Fibre keeps your digestive system running smoothly, boosts weight loss and even lowers the risk of diabetes and high cholesterol. It can even affect your energy levels, mood and overall health and wellbeing. But research shows that 80% of people in the UK are not eating enough fibre on a regular basis.
In the Spring 2013 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, consultant dietitian Angie Jefferson discusses why fibre is good for your health and simple ways to boost your fibre intake. There's even a list of the fibre content of common foods and drinks, so you can make changes to your diet.
"A lack of fibre can cause constipation, which causes significant discomfort and is a common problem around the time of the menopause," says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. "In her article, Angie Jefferson shows how easy it is to increase your fibre intake gradually."
The Menopause Exchange, which was established in 1999, is completely independent and is not sponsored by any companies. It aims to provide unbiased and easily understood information to women and healthcare professionals. The information provided is designed to enable women to make informed decisions about their own health and wellbeing.
Other articles in the Spring 2013 issue of the newsletter include HRT choices (vaginal oestrogens, vaginal progesterone and the Mirena), the menopause after cancer therapy and exercise at the menopause. We also have news and our 'Ask the experts' page.
If you would like to interview a woman going through the menopause, please contact us, as we have case studies available.
Membership of The Menopause Exchange has changed. We are now emailing our quarterly newsletters to anyone with an interest in the menopause and midlife health for FREE. They should visit The Menopause Exchange website at www.menopause-exchange.co.uk for information on how to receive them.
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
1. The Menopause Exchange was launched in June 1999.
2. Articles in previous issues of The Menopause Exchange newsletter include: HRT myths and misconceptions; Menopausal symptoms you may not recognise; Coping with hot flushes and night sweats; Treating vaginal dryness; Anxiety at the menopause; Eating for the menopause; Weight gain and Seeing your doctor.
3. The founder and director of The Menopause Exchange is Norma Goldman, a pharmacist with a Master's degree in health promotion. She gives talks on the menopause to employees in the workplace and hospitals, women and women's groups, healthcare professionals, GP practices, organisations, health clubs and at exhibitions. Her daughter, Victoria, the editor of the newsletter, is an experienced health journalist with a BSc. degree in Biomedical Science and a Master's degree in Science Communication.
4. The aim of The Menopause Exchange is to raise the awareness of the menopause among women, healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses and pharmacists) and complementary practitioners.
5. All press enquiries to Norma Goldman on 020 8420 7245.
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