Mood changes, weight gain, night sweats, and hot flashes are common symptoms of menopause. A hot flash is an uncomfortable feeling of heat on the skin that seems to come from nowhere and spreads throughout the body.
There are various treatments available for irritating hot flashes. Your doctor can prescribe you hormone therapy or medications, but diet and hot flashes are correlated; in other words, what you eat/don’t eat matters. Let’s find out which foods are acceptable and which ones to avoid.
Foods to Eat
There is scientific evidence suggesting that certain foods decrease hot flashes & night sweats:
- Healthy Fats: Healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids, decrease the frequency of hot flashes. Fatty fish like salmon and seeds like flax seeds are the main sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Fruits & Vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are packed with minerals and vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. Some studies reported that participants who ate lots of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains experienced fewer hot flashes.
- Dark Chocolate: Eating modest quantities of dark chocolate offer numerous health benefits. It resets your cortisol, it is rich in magnesium, and its mood-boosting property makes it a great choice for menopause. But keep in mind – moderation is best in all things.
- Phytoestrogen-Containing Foods: Phytoestrogens are compounds thought to have a potential role in reducing menopause symptoms such as hot flashes. They act as weak estrogens in your body. Soy is rich in isoflavones (a type of phytoestrogen compound).
Foods to Avoid
Foods we shouldn’t eat (to prevent hot flashes) are as crucial as those foods we should eat. Many foods are thought to worsen/contribute to discomfort from hot flashes.
- Hot Beverages: Hot flashes result from your brain thinking that your body is too warm; in other words, hot drinks can set off hot flashes.
- Alcohol & Caffeine: Alcohol and caffeine are called trigger drinks. Some studies suggest alcohol and caffeine can trigger hot flashes in women experiencing menopause.
- Spicy Foods: Spicy foods can set off hot flashes in many menopausal women. The sensation of heat you get from the spice raises your core body temperature, and sweating ensues. This process is precisely what happens in hot flashes.
You don’t have to suffer from hot flashes or accept them as a regular part of your life. As mentioned earlier, diet and hot flashes are connected; therefore, follow a well-balanced diet. Additionally, you can take advantage of new technologies. KŰLKUF has developed an easy-to-wear cooling wristband that can naturally reduce your body temperature when hot flashes occur. You can get your hands on one online.