Treat Yourself to Menopause

Foods That Will Ease Your Transition

The risks to health during menopause are real. The good news is, you can take action to prevent them. You are not alone in this battle. Besides a changing and more understanding society, you have food. It’s time to stack your plate with the nutrients that will help you prevent or ease issues ranging from hot flashes to breast cancer. Before we tell you which these foods are, let’s see:

What is going on with your body?

As you say goodbye to your periods, a lot (though not all) of your estrogen is packing to leave too. Other than the end of your fertility era, the reduced production of this female sex hormone signals the onset of thinner bones, a thicker waistline, weaker heart, and the notorious hot flashes. Excessive weight, on the other hand, increases the chances of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer for people of all ages and genders.

Here are the foods that should become your best friends during menopause:
Foods rich in calcium, vitamin D, and protein - for bone health and muscle mass:
  • dairy products - milk, yogurt, cheese. They are also known to prevent early menopause (before the age of 45).

  • sesame seeds

  • dried figs and other dried fruit

  • fish that you eat with bones (such as sardines).

  • some green leafy vegetables - kale, cabbage, lettuce.

  • fatty fish

  • eggs

  • red meat

Healthy Omega-3

They are found in fatty fish (mackerel, salmon, and anchovies) and seeds like flax seeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds. They help with the reduction of hot flashes and night sweats.

Whole Grains

They are rich in nutrients linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, and premature death. They include brown rice, whole-wheat bread, barley, quinoa, and rye.

Fruits and Vegetables

They contain a lot of vitamins and minerals, fiber and antioxidants which ease weight loss and reduce hot flashes. The biggest heroes here are broccoli, cauliflower, and dark berries. Broccoli and cauliflower may protect against breast cancer. Dark berries can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Foods Containing Phytoestrogens

You may have heard opinions for and against their effectiveness, but the latest studies show that they increase the levels of estrogen in the blood and are linked to a smaller number of hot flash incidents. Examples of such foods are soybeans, chickpeas, peanuts, flax seeds, barley, grapes, berries, plums, green and black tea, and more.
Other than being healthy, these foods are tasty too, don’t you think? If you haven’t already, include them in your menu. No, it’s not too late. Look at it as a chance, a menopausal resolution to start taking good care of yourself. Read our next posts to see what other lifestyle changes you can make to make your menopausal transition as easy and natural as possible.

Source: My Luna Editor.

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