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Fibre - Reasons to Increase Your Intake During Menopause

There are several reasons why menopausal women should include fibre in their diet

Here are five key reasons:

Hormone regulation: During menopause, there are significant hormonal changes in a woman's body, particularly a decrease in oestrogen levels. A high-fibre diet can help regulate hormone levels by supporting proper elimination of oestrogen through the digestive system. This can potentially alleviate some menopausal symptoms related to hormonal imbalances.

Digestive health: Menopausal women may experience changes in their digestive system, such as bloating, constipation, and irregular bowel movements. A diet rich in fibre can promote healthy digestion by adding bulk to the stool, preventing constipation, and promoting regular bowel movements. This can help alleviate digestive discomfort commonly experienced during menopause.

Weight management: Menopausal women often face challenges with weight management due to hormonal changes and a slower metabolism. Fibre-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, are typically lower in calories and provide a feeling of fullness, which can help control appetite and prevent overeating. Including fibre in the diet can support weight management efforts during menopause.

Heart health: As women age and go through menopause, their risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke, increases. Consuming a diet high in fibre has been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. Fibre can help lower cholesterol levels, regulate blood pressure, and improve overall heart health, thus benefiting menopausal women.

Bone health: After menopause, women become more susceptible to bone loss and osteoporosis due to reduced oestrogen levels. Some high-fibre foods, such as beans, lentils, and dark leafy greens, are also excellent sources of minerals like calcium and magnesium, which are vital for maintaining strong and healthy bones. Including fibre-rich foods in the diet can contribute to better bone health in menopausal women.

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