Menopause, diet and exercise

Diet

For many women, the symptoms of the menopause can be notably improved by simple changes to the diet.

Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day, 7 or more is even better. Make sure you have a rainbow of different coloured fruit and veg of equal amounts. Eat adequate protein, lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs etc. At least 2 to 3 times a week. Aim for complex rather than simple carbohydrates, i.e. choose wholegrain or wholemeal bread, brown rice and pasta. Try to keep sugar intake low. A moderate amount of healthy oils and fats in a diet are essential, cut down on saturated fats found in full fat dairy produce and fatty meats. Try to eat natural foods, restricting the amount of packet and tinned products. Finally, alcohol can be enjoyed in moderation, one to two small glasses a day, but aim for at least two alcohol free days per week.

Exercise

Equally important; Every time you exercise your adrenal glands are stimulated to convert androstenedione (a precursor hormone produced in the ovaries, adrenal glands and fat cells), into estrogen. A minimum of four 30 minutes sessions each week will give enormous benefits.

Try low impact aerobics, walking, skipping, swimming or even vigorous housework or gardening as this will not only help control weight gain but with the increase of oxygen to the brain will also help with emotional wellbeing.

Without doubt a healthy varied diet, exercise and FX menopause 3™, are a women’s best friend from perimenopause through to post menopause and beyond.

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