Menopause Hot Flashes
Profuse sweating, drenched clothes, nausea and numbing headache followed by chills– it´s not the tagline for a horror movie, but a common reality for many women over 40 suffering from the discomfort of hot flashes. Usually following the flash, the body is left reddened and moist.
To help combat hot flashes, many healthcare professionals recommend making a few simple dietary changes.
Flash Fighting Foods
In order to combat hot flashes, it is important to eat a diet rich in foods that promote hormone balance. Here are 5 recommendations for your daily diet:
Found in everything from yogurt to stir fry, soy contains two important compounds: genistein and daidzein. These edible and highly regarded beans are estrogenic, helping to control hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Some experts believe they also help to prevent cancer because of anti-angiogenic properties, which help to prevent the growth of new blood vessels that nourish developing tumors.
Eggs contain vitamin B, which plays an important role in stabilizing the function of the adrenal gland. This is essential in helping to reduce hot flashes by promoting estrogen and progesterone balance, which can reduce the chance of a hot flash.
Fruits and Vegetables
Besides adding flavor and color to any meal, fruits and vegetables such as apples, bananas, cabbage and broccoli also contain a healthy amount of fiber and can assist in eliminating hot flashes completely.
Whole grains such as barley, oatmeal and brown rice are beneficial in preventing hot flashes. Dietary fiber is a primary component in helping estrogen dominant pre-menopausal and estrogen deficient women eliminate excess estrogen.
Drinking water replaces lost fluids from perspiring during hot flashes and can even help to prevent or minimize their occurrence. To get your water fix, experts recommend drinking at least eight 250ml glasses daily.
Foods to Avoid
Just as important are the types of foods to avoid. Dairy products, meat and spicy foods rank among the top contributors of promoting severe hot flashes. In addition they can create hormonal imbalance, leading to mood swings.
Alcohol and caffeine also lead to hot flash flare ups since they can strain the liver and increase acid in the blood. To avoid acidification, cut down on these types of drinks and consume more fresh vegetable juice.
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