Regulate Hormone Levels with these Menopause Diet Tips

CalciumWhen experiencing the many symptoms of Menopause you can feel hopeless and out of control.  Hormone levels are out of whack, and taking a tole on your body and your mood.  If you could control these fluctuations using your diet, would you?  Of course!

Following is a list of foods you can include in your diet to help regulate hormone levels.

Healthy Meals During Menopause for Ever-changing Metabolism

Insomnia, hot flashes, weight gain, and fatigue are just some of the many symptoms women go through when they are dealing with menopause. For some women, the notion of what to eat can become challenging and confusing because of your body’s drastic changes. Most women don’t realize that certain healthy meals can actually offset your body’s hormonal changes that cause you to gain weight during menopause. You may be aging, but that doesn’t mean you have to gain another pound. Here are some of the best healthy foods you can eat when it comes to staying healthy and happy during menopause.

Increase Calcium Intake:

Once you start going through menopause, your need for calcium will also increase. Since your body is producing less estrogen, your bones hold less amounts of calcium, so you need to replenish what you lack. At this point in your life, you need at least 1200mg of calcium per day in order to stay healthy during menopause. By having a glass of low-fat milk, and eating a cup of non-fat yogurt, you should be getting about 1,100 mg of calcium, which means you only need a little more to make up the difference.

Beat the Bloat:

To beat the bloat, you should eat foods that are lower in sodium and carbohydrates but still eat foods that contain whole grains. Eating heart healthy foods like vegetables and whole grains will help with your bloating during your menopausal time, by giving you the fiber you need to relive your symptoms and to keep you healthy.

Dr. Caroline Cederquist, Founding Physician, BistroMD

Foods That Heighten Female Hormone Levels

Soy products contain isoflavones which are similar to human estrogens. Foods harboring soy products include tofu, soy milk, and soy beans. They raise estrogen levels which raise the levels of other homones.

Broccoli contains glucosinolates which play a role in the metabilism of estrogen.

Sugar in its mulitple variations stimulates insulin. Insulin causes other hormones to kick in that increase energy available to the cells. Nutrients in the form of vitamin D, which is actually a hormone, affects calcium and phosphate metabolism strengthening bones and connective tissues.

Our old friend the multiple vitamin with minierals contain nutrients that further stimulate hormone production.

Mark Davis, MD, President, Healthnets Review Services

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