During the menopause years, some women experience adding a few more pounds than they had before menopause. Shira Gordiner, D.O., says, “this may have more to do with the decreased amount of activity than changing hormones. However, it’s always a good idea to discuss with your doctor to make sure hormones are properly balanced.”
There are some diet changes that may need to be addressed during this time to make sure that you stay as healthy as possible.
- Aiming for two servings of fish a week in your 40s and 50s may help reduce the chance for developing heart disease later in life. Trying a fish oil supplement may be better suited for those who aren’t especially fond of fish.
- Slimming down may help reduce in some women dreaded hot flashes.
- Cutting the amount of salt and processed food will help ease the discomfort of bloating.
- Swapping your morning cup of coffee, for an iced decaffeinated herbal tea may help ward off hot flashes.
While some of these ideas are essential for good health for any women, during the menopause years this is especially important to keep you healthy and comfortable. Discuss with your doctor what changes you can make to your diet and lifestyle that will help ease the transition during this change in your life.