Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid during Menopause
Diet plays an important part of the life of women generally, as well as during menopause. Certain foods can help relieve the most common menopause symptoms. There are also foods which give protection from the medical conditions to which menopausal women may be more prone. However there are other foods which, for the purpose of effective symptom relief and lowered disease risk, should be avoided.
Soybeans, tofu and flaxseed oil are effective for coping with menopause symptoms. This is because they mimic the effects of natural estrogen which, after menstrual periods have ceased, is not being produced by the ovaries in sufficient amounts. More research is needed to confirm how these foods work and their precise level of effectiveness, but they are generally safe so you may want to give them a try.
Fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are excellent sources of natural antioxidants. These nutrients can help menopausal women in more ways than one. Antioxidants are known to have a positive effect on the functioning of the brain, so have a positive effect on menopause symptoms such as depression and mood swings. You will enjoy a more relaxed attitude and lower stress levels, which will also help insomnia. Researchers suggest antioxidants will help your overall well being as they combat the effects of aging, and may even reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Low-fat dairy products, legumes, sardines and broccoli are recommended as they are excellent natural sources of calcium. This mineral is particularly important for the female body throughout menopause when bones are more prone to thinning and breaking, as it is a bone building element. Provided that you get enough calcium, you will lower your risk of osteoporosis.
Whole grains breads, cereals and pasta and rice are recommended for their high content of fibre. Fibre is important for maintaining healthy weight during menopause and for lowering your risk of heart disease and cancer as much as possible. It will help you improve both your metabolism and your bowel function.
Fatty, sugary and salt-rich foods should be avoided. These increase the risk of weight gain, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. These factors along with menopause itself make you more prone to heart disease. For a start, you should definitely avoid fried food, canned food, fast food and junk food. It is essential for you to read the food labels so that you will have a comprehensive picture of the fat, sugar and salt content.
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