Thursday, November 17, 2011

Menopause and good nutrition(part 2)

Further from part 1, menopause is not just a topic for elderly female or already in menopause period, what should be focus is that every woman should get ready for this menopause period in their later life. A clause saying “Prevention is better than treatment”.

Common symptoms of menopause included heart pounding or racing, hot flashes (night sweat), skin flushing (become red) and sleeping problems (insomnia), headaches, mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety and some of them might turn towards forgetfulness. However, good nutrition can helps prevent or reduce certain conditions that may develop during and after menopause.

It is believed that dietary changes may be able to help in relieving those symptoms. The most common one is increase soy products intake due to its isoflavones. Isoflavones is a type of phytoestrogen that can against health disorder. A more comprehensive list of foods known to contain phytoestrogens includes: soybeans, tofu, tempeh, soy beverages, flaxseed/linseed, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, oats, barley, lentils, yams, mung beans, apples and ginseng. 


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