9 Diet Changes You Should Make After 40

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3. Cut back on sodium

“Bloating is very common during menopause, and a high-sodium diet can not only exacerbate bloating but also be a major contributor in the first place. This is where label reading is key; don’t rely on how salty a food tastes,” advises Andy Bellatti, a Las Vegas-based nutritionist and the strategic director of Dietitians For Professional Integrity.

“Many people don’t realize, for example, that a serving of salted peanuts contains the same amount of sodium in a slice of bread or a cup of milk.” Unexpectedly, many hidden sources of salt are lurking in the baked goods aisle.

So, those sweet products like muffins, cookies, and breakfast cereals are loaded with sodium. In fact, most coffee shop muffins have as much sodium as four servings of potato chips, Bellatti cautions. Other salt-laden offenders are salad dressings, condiments, jarred sauces, and packaged frozen entrées – avoid them next time you go shopping.

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