Menopause Foods: What To Eat And What To Avoid?

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

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The hormonal imbalance during menopause causes adverse effects in a woman’s body including hot flashes, irritability, depression etc. Food plays a significant role in helping you through the situation.

Find below a list of food you should be eating, along with a list of foods you should avoid.

 
 

 

Foods You Should Eat

 

1.Calcium

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Calcium: During this period, your body’s capacity to absorb calcium reduces. You can compensate this by increasing your intake of calcium-rich foods like almonds, fish, milk etc.

 
 

 

2.Soy

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Soy: The natural phytoestrogens in soy products assist in countering hormonal imbalance.

 

3.Omega 3 fatty acids

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Omega 3 fatty acids: Cod liver oil and salmon fish are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Consuming them helps you balance the effects of hot flashes and anxiety.

 

4.Fibre-rich products

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Fibre-rich products: Your blood glucose and cholesterol levels will be affected during this period. Fiber-rich food helps you maintain them in the normal range.

Foods to be avoided

 

1.Baked food

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Baked food: Being rich in saturated fat and sugar, baked food aggravates the symptoms of menopause. It is better to avoid them for a while.

 

2.Caffeine

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Caffeine: Caffeine does not do much harm when limited to a cup or two a day. It would be better to use herbal tea as an alternative to caffeine.

 

3.Alcohol

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Alcohol: Avoiding alcohol as a whole would do a lot of good to your health. Specifically, during menopause it aggravates symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats.

 

4.Processed Foods

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Processed Foods: Processed food have a high content of sodium in them. Increased sodium intake causes water retention in your blood. This is not advisable under the circumstances.

 

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