Most women do not look forward to menopause. Menopause signifies the end of reproductive fertility for the remainder of their life, a somewhat gloomy inevitable finality. It’s easy to shine a negative light on menopause and to therefore look for ways to delay its onset. Nutrition is not the most important determining factor regarding the start of menopause, but it does play a role and its significance is worth investigating further.
What Causes Menopause?
Despite its negative connotations, menopause is a perfectly natural event in a woman’s life. It is not a disease or disorder. The vast majority of women will spontaneously experience menopause in their 40’s, usually closer to mid or late 40s. A very small minority may experience early menopause due to genetics.
Besides nutrition, the best measures a woman can take to delay menopause onset as much as possible is to reduce physical and mental stress, refrain from smoking, avoid excessive alcohol consumption and maintain a healthy body weight. As an example, many women in developing countries experience menopause sooner than others, due mostly to the physical and mental stress they endure throughout their lives, especially reproductive stress. As another example, athletes sometimes experience early menopause because of the constant stress they exert on their bodies. Smokers are also known to experience menopause earlier on average.
Postpone Menopause with Nutrition
When it comes to nutrition, the best thing to do is to enjoy a balanced diet. Be sure to eat a varied diet that will expose you to the vitamins and minerals your body needs to maintain its healthy status. While this will not delay the onset of menopause per se, it will ensure a healthy and timely occurrence of this natural event in a woman’s life. Aside from seeking to maintain a balanced diet, there are a few items to focus on that will help to ensure a healthy delay for menopause onset.
Vitamin D keeps grabbing more headlines these days, and it’s also important for maintaining a woman’s reproductive-related health. Vitamin D is actually made naturally by the human body through prolonged exposure to sunlight. Its absorption is aided chemically by the presence of calcium, and in that sense, the two go hand in hand. If enough natural sunlight exposure is not possible to obtain, look no further than the readily available vitamin D fortified milk. Soy milk is also an excellent option.
Riding on the back of vitamin D, be sure to include more calcium in your diet. It works to maintain strong bones, which are sometimes a victim of menopause. It also may delay menopause onset. It’s easy to get both vitamin D and calcium at the same time with the consumption of fortified milk.
Magnesium is also important to keep in mind. This is found readily in nuts such as cashews, peanuts and almonds. Keep these nuts around as a snack, and you’ll be sure to have your fill of magnesium. Not only does magnesium help with menopause symptoms, it may even help to delay menopause.
Menopause is more or less inevitable, baring new developments in modern science. It’s a natural event that every woman will evolve into. But, keeping your body healthy by eating well will ensure a timely onset.