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Nutrition for Menopause

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Menopause has many symptoms that can be difficult to deal with and control. However, there is help and treatments are available to make it less troublesome.

Gone are the days when women just suffered through the change with no help. There are now many different treatments available that help lesson the symptoms of menopause.

It is a very good thing that there are so many different options for treatment available since the same treatment doesn't always work for everyone. There are some that work well for most so read on to find out about some of them.

One of the very best ways to avoid taking hormonal replacement drugs is to eat healthy foods, all the time. A diet packed with at least 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day is a must. The fruits and vegetables that are consumed need to be low on the glycemic index. That is very imortant, as well as avoiding chemicals as much as possible too. Of course eating healthy is good all the time but for ladies struggling with the symptoms of menopause it can be crucial. Eating right can even out the peaks and valleys of moods and keep one more balanced.

Another excellent ingredient to include in your diet are isoflavones. Isoflavones are especially helpful for women wishing to avoid hormonal replacent therapy and drugs. Plants in the Fabaceae (aka Leguminosae) family and known commonly as Legumes containg high amounts of isoflavones. Some examples are soy, chick peas (garbanzo beans), alfalfa, kudzu and fava beans. The isoflavones in these legumes can act like estrogen in the body.

Taking vitamins such as Vitamin E helps also. Vitamin E can help to calm hot flashes or make them less intense. The best way to get your body to absorb vitamin E is to get it through foods rather than a supplement. Some natural foods that have vitamin E in them are, almonds, sunflower seeds, wheat germ oil, peanuts, hazlenuts, spinach, corn oil, kiwis, soybeans, tomatoes and broccoli.

Another great help for reducing symptoms is to include foods that help to fight free radicals, such as pumpkin and other winter squashes. Pumpkins and squashes are easy to sneak into foods, because they can take on the flavor of what they are put in. My favorite is pumpkin waffles, made with wheat germ and almond flour.

One very important fact is that as a woman goes through menopaus the body needs more calcium. Not increasing your intake of calcium can lead to bone density loss which can lead to osteoporosis.

As you go through the change of life, it is important to consult with your health care professional regularly. It is important to keep up with all the available treatments, to check your blood levels and hormone levels, and so on. Regular doctor visits help to catch problems early, making treatment more effective. You will want to get an annual pap smear and other tests to help catch and stop the possibility of cancer.

Remember to keep in touch with your health care professional and to not try and self diagnose and treat, that could lead to so many more health issues. Also, you don't have to suffer the symptoms of menopause. If you can have a good healthy and nutritious diet, and keep yourself educated and up to date with your doctor, the change of life can be smooth and uneventful!



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