One of the most common, not to mention highly annoying symptoms of menopause, are hot flashes. What is a hot flash? A hot flash occurs when you suddenly feel too hot, and the blood vessels near the skin’s surface dilate to cool you off. No one knows the exact cause of hot flashes, but hormonal changes in your circulation can be a contributing factor.
Now, we are learning that eating certain foods that promote hormonal balance can reduce or eliminate hot flashes.
Fruits and Veggies
Yes, Mom knew best when she nagged you about eating your fruits and veggies. They’re a good source of fiber and add color and flavor to any meal. Eat fruit either plain or dipped. Some tasty dips are peanut butter, low fat yogurt, or cottage cheese.
Broccoli and cabbage contain high amounts of fiber and can be eaten alone, chopped into a salad, or served as a hot vegetable with dinner.
Eggs are a food that you can serve in countless ways. Make an omelet or scrambled eggs for breakfast. Salads such as tuna or chicken taste extra scrumptious when mixed with a few boiled eggs. High in Vitamin B, which helps keep the adrenal gland healthy, eggs also promote a good balance between estrogen and progesterone
Soy is a protein made from soybeans and is used as a healthy protein source instead of meat. Soy milk can be used with cereal, but purchase at a health food store for a more natural taste. Tofu is my favorite way to eat soy and it is also delicious in a stir-fry.
Another tasty source of soy is edamame. Edamame is young soybeans which have not yet matured. Eat as a snack with a little soy sauce, or for a delicious addition to rice.
How do you cope with hot flashes?