Tuesday, June 14, 2011

MEN- O- PAUSE?

I listened to a wannabe comedian describe menopause as a state in a woman’s life when all activities with the opposite sex ceases due to the changes that occurs in the woman. He depicted a state of misery which every woman should dread.
No!
Did anyone tell him that there is andropause for men? It can only get better during menopause, with the menstrual cycle gone, no PMS’s, no cramps, no sanitary towels and tampons here and there. (My thoughts while others cracked their ribs at the silly joke). Ok! Am not premenopausal, menopausal or even post-menopausal. Lucky to still be in the better side of 35, but that does not in any way mean that I do not look forward to my menopausal years.
Let’s talk Nutrition!
On a healthy diet, every woman can go through menopause, deal with all the hot flashes, vaginal dryness and other symptoms, stay attractive and have fun with her partner. If you are around, within or past menopause, here are some diet tips for you.
  1. Deal with osteoporosis which is one of the health issues women face during and after menopause with a calcium rich diet like the non fat or skim milk, okra and leafy greens. Do not forget to up your vitamin D intake too because it is very essential for transporting calcium into the bones. You can take vitamin D fortified food and other foods like cod liver, sardines, mackerel and eggs. Do not forget the best source of vitamin D- sunlight. A 10 minute exposure daily will be good for you. Have you checked your vitamin D level recently?
  2. Do not let weight gain rid you of pleasure during this period. Maintain a diet comprising of complex carbohydrates, vegetables and fruits.
  3. Deal with hot flashes and balance your estrogen levels by eating soy bean and flaxseed. (Flaxseed is rare in Nigeria, but the supplements are available).
  4. Eat bioflavonoid rich foods like oranges, grapefruits, tangerines etc, to successfully get relieve from night time leg cramps and bruises which usually occur during menopause.
  5. Do not let your vagina stay dry; reduce the dryness by eating foods that are high in vitamin A and beta-carotene. They will strengthen your mucous membranes and keep the grove on!
  6. Eat avocados and let the oils offer you its rich nourishment. You will love your skin.
  7. Don’t forget vitamin C rich foods, they are loaded with antioxidants that can help reduce degenerative diseases and inflammations, and slow down the aging process.
  8. Pears, raisins, honey, peas, beans are rich in boron, eat them and reduce loss of minerals from your bones (osteoporosis), prevent muscle and joints aches and maintain a healthy hair and skin.
  9. Make menopause fun!
***Menopause is not Men O Pause, this guy need to work on his jokes. What is your take on this?



12 comments:

  1. Thanks for this NT
    As no 4 is very important to me, I resolve to up my intake of eggs and Spinach. :))
    Hope all is well

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  2. Am so book marking this post! tnx :D

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  3. Yay! You're back :D Didn't know menopause causes dryness- isn't that painful?? Thanks for the tips though. Yes oh, bookmarking is a good idea lol

    Adiya

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  4. Yes that man needs to work on his jokes. I'm not yet 'pausing' but I've read o. Thanks for sharing:-)

    Lol @ Ibhade. Sista Ibhade, you still get two pikin to pop out before you can even think of menopause!

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  7. I've never really given much thought to menopause but u've just made it easy... bottom line is one needs to eat right! and thanks for the tip on my folic acid.. its in my fridge now :)

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  8. @9JALINES...*laughing* NO WAY!

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  9. @ NIL thanks for stopping by and commenting, every little diet change to the positive pays.

    @ Ibhade am glad you stopped by. Don't be scared of popping out the babies(according to 9jalines) and help the human species not to go on extint lol!

    @ The Corner shop, glad you love the tips. I hope am back too? I'll try.

    @9jalines, am glad you stopped by. Popping out babies like pop corn? lol!

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  10. @ @ilola an glad you stopped by, checking out your blog next.

    @ Awful Licks07 welcome to my blog, do visit again

    @ Nonye, menopause awaits every woman, we need to think about it and get ourselves ready for it ahead of time. Thanks for stopping by

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  11. To be honest o, I'm looking forward to Menopause, have been since I was a teenager, all this PMS is no small thing jare. Thanks for sharing...

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  12. you are doing a good job here. thanks for sharing this information. J

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