Diet, nutrition and menopause

   Menopause is caused by a fall in the amount of the hormone estrogen produced by the ovaries. Menopause is a time of transition, the end of the fertile years and an individual experience for every woman. The decline or absence of estrogen can mean changes to energy levels, memory, bone health, hormones, urinary and heart health. Good nutrition and small lifestyle changes can help to maintain a healthy menopause. Exercising and eating right can make a real difference to how you feel – and can help to maintain health during and after the menopause. Research is beginning to focus on the effects of optimal nutrition on the health and well being of women around the time of the menopause. It is increasingly being found that good nutrition and optimizing the intake of specific nutrients, together with small lifestyle changes can offer significant help in maintaining a healthy menopause and make a real difference to how women feel. The best diet possible is recommended to meet the demands made on the body by the menopause. Some women may also find it useful to safeguard their diet, through supplementation of essential nutrients at a sensible level.  As there are many different supplements on the market, it is important to choose an appropriate, balanced level supplement. Meanwhile, avoid sugary foods, drink plenty of water, limit alcohol, coffee, tea, and saturated fats and incorporate exercise into your daily routine.