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1. SOY JOY
Soy is the queen of powerhouse foods. Researchers believe Soy offers benefits to perimenopausal women in the form of reduced menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. Tofu and other soy products are excellent protein, iron and calcium.
Like Soy, products are a great source of phytoestrogens. Flax packs a lot of nutrition into it's tiny teardrop shaped seeds. A very small % of people are allergic to flaxseed. Start with 1/4 tsp a day and call doctor if you experience allergy such as rash or shortness of breath.
Flaxseed must be ground up in order for your body to absorb it's nutrients. The oils spoil quickly, only grind enough for a few days and refrigerate what you don't use immediately. Sprinkle over cereals, salads, and soups, or mix into breads and muffins. Bottled flax oil can be used, but heating destroys it's benefits so don't cook it.
3. TEA FOR YOU
Green or Black teas are terrific for you. Tea also has cancer fighting properties, fighting cell damage associated with inflammation and heart disease.
4. EATING GREENS
Leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach and their friends are a marvellous source of iron, fibre, vitamin C, manganese, calcium, copper, B vitamins and antioxidants.
5. Yo! Yogurt!
A perfect source of calcium and prevent osteoporosis.
6. Nuts to You
Nuts are a fatty food but the fats are largely unsaturated. Nuts such as walnuts and almonds contain good for you fats, antioxidants, magnesium, vitamin E, selenium and other nutrients. Known to fight blood clots and osteoporosis. Chop and add to salads, pastas, stir fries, fruit dishes or just grab a few for the munchies.
7. CATCH OF THE DAY
Fish is good for your heart and cardiovascular system. It's high in protein.
Yams and red potatoes are terrific. Yams are yummy, inexpensive and great source of antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and fibre. Eating them regular has been linked to decrease hot flashes.
9. BERRY BERRIES
Blueberries are high in Vitamin C and fibre. They pack 38% more antioxidants than any other berry.
Only about 60 calories for a medium orange and a boatload of vitamin C, fibre, antioxidants and other nutrients.
Info by Menopause for Dummies book I am reading
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