find a holistic practitioner specific to your needs

What To Do If Your Child Is Constipated?

Is your child having trouble pooping? Your child is probably constipated and fortunately, most cases of constipation in children are temporary. 

Constipation in children is a commonly seen problem that comes with a change in diet or early toilet training. Simple dietary changes that include consuming fiber-rich food, fruits and vegetables and drinking an adequate amount of water can help with constipation but let’s look deeper into what to do if your child is constipated.

There’s no specific normal bowel activity in children, but there definitely are three stages when your child is most likely to get constipated:

  • While s/he is still an infant and you first begin the switch from formula to solid foods
  • For toddlers, it starts when toilet training first begins
  • Older children start getting constipated around the time they start school

Your child may be constipated if they are having any of these symptoms

  • Abdominal pain
  • For children, fewer than 3 bowel movements per week, for babies, no bowel movement for 2 or 3 days 
  • Your child attempts to hold in their stool 
  • Hard, dry stools that don’t pass easily
  • Stains or small stool marks in your child’s underwear

Your child maybe constipated because of these reasons

  • Withholding stool 
  • Low dietary fiber
  • Not enough fluids 
  • Certain medicines

What to do if your child is constipated?

There are several remedies you can try at home to manage your child’s constipation:

  • Make sure your child is getting enough fluids
  • Ensure they’re eating enough fruits, grains and vegetables
  • Make sure your child isn’t overdoing fast food and junk food
  • Create a toilet routine
  • Promote physical activity
  • Regularly remind your child to not withhold
  •  Be supportive

Constipation in children isn’t usually something you should worry about unless your child is constipated for more than 2 weeks. Consult your holistic health practitioner if you see any signs of :

  • Swelling in the abdomen
  • Weight loss
  • Stool that contains blood
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Tears in the skin around the anus

There are many reasons for your child to be constipated and it’s usually nothing to worry about. With a few dietary changes, your child should be back to pooping again in no time.

Want to learn more about constipation?? Get answers to your questions about allergies or find a holistic practitioner specific to your needs.