“…. the conventional view of menopause as a scary transition heralding ‘the beginning of the end’ couldn’t be further from the truth” -Dr Christiane Northrup
The idea of a 40+ woman beginning what seems to be a downslide of her life since she has now entered midlife has been passed on from generation to generation. The stories of horrific experiences have turned into a social stereotype of how “ALL” women when we reach age 40+ will encounter what is described as undergoing negative changes to our physical appearance, emotions, and our personality because of all the hormonal changes that are going on.
Isn’t that a kick in the pants to our self-esteem, self-worth and existence as human beings? BELIEFS like these are what uneducated individuals assume will happen to all women in midlife. Carrying these negative labels, passing it on to woman to woman, without even stopping to check to see the facts to back this bullshit up, is why many of us are hanging our heads down dreading our future life by the time we reach 40 years old.
Why accept this information as the norm? Are you happy with what is being predicted for your future self? Let’s dive in and explore how you can turn around the negative into positive and how you can become the queen of your life even when things are changing.
We change as we grow, and we grow when we change. You are torn between how the old way things have been done, to the new you just bursting at the seams to get out. Lifestyle changes make huge impacts on how we age and how our body performs.
There are several ways to make lifestyle changes for preventative health or to improve your current health.
Bone health in particular is one of the biggest concerns as we age from broken bones to Osteoporosis. An example of ways to improve bone density is through movement and nutrition.
Here are some ways to improve your bone health:
+Practice strength and resistance training = Movement
Lift heavy weights with low reps or lift light weights with higher reps creates stress on the bones that increases bone density.
Spinal extension movements through yoga improves the health of the bone at the thoracic portion of your back. Practicing yoga also incorporates other important factors by including breath work, pelvic floor engagement and keeping stress levels low.
+Incorporate prunes into your diet = Nutrition
While there has been a lot of emphasis on dairy as an osteoporosis management tool and fracture prevention, the Harvard Nurses Study have researched that dairy does show a link to any bone health. However, eating prunes showed an improvement and in some cases it showed a reversal of bone loss and osteoporosis. It is recommended that 100g of prunes a day would help bone health in many ways, along with sesame seeds and blueberries.