One’s diet has a major impact on their well-being. In fact, the root of most health problems is often an unhealthy and detrimental diet. Inflammation, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, etc. are all a result of a poor diet that was left unchecked for too long.
While menopause is not a disease and is a natural process, a woman’s diet plays a huge role in determining just how severe her symptoms will be. With the right diet, she’ll be able to prevent or mitigate many of the symptoms.
The right foods and herbs or even supplements will help to relieve many of the symptoms that arise due to menopause. When a woman reaches her early thirties, the body’s production of progesterone decreases. By her forties, she barely produces any.
Progesterone is crucial for balancing the estrogen levels in the woman’s body. When the estrogen levels are unbalanced and there’s a deficiency of progesterone, she will see the signs and symptoms of perimenopause… and finally, menopause. This is an inevitable process that cannot be avoided, but only managed.
Let’s look at the most common symptoms of menopause and what one can do to keep them in check. It’s important to note that holistic remedies take time to work and they don’t work for everybody.
Every woman’s body is different. What works wonders for one woman may have no effect on another. Therefore, it’s important for a woman to know and understand her own hormone type if she wants to ease the symptoms of menopause.
Clinically, most women fall into 1 of 7 key hormone types. You can quickly discover your own hormone type and the foods and exercises that work best for you by using this hormone type tool developed by Dr. Jade Teta, an expert in female metabolism. It will help you find natural solutions to reduce the symptoms of menopause, so you can continue to look and feel great at any age!
For starters, you should consume food low in sodium and sugar. Salt causes water retention. The bloating is usually a result of the body producing too much of the female sex hormone, estradiol.
You can alleviate this symptom by drinking lots of water and consuming foods rich in water. Watermelons, watercress, celery seeds, asparagus and herbal teas are great for reducing bloating.
Nothing worse than feeling lethargic all the time. There are a few supplements that work well to prevent fatigue. Fish oil, ginseng, L-carnitine, vitamin B3, and vitamin B12 are great for increasing your energy. You may also wish to consume a vitamin C supplement to strengthen your immune system.
If you wish to raise your energy levels by consuming whole foods, you should get foods rich in fat. A ketogenic diet will really raise your energy levels.
Foods such as bacon, butter, coconut oil, eggs and avocados are good sources of fats that the body needs. You can get your vitamin C from vegetables such as broccoli, Brussel sprouts and from fruits such as pineapple and raspberries.
Uterine fibroids sound scary, but the truth is that up to 50 percent of women over 40 experience it. These fibroids are growths made up of fibrous tissue and muscle. They can grow quite large and may need surgery to remove them.
You can avoid fibroids by consuming less animal fats and eating more fruits and vegetables. A raw foods diet is extremely effective for preventing fibroids. You can supplement your diet with zinc citrate, vitamin C, flaxseed oil and vitamin B complex.
Headaches can be prevented by consuming foods rich in magnesium: oysters, almonds, broccoli, okra, spinach, cashews, etc. Avoid alcohol and food that’s laden with monosodium glutamate.
Hot flashes are a very common symptom that women dread. These can occur at any time. You could even be sleeping at night and suddenly wake up drenched in sweat.
The occurrence of hot flashes can be minimized by avoiding alcohol and caffeine. Caffeine triggers hot flashes and alcohol exacerbates the symptoms even further. Don’t even think of having that sip of Vodka Red Bull.
Consume foods rich in healthy carbohydrates. Soy foods which contain phytoestrogens will help too. Flaxseeds, royal jelly, Asian ginseng and vitamin E will help greatly.
Have a regular sleeping pattern, and you can take a melatonin tablet to help with your insomnia. Make sure your room is dark and cool. Do not use electronic devices which emit blue light (TVs, tablets, mobile phones, etc.) for 2 to 3 hours prior to bedtime.
You can also drink a glass of warm milk or chamomile tea to put an end to menopausal insomnia.
This is usually due to a lack of estrogen. You can remedy this problem by consuming foods rich in potassium such as salmon, spinach, sweet potato, etc. Dark chocolate is great too because it causes the brain to release serotonin which makes you feel better.
An L-arginine supplement will help to increase your sex drive. If you wish, you can consume foods such as pork loin, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, peanuts and spirulina to get your dose of L-arginine.
Applying aloe gel on the vagina will help to soothe the discomfort that arises from dryness. You should also consume foods rich in vitamin E – almonds, kale, spinach, turnip, mustard greens, sunflower seeds, etc.
Increase your water intake to stay hydrated. Avoid artificial sweeteners, caffeine and reduce your consumption of saturated fats (meat and dairy).
Another common problem that’s easily solved by consuming cucumbers, parsley, green tea, grapes, watermelon and asparagus. Reduce your intake of salt which is a direct contributor to the problem.
Drink lots of water regularly. It may seem counterproductive, but drinking more water helps the body flush out the sodium and excess water being retained.
Avoid sugar and alcohol which can interfere with your blood sugar levels and alter your moods. Stick to a clean, wholesome diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Foods such as fatty fish, broccoli, Brussel sprouts and asparagus are good for preventing moods swings.
These are some of the most common menopause symptoms. A rule of thumb is that if you stick to a clean diet that is made up of natural foods, you will be healthy and less prone to the symptoms of menopause. Avoid processed foods as much as you can.
Try to minimize your intake of alcohol. If you are a smoker, you’ll be helping yourself by quitting. Get enough calcium, vitamin D and magnesium. Reduce your intake of salt, sugar, artificial sweeteners and food additives like MSG.
Exercise regularly and take time to relax. It’s all about living a healthy lifestyle. If you can manage that, menopause will be less problematic and easier to deal with. It may not be a walk in the park, but it’ll not be torturous either.