Life is too short for bad food.
Most women are over the age of 40 during menopause, or otherwise known as climacteric. It is a phase of physical change that occurs after puberty and fertility has come to an end. Menopause is also characterized by changes in hormone balance. The resulting discomfort of hormonal imbalances during menopause can be tempered by diet.
These changes are a natural process, yet about one in three women suffer from mild to severe symptoms including hot flashes, mood swings, dry skin and an increased risk of osteoporosis.
Here at FEMNA Health we provide some tips, so that body and mind can proceed as carefree as possible into the new phase of life.
Alleviate Menopause with Diet
Diet is a huge component in our hormonal expression during any phase of life. This means that certain foods will influence your body to produce certain hormones. If that tips the scales towards one hormone in particular, which is very often estrogen, your body will experience hormonal imbalance symptoms which are even further amplified during a hormonal shift like menopause. This means that diet indirectly affects hormonal imbalances in menopause and can increase risks of hot flashes, insomnia and mood swings.
Eating calcium-rich, magnesium-rich, low-inflammatory and anti-estrogenic foods can help to lower these symptoms, as well as gestagen promoting herbs. Carrots, coffee, good quality milk and cheeses are a few examples.
Diet Affects Skin
In many women, the physical changes of menopause are also noticeable in the skin. The collagen in the skin decreases and wrinkles appear more rapidly. As a result, the skin is a little more flaccid and appears drier. In order to help the skin maintain youthful buoyancy, foods can play an important role. For example, vitamin A, which is mainly available in quality liver, and vitamin D are highly beneficial for skin.
Vitamin A is easily deficient in every body because it is not rich in foods anymore. It is helpful to maintain healthy teeth and skin as well as a good source of beat-carotene, an anti-oxidant that protects cells from damage caused by free radicals. You can also find beta-carotene in carrots. The best concentrated source comes from a piece of liver eaten once a week. Dark leafy vegetables also have vitamin A but not nearly enough is provided in one sitting. Oil supplements should not be considered.
Vitamin B has many forms and can be quite beneficial when taken in certain quantities and the right times. It is best to educate yourself on the differences and try them. They can be available in small quantities in food like dairy and meat, but often times it is recommended to supplement. B 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9 and 12 are among the most known to supply energy, help skin development and improves hair quality. B3, or niacinamide, is the main B vitamin to provide skin support by increasing collagen, smoothing the appearance of skin and providing anti-inflammatory relief.
Vitamin C is helpful for the growth and reparation of skin and is found most commonly in citrus fruits, tomatoes and broccoli. It will also help iron absorption, an essential nutrient especially for women.
A necessary vitamin for balanced healthy, vitamin D is mainly acquired from the sun. In places where the sun is scarce during winter, getting enough vitamin D is crucial. Vitamin D provides nutrients that improve mood but also support skin growth and healing.
Diet Helps Menopause
Diet is huge component to feel good during any phase of life. During menopause, it can greatly improve mood and alleviate symptoms. The issue is that diet has many religions, dogmatic beliefs and misinformation surrounding it. The best thing you can do for yourself and diet is to take the time to research and not just listening to the loudest claims, but figuring out how science can prove and disprove them. It isn’t black and white, so often times you will become confused – but that means you are on the right track! You may even find that high-cholesterol foods and sugar best suits you – there certainly is evidence to support it, but you have to educate yourself on the matter. Candy bars and cake are not the right high-cholesterol or sugar and will certainly not provide relief.
To support a healthy diet during menopause, a natural tea designed to boost, strengthen, stimulate and lift up on matters of menopausal mood is needed.
The FEMNA Health Back on Top Tea acts to support vitality during menopause. Alum, taiga root, dead nettle, hawthorn, rose, angelica root and red clover have been tried and tested for centuries.
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