Diet plays a huge role in our health, and the same can be said for menopause. Menopause is marked by symptoms like hot flashes and mood changes, as well as an increased risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. What we choose to eat can help lessen symptoms as well as lower our risk of more serious diseases.
The Ancestral Diet & Menopause
From remote villages in Switzerland to Polynesian South Sea Islanders, he found that the local people had healthy, straight teeth with no decay, healthy physiques, healthy reproduction, and resistance to disease. These folks ate diets high in water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins, with no denatured or refined foods.
In short, an ancestral diet is based on our hunter-gatherer ancestors who didn’t suffer from the chronic diseases and health issues many people face today. Similar to the paleo and ketogenic diet, this way of eating provides health benefits for all but can be especially helpful for women in menopause or post-menopause.
The ancestral diet focuses on eating:
Animal protein, especially organ meats, bone marrow, and bone broth
Full-fat milk products
Animal fats, like egg yolks, cream, and butter
Traditional oils, like extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, butter, and tallow
Seasonal vegetables, starchy and non-starchy
Whole grains, legumes, and nuts that have been soaked or sprouted
Regardless of which stage of life you’re in, an ancestral diet can help balance your hormones and provide key vitamins and nutrients. A healthy diet free from refined foods is incredibly important to support your body through this transitional time.