Written By: Lisa Reed
Hot Flashes are extremely uncomfortable and can be embarrassing. That feeling of intense heat around the chest, face, and neck area lasting anywhere from 30 seconds to 30 minutes can cause sweating and anxiety followed by chills.
Personally, the majority of mine came during the night, sometimes several times during the night causing me to open windows, strip naked, cover my head with cold wet towels thus resulting in lack of sleep.
Research shows that 80% of perimenopausal and menopausal women experience hot flashes and the key is to figure out what triggers yours.
Some common triggers are:
One of the most common ways to alleviate hot flashes is hormone replacement therapy. Personally, I did not want the added estrogen in my bloodstream due to my family’s history of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease.
I began to think about every aspect of my day and was curious as to why I only had hot flashes at night and they were more severe on the weekends. This led me to think about alkalinity, a subject I am very passionate about. I am fortunate to spend my day in our juice factory where I sample our Green juice all day long – a sip here, a sip there, flushing my body with alkalinity. Then the aha moment happened - It was our Green Juice!! I began drinking a bottle of green juice about one hour before bed and my hot flashes nearly disappeared!
So, may I suggest to all of you ladies haunted by these miserable hot flashes to give alkalinity a try. First all, try to avoid acidic foods such as, grains, sugar, dairy, sodas, coffee, alcohol, and meat – especially processed meats such as lunchmeat. Instead, add these foods: greens vegetables, legumes, and avocado.