Juicy tips and 2 recipes to combat hot flashes

You really can experience a symptom-free menopause by eating and drinking your way out of those troublesome hot flashes and night sweats. I know of women who have breezed through menopause as though nothing happened except for the cessation of their monthly period. No hot flashes. No night sweats. No headaches. No heart palpitations. No shortness of breath, nervousness, or depression. And it’s not just anecdotal.

A 2013 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition analyzed what women eat and related various diets to having or not having menopause symptoms. Not surprisingly a high vegetable and fruit diet (a Mediterranean-style diet) was associated with fewer menopause symptoms. Another study also found that high sugar and high fat diets were associated with the highest rates of hot flashes.

Juicing tips and recipes to combat hot flashes

Juicing can help stave off hot flashes © Shutterstock

FOODS TO LIMIT OR CUT OUT ENTIRELY

Sugar
Before stirring a teaspoon of sugar in your coffee or grabbing a cookie, you should know how sugar affects your body. An increase in sugar intake also increases a woman’s blood sugar level, which in turn elevates body temperature, stress response, and heart rate.  This contributes to hot flashes and night sweats. Use only small amounts of healthy sweeteners such as stevia and coconut nectar.

Alcohol, antihistamines, caffeine, and diuretics
These substances tend to dry mucous membranes. Dry membranes contribute to vaginal dryness and irritation. Drinking alcohol before bed is especially troublesome; it can worsen nocturnal hot flashes and night sweats.

Cigarettes
Menopausal women who smoke are more likely to experience hot flashes than nonsmoking women, due to the stimulating effects of nicotine.

Spicy foods
Go light on spicy foods. They can increase core temperature and exacerbate night sweats and hot flashes

HOW POWER JUICING CAN HELP EASE MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS
Juicing offers powerful menopause help in a glass, so plug in your juicer and be on your way for a change for the better. Choose juices that are helpful for the liver such as carrot, beet, and greens. Do a liver cleanse, too.  A happy liver is key to getting rid of menopause symptoms. Many people say they experience an improved sense of well-being after they begin juicing. You could also do a juice fast for two or three days. A vegetable juice fast can truly help you feel rejuvenated.

Juicing tips and recipes to stave off hot flashes

Goin’ Green juice © Cherie Calbom

VEGGIES AND FRUIT YOU SHOULD JUICE

Produce rich in vitamin C and bioflavonoids
Studies show these nutrients reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flashes.  Choose from kale, parsley, cabbage, spinach, lemon, lime, berries, and tomatoes.

Vitamin E-Rich Produce
This nutrient can help reduce hot flashes and vaginal dryness.  Choose from spinach, watercress, asparagus, carrots, and tomatoes.

2 JUICE RECIPES

Juicing tips and recipes to counteract hot flashes

Happy Morning juice © Cherie Calbom

Happy Morning Recipe
Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 green  apple
  • 4-5 carrots, well scrubbed, green tops removed, ends trimmed
  • 3 fennel stalks; include leaves and flowers
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • Handful of spinach

Directions:
Cut produce to fit your juicer’s feed tube. Juice apple first and follow with other ingredients. Stir and pour into a glass; drink as soon as possible.

Note:  Fennel juice has been used as a traditional tonic to help the body release endorphins, the “feel good” peptides from the brain into the bloodstream. Endorphins help to diminish anxiety and fear and promote euphoria.

Recipe from Jugos Para Una Vida Saludable and Juicing for Life

Goin’ Green Recipe
Serves 1–2

Ingredients:

  • 1–3 beet leaves
  • 1–3 kale leaves
  • 2 ribs of celery
  • 1 cucumber, peeled if not organic
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 pear
  • ½ lemon, peeled if not organic

Directions:
Place some green leaves in your juicer; alternate leaves with celery followed by cucumber, carrot, pear, and lemon. Stir the juice and drink as soon as possible.

Note: Kale is packed with calcium in a form that is assimilated by the body far better than the calcium in dairy products—and that’s a great bonus for your bones!

Recipe from The Juice Lady’s Anti-Inflammation Diet: 28 Days to Restore Your Body and Feel Great

Juicing offers powerful menopause help in a glass, so plug in your juicer and be on your way for a change for the better. #menopause #juicing #hotflashes #perimenopause

Cherie Calbom, MSN

Cherie Calbom, MSN, is the author of 27 books including The Juice Lady’s Anti-Inflammation Diet, The Juice Lady’s Turbo Diet, The Juice Lady’s Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies, and Juicing for Life in both Spanish and English. Known as “The Juice Lady” for her work with juicing and health, Cherie has appeared on CNN’s HealthWatch along with scores of TV, radio shows, and magazines. Cherie earned a master of science degree in whole foods nutrition from Bastyr University. She has practiced as a clinical nutritionist and currently offers Healthy & Fit online e-courses and health and wellness retreats.