There are plenty frustrating physical and emotional changes that occur with menopause, from lapses in memory to vaginal dryness. One of the most well-known and hated symptoms, though, is the hot flash. Even in the midst of the polar vortex, you may have found yourself cracking open all the windows to escape the overwhelming heat! Most women have their methods – medical and traditional – for keeping their hot flashes under control. Today, we'd like to share a few delicious options that may help with temperature regulation.
Citing a study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Woman's Day magazine notes that the following foods were linked to a 20 percent drop in hot flashes among menopausal women:
Garlic – According to the source, garlic is rich in phytoestrogens, which are hormones that mimic the effects of estrogen in the body. Not only can garlic help rein in hot flashes; it is also a potent aphrodisiac. So forget what you've heard about garlic breath and reap the benefits of this delicious bulb with your partner!
A glass of red – Nothing says romance like a glass of red wine, plus the resveratrol found in red grapes has been shown to boost heart health. When it comes to hot flashes, red wine can potentially keep estrogen levels stable by slowing the process of hormone removal from your body. Moderation is always key with any alcoholic beverage, of course.
Strawberries – These delicious fruits are also a great source of phytoestrogens. Plus, the vitamin C they provide can also keep hormones in check. Strawberries dipped in chocolate, anyone?
When you're overwhelmed by hot flashes, the last thing you want to do is get cozy with your significant other. With that in mind, these treats could be a boost for sexual intimacy in more ways than one. Throw in your favorite water-based lubricant and enjoy a scintillating sex life, menopause or no!