Food for Thought: What to Eat During Menopause

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Wouldn’t it be great if you asked your doctor how to deal with menopausal symptoms and she told you to eat plenty of chocolate and blueberry scones, and then wash it all down with copious amounts of red wine?

Unfortunately, we’ve all lived long enough to know that life doesn’t work out that way, and when it comes to combating the effects of menopause, you’ll be advised to eat different kinds of foods, namely those that are healthy. Yes, menopause may bring a gaggle of gruesome maladies, including hot flashes, dull skin, memory loss, and flatulence, but chocolate, flakey baked goods, and dry wine won’t do anything to ease the pain (at least in the long run).

Fortunately, there are some foods that will. Read on for some ways to use good foods to boost your menopausal body.

The Top Three Foods to Eat During Menopause

1. Increase your soy intake. Recent studies indicate that middle-aged women who consumed at least three soy products a day reported positive benefits for their hearts and bones. Soy protein also can improve skin, hair, and nails. Once considered a tasteless waste of chewing, today’s soy products include flavorful foods, such as soy cereal and roasted soy nuts. Soy products also can reduce hot flash frequency.

2. Fish fat makes you fabulous. Studies show that middle-aged people who consumed omega-3 fats on a regular basis scored higher on memory tests. These fats can be found in flaxseed, salmon, sardines, tuna, and in fish oil supplements.

3. Drink green tea. Rich in antioxidants, green tea is good for strong bones and a healthy heart. Studies show that several cups of green tea every day can decrease th e risk of stroke by 69 percent. You’ll also get your exercise by running to the bathroom all day.

More Foods to Eat During Menopause

4. Cool it on the hot sauce. If you live anywhere south of the North Pole, you’ll probably suffer from hot flashes and night sweats. To help alleviate the problem, eliminate spicy foods and caffeine from your diet. Eat more fres h vegetables and fruit, and don’t go to bed on a full stomach.

5. Fight flatulence. Sudden and uncontrollable flatulence is another cruel trick from Middle-aged Mother Nature. To help control symptoms, reduce the consumption of gas-producing foods such as green vegetables and beans. Don’t gulp food because you swallow air and it has to get out somehow. Also, don’t drink too much soda because the carbonation will create little tubas that like to toot every time you bend over.

6. Hydrate your health. Drink six to eight glasses of water every day to help keep your skin clear and supple. Water also can reduce problems associated with cramping and constipation. And, nobody wants to be remembered as the cramping, bloated, wrinkled old woman who didn’t drink enough water.

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about 2 years ago, said...

Some risk factors and symptoms linked with aging and menopause can't be changed. But good nutrition can help prevent or ease certain conditions that may develop during and after menopause. Every woman experiences different menopause symptoms. Most women have some hot flashes, some feel irritable, a smaller number of women battle headaches, nausea or night sweats. Whatever your menopause symptoms, but there are certain food that might help make your years around menopause a little more comfortable. During menopause, eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients you need. Since women's diets are often low in iron and calcium. Read more to know what to eat and what not during menopause: http://bit.ly/WmFwV6


almost 3 years ago, said...

Hiiii!!!! Women in their early fifties who are starting menopause symptoms should start being concerned about changing their diet. Certain health problems can start during menopause such as heart disease and osteoporosis. Help protect your bones, heart, and the rest of your body during menopause with these foods: Low- and non-fat dairy such as skim milk, Whole grains, High omega-3 fish, Keep up with your fruits and vegetables, Eating nuts along with a meal, Beans... HOPE IT WILL HELP MANY OF FRIENDS!!!


about 3 years ago, said...

Very helpful tips


about 3 years ago, said...

Hi, I am now in my early 60's but never had any of the menopausal symptons, I have always eaten a high protein diet with plenty of fruit and veg. never eaten cheese or yogurt, don't drInk (acohol) or smoke, don't take any supplements. I don't know which factors work but from what I have heard about the menapause I am greatful for no symptons


over 3 years ago, said...

Been having pain in my bones, didn't know green tea is good for strong bones, so will take this advise.... thank you 3. Drink green tea. Rich in antioxidants, green tea is good for strong bones and a healthy heart. Studies show that several cups of green tea every day can decrease the risk of stroke by 69 percent.


over 3 years ago, said...

menopause is kicking my ass , trying to diet is going nowhere. glad to know i am not the only one


over 3 years ago, said...

I have a very bad habit of drinking way too many cokes. 10 to 12 a day, 3 through the night. what will help. And I do need help please.


about 4 years ago, said...

Charcoal pills completely get rid of all gas. Get at Whole Foods. Or Rainbow Acres etc.


about 4 years ago, said...

Only thing that works (nd I have tried everything soy, clover etc.) are estrogen patches Vivelle and Progesterone from the compounding pharmacy. This problem can last ages 43-61. No Sugar, no alcohol, no caffeine. Avoid heat and high tempertures. Expect to gain at least 40 lbs. Weight starts going away only after the flashes are under control and you are no longer nervously eating for relief of symptoms.


over 4 years ago, said...

As a Registered Dietitian and one going through Menopause myself, I say NO to the soy, MOST DEFINITELY the "soy supplements". Current scientific studies are showing that all that soy increases your risk for cancer, especially breast cancer. Personally, I have known 2 women who used the soy menopause supplements and ended up with breast cancer. They warned me not to use soy, and then scientific research started coming out with these findings and trial results.


over 4 years ago, said...

Chocolate n wine is wishful but not the answer


over 4 years ago, said...

Im 44 and have been perimenopausal for 2 years, I have had success with organic Maca powder - it has eliminated my hot flushes and night sweats and I'm much less hormonal, hungry and I have much have more energy every day. I've had to cut down on alcohol and spicy foods but I've found apple cider vinegar great for flatulence and heart burn. No HRT for me! Weight loss however eludes me despite a very regular exercise regime.


almost 5 years ago, said...

Good tip on red clover....can you drink it as a tea?


almost 5 years ago, said...

I now know simple, doable ways to keep my menopause symptoms at bay .....and hot flashes and farting are definitely problems!


almost 5 years ago, said...

If you work at home beans are a great source of fiber and non fat protein. Digestive enzymes help very much with gas and all of them are not the same. Some of us need more hydrocloric acid instead of "Tums" for acid reduction, in order to break down protien. Also, we so need green leafy vegetables if we are not on blood thinners. They are so good for us. So go and look for plant based digestive enzymes with some betaine hydrocloride if you think u need it.


about 5 years ago, said...

Increasing soy intake and other food tips.


over 5 years ago, said...

You have some good info here, natural solutions do work very well and methodical testing of different foods, nutritional supplements, better diets, regular routines and workouts can help you balance your own hormones naturally and stay healthy during menopause. One important thing to remember before trying out new foods or supplements is to get an allergy test just to be safe. Dr. Holly Lucille Certified Naturopathic Physician, Author and Educator. http://www.natura-pause.com


almost 6 years ago, said...

Everything in the article


over 6 years ago, said...

Just a quick note--soy is a _bean_, and Beano starts getting expensive if you use it every day. Soy may be good, but some of us work in cubicles close to other people, if you get my drift and I think you do. Red clover capsules offer many of the benefits of soy, and don't cause gas. So when you recommend soy and recommend against beans, plesse be aware that soy can be a problem.