When most women first start to experience the terrible symptoms of menopause, they may be desperate to find ways to combat these symptoms. These cures may include sleeping pills to get rest, changing to lighter clothes or wicking sleepwear to keep the hot flashes at bay, and many doses of Pepto-Bismol to fix the bloating and indigestion. What about the diet, are you eating foods that will help your body to adjust to menopause? Here are some great foods that may help in your quest to find relief.
Soy if you haven’t heard by now, soy is a very healthy and natural food that is absolutely filled with helpful plant estrogens called isoflavones that can reduce the hot flashes of menopause. Isoflavones can help lower cholesterol as well, according to many researchers. It is also loaded with protein, iron, and calcium, which is important especially for those on a vegan diet.
Nuts are also great for menopausal women. Some people think that nuts are loaded with fat, but the fat they contain is not animal fat and completely unsaturated and healthy for you! They also contain antioxidants and minerals such as magnesium and selenium, and vitamin E. Nuts are a tasty addition to almost any recipe!
Fish yes, you still need protein for your body to remain healthy and strong, even though the veggies may be your staple. If you enjoy fish, be glad because it is full of good things besides protein such as omega-3 fatty acids that are very heart healthy and it helps lower cholesterol. This kind of fat also lowers your LDL cholesterol, so go ahead and indulge yourself! Flax… what is flax? you may know that it is found mostly in a seed form, although you can also buy it as a supplement in capsule form. It contains phytoestrogens, just like soy, so flax can help relieve hot flashes.
Why not enjoy a cup of tea once in a while. If it’s green tea you’ll gain the benefits of polyphenols that are a very powerful antioxidant. This natural chemical is a cancer-fighter and stops cell damage as well. Green leafy vegetables yes, your mother was right. Eating your greens is a great way to get iron, fiber, vitamins C and B, as well as minerals such as calcium and manganese.
Yogurt this food has long been thought to bring good health, due to the active cultures such as Lactobacillus acidophilus which helps balance the bad bacteria in your digestive tract. Of course the calcium is a big plus as well , but if you are lactose intolerant this may not be an option.
So there are you are, some of the healthy foods you may enjoy as often as you like and actually help with your menopause symptoms, too. Of course don’t forget to drink plenty of water each day, and get some exercise!