Yesterday in the store it was a typical scenario; a woman experiencing hot flashes walked up to the women’s section and browsed all the supplements for menopause. Then she asked me “What is good for hot flashes? I sweat when it’s hot.”
I replied most people do, but after a bit more dialogue we got right to the main issue. She is 64 and has been sweating like this since she was 50.
I asked her if she knew what her hormone levels were and she said she did not.
I thought she needed to put the supplements down since she did not know if her irregular temperature was due to insufficient or elevated progesterone, insufficient or elevated estrogen, insufficient or elevated DHEA, cortisol, TSH, etc. A saliva test by a qualified health professional can determine this though insurance does not cover it. Generally it is $125 to $200.
I believe that if you don’t know what is causing hot flashes, start with food first. It is often more helpful and is cheaper than experimenting with pricey supplements for menopause control (although many are very beneficial when you know what hormone you are supporting).
When you think of inflammation, think “heat”. When you think of hot flashes, think “the body is trying to cool the heat”. When you think of foods to cool the body, think “Omega 3s”, such as salmon or fish oil and flax seed or flax seed oil.
Start with flax seed and grind what you need when ready for use. Use only 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed daily as it may cause bloating. Flax seed contains omega 3 fatty acids. These omega 3’s “put out the fire”
At the store, we sell whole flax seed for $1.99 for 13 ounces. Start there. You might even find your cholesterol levels have improved.