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Eat This - Not That: Managing Menopause Symptoms

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Manage menopause symptoms with these foodsWhat foods should I eat and avoid during menopause to help manage my symptoms?


Did you know that what you eat and drink can affect how you feel? It can also help or worsen some symptoms of menopause.

For instance, spicy foods, hot beverages, and alcohol can all trigger hot flashes, so you may want to avoid them. On the other hand, if you are having trouble falling asleep, warm milk, cherries, or a slice of turkey can help.

Knowing which foods and drinks to say yes to and which to avoid during menopause can let you better plan meals and snacks while reducing symptoms.

If you are experiencing hot flashes, night sweats, depression, mood swings, and insomnia, you may want to take a look at your diet. The lists below can help you make some adjustments that may reduce your symptoms.

Hot Flashes and Night Sweats


YES:
  • Water
  • Soy
  • Eggs
  • Garlic
  • Broccoli
  • Bell Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Chamomile tea
  • Melon, pineapple, strawberries, and mango
  • Whole grains
NO
  • Spicy foods and hot peppers
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Hot liquids
  • Fatty foods
  • Foods with a high sugar content

Insomnia


YES
  • Sliced turkey
  • Warm milk and dairy products
  • Cherries, grapefruit, watermelon, bananas, and pineapple
  • Fish
  • Whole grains
  • Lentils
  • Almonds and walnuts
  • Peanut butter
NO BEFORE BED:
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Large meals
  • Greasy foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Ham, bacon, sausage, and pepperoni
  • Tomatoes
  • Raw carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli
  • Sugary foods

Mood Swings and Depression


YES:
  • Breakfast
  • Fish
  • Turkey
  • Whole grains
  • Beans
  • Flaxseed
  • Brazil nuts and walnuts
  • Soy
  • Peaches, pears, bananas, and apples
  • Purple berries
  • Brussel sprouts, asparagus, spinach, peas, and beets
  • Dark chocolate (in moderation)
NO:
  • Foods with a high sugar or sodium content
  • Artificial sugar
  • Potato chips
  • Excessive caffeine
  • High fat foods
  • Processed foods
  • Alcohol

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

03-29-2016 - 12:02 AM


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