Menopause Diet: Eating Right To Help Ease Menopause Symptoms

by Laura Ramirez on November 29, 2010

A menopause diet can be the quickest and easiest way to both avoid weight gain brought on by menopause and alleviate common menopause related symptoms. Believe it or not, simply changing the way you eat can have a dramatic effect on the way your body handles menopause, making the entire process a lot easier on you.

Though there are many supposedly sure fire menopause treatments out there, menopause nutrition is truly the key to feeling your best. The same basic principles apply during menopause as at other times in your life; eat a well balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables and avoid processed foods, sugars and caffeine. The more healthy foods you can incorporate into your regular diet, the better you’ll feel.

Fats, carbohydrates and proteins are the biggest trouble areas in any diet, and the menopause diet is no exception. You need a certain amount of these foods to balance out your nutritional needs but try not to overdo it. Calories are not the be all and end all of your diet. Portion size is much more important. Eating smaller portions more often can help to keep your body feeling fit and allow it to fight off menopause symptoms.

There are specific foods you can include or avoid in your diet to help control the major symptoms of menopause. This is what makes menopause nutrition so very important. The more you can do by simply changing your diet, the less likely you will be to need medical intervention, including prescription medications. It is far easier on the body to regulate the food you eat than to try and balance out hormone swings with synthetic compounds, so the more you can do through diet the better.

The most prominent and disturbing symptom of menopause are hot flashes or night sweats. These uncomfortable moments can strike at any time, day or night. Alcohol, spicy foods, refined sugars and warm drinks such as coffee and tea can all be triggers for hot flashes or night sweats, so avoiding these foods in a menopause diet is essential. Getting the proper amount of water every day as well as phytoestrogens, or plant estrogens, can also help. Phytoestrogens can be found in legumes, apples, potatoes and carrots. You can get relief by taking an herbal remedy for menopause that contains ingredients that relieve symptoms without side effects.

Other symptoms which can be controlled with proper menopause nutrition include mood swings and weight gain. Eating foods like turkey and bananas, which are rich in serotonin, can help to balance moods and fight depression, while weight gain can be stemmed by avoiding saturated fats and increasing your water intake.

Aside from easing symptoms, a healthy menopause diet can also help prevent complications such as heart disease and osteoporosis. It is extremely important for menopausal women to avoid artery clogging fats and get plenty of calcium with vitamin D to keep bones fit and strong.

Eating right is not that difficult to do and it could mean the difference between enjoying your menopausal and post-menopausal years and suffering unnecessarily. Don’t let menopause get the best of you, eat right and exercise and you can go right on living, symptom free!

Copyright © 2010 by Laura Ramirez. All Rights Reserved.

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