Enjoy Your Menopause!

June 6, 2008

Hot Flashes and Menopause

Filed under: health and wellness,menopause,Uncategorized — Beverly Mahone @ 9:58 pm
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Did you know there are certain foods that can trigger hot flashes during menopause?

Hot and spicy foods, caffeinated beverages, excess sugar, dairy products and alcohol can trigger hot flashes and even make them more intense. Here are some tips on how to keep hot flashes to a minimum:

Eat a nutritious diet low in saturated fat. This will help reduce cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Experts recommend that you keep your fat intake to 25 percent or less of the total calories you consume. Emphasize olive or coconut oil and avoid hydrogenated oils and most vegetable oils.

Add Soy Foods To Your Diet:

Increase your intake of soy-containing foods, including tofu and soy flour, as well as flax (linseed) oil. Eat a plant based diet, emphasizing plenty of fresh, preferably organic vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and fruit.

Increase Your Calcium Intake:

While the decrease in bone mass accelerates at menopause, it begins around age 35. After 35, women lose 1 percent of their bone mass per year. So be sure to consume enough calcium. My gynecologist recommends 1,000 milligrams of Calcium a day for premenopausal women and 1,500 milligrams for postmenopausal women.

Drink Plenty of Water:

Drink plenty of water about eight glasses a day. Drinking plenty of fluids is important, especially after exercising. Being property hydrated helps keep body temperature in check.

1 Comment »

  1. The Hot Flashes come on back just when you think that they are gone!

    I guess I have to put up with that if I want to enjoy my coffee and dairy???

    Thank you for always giving us wonderful information that is so relevant!

    Dr. Sally Witt

    Comment by Dr. Sally Witt — June 7, 2008 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

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