Let’s talk about menopause
Menopause can be a difficult time for any woman, both physically and emotionally. At Anatomē, we believe it does not have to be this way, and menopause should be embraced wholeheartedly. The hormonal changes in the body, introduce an array of symptoms which many of you may already be familiar with. In this article, we will cover some of the symptoms and suggest ways to cope with them by improving your diet.
According to the NHS, menopause usually occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55, it is a time in which a woman will no longer experience periods and be able to conceive. However, before this occurs, you may begin to experience a number of physiological changes to your body, common symptoms may include:
These symptoms are a result of hormonal changes, primarily a reduction in oestrogen levels. As a result, you may experience weight gain. It is therefore pertinent to ensure that you are physically active, exercising up to 30 minutes per day will increase your endorphin levels and improve the health of your joints.
Foods to support Menopause
In terms of dietary requirements, it is essential that you reduce the consumption of foods high in saturated fats, and reduce the number of red meats and increase the foods that are iron-rich and full of vitamins and minerals i.e. fruit and vegetables. The antioxidants that can be found in such foods, will help to cleanse and detox the body.
In addition to this, to aide the menopausal symptoms consume foods high in phytoestrogens, this will assist in lowering your cholesterol level. A study that was conducted in 2014 concluded that phytoestrogens can help to relieve hot flushes. Furthermore, other research carried out in 2011 discovered that phytoestrogens also help to fight postmenopausal osteoporosis.
Good sources of phytoestrogens are:
During menopause oestrogen levels decrease in the body, therefore consuming foods that are calcium-rich are essential to strengthening the bones and reduce the risk of contracting osteoporosis. An example of high calcium-rich foods would be Milk, Yoghurt, Cheese, Cabbage, Broccoli and Kale to name a few.
At Anatomē our Menosupport + Renewal has been formulated with phytoestrogens that mimic oestrogen production to alleviate the physical symptoms of menopause.