A disrupted hormonal cycle causes menopausal symptoms to worsen
When the hormonal cycle is thrown out of balance, menopausal symptoms often arise, however, you’ll be glad to know there are many foods that have been proven to treat menopause symptoms that are recommended by a naturopathic doctor!
There are also some common foods which make the problem worse and knowing what they are will help you prevent your symptoms from amplifying.
There are also other factors that contribute to poorer health and more intense menopausal symptoms
One of the main culprits is a liver that is no longer functioning as well as it used to. This organ is responsible for metabolizing hormones, so when it’s working suboptimally, the hormones are more likely to become disrupted.
Other factors that worsen menopause symptoms include:
- Adrenal fatigue
- Thyroid issues
- Poor gut health
You can naturally alleviate menopause symptoms with your diet
To relieve hot flashes, use the following:
- Ground flaxseed – Works like estrogen and promotes good digestive health
- Broccoli – High in vitamin C which is beneficial for the liver and high in fiber to aid digestion and weight loss
- Strawberries – High in vitamin C
- Mushrooms – Contain tons of B vitamins, protein, and magnesium which are crucial for hormone production
- Garlic – Protects against cardiovascular complications and blood clots
To prevent mood swings, eat the following:
- Avocado – Rich in magnesium which is a natural relaxant as well as B vitamins which are great for hormone production
- Wild-Caught Salmon – Beneficial for brain health and is an anti-inflammatory
- Pasteurized Or Organic Eggs – High in B vitamins
- Maca powder – Helps the cells to absorb more hormones and can improve the mood of women who are experiencing postmenopausal symptoms
Eat the following to boost your energy:
- Coconut oil – Contains medium-chain triglycerides which give you long-lasting energy
- Kale – High in vitamin C
- Organic/Grass fed Lean protein – Helps to alleviate adrenal stress and provides entire spectrum of amino acids required for neurotransmitter synthesis
- Almonds – Full of healthy fats, carbohydrates, and protein to keep you full of energy for longer
- Spinach – Contains lots of vitamin E which improves liver and adrenal health. These are both vital for metabolizing and creating hormones
Foods to help you sleep better and avoid insomnia:
- Cherries – Contain melatonin which is the body’s natural sleep hormone
- Walnuts – Great for the brain
- Pumpkin seeds – Rich in tryptophan which is responsible for the “food coma” feeling after a big meal. In other words it’ll help you fall asleep easier!
- Wild-Caught Halibut – Increases vitamin B6 which is required to create melatonin
- Chickpeas – Also contains a lot of B6 to help with melatonin production
Increase your libido with these foods:
- 72% Or More Dark chocolate – Produces phenylethylamine which boosts serotonin, AKA the hormone that makes us feel happy
- Shrimp – Boosts nitric oxide production
- Pistachios – Rich in arginine (an amino acid) which increases blood flow
- Watermelon – Helps you to relax due to the citrulline contained
- Oysters – Full of zinc which helps to increase testosterone production
Avoiding certain foods will also improve menopausal symptoms
It would be hugely beneficial to stay away from processed foods, refined carbohydrates, and fast food. Also, try removing alcohol from your diet as it strains the liver and is metabolized as sugar which worsens your health. Furthermore, reducing your caffeine intake will ensure the stress hormone cortisol is less likely to become aggravated.
Keep a journal of which foods work well and which ones don’t for the best results
You don’t have to try implementing every single one of the foods on this list into your diet straight away. But you can start eating a few from the above lists each day and take note of any changes you notice. If there are none, then something needs to be changed and it’ll be easier to make adjustments when you’re keeping track of everything.