Menopause is a natural occurrence in females, but for some, it can be more difficult than others. The symptoms of menopause are often uncomfortable and sometimes even debilitating, so any relief from these symptoms is welcome. While each woman’s experience with menopause will differ, there are some foods that have been found to help relieve the symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings.  These 5 food items should help to improve your overall health if you have a balanced diet and include them regularly

The role of omega 3 fatty acids is well researched and understood, healthy hormones require that we have access to a diet rich in good fats.  Including omega 3 rich foods, will help you to achieve this if you are perimenopausal, and trying to balance your hormones to reduce hot flushes and lose weight.  Goods fats have two functions they help with the production of hormones so your hormones as hormones are made from good fats.  Lastly, these good fats are also required for healthy cell walls which is important for cell wall repair and reproduction.

The clearance of excess hormones is dependent on the presence of the liver being able to detox effectively and the availability of good quality fibre to remove excess hormones from the body.  Oatmeal is a great choice; oats contain beta-glucan fibre that regulates estrogen levels in your body while also being high in calcium and magnesium, both important minerals for managing menstrual cycles.

Almonds are an excellent source of fibre also which are great to include to help with regulating estrogen levels in your body, the other benefits of Almonds include magnesium and vitamin E which are both important for minerals during menopause.  Vitamin E for the maintenance of healthy skin and magnesium to support both nervous systems, cardiovascular health and promote healthy bowel actions.

Herbal teas are a wonderful way to support your body during your transition to menopause and beyond.  The best herbal teas for menopause include ginger, peppermint & fennel help these herbs have been known to reduce hot flushes improve circulation and energy.

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Well, you don’t have to sneak it secretly, any more and feel guilty if you have good quality Dark chocolate.  A small amount of good quality dark chocolate 70% or more cocoa is rich in magnesium and antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties that are likely to behave positive effects on your menopause transition.

As we discussed in this blog post, there are many foods that may help relieve some of the symptoms associated with menopause. If you’re struggling to find a way to manage your symptoms and would like more information on how diet can affect overall health during perimenopause or menopause, please contact our office today. We offer complimentary 15-minute consultations for women who want personalized advice about nutrition and other lifestyle changes they can make to maintain good health while going through hormonal changes.  What have you found helps alleviate your hot flushes? Let us know! You can book a FREE 15-minute consultation here

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