Approximately two-thirds of women develop symptoms related to the menopausal transition. It can bring hot flashes, trouble sleeping, moodiness, irritability, pain during sex, or depression. Declining estrogen levels during this time negatively impacts your metabolism, potentially leading to weight gain and hormone changes can lead to lower bone density and an increase risk of fractures.
However, this doesn’t have to be a period when you feel in decline as many symptoms can be mitigated by diet and maintaining a positive attitude.
In this article, we share great food you can enjoy as well as botanicals and dietary supplements to help reduce negative symptoms and we also share food and drink you should avoid that might otherwise increase symptoms.
Food & Drink to Avoid
Apart from the food and the supplements that women with menopause should consume, there are also some products that women in this stage of life should avoid
As one of the symptoms of menopause is sleep deprivation, products containing caffeine, such as coffee, tea, cocoa or cola should be avoided. Moreover, caffeine can also trigger hot flashes.
All women, but particularly those in menopause, should avoid sugar as much as possible as it is associated with the incidence of hot flashes. Avoid sweetened drinks, snacks and bakery products.
Some salt in the diet is essential but Salty products should be avoided as they are highly associated with bone density reduction. It is recommended to have sodium intake less than 2 grams per day.
We hope you found this article helpful. If you would like additional support or would like to know more about your own hormonal levels please visit us at Body Conscious. We have comprehensive laboratory testing for hormone levels and our Anti-Aging doctors and naturopaths offer advise on how to naturally adjust your lifestyle to support any inbalances.
1. Spicy Food
If you are currently having difficulty with hot flashes or night sweats, you should avoid spicy food as it can worsen the symptoms.
Similar to spicy food, alcohol intake can increase the incidence of hot flashes and night sweats. Alcohol consumption is strongly associated with sleep disruption.
5. High-salt Products