Superfoods To Help You Manage Menopause

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Menopause- we will all go through it but how we deal with it is a very different story. You have heard the horror stories of ill tempers, hot flashes, moments of unnecessary rage and just telling you kids off for no reason.  Do we really need to open the freezer door to cool off?

Including these super foods in your diet can help to alleviate these symptoms associated with menopause, maintain your memory power, and prevent osteoporosis. These superfoods are delicious to eat, easy to prepare, and super-good for you!

Tofu

Tofu  is an alternative protein source to meat. Along with other soy products, tofu can be beneficial for lowering your cholesterol and preventing heart disease. Soy products like tofu may also decrease the side effects associated with menopause, including the dreaded ‘hot flashes.’

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Navy beans

Navy beans are loaded with fiber, which can help reduce your risk of color and other forms of cancer, as well as relieve the symptoms associated with diverticulosis. Women need 30 grams of fiber each day, so include them in your favorite chili recipe, or try them as a side dish alternative to pasta or rice.

Yogurt

Packed with calcium, yogurt can help prevent osteoporosis. It has also been shown to boost your immunity and help with weight management. Additionally, yogurt contains high amounts of good bacteria such as acidophilus, which helps to prevent yeast infections and urinary tract infections.  It also contains protein, which may help your body battle the fatigue and weariness that follows a hot flash.  Check out a great article on healthy eating that is especially essential for those approaching menopause! http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=59895

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Many of these food choices are discussed at length in my book, Fabulous Foods for Health and Healing.

Blueberries

As we age, we sometimes find ourselves forgetting things or feeling as if we’re in a fog.  If you find this to be the case, grab for the blueberries the next time you’re shopping for groceries. Recent studies show they may actually help with short-term memory loss. They’re also loaded with antioxidants. Pair them with some low-fat plain yogurt for a top-notch way to protect both your brain and your bones.  I eat blueberries almost every day because as a super food, blueberries work on your brain and can possible prevent Alzheimer’s as well!

Check out my blog article, http://www.keciaclarke.com/superfoods-for-conquering-alzheimers-and-the-pain-of-arthritis/#more-10936 for more interesting tidbits!

http://www.keciaclarke.com/product/fabulous-foods-for-health-and-healing/  is a great read that will encourage you to cook for heart and health.  Fitness is a way of life for me,  so my knowledge of  healthy eating and choices are a product of reading and doing and acting like I want to live my best life  forever – which by the way- means eating healthy and taking care of the body given to us!   Hell, I wrote the book , Fitness is a Way of Life!

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Avocado

Avocado also contains antioxidants, such as vitamin E, which can help to protect your vision and skin, which can suffer as we age.  The monounsaturated fat found in avocados has also been shown to improve the condition of hair and skin. They’re great on a turkey sandwich, or mash up a few ripe ones and whip up a quick side of guacamole to have with some low-fat baked tortilla chips. http://www.keciaclarke.com/product/fabulous-foods-for-health-and-healing/

Also see http://www.keciaclarke.com/category/health-and-fitness/ for more on general healthy eating that every woman should know prior to menopause!

Use sugar and salt in moderation. Too much sodium in the diet is linked to high blood pressure. Also, go easy on smoked, salt-cured, and charbroiled foods — these foods have high levels of nitrates, which have been linked to cancer.  See http://www.webmd.com,

On a funny note,  Chef Jesse made reference to charbroiled meat and its adverse effect on a man’s health in my show, Culinary Conversations! Too funny !!! Watch it here! Culinary Converesations

And as always, it’s important to make low-fat and low-sodium choices when menu planning. These do nothing to help alleviate the symptoms brought on by menopause, and are unhealthy options at any age, but especially as we grow older. Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol intake, and get plenty of rest, and you’ll soon find your menopause symptoms are easily managed.

As always, live your best life,

Kecia Clarke

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Written by Kecia Clarke