Menopause is not a time in life that women look forward to; in many cases they approach this time with dread. While there are many changes that happen during the menopausal years, a good diet can really help to lessen the negative impact of menopause on your body. If you are experiencing symptoms of menopause, and you are looking for relief, start with your diet to see if you can make some simple, healthy changes. At Regain, we specialize in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) in Lawrence, and can assist you beyond just dietary changes. Your diet is the backbone of your health, but sometimes your body may need BHRT to really see changes. If you are looking into refining your diet to help menopausal symptoms, read on for some helpful dietary tips.
Back to Basics
Refining your diet starts with having the basics right. You should be eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, eating a wide variety of foods, and limiting high fat foods. Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best things you can do for your health; if you are overweight, safely losing pounds can result in feeling better overall. Drinking enough water is incredibly important in your quest for health as well. Replacing sugary soft drinks or juice with water can help keep you hydrated and feeling healthy. Water can help with the dry skin experienced during menopause, and can relieve bloating. Making sure you have a strong foundation in nutrition will give you the platform you need to help symptoms that arise during menopause.
Calcium and Iron
During menopause, a loss of estrogen can lead to bone loss. Calcium is incredibly important to keep bones healthy, and most women do not get enough in their diets. Eating dairy products, leafy greens, fish with bones, and legumes can add in valuable calcium to your diet. Women’s diets are also often low in iron, and iron rich foods such as eggs, lean red meats, nuts, and leafy greens can help give you this essential mineral.
Vitamin D is produced by our bodies with sun exposure, but many women do not get enough. Calcium absorption in your body is helped with Vitamin D, and ensuring that you get enough Vitamin D can protect your bones during menopause.
Foods to Avoid
If you are experiencing menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes, you may find that certain foods seem to exacerbate these symptoms. Common trigger foods include caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods. If these foods seem to make your symptoms worse, eliminate them from your diet.
Maybe you are already trying all of these tips and finding no relief. Don’t despair! Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has helped many women who find that they can’t fully control the symptoms of menopause through diet. We can work with you to see what hormones your body is low in, and how supplements and BHRT can help. Menopause can be a stressful time for women as they navigate a new chapter in their life and their health. Contact us at Regain and start feeling better today!