Women in the very throes of menopause understand exactly what low estrogen does to their bodies. Due to your body going through the change of life and estogen waning from your body you will experience hot flashes, mood swings, dry, itchy skin, dry brittle hair, wrinkles forming, sagging skin, sagging breasts, and weight gain. You may also experience higher blood pressure, higher cholesterol levels and heart disease.
This can happen to a woman as she goes through perimenopause and when she is thrown into menopause. Even when you get through menopause you will still be in danger of getting some serious diseases all because your lifelong friend, estrogen that kept you looking young and beautiful has disappeared leaving you at risk.
To protect yourself from cancer, heart disease, sagging skin, weight gain and hot flashes you need to increase your intake of estrogen. Considering that hormone replacement pills can do as much harm as a major loss of estrogen in your body, you will need to find other ways to get that all important life saving, ultra beneficial estrogen back into your body. You can start getting lfiesaving estrogen back into your body by simply going to your nearest health food store or the grocery store.
Many foods contain an estogen-like property that is called phytoestogen. You may have been eating many foods already that contain estrogen and will help you keep those middle of the night hot flashes at bay. What I have done is classified estrogen rich foods and foods that inhibit the production of estrogen. All you have to do is eat the right foods and you can feel and look great again.
Estrogen Rich Foods
Fruits; Apples, dates, plums, cherries,
Vegetables; Beets, carrots, yams, tomatoes, olives, potatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, and broccoli.
Grains; Barley, oats, hops, rice and wheat
Seeds; Flaxseed, fennel, sunflower seeds, and alfalfa
Beans; Soybeans, split peas, chickpeas, black eyed peas, limabeans, and Navy beans.
Herbs and spices; have estrogen like properties and they are: Garlic, parsley, clover, ginger, thyme and oregano.
Your local health food store will be able to help you pick the best foods to get as much estrogen as possible. Soy containing foods are a great way to get your daily does of estrogen. You should try to strive for about 30 to 50 milligrams a day of natural estrogen a day. There are many soy foods that have estrogen such as: soy noodles, soymilk, tofu, soy yogurt, soy cheese, and soy flour. Soy also is an excellent source of calcium that you will need when going through menopause and once you have successfully passed through the doors of menopause.
Foods that inhibit Estrogen are:
Fruits, citrus fruits, berries, grapes, figs, melons and pineapples.
Vegetables, Cabbage, green beans, onions, corn and squash.
Grains, Millet, white rice and white flour are bad sources of estrogen.
Flaxseed is a wonderful food to consume during and after menopause to obtain your much needed estrogen because it contains phytoestrogen. Flaxseed when consumed daily will help you keep heart disease to a minimum. Flaxseed will also improve your liver function, and will improve the condition of your dry, itchy skin. Flaxseed also helps to make your hair shiny and helps in the treatment of eczema, and psoriasis.
Menopause is a difficult time to go through for any woman. But to say as healthy and disease free as possible you will want to eat plenty of estrogen rich foods. Bet you didn't know that while going through menopause you have even more reasons to drink beer, which suddenly became a very healthy estrogen containing drink!