Natural Remedies For Hot Flashes

Try a Cure For Hot Flashes

Since the controversy surrounding hormone replacement therapy, natural remedies for hot flashes during menopause have become more sought after. Millions of women suffer from hot flashes during menopause but many are realising that diet has a large role to play in reducing of this annoying symptom of "change of life".

Hot flashes do not have to be an inevitable part of menopause and a few suggestions can help control hot flashes. I guess you could call them home remedies for hot flashes. There are some cultures, mostly in Asia that hardly experience any discomfort from hot flushes. Researchers believe that the reason is in their diet.

The traditinal Japanese contains a significant amount of soya. Edible beans, especially soybeans, contain the compounds genistein and daidzein, which are estrogenic and help control hot flashes. That may explain why only 7 percent of menopausal Japanese women suffer from hot flashes, as compared to 55 percent of women living in the United States, according to Dr. Lindsey Berkson's estimates in "Hormone Deception."

The traditional Japanese diet provides more vegetable protein and less animal protein than a western diet. It is also low in fat and soya products provide phytoestrogens which mimics some of the biological activities of female hormones. Another natural cure for hot flashes is to eat more calcium rich foods, magnesium rich foods andfoods rich in vitamin E. These include foods that contain cold pressed oils, nuts and almonds, green leafy vegetables, as well as plenty of mineral and fiber-rich foods, like whole grains and fresh fuit and vegetables.

Another suggestion is that women who suffer from hot flashes during menopause should add sea vegetables like seaweed to their diets as these are rich in trace minerals and good for replenishing lost minerals through perspiration. The traditional Japanese diet is also very rich in seaweed and sea vegetables - perhaps another reason why there is no word for hot flashes in the Japanese dictionary.

An absolute essential is making sure you drink enough good quality water. Phyllis A. Balch, author of "Prescription for Dietary Wellness." says "Drinking water replaces fluids lost to perspiration during hot flashes and can even prevent or control hot flashes themselves."

Foods That Aggrevate Hot Flashes.

If you are looking for help for hot flashes then perhaps also look at what foods should be avoided. It seems that some foods aggrevate hot flashes and so its worth eliminating them from your diet and seeing if that brings relief. Alcohol, caffeine, excess sugar, dairy products, meat products and spicy foods rank among the top aggravators of severe hot flashes as well as mood swings. Coffee and wine acidifies the blood and strains the liver, so women who drink these beverages seem to have more reasons for hot flashes.

Other lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking also seem to help hot flashes in menopause. According to "Natural Cures and Gentle Medicines" by the editors of FC&A Medical Publishing, "A recent study at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center found that women who smoke have significantly more hot flashes than nonsmokers."

Foods To Eat During Menopause To Help Control Hot Flashes

Soy beans and almost all other beans that contain genistein - this is the important compound that helps with menopause symptoms. Soy is also believed to protect against age-related diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancer. Soy milk, soy cheese, miso, tofu and foods made with soy flour are foods you can add to your diet to increase your soy intake.

"Let's suppose that you are experiencing hot flashes and night sweats as a result of menopause. You begin to include in your diet about 100 milligrams of soy isoflavones daily. You soon notice that your night sweats and hot flashes diminish in frequency and severity. You now have evidence that the phytochemicals are working. The amount of time it takes to experience relief from a certain condition will vary from person to person and disease to disease. Some women have reported almost immediate results from symptoms of menopause with the addition of soy products to their diets, but it will take longer, say, to affect cholesterol levels with the same soy intake. "Foods That Fight Disease by Laurie Deutsch Mozian MS RD, page 106

Other foods to try as remedies for hot flashes include flaxseed, high-lignan flaxseed oil, fennel, celery, and parsley. Both flaxseed and high-lignan flaxseed oil are rich in lignans, which can function to help normalize estrogen levels. Fennel, celery, parsley, and all legumes are excellent sources of phytoestrogens.

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