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A healthy diet during menopause may help you to tackle better what is often a difficult time for women, as you go through major hormonal changes.
Menopause is that turning point in a woman’s life when she experiences the permanent end of her periods/monthly cycle. At this time, a woman’s body goes through a lot of changes which can have a big impact on her physical and mental wellbeing.
Menopause brings about physical upheaval ranging from hot flashes and night sweats to the risks of having heart disease and osteoporosis. However, following a good menopause diet can reduce or prevent the symptoms and also help you to lead a happy life.
A healthy menopause diet coupled with some small lifestyle changes can help you to have a healthy menopause. Since your oestrogen hormone is diminishing around the time of your menopause, it is very important for your body to get the right foods in order to get specific nutrients to keep you hale and hearty during menopause and even beyond it.
So, here is your menopause diet guide that will help you to discover yourself in a new way.
Decrease in estrogen levels during menopause causes vaginal dryness and dry skin – drinking about eight to ten glasses of water per day can help to retain your skin’s moisture. Drinking enough water can also decrease the amount of bloating caused by the hormonal changes.
Women’s bones tend to be weak with age. So, you should eat and drink at least two to four servings of dairy products and calcium-rich foods every day as your calcium requirements increases during menopause due to the loss of estrogen. This can speed up your bone loss. You can also take one calcium tablet every day after consulting with your doctor.
Getting enough vitamin D is mandatory for protecting your bones during menopause. Many dairy products also contain Vitamin D; so have them aplenty. Moreover, the best source of Vitamin D is sunlight, so make sure you soak in some sunshine as and when possible to boost your immunity.
Our metabolism slows down as we get old, and tend to adopt a sedentary life. This causes weight gain, which is dangerous for menopause. So, ensure that your menopause diet consists of plenty of green leafy vegetables and a variety of fruits. This will help you in your weight loss program while ensuring that your body gets all the nutrients it requires.
Certain whole grains like oatmeal, quinoa, and barley, provide Vitamin B to the body and provides energy which is so much required during menopause. Folic acid and fiber, also lowers the risk for cardiovascular disease.
Menopause is that golden time when you are comparatively free of all domestic duties. If you have kids, they have probably left the nest and you suddenly have time for yourself. Get up and start attending that yoga session that you always wanted to. Be happy and spread the positive vibes. Because if you are happy, your children will be happy too.
Remember, active menopause is a must for every woman.
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