What to eat and what not to eat for a healthier menopause
Too many women slog through menopause miserable experiencing symptoms such as hot flashes, weight gain, mood swings, tiredness, and night sweats. A healthy diet has long been expected to ease certain symptoms, and now there is new research that suggests women who eat diets high in fruit, certain vegetables, pasta and red wine are less likely to have hot flashes and night sweats during menopause.
Researchers found that women who a lot of strawberries, pineapple, melon and most closely followed a Mediterranean diet were about 20 percent less likely to report experiencing these common symptoms. Additionally, women who ate high-sugar, high-fat diets were 23 percent more likely to experience these symptoms.
What to eat:
- Follow a low-fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables to reduce hot flashes and night sweats as well as help avoid menopausal weight gain.
- The right fats: opt for healthy fats from fish, olive oil and canola oil that are rich in unsaturated fats.
- Low-glycemic carbs: wholegrain pasta, bread and cereals that will provide energy without the moodiness and fatigue.
What not to eat:
- Processed foods: pass on the packaged foods that have too much sugar and salt
- Refined carbs like white bread, rice, pasta and potatoes release glucose into the bloodstream quickly, which can lead to high-low mood swings, weight gain and tiredness.
- Sugar and artificial sweeteners: Consuming too much sugar causes your hips, butt and belly to hold onto it as fat. Even artificial sweeteners are bad because they trick your body into thinking it is getting sugar.
- Trans fat: avoid butter, fast food and baked goods that have saturated fat and trans fat because those lead to more bad cholesterol in the body that can result in memory loss and the inability to concentrate.
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