Managing Hot Flashes: Quell Your Internal Heat!

Good morning and happy Monday!

About a year ago I had my first hot flash and life has not been the same since! They are so unpredictable and uncomfortable that it’s been an ongoing journey to pinpoint and change any habit or food preference that may in any way contribute to their occurrence.

Menopause is such an interesting and often difficult time. Hot flashes is the most common symptom but mood swings can be a problem as well as sleeplessness. Navigating these issues requires your attention and participation in order to find relief.

If you’ve had a hot flash you know how awful they can be. For those who haven’t, it’s a sudden sensation of rising heat that turns you red and makes you feel like you could burst into flames 🙂 . It lasts less than a minute and then dissipates quickly often leaving you dewy with sweat which serves to cool you off. Because stress is a trigger, it can come on in the middle of work, when speaking with your boss or a client which can be embarrassing for some women.

But there is so much you can do to manage hot flashes and perhaps eliminate them entirely. In today’s video I share with you why we experience hot flashes, what foods and habits can aggravate them and what to do to find relief. There’s a lot of information on this video, so if hot flashes are a concern for you, grab a pad and pen and write things down… I don’t want you to miss any suggestion that might be helpful.

After you’ve tuned in, I’d love to hear your feedback. If you have hot flashes, do you find there to be a particular food that aggravates it? Is there a food or habit that you’ve changed in order to manage them?  Or do you take vitamin supplements to help keep them under control? Let me know in the comments below.

I hope you enjoy today’s video and that it gives you a lot to work with to help keep you cool and comfortable.

Wishing you a great week!

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6 comments on “Managing Hot Flashes: Quell Your Internal Heat!

  1. AvatarCarol Higgins

    I take a supplement that has sage in it which has helped me. Coffee definitely affects me. The flashes seem to be coming more often now but are not unbearable. Just riding it out hoping things settle down within a short period of time. Thanks you for your video and advice:)

  2. AvatarLisa Dawn Angerame

    How are the phytoestrogens in primrose and flax different from those in soy? It is all plant estrogen. I hear all the time that women, especially great cancer survivors, should avoid soy. But this recommendation seems contrary to that. And the China Study suggests that soy is actually a preventive food for cancer. And why is tofu and soy milk harder to digest than tempeh? We eat all three and find no difference in our digestive experience. Thanks.

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Soy contains an enzyme inhibitor that interrupts it’s own digestion which in turn can lead to inflammation in the gut, leading to consequences in general health from there. The fermented soy, which I said is favorable, is easier to digest b/c of the fermentation process. As a phytoestrogen though, soy works in the same way as flax and EPO. As for soy being a beneficial cancer preventer, that has been shown to be true in countries whose inhabitants grew up eating soy. Their digestion has adapted to it over generations. The secondary consequence of eating too much soy is that it can block iodine absorption to the thyroid. Underactive thyroid is not beneficial in preventing cancer… so the jury is not fully in on the soy debate. I generally think fermented soy can be beneficial. But when working with women with a history of hormone related cancer I am cautious. First rule of medicine is better to be safe than sorry….


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