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Typically a woman’s ovaries stop releasing eggs in her early 50’s and her menstrual cycle stops; this is what we call menopause. For many women, this is a word to dread, but the reality is that this period of life affects women in many different ways; some sail through without so much of a sleepless night, where others can really struggle.
We’re asking the million-pound question. Can lifestyle really support the transition through the menopause?
Of course, it can, so let’s look at some of the top diet and fitness tips for managing the menopause.
Paleolithic nutrition is based on the principles of evolutionary biology with a focus on the low or moderate carbohydrate options available to hunter-gatherers. The largest argument against the Paleo Diet is that it’s hard to imagine one basic diet covering the entire period from 2.6 million to 10,000 years ago, with people living in a wide range of climates and geographic regions.
The Paleo diet consists mainly of grass-fed and pasture-raised meats, vegetables, fruits, fungi, roots, and nuts. It excludes grains, legumes, and dairy products, along with limiting refined sugars, starches, processed foods, and oils.
We know that physical activity is key to maintaining bone and joint health, but we find ourselves in a catch 22. This is because these same tissues are in the firing line when carrying out any physical activity and they may be susceptible to physical stress, strain, or trauma. In turn this can all contribute to joint degradation.
What then happens, is a sort of perfect storm. We sometimes become less active because we feel our joints won’t cope and so, things often become worse. But the damage is in the dose; we can often optimise our health by just the right amount and type of activity.
Generally, when we talk about fasting, we are talking about intermittent fasting, and the function is largely to lose weight. What this mechanism does is reduce overall caloric intake, so by definition, if you reduce calories, there may be a resultant weight loss. We say maybe because weight loss isn’t always that simple, there are many other factors at play like genes, microbiome composition, and more.
There are also many who tout fasting for metabolic health and that it offers a range of benefits to optimise overall health. There are also many who tout fasting for metabolic health and that it offers a range of benefits to optimise overall health.