Menopause, men and the Maasai diet
All men probably know all about the physical and emotional changes that occur during female puberty. However, when it comes to menopause, most men don’t recognise the signs. Only 45% of men know "precisely" what menopause is, and most of them have reservations about talking about the subject. This situation of silence, whether it is at home or at work, is often deceptive and it leads to the person experiencing menopause to feel misunderstood and possibly rejected. So how can men help the females around them before and during their menopause period?
First of all, what is menopause? Menopause is the time in a woman's life when menstruation stops for good. The average age of menopause is 51, but it can happen anytime between the ages of 40 and 58. During menopause, a woman's ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. This can cause a variety of symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood swings. Some women also experience weight gain, insomnia, and headaches. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to what help women need from men around them during menopause. However, some general things men can do to help include listening to their partner and understanding what she is going through, being supportive and understanding, and helping out with household tasks and errands.
Some ways that men can support women around them during their menopause period is to be understanding and to be there for them when they need someone to talk to. Men can also help to make sure that women during menopause are getting the necessary attention and help create a comfortable and relaxing environment for them during this time.
In a relationship, there are more specific ways that men can help their partners through menopause, including:
Listening to them and taking their concerns seriously
Encouraging them to exercise
Helping them to manage stress
Supporting them through any mood swings
Helping them to stay informed about menopause and its symptoms
Helping them to make healthy dietary changes
Diet is the main factor that affects the symptoms of menopause, and it is not a surprise that the Maasai women, the Japanese women, and the Mayan women all experience less symptoms of menopause because they all have in common a healthy diet. The traditional Maasai diet is high in fiber, low in fat, and includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The Japanese diet is high in soy, which has been shown to be beneficial for menopausal women, and the Mayan diet is high in fruits and vegetables. All of these diets are also low in sugar, which has been linked to increased symptoms of menopause. The Western diet, which is high in sugar and processed foods, is likely a major contributor to the increased symptoms of menopause that are seen in the United States.
There is no one answer to the question of “how men can support women“ as it will vary from relationship to relationship. In general, however, it is important for men to support their partners when they want to adopt a new healthy diet. This is especially true when it comes to menopause, as adopting a healthy diet can help prevent the severe symptoms associated with this time in a woman's life.
In terms of diet, one of the best ways to move towards a healthy diet is by introducing our Hoffi Powder into your daily diet as it has what the Maasai, Japanese and Mayan diets have in common: high in fiber, full of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
To support a healthy menopause, we recommend our Iboza face mask powder. It has anti- inflammatory properties, and contains bioactive polyphenol compounds that support a healthy menopause and reduce symptoms such as hot flushes, blood glucose fluctuations, cholesterol management and brain fog. This powder can help you improve sleep quality, mood and cognitive function.