Hormonal issues are among the main complaints I see with my clients… And a major one is hot flashes… I see it starting at earlier and earlier ages of women life cycles… I even see it in young non-menopausal women non-surprisingly giving the high levels of environmental toxins and xenoextrogens (synthetic harmful estrogens) we are subjected to on a daily basis from plastics, cosmetics and aerosols…
But, in my humble opinion, this is not the main reason for hot flashes… Yes… I will say it again… Your body is whispering… you need to listen! Your body is trying to deliver a message and no one can decode this message for you… you need to listen!
Emotional root of hormonal imbalance:
Emotionally, sex hormonal imbalances signal the need for more pleasures, joy, intimacy, sensuality and creativity in your life.
Hot flashes, in particular, are signs of bottled anger and resentment over how your life has unfolded and where it is heading.
They signal a hidden feeling of being oppressed, unable to express your true feelings, your high functioning anxiety… an anxiety hidden under a perfect fake smile, under piles of achievements, long to-do lists, perfect cardboard image and an un-ending busyness
They signal a desperate desire to be nurtured, cared-for, appreciated and recognized… a desperate desire to be seen and heard…
Top 5 foods that help with hot flashes
- Cabbage family: broccoli, cauliflower, red cabbage, green cabbage, kale, collard… raw and cooked help detoxify excess sex hormones. (Caution: Don’t over do it if you have low thyroid function).
- Colored fruits, vegetables and herbs. One of my favourite is turmeric: an amazing anti-oxidant, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory that also supports liver detoxification process (caution: turmeric is considered a ‘hot’ herb so do not over do it as well)
- High Quality Protein: Lean chicken, veal and fish. Especially oily fish like salmon, tune, mackerel, sardines… are rich in omega-3 fats that reduce inflammation and promote hormonal balance.
- Nuts & seeds: Almonds, walnuts, chia, flax, pumpkin and sunflower seeds… are rich in essential fatty acids and phytonutrients that support hormonal regulation and reduce inflammation.
- Green leafy vegetables: these are amazingly rich in vitamins especially vitamins B and C that are essential to support the adrenal glands. They also have a cooling and anti-inflammatory action.
5 lab tests to ask your doctor for
If you suffer from hot flashes, menopausal or PMS symptoms you need to ask you family doctor for these lab tests:
- Thyroid function
- Hb1Ac and blood sugar levels
- Estrogen and Progesterone levels
- Levels of iron, vitamin D and B12
- C-Reactive Protein