Most women will go through menopause sometime between the ages of 45 and 55.

However, your experience will probably differ from that of your friends or family members. Some women have symptoms that other women do not experience, and vice-versa.  These symptoms include hot flushes, vaginal dryness and mood changes.

 As far as food and nutrition are concerned, the jury is still out on how certain foods may effect symptoms of menopause. However, it’s worth considering the following:

  • Alcohol and caffeine may trigger flushes in some women; if you have flushes, try reducing your alcohol and caffeine intake.
  • Healthy diet, regular meals and regular exercise can help balance mood (see Nutrition for guidelines).
  • Omega 3 oils from oily fish may help improve mood and depression, although research in this area is not conclusive.
  • Eating wholegrains, legumes (dried beans and lentils), seeds, fruits and vegetables may be more beneficial than taking phytoestrogen supplements, which are best taken with professional advice. Soybeans and flaxseed (linseed) are particularly rich in phytoestrogen. 

Your GP can advise on particular concerns you may have regarding nutrition and menopause. You can find more information on managing menopause here.


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