How Can A Diet Help Alleviate Menopause Symptoms?
For some people few things beg for relief as urgently as menopause. If you are one of those people having a particularly bad time while going through menopause, there may be some steps you can take to minimize the symptoms.
One of the easiest ways to reduce at least a part of the symptoms is by checking what you eat. Food as we all know plays an important role in overall health. Eat the right foods and you stay healthy, but start consuming too much of the wrong stuff and you can expect all kinds of health problems.
This principle is doubly true when our bodies are out of sync as it truly is during menopause. While your body is trying to adjust to the lower fluctuating levels of estrogen it’s vital to “keep the engine running” in optimum condition.
Eating the Right Foods
What then is the right diet for menopause? Some food groups are completely safe while others need to be used with moderation and others still need to be completely avoided.
The “safe group” includes products that are low in fat like:
Beans or legumes ( important sources of calories and proteins)
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Low-fat dairy products
Nuts and seeds
Food Groups that should be avoided or at least limited include items such as:
Hot peppers and spicy food
Sugars can lead to weight gain at a time when you probably don’t really want to be putting on weight. (If ever…) Chocolate cravings are quite common during PMS, and while a little chocolate doesn’t do any harm, large amounts of the stuff can later lead to additional problems.
Quite a few women have reported strange cravings for salty foods while going through menopause. Just as with sugar cravings, a small bag of potato chips now and again probably won’t hurt, but if you find yourself constantly craving salty foods you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue. (There’s a new post coming with more information on this condition.)
There is strong evidence to support the case that postmenopausal women who indulge in higher amounts of trans fats appear to be at an increased risk of stroke. Fried or processed foods are best consumed in moderation during and after menopause and are not good candidates in a diet for menopausal women.
Alcohol is a no brainer. An occasional glass of red or white wine with your food is not likely to cause any problems. However during menopause your hormone levels are out of whack and heavy alcohol consumption will very often lead to additional problems including osteoporosis.
Spicy foods including hot peppers are known to trigger hot flashes and you’d do well to avoid heavy consumption of these types of foods while going through menopause. This may be doubly important if you live in a hot climate.
Many women have trouble sleeping during menopause and coffee will often make matters worse. There is strong evidence to suggest that caffeine is bad for a number of reasons. Among other things caffeine has been linked to an increase of hot flashes, and if you happen to have low bone density to begin with large amounts of coffee will lead to an increased rate of bone loss if you’re not consuming enough calcium. If you like your coffee you could switch to decaf and save yourself a lot of headaches later on.
If you find your symptoms are still running out of control you may want to consider adding Menozac to your diet. Menozac can form an important part in your natural menopause treatment regime.