Five foods to help those in menopause

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - Q: I think I’m en­ter­ing menopause and I’m in­ter­ested in foods that sup­port this tran­si­tion – what would be your top five foods for me to in­clude? Thanks, Heather. A:

Menopause ‘be­gins’ when you haven’t men­stru­ated for 12 months. This is where women tend to ex­pe­ri­ence an in­crease in un­pleas­ant symp­toms such as hot flushes, in­ter­rupted sleep, mood change and fa­tigue to name a few. For some this is mild, while for oth­ers, these symp­toms are de­bil­i­tat­ing.

To best sup­port your body dur­ing this time, it’s im­por­tant to em­brace a calm­ing breath-fo­cused prac­tice and nour­ish your­self with plenty of real whole­foods, min­imise or avoid al­co­hol and to deal with emo­tions as they arise. It’s also im­por­tant to main­tain good adrenal health, as this is now the sole source of your pro­ges­terone pro­duc­tion.

Pro­ges­terone acts as a pow­er­ful anti-anx­i­ety agent, an anti-de­pres­sant and a di­uretic, mean­ing it al­lows us to get rid of ex­cess fluid, so op­ti­mal lev­els are

crit­i­cal for our health and well­ness. Here are some won­der­ful foods to in­clude:

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