Managing Menopause Symptoms Through Diet

It's a simple matter of knowing which foods to add to your meals, and which to avoid.

By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed By Charlotte Grayson, MD

  1. Eat More Tofu and Soy
  2. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
  3. Eat Beans More Often
  4. Eat More of the Right Fats
  5. Choose Your Beverages Wisely
  6. Be a Grazer Not a Gorger
  7. Eat Calcium-Rich Food Every Day
  8. Avoid High-Fat, High-Sugar Foods
  9. Add Flaxseed to Your Diet
  10. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise

Every woman experiences different menopause symptoms. Most women have some hot flashes, some feel irritable, a smaller number of women battle headaches, nausea or night sweats.

Whatever your menopause symptoms, the following food strategies just might help make your years around menopause a little more comfortable. I've adapted them from my book Tell Me What to Eat As I Approach Menopause. They'll help you manage your menopause symptoms, while also protecting your heart and your bones.

Remember, what works for one woman may not work for another, and what works for you now may not work as well a year from now. Also, most of the following suggestions have not had the benefit of well-designed clinical trials, so it is difficult to predict how well they will work for you.

Still, the truth is that many of the diet suggestions are things we should be doing anyway -- many years before menopause. If menopause is what finally motivates someone to make important changes in her diet and lifestyle, terrific!

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