As women, getting older means a massive hormonal change. But that doesn’t mean you can’t totally thrive as you age: Eating the right foods for menopause is one way to make it all slightly easier.

Here’s a little background: As you get older, a few things start to happen at the same time. Your metabolism slows down, and your body needs more of certain nutrients. The challenge, then, is to get the body what it needs—like more protein and calcium—without overeating. Nutrient-dense foods like green vegetables, antioxidant-rich fruits, ancient grains, and lean protein are the answer.

If you can load your diet with those, establish a regular exercise routine that includes plenty of strength training, minimize stress, and prioritize sleep, you can head off weight gain, which is [science_sidebar title=’A Side of Science’ description=’A #2012 study( used data from the WHI Dietary Modification trial to look at how weight influences symptoms of menopause. It included more than 17,000 postmenopausal women with vasomotor symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats. Women in the intervention group who changed their diets were significantly more likely to eliminate symptoms. Women who lost ten or more pounds or ten or more percent of their baseline weight were also significantly more likely to eliminate vasomotor symptoms. ‘]one of the best ways[/science_sidebar] to minimize menopause symptoms.

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7 Foods for Menopause

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