FOOD FOR THE FEMALE MID-LIFE CRISIS
Menopause. The time when a woman’s body undergoes changes that affect innumerable aspects of her life (and that is putting it lightly). This sometimes dramatic shift can call for women worldwide to consider ways to manage their individual body weight. As we kick off National Women’s Health Week, let’s look at how we can lessen and improve the effects of menopause via diet.
Try to include sufficient amounts of these foods.
Since menopause is often marked by a slower metabolism, it is important to consider foods that are filling but low in calories. Try any of your favorite veggies including leafy greens, squash and carrots.
Not only are fruits often low in calories, but they are also considered cooling foods which can counterbalance the hot flashes that show up during this time. Grapes, mangoes, melons and cucumbers are excellent options to meet your need.
Bone health is a focal point of women’s health especially during menopause. Fish, raw milk, cheese, mushrooms and eggs are great dietary sources of Vitamin D. Some doctors recommend a Vitamin D supplement or getting a little sunshine!
The decrease in estrogen can increase bone loss thus calcium is a must during this time in a woman’s life! Try foods like fish, cheese and eggs.
This decline in estrogen can show up as dry skin or vaginal dryness, and can even cause bloating. So stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water to offset these symptoms.
Often times, menopause can cause a decrease in energy and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Include whole grains like barley, quinoa, steel-cut oatmeal and brown rice to give you the boost you are looking for.
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– CASEY EDMONDS, CHC
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