For women, menopause is a dreaded phase on her life cycle. The common misconception of menopause is that the woman is no longer attractive and desired physically and sexually. Menopause is also a period of emotional turmoil when many women suffer from bipolar disorder and depression. Not to mention the endless uncomfortable physical symptom she has to battle with such as hot flushes and night sweats which keeps her awake at night, mood swings, and lack of interest in sex. Unfortunately, menopause is a phase which all women have to go through. It is encouraged that all women educate themselves on the issue of menopause so that they can help themselves go through menopause gracefully. This article will focus on one of the main area of menopause , that is the type of foods that should be eaten regularly during menopause.
First and foremost, if you have not been taking care of your diet. It is not too late to start making a change. Better late than never. For women during menopause, it is even more essential to take care of your body by making sure you are taking enough nutrients your body needs. Start with eating organics. Organic food is best for you as you can be sure of getting the freshest and best nutrients without contamination. Here are some of the most popular menopause super food which you should increase their amount in your diet, and yes, try get them organic if possible.
1. Soy Milk
Soy milk is very popular at one time due to claims that it can reduce post menopause symptoms such as “hot flushes” and prevent breast cancer. However, the American heart Association claimed that soy isoflavones does not have any effect in menopausal symptoms in their recent study. Despite that, it is also a well known fact that Japanese and some Chinese women suffer less severe menopause symptoms due to their rich diet in soy products such as soy milk, miso and tofu. Personally, I feel that all women should increase the intake of soy for cardiovascular and overall health benefits if not for the sake for menopause relief.
Increase flaxseed intake is recommended for its high content of lignans and omega-3 essential fatty acids. Omega-3s, often in short supply in populations with low-fish diets, promote heart health by reducing cholesterol, blood pressure and plaque formation in arteries. In addition, flaxseed oil is often recommended as a galactagogue. However, eating too many Flax seeds can also cause diarrhea in some people.
3. Fatty Fish
The most widely available source of EPA and DHA is cold water oily fish such as wild salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies and sardines. Oils from these fish have a profile of around seven times as much omega-3 as omega-6. Farmed salmon, being grain fed, have a higher proportion of omega-6 than wild salmon. Other oily fish such as tuna also contain omega-3 in somewhat lesser amounts. However, there is one thing you should be aware that the potential presence of heavy metals and fat-soluble pollutants like PCBs and dioxins which may accumulate in this cold water fish. So choose your fish carefully.
4. Water, Water, Water
Another important food to include is non other than water. Women during menopause should make it a habit to consume at least 6 to 8 glasses of water throughout the day. Make water the beverage of your choice. Increase the intake of fruit and vegetable juices as well.
Last but not least, cut down on all types of refined carbohydrates such as white bread, muffins, cookies, pasta, package cereals and cakes. Also totally eliminate processed food, caffein, alcohol in your diet. If you are a smoker, it is time to quit now. Your body does not need more burden of unhealthy habits. With these basic changes in your diet, you are on your way to a more comfortable and sweat free menopause. For more informative articles on menopause relief, head over to http://www.agematter.com.