Vegan is, without doubt, the hot potato of the moment with more and more people turning to this as their preferred choice of diet. The campaigns to eat less meat in an effort to restore some equilibrium in our planet’s welfare has been a major driver but while we all recognise the need to respect our environment there are also major benefits for those suffering in the menopause.
It is fair to say that the menopause does bring with it, by association, a number of negative connotations with a short temper and mood swings being high on the list. For many the symptoms creep up without recognition that the high emotions in one previously a calm and collected individual might just be a result of the menopause.
Remember the menopause is natural and it is only in recent years awareness has grown as life expectancy increases and more women are living through this time of life. To make matters worse, other symptoms such as irritability, aggression, weepiness, panic attacks and forgetfulness often kick in, and these have often led to women mistakenly being treated for depression or believing that the issue was all in the head. If the body is experiencing stress high levels of cortisol are released to offset the tension and that impacts on the level of hormones produced which in turn affects sex drive as less testosterone is produced. An unhealthy diet means the body does not have the basic ingredients to produce the right amount of hormones.
It is a vicious circle as stress puts a greater demand on the body and calls upon its reserves to cope leaving behind a feeling of lethargy and apathy.
With that in mind many women are turning to a vegan diet to reduce any impact and aid symptom free menopausal years. A high alkaline diet is very good for bodies going through hormonal changes and a natural diet made up of foods from shells, skin or peel is going to work hard for the body.
A vegan, high alkaline diet will aid a manageable menopause both mentally ( reducing brain fog ) and physically ( helping with insomnia and hot flushes ).A vegan diet can help to retain good bone health. Red and white meats and dairy all produce acid in our blood when they are digested, which has to be neutralised. This is done by leaching calcium from our bones. A wholegrain varied diet is the most protective diet for bone health that we can have.
It is important to recognise that post-menopausal women have higher rates of heart disease, partly due to the lack of oestrogen produced and a diet high in animal fats can mean the liver produces ‘bad’ cholesterol whereas a vegan diet will create antioxidants which helps reduce such a risk.
So with the new year ahead with resolutions and promises made, it may be worth checking out the options for a new regime and veganism may be one on the list.
There is clearly more to veganism than meets the eye!
Happy New Year