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Change Your Diet to Stop Menopausal Night Sweats

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It's the middle of the night, you're tired, drenched in sweat, can't go back to sleep, and it's all because you just had a night sweat episode. Night sweats are a common symptom of menopausal women.

Menopause can lead to hormonal imbalances which trigger night sweats and other symptoms. There are a variety of treatments ranging from medication to traditional remedies so simple lifestyle changes. For some, simple dietary changes may be all that you need to manage your night sweats.

Foods to Help Reduce Night Sweats

There are many foods that can help you reduce night sweats, including:

Sage

This versatile herb has been known to reduce stomach inflammation and help lessen the frequency and severity of night sweats. Usually drunk in tea, it can be used as an ingredient in other things as well. As with anything, overconsumption is bad, and you should avoid drinking sage tea if you have a fever.

Soy

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Found in everything from tofu and margarine to yogurt and drinks, this small bean is commonly used to help alleviate disturbances in sleep. Soy beans are low in cholesterol, and contain linoleic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid, that can help prevent heart disease.

Vitamin-E rich foods

Sweet potatoes, peanuts, hazelnuts, almonds, and avocados, are great sources of protein and may help decrease the number of night sweats you have.

Fresh fruits and vegetables

Kale, spinach, broccoli, sweet peppers, yams, and blueberries all contain large amounts of antioxidants, as well as other essential vitamins and nutrients that can help improve your health during menopause.

Cold fluids

Cold fluids may help to prevent the intensity of your night sweats. Try to drink only cold water in the hours preceding sleep. Additional cold fluid include: chilled fruit, milk, frozen fruit bars and gazpacho soup.

Foods to Avoid

There are a number of foods that can trigger or worsen night sweat symptoms, including:

Sugars

Skip the processed foods and sweets. Sugar can worsen your hormone imbalance and provoke more night sweats. In addition, sugar increases energy levels and makes it harder to fall asleep.

Salt

Too much sodium in the diet has been linked to high blood pressure. Also, go easy on smoked, salt-cured, and charbroiled foods, as these foods contain high levels of nitrates, which have been linked to cancer.

Spicy foods

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Spicy foods can lead to severe night sweats, disrupting sleep on a regular basis. Consume in moderation.

More Information

Click on the link below for more information about treatments for night sweats during menopause.

Best Home Remedies for Night Sweats

It can be annoying to have to deal with night sweats, characterized by excessive perspiration throughout the night. Fortunately though they are treatable.

How to Prevent and Manage Night Sweats

Nobody wants to lose sleep because of sweat. Learn more about night sweats during menopause and how to keep your body cool.

Night Sweats and Heart Palpitations

The symptoms of menopause can range from irritating night sweats to heart palpitations. Learn more about their connection to hormones here.

Sources:
  • The National Institute of Health. "Signs of the Menopausal Transition" www.nih.gov
  • Boston Women's Health Collective. "Hot Flashes, Night Sweats and Sleep Disturbances". Our Bodies, Ourselves, 2006.
  • Von Muhlen, DG, et al. "A community-based study of menopause symptoms and estrogen replacement in older women". Maturitas. Sept 1995; 22(2):71-8.