When experiencing a hot flash, the chances are, that as you try to cool down, you'll reach for an ice cream or some chilled milkshake. Unfortunately,stereotypical treat foods such as these can actually intensify menopause symptoms and increase their frequency and severity. Luckily, there are a range of delicious and healthy alternatives that can be just as satisfying.
Read on to discover four satisfying and healthy treats that will help alleviate the experience of a hot flash and satisfy your sweet tooth.
Soy Ice Cream
A summertime staple for those suffering from lactose intolerance, soy ice cream is also a great choice for menopausal woman experiencing hot flashes. In addition to being healthier then dairy-based ice cream, as a soy product the ice cream contains valuable phytoestrogens - a plant compound thought to mimic estrogens and relieve menopause symptoms.
Frozen yogurt can be eaten just like an ice cream and in addition to satisfying your cool treat cravings, it provides the additional benefit of being better for your body. When eaten in moderation, yogurt can also actually have other beneficial effects on your body.
Nothing seems more refreshing when you're in a hot spell then drinking a cool glass of a fruit smoothie. Best served over ice, these frothy, naturally sweet drinks are the perfect response to the experience of a menopausal hot flash. What's more, fruit filled smoothies contribute significantly to a woman's maintenance of a healthy, well-balanced diet - a vital feature for ensuring hormonal balance, and by extension menopause relief.
Greek Yogurt with Fruit
This low fat yogurt is universally popular for very good reason: healthy, nutritious, and delicious. Greek yogurt is a guilt free indulgence. Try eating it cool and mixed with fruit when you feel an incoming hot flash and need a cooling treat.
Although making small lifestyle changes like exercising more and eating a balanced diet can sometimes be enough to ease menopausal hot flash experiences, if you find that your hot flashes are particularly severe, it might be worth considering additional treatment such as herbal supplements. For more information, it is advisable to discuss various options, including short term HRT, with your doctor. As with most things menopause related the most effective solution will vary from women to women.
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