Hot flashes are a common and inconvenient symptom of menopause. They can come at any time of the day or night, catching you unaware, and are characterized by an uncomfortable, sudden sensation of heat that can leave you feeling stressed and flustered.
Hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms are caused by fluctuations in hormone levels. During the months and years leading up to menopause, levels of estrogen fluctuate and then drop, and these fluctuations bring on hot flashes, night sweats, and other symptoms of menopause.
However, remedies for your hot flashes can be found in unexpected places. Soy, surprisingly, can be an effective and natural way to treat menopause symptoms. Read on to discover what soy is, how soy and soy products can help relieve your hot flashes, and how you can incorporate soy products into your life.
What Is Soy?
Soy is a derivative of the soybean. It has been used as an alternative source of protein for thousands of years, and is popular worldwide. For vegetarians soybean products such as tofu are and important source of protein. In recent years, its use as a treatment for menopause symptoms has become increasingly popular.
How Can Soy Products Help Relieve My Hot Flashes?
Soy contains phytoestrogens, a natural substance which has estrogen-like properties. When introduced into the body, phytoestrogens supplement the body's estrogen level. They mimic estrogens in the body, alleviating many menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes.
How Can I Introduce Soy Into My Diet?
Soy is available in many forms that can easily be incorporated into your diet. The most obvious way to have soy on a daily basis is to exchange your milk and dairy products with products made from soy milk. Tofu is also known for being high in soy. However, soy substitutes can be found in the following forms:
- Soy beef
- Soy burgers
- Soy bacon
- Soy chips
- Soy cookies
- Soy ice-cream
- Soy chocolate
Soy is a natural and effective way to combat the symptoms of menopause. There are many other ways that you can combat your hot flashes, as well. For more information on the causes and treatments of hot flashes, click on the link below.
If you are ever concerned about your hot flashes, or feel that they are severe, always consult a doctor.
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