Spicy Foods and Hot Flashes

You've hit menopause, and hot flashes are causing havoc with your body and your daily life. Which way do you turn? What should you eat and what shouldn't you eat? You feel trapped, controlled by your hormones. Pretty close to the mark, right?

By choosing the right foods, you can prevent problems that come with menopause.Well, the thing to remember is that you're not a servant to your hormones. You can control them. Although your body is in flux, with regards to hormones at this point in your life, it isn't the end of the world. You can be the master of your own hormonal destiny by choosing the right foods and not triggering any of the problems that come with menopause. Read on to find out what the combination of eating spicy food and hot flashes does to your body.

The Effect of Spicy Foods during Menopause

It is widely regarded as a rule to keep away from hot and/or spicy foods when going through menopause. As with everything, moderation is the key, so if you like your Indian foods for example feel free to tackle a mild masala or daal but make sure you stay well clear of vindaloo and the like.

But why? It's true that, in limited amounts, some of the spices and herbs used in this cooking can be good for you but when going through hot flashes, you really don't need anything that could trigger you off.

Peppers are used to dilate blood vessels; hot flashes can be the result.As a general rule, it would be a good idea to ban ethnic cuisines like Chinese, Indian, or Mexican as their peppers and curries can have awful effects on you. The reason they cause such a problem is that the nerve endings are stimulated by these foods and, as they are used to dilate blood vessels, hot flashes can be the result.

What Are Other Triggers to Look out for?

Spicy foods tend to be the most talked about trigger for hot flashes, but after putting your jalapenos and jambalaya away it is important not to forget some of the others which hold a bad reputation for causing similar problems. Some of the other main culprits include:

Refined sugar

White sugar can be a big problem for one main reason it causes a large increase in blood sugar levels. Products made using syrup or refined sugar should be avoided. Natural syrups and sugars are better, but should still be used sparingly.


This stimulant has been receiving bad press for many a year and it is widely suggested that you stay away from caffeine if struggling with hot flashes. Coffee, chocolate, and tea are the three main culprits, this isn't to say you can't have any, but cut it to one a day if you can.

As with everything, different ploys work with different people. Try and see what it is that is causing your problems. Chances are that cutting these three out will go a long way to helping you. Click on the following link for more about hot flashes treatments.

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