Ah, hot flashes – the dreaded scourge of peri-menopause!
They appear so suddenly, out of no-where, and without warning.
One minute you’re fine, and a mere 10 seconds later you’re drenched from head to toe. They wake you up at night, and embarrass you through the day.
The good news is, there are many drug-free options available to help minimise their occurrence.
Best of all, they are affordable and easy to implement.
Which hormones are really driving your hot flashes?
The first step I always recommend to women experiencing hot flashes to have a full hormone panel blood test. I think it’s so important, that I do it for every single one of my peri-menopause patients in their very first appointment.
Once we have an in-depth analysis of exactly what is going on in YOUR body, we know what steps we need to take to make you feel better and to ease the transition.
Just like puberty and pregnancy, we all have a very individual experience of this hormonal change. What works for one, won’t necessarily work for another simply because our bodies are so unique.
As a result, we progress through this phase of our lives in a very individual way.
While oestrogen is often to blame for our discomfort, increasing levels of progesterone can also be responsible.
By measuring not only the amounts of each hormone, but also their ratio in relation to each other, it gives an in-depth picture of how best to support you and your health.
Beware the Endocrine Disruptors!
This next tip is a simple, yet incredibly effective step.
Our daily lives are filled with a noxious cocktail of chemicals. From the plastic containers we store our food in, to the make-up we put on our faces, and the shampoo we wash our hair with.
Many of these chemicals are endocrine disruptors.
This means that they interfere with our hormones and throw them out of balance. Especially oestrogen!
- Try replacing your plastic containers with glass, particularly if you are using them to reheat food in the microwave.
- Use glass or stainless steel water bottles.
- If you absolutely must use a plastic water bottle, make sure you don’t leave it in the car or in front of a sunny window where it can warm up. As plastic heats, it can leach chemicals into the food or water it is in contact with.
- Check your make-up and personal care products for chemicals and select products with more natural ingredients.
- A fantastic resource to check the safety of your products is the Skin Deep database where you can search over 70,000 different products. If your product isn’t listed (as it’s a US-based site), you can enter the ingredients and receive a report on their safety.
Prepare Your Plate…
Tip 3 is all about what you eat. Yes, once again, we come back to diet. It really is the cornerstone of good health. The really exciting thing though, is the power that you have to improve your health with nothing but the food you eat!
Some foods contain naturally occurring substances known as phytoestrogens.
These compounds attach to the oestrogen receptors in your cells and can exert an oestrogenic-like effect on your body.
This makes your body react as though it has higher levels of oestrogen.
As many hormonal problems are caused by oestrogen dominance (too much oestrogen compared to other hormones), this can be a problem.
It can be a good idea to limit foods rich in phytoestrogens, such as alfalfa, soy, flaxseed, mung beans and legumes. In addition, by eating more cruciferous vegetables (which we talked about previously), you can improve your liver’s ability to break down and excrete excess hormones. This will also help to re-balance your oestrogen and progesterone.
So there you have it, three simple tips to get those hot flashes under control!
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