9 Foods and Drinks Menopausal Women Should Avoid

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Symptoms of menopause can be exacerbated by the foods you choose to eat
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As you enter menopause, help manage your symptoms by eating a healthy diet.

As you pass through menopause, your lifestyle choices can affect your symptoms. Although a healthy diet is important at any stage in life, the foods you eat can help with the symptoms of menopause.

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Whether it be fatigue, weight gain, moodiness, or hot flashes, certain symptoms can make you reach for something sweet, fried, or even alcoholic in attempt to make yourself feel better. Whatever instant relief those things might provide will not last for long, and, unfortunately, could make symptoms worse. Choosing healthy foods that help with your menstrual cycle symptoms could boost your mood and change the way you feel. 

By avoiding certain foods, drinks, or even ingredients when you are cooking your food, you can ease into menopause in a healthier and comfortable way.

Alcohol

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Wine can trigger uncomfortable menopause symptoms.

Health problems start to increase when women reach the age of menopause, so it is best to keep the alcohol limited to one drink a day. According to the North American Menopause Society, women who have between two to five drinks a day increase their risk of breast cancer by 1.5 times.

Caffeine

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The caffeine in coffee can intensify hot flashes.

Even if your morning coffee is what gets your through your day, it could be intensifying your menopause symptoms. A study in the journal Menopause found that women who drank caffeinated coffee were more likely to experience hot flashes than those who did not. If you are craving something warm to start your day, try herbal or green tea

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