These days every second person is trying to give you advice on how to manage your menopause through meditation, hypnosis, snorting chili powder – O.K. I might be exaggerating a bit, but there really are many, many crazy things people believe in to cure menopause.
Well, here is one that is a little less crazy and a lot more enjoyable. What if I told you, you could eat your way through menopause? It seems silly, but just bear with me.
Now this isn’t one of those crash diets that you’re on for 2 weeks and BOOM, no more menopause. No, this is a sustainable way of eating the right things, and cutting out certain things which will help you make menopause much more manageable. A lot of this is about eating the foods that agree with your hormones, cutting out those that don’t and getting your habits right to feel the best you can, all the time.
So here goes:
– Eat smaller portions, more frequently
By eating small, balanced portions every 2 or 3 hours, you prevent yourself from becoming hungry. This also helps maintain a steady blood sugar level, which is linked with keeping your cortisol (stress hormone) levels lower, and in turn keeping your estrogen and progesterone levels in check. Take the Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement with each meal to help control blood sugar levels.
– Eat supper before 20:00
This gives your body time to digest the food properly and use some of the energy. You should also make sure that your evening portions are smaller than those you eat throughout the day, otherwise it might lead to trouble sleeping.
– Eat plenty of veggies
Vegetables are high in fibre, which helps keep your hormones in order and your blood sugar levels stable. If you want a very good source of fiber, try to replace one to two meals per day with the Manna Low GI Shake, which is high in natural fiber.
– Cut back on the sweet things
The culprit here is something called “refined sugars”. These are found in things like cakes, biscuits, white bread and candy. During menopause, these increase the risk of migraies, hot flushes and joint aches. Replace these with wholegrain bread, seeds and beans.
– Pick protein
The reason is common knowledge: it helps keep up muscle mass and strength. To get the right proteins, eat plenty of fish, chicken, seeds and nuts. Try not to eat too much red meat and dairy.
– Cut the caffeine
The caffeine in coffee can lead to serious increases in the intensity and frequency of menopausal symptoms. Reduce your coffee intake or better yet, start drinking tea.
There are various vitamins that help with different elements of menopause:
- Vitamin E: reduces the chance of heart disease and improves memory
- Vitamin C: boosts the immune function and reduces the risk of atherosclerosis
- Vitamin D: improves sense of wellbeing, mood and strengthenes bones.
- Folic acid: helps relieve pre-menstrual tension
- Vitamin B6: reducing hot flushes, mood swings and muscle cramps
- Magnesium: helps relieve PMS and helps to build bones. Can help to reduce blood pressure and relaxes the muscles
As a decline of estrogen is the major cause of menopausal symptoms, we recommend you to take the Manna Menopause Support as well, because it is loaded with phyto-estrogens to help increase estrogen the natural way, without any side effects.