Whether you’re going through menopause yourself or just seen jokes about hot flashes on TV, know that symptoms of menopause are different for everyone.
Women will enter menopause in their 40’s or 5o’s when they stop menstruating and this means that the body will typically have a decreased production of estrogen and progesterone in the ovaries.
Many women experience symptoms like hot flashes, weight gain, or vaginal dryness. Vaginal atrophy contributes to vagina dryness. With this, there can be inflammation and thinning of the vaginal tissues which adds to uncomfortable sexual experiences.
Doesn’t sound fun, does it?
Like many changes in our body because of aging, what we eat can either alleviate or exaggerate symptoms. So if you’re going through menopause or will be experiencing it in the next few years, here are some foods to add to your diet.
Women going through menopause are more at risk to suffer from osteoporosis and eggs are packed with Vitamin D which is important in helping our body absorb calcium and build strong bones. Eggs are also a good source of Vitamin B which helps our body deal with stress, produce hormones, and support our nervous system. Low levels of Vitamin B12 have also been linked to osteoporosis too.
Soy has gotten a bit of a bad rap in the past few years because of the likelihood of it being a GMO seed and because it may promote blood clots in our body. Tempeh is a soy-based product but because the soybeans are fermented it’s a totally different ball game. Tempeh is a fantastic source of protein, iron, and calcium. It also has the ability to mimic estrogen in our body and because tempeh is fermented soy, it easier for us to digest.
Fiber is necessary for any diet to lower cholesterol, lower blood glucose, and keep things, ahem, moving along in terms of digestion. Oatmeal or any fiber-rich foods keeps food moving through our body but can also help combat weight-gain that some women complain about during menopause. Fiber is also a carbohydrate that helps boost energy levels which can be important given that fatigue can be another symptom of menopause.
Drink more water is usually the advice for pretty much anything. Going through menopause, want to have better skin, or just fought with your in-laws? The answer is going to be to drink more water. Being dehydrated can make us inflamed and irritable which isn’t going to help us feel better about going through menopause. Making sure you’re drinking lots of water means you’re lessening your chances of being inflamed, likely going to feel less fuzzy in terms of mental clarity, and keep you hydrated because hot flashes can leave you dehydrated!
It’s never a bad idea to check in with your health professional as you approach or go through menopause. Your body is going through a big change and is going to need different things from your diet. Keep looking at what you’re eating and how your habits affect how you feel until you’re feeling like your usual self.
Want to read more about superfoods? Read our post on the amazing spirulina next!