What to avoid to help with hot flushes
Useful to know which every day staples may trigger these heat-generating merciless moments of madness.
- Refined sugar and carbohydrates produce heat when processed by the body, contributing to hot flushes. Found in most of your favourite foods: milk chocolate, cakes, biscuits, white bread, pasta and rice. Step away from the biscuit tin and switch to good carbohydrates such as wholemeal bread, pasta and brown rice. Eat 70% (or above) dark chocolate, sparingly
- Spices will make you hot. So avoid where you can. Stick to garlic, turmeric, sage and fennel, which may relieve hot flushes.
- Caffeine and fizzy drinks are not your friends, containing stimulants that cause blood vessels to dilate, increasing blood flow to the skin and a hot flush.
Don’t light up
Smokers are more likely to have hot flushes, which intensify as the nicotine hits the central nervous system. Reduced lung capacity and function will make it more difficult to take deep, slow calming breaths. Get help from your GP if you are finding it difficult to give up.
What about alcohol and hot flushes?
The alcohol in that tempting glass of wine can raise overall body temperature, triggering or adding to the severity of hot flushes. So, make a choice, a refreshing beer or a hot flush?