For women menopause is a life-changing event. It’s important to understand exactly what it is, how it occurs, and how this time of life is impacted by nutrition and exercise.
What is Menopause?
Menopause usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. It is characterized by an absence of menstrual cycles for twelve consecutive months, during which time a woman is considered to be in menopause. During this transition, a woman’s ovaries stop producing the hormone estrogen. This is significant because prior to menopause, 90 percent of a woman’s total estrogen is produced by the ovaries. Estrogen is crucial for maintaining physical and mental balance.