If you are managing menopause, you may want to take a look at your diet. Even if you have eaten healthy all your life, your body requirements are changing now. Although there are cases where diet alone will not help deal with symptoms effectively, for many women, including more menopause friendly foods in their diet can reduce unpleasant symptoms. Here are some of the most popular – and probably effective – ways to make your menopause symptoms less severe.
A species of buttercup, black cohosh helps relieve symptoms like night sweats and hot flushes in menopausal women. While there is contradictory evidence, some have experienced positive benefits and noticed relief. It may also lower blood pressure, so it’s worth a try.
Because of the presence of isoflavones, which are a form of phytoestrogens, women can benefit by switching to a soy-rich diet. Many women have confirmed a considerable reduction in the severity of some menopause symptoms. It may work as one of many natural remedies for menopause but most experts don’t recommend taking soy in powder or tablet form.
This oil is effective because it contains omega-3 fatty acids, as well as phytoestrogens called lignans. It is generally used to treat hot flushes but it may also play a role in lowering cholesterol. Keep in mind that you should avoid taking whole flaxseed, as it can cause digestive problems. But considering its benefits, you may certainly think of taking a supplement that also contains an appropriate dose of flaxseed oil.
Eating foods rich in vitamin-E or simply taking vitamin-E supplements may help relieve menopause symptoms naturally. Some women have noticed considerable benefits with a reduction in flushes and vaginal dryness. Topical application is effective against vaginal dryness because it has lubrication properties.
Although it gets difficult to stay active when dealing with aging and hormonal changes, exercise can greatly increase your chances of managing menopausal symptoms better. You can try aerobic exercise, breathing exercises or yoga to manage sleep disruption and mood swings and irritability. Exercise may help manage menopausal weight gain which in turn helps make symptoms less severe.
An Important Consideration
The above-mentioned foods and supplements may help, but take them with care. Most women don’t realize that menopause symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes, and mood swings are made worse by certain foods. Some of the most common trigger foods include alcohol, caffeine, and food rich in sugar. One way to identify your triggers is to keep a symptom diary. Keeping a record will help you identify a pattern and isolate problem foods to avoid.
When it comes to managing your menopause, diet and exercise will help. It’s a matter of finding what works best for you for the stage you are at. Even then, it may not last since the frequency and intensity of symptoms change with your hormone levels over time. Be prepared to be constantly adjusting and adapting to find the right balance.