by: Dawn M. Olsen
Did you know that Japanese women tend to suffer hot flashes only about 1/3 as
often as American women? Or that those following a vegetarian diet also complain
of hot flashes far less than the rest of us? Of course, you donít have to give
up the steaks just yet - but doctors and nutritional professionals suspect that
the difference is largely due to the use of soy products in the diets of these
women, and several women have now realized that by incorporating some soy in
their diets, their symptoms of menopause have abated considerably.
In fact, altering your diet in small ways can have the greatest positive
effect on your body as it transitions to menopause and beyond. For instance, by
staying away from hot drinks, youíre not giving your body reason to 'heat up'
and produce a hot flash. At the same time, reducing your caffeine intake (which
often comes in the form of hot drinks, including coffee and tea) will naturally
help you sleep better at night, which will keep your mood and mental state
Lastly, replacing these drinks with water and juice will keep your bones and
muscles well-lubricated, prevent osteoporosis from settling in, and temper your
general aches and pains. We know itís no easy task to give up coffee, but
think of the endless benefits of this one relatively minor change to your diet.
In fact, one of the most commonly complained about symptoms of menopause
these days is the weight gain that seems to come along with it. Put simply, your
body isnít burning calories in the same way it once was, so if you donít
change your diet - even if itís already a healthy one - youíre bound to gain
a few pounds around the waist.
Changing your diet now, simply by avoiding a few foods that are bound to make
other symptoms worse, while increasing the foods high in certain vitamins while
remaining low in calories, will help you to maintain your figure while giving
your body the nutrients it needs to fight off some of the worst symptoms of
Weíll tell you which foods to add to your diet if youíre suffering hot
flashes, vaginal thinning, aches and pains, or emotional symptoms of menopause.
In addition, of course, weíll share the secrets of which vitamins and herbs
have been proven to keep your mind sharp and your bones strong as you age
through menopause and beyond.
For instance, foods high in potassium, including most fruits, will help you
keep your mind sharp while promoting healthy water flushing throughout your body
(which will reduce cramps and bloating), while keeping your muscles and bones
lubricated and strong - including your needy joints and your thinning vaginal
walls. In short, this is the time in your life when 'an apple a day' couldnít
ring more true!
Also, oily fish, including salmon and tuna, and vegetable oils, are often
recommended by nutritionists for anyone wanting to keep their minds sharp. But
these oils are also useful in helping keep your muscles from drying, while
helping your digestive system.
In fact, everything from Vitamins C and E to herbal remedies such as Dong
Quai and Wild Yam Root are discussed in this book; remember, not only American
women suffer menopause - youíre far from alone. Every woman in the world goes
through menopause sooner or later, and we all have our own ways of treating the
symptoms unique to us.
Weíll explore the countless ways in which these small changes or additions
to your diet will not only combat the unique symptoms youíre going through,
but the ways in which you can identify these symptoms quickly to lead a healthy,
long life far after menopause.
But letís talk about soy again, briefly. Itís been in the news, and for
good reason, but where do you start? Many of us would buy a chunk of tofu,
which, letís face it, can be tasteless, but it doesnít end there, and again,
you donít need to move to Japan to figure out how to add it to your diet. You
donít need to give up eating cheeseburgers to enjoy the occasional veggie
burger, but adding some soy to your diet has made the symptoms of menopause much
more tolerable for millions of women. If youíve not eaten many soy products,
donít hold your nose just yet - in addition to helping your symptoms, you may
find that you actually like it!
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