Menopause is a period of natural change in women's lives, which generally occurs between the ages of 40 and 50. At this stage, there is a reduction in the activity of the ovaries and, at the same time, the estrogen hormone begins to be produced in smaller quantities. Medically, menopause is confirmed after 12 months without the occurrence of a new menstruation.
This hormonal change can occur suddenly, causing sometimes intense symptoms. The most common are hot flashes, headaches, decreased libido, urinary incontinence, changes in mood, insomnia and weight gain.
Is it possible to alleviate menopause symptoms?
Yes it is! And these measures include adopting healthier habits, such as a balanced diet and an active lifestyle.
Hydration is crucial for the proper functioning of the body and skin, as is sun exposure (with appropriate precautions) and the consumption of foods rich in vitamin D, which contribute to the protection of bones.
Foods rich in calcium and phytoestrogens - substances that offer the body an effect similar to that of estrogen, which end up compensating for the body's lack of production - are essential for this new cycle of your life, as well as for relieving menstrual symptoms. Foods such as soybeans, flaxseeds, tofu, some fruits and dark green leafy vegetables or even milk. Flaxseeds are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for reducing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and menopause.
Foods rich in iron should also be included in your diet, such as meat and eggs, dark green leafy vegetables and legumes such as chickpeas, beans, lentils, among others.
Dried fruits are essential for the heart, thanks to their high monounsaturated fat content, and their vitamin E content, which has benefits for the skin. Whole foods such as oats, in addition to providing energy, contribute to good intestinal transit.
Peruvian maca helps balance hormones
Maca is known for being extremely nutritious, and for being an excellent source for increasing libido and fertility. Its aphrodisiac properties naturally stimulate the endocrine system of men and women. In addition to its influence on sexual performance and male fertility, maca also acts to relieve menopause symptoms, balancing hormonal levels.
The difference between Peruvian maca and the foods mentioned above is that maca does not contain phytoestrogens. However, as it has a high content of fatty acids - important at a hormonal level - it contributes to the reduction of menopausal symptoms, improving women's mood and energy. Another benefit of maca is that it not only helps women adapt to the physiological changes of post-menopause, but also increases bone density, preventing the onset of osteoporosis.