Our partners at CIMA Medical Center want to ensure the best health for the Miami Springs Community. We share some of their weekly health tips to to keep our community aware of risks and opportunities to improve their health.
Yes! Your hormones are at it again.
The production of the two hormones that control your reproductive system, estrogen, and progesterone, slows down between the ages of 45 and 55. It’s the natural end of your child-bearing years, and your fertility goes with it.
Without a reproductive system to manage, your body doesn’t need as much estrogen and progesterone. These lower hormone levels cause a number of health issues throughout your body:
BRAIN AND NERVOUS SYSTEM
You experience a mix of physical and emotional symptoms like mood swings, memory loss, irritability, hot flashes, fatigue, night sweats, anxiety, and depression.
The lining of your urethra becomes dry, thin and less elastic, leading to frequency, incontinence and urinary tract infections.
The same issues of dryness, thinness, and elasticity affect your vaginal tissue, causing inflammation, irritation, discomfort, less lubrication and pain with sex.
Low T or Low Testosterone is all over the TV these days with a million products promising to boost male testosterone. But what about Estrogen in women?
Symptoms of Low Estrogen can be controlled in several ways. But first, you need to visit a doctor to diagnose menopause. Your symptoms, age, and medical history may be enough to make the diagnosis. If not, your doctor may perform a blood test to check your hormone levels.
Once you have the official diagnosis, CIMA Medical Center can work with you to develop a plan to manage your symptoms.
Many symptoms can be simply managed by changing things in your daily life:
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Stop smoking.
Estrogen is naturally present in many foods, so you can supplement a healthy, plant-based diet with these foods to help elevate your hormone levels, many of them you probably eat already:
- Dried fruits and ripe fruits like apricots, oranges, strawberries, and peaches.
- Many veggies, including yams, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, kale and celery.
- Tofu and other soy-based products.
- Beans and lentils.
- Olives and olive oil.
- Flax and sesame seeds.
- Herbs like thyme, sage, and turmeric.
TAKE A NAP FOR A BETTER BRAIN
Researchers say people over age 60 who took afternoon naps performed better on cognitive tests than people who didn’t nap.
- Experts say afternoon naps benefit people of any age by resting the brain and clearing out our jumble of daily thoughts.
- One expert said the best nap is 10 to 30 minutes taken between 1 and 3 p.m.
- Another expert warned that longer naps might be a sign that a person is not getting adequate nighttime sleep.
Napping helps your brain recover from burnout or overload of information. While taking naps, your brain clears out unnecessary information out of your brain’s temporary storage areas to prepare it for the new information to be absorbed.
𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗢𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗼𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘀 is caused by the breakdown of cartilage, a rubbery material that eases the friction in your joints.
It can happen in any joint but usually affects your fingers, thumbs, spine, hips, knees, or big toes.
𝗢𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗼𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘀 is more common in older people. Using your joints over and over damages the cartilage, leading to pain and swelling. Water builds up in the cartilage, and its proteins break down. It may start to flake or get tiny tears. In severe cases, you can lose all the cartilage between the bones of a joint so that they rub together, making it harder and more painful to use the joint.
𝗖𝗜𝗠𝗔 𝗠𝗘𝗗 𝗠𝗜𝗔𝗠𝗜 𝗦𝗣𝗥𝗜𝗡𝗚𝗦 💙🩺
To learn more about these medical issues or to check up on your health, contact CIMA Medical Center in Miami Springs:
📞 (305) 885-0515 / (305) 800-6963
📍 175 Westward Dr, Miami Springs, FL 33166