How right foods can control symptoms and lose middle-aged spread
It all starts with the pre-menopause, where sex hormones are just starting to wobble, and ends with menopause in the true sense of the word, where menstruation stops for good.
But, as most women know, there are plenty of twists and turns along the way which can be challenging, to say the least.
We can be hit with everything from mood swings to insomnia and night sweats, food cravings and memory glitches and, while they don’t all tend to occur simultaneously, it can be an uphill struggle.
And for most of us, it invariably involves a spare tyre of flab around our middles.
But there are diet, exercise and supplement strategies that can seriously influence hormone behaviour throughout these testing phases in our life.
So whichever stage you are at, the time to act is now!
What can happen?
Fluid retention – Bloating can occur for a number of reasons: regular medication, inflammatory conditions within the digestive tract and poor hydration.
But the most common and, in some instances, the easiest to address involves our diet. What, when and how we eat can have a real impact on how the body manages the fluids which are essential for the body’s biochemical reactions.
Mood swings – These can be one of the most disruptive aspects of the menopause and can be hard to handle. We can change from a pussycat into a lioness in a matter of minutes. We can be laughing one moment and crying the next.
While some women sail through without feeling unhinged on a regular basis, many go to bed at night feeling less than in control of their mood.
Memory glitches – You’re in your 40s or 50s but you may already be experiencing senior moments! Memory is crucially linked to diet but on the back of a wealth of research there is growing interest in the effect our diet has on our nervous system and the communication network in the brain during menopause.
Flushes and sweats – You can swing from being freezing cold to baking hot in the blink of an eye. Some foods encourage more body heat, while others have a cooling effect. Night sweats are also not uncommon.
…The List goes on…..
What can you do?
Eat to feed hormonal havoc – Your body needs daily assurance that it can go through the various stages of menopause doing what it does best regarding maintaining balance wherever possible and that means easing the stress.
We recommend two diet strategies. One option is two or three good meals without snacks, and the other is a five or six smaller meals and snacks option.
What is important is that you choose the one that best suits your lifestyle and your timetable.
Both routes offer excellent levels of essential nutrients geared to alleviating menopausal symptoms and both offer the opportunity to either lose a substantial amount of weight if required and/or ensure you maintain a healthy weight.
Fats are vital, sugar and grains are not – This piece of advice often throws women into a real spin as many have spent more years than they can remember avoiding fats – but they play a major role in both diets and with good reason.
Women’s hormonal health is hugely dependent on a regular supply of not only Omega 3 fats from oily fish, seeds and a couple of nuts, but also monounsaturated fats from olives and olive oil, nuts and their oils, and butters and avocados and healthy saturated fats from grass/pasture-fed animal flesh and their dairy produce, as well as tropical oils like coconut oil.
These fats do not make us fat and sick or increase our risk of cardiovascular disease – sugar, starchy refined grains and hydrogenated fats, all of which are regularly included in processed, ready, fast and junk foods, are what make us fat and sick.
Therefore we recommend the Manna Diet as a healthy alternative to help regain balance through lifestyle, diet and exercise. We also recommend the Manna Menopause Support supplement to help increase estrogen levels the natural way.