1. EXERCISE – Exercise can play an important role during menopause by maintaining fitness, assisting with weight management, decreasing musculoskeletal complications and boosting morale and mood.
2. ISOFLAVONES – Isoflavones are structurally similar to oestrogen and possess both estrogen-agonist and estrogen-antagonist properties. During menopause women experience a significant drop in oestrogen levels, often resulting in but certainly not limited to hot flushes, night sweats, fatigue and mood swings. Although research is for the most part unclear, it is speculated that foods containing isoflavones like tofu and soy can influence oestrogen levels and potentially reduce the severity of such symptoms.
3. TRIGGER FOODS – Certain foods may trigger hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings. Common triggers include caffeine, alcohol and foods that are sugary or spicy. Keep a symptom diary. If you feel that particular foods trigger your menopause symptoms, try to reduce your consumption or avoid them completely.