Foods to help you through the menopause
Last week I talked about supplements to ease menopausal symptoms. A healthy diet is important too. Aim to use fresh, organic, and chemical free ingredients as much as possible. Reduce processed foods as there can be a lot of sugar, salt, and preservatives in them.
Omega oils contain essential fatty acids, and are needed for hormone production. Olive oil is a source of an essential fatty acid called oleic acid. Coconut oil is a source of lauric acid. These oils improve hormone production, and also play a role in skin health, and in maintaining cholesterol levels.
Choose organic cold pressed seed oils. Oily fish and flax seeds oil are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids and can be included in your diet daily for healthy hormone production.
Magnesium is a mineral essential for healthy hormones. Spinach, kale, cabbage, broccoli and brussels sprouts all contain magnesium. Avocado, almonds, cashew nuts, chia seeds, dark chocolate, and flax seeds are also good sources.
Grass fed chicken and red meat is an excellent source of protein and fats which are important for hormone balance. Grass fed red meat is rich in zinc, iron, and B vitamins. Eggs from grass fed chickens also provide a high concentration of vitamins, proteins, and hormone-healthy fats.
Soya is a natural source of plant oestrogens, the best food sources of soya are ones that are fermented. This includes miso and tempeh, the plant oestrogens that are found in fermented soya foods are easier for the body to absorb.
Zinc is important for hormone production. Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds are a great source of Zinc and are brilliant to snack on.
For a healthy journey through the menopause reduce processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, and sugar.
Check out Eileen Durward on www.avogel.ie/health/menopause for fantastic tips.
Or come to a free talk regarding The Natural Menopause Hub at the Natural Health Store Wexford on April 5 from 10.30 to 11.30 a.m.