So, three years ago, I thought I had come down with this terrible illness. I was tired, couldn’t sleep, irritable, and just plain sick and tired of the emotional rollercoaster I was riding. I decided to schedule an appointment with my doctor. After taking a few test, and a few vials of blood, the doctor entered the room. As I expected, she starts with the usual banter of, “How are the kids? What brings you in today?”
I answer, an then she gets down to the nitty-gritty. “So…I have your test results…and um–”.
At this point I ask, “So what is it? Menopause?”
“No, it’s not menopause. You’re too young for that.”
Now I’m about to leap off the table. “Oh my God, it’s a tumor! It’s cancer isn’t it?”
“Whoa, I’m so sorry. No it’s not a tumor or cancer.”
“Then what is it!”
“It’s about 6 weeks.”
“You’re about six weeks pregnant. Congratulations! So, I guess you call call it a nine month growth if you like.” She laughed, and so did I–hysterically.
Why the hysterical laughter you may ask? Because folks, my baby at the time was fifteen. Everything and anything had come to mind, with the exception of my being pregnant. So today’s post is for my pre-menopausal and menopausal sisters in search of a little relief. Believe me, the time may not be now for me, but this recipe is going in my menopause relief book.
Feeling hot, hot, hot? When menopause is the cause, who wouldn’t be up for trying a natural remedy to cool down?
Research suggests that lignans, estrogen-like compounds in flaxseeds, may help relieve hot flashes. Boost your flaxseed intake with these 8 yummy recipes, including the Essential EatingWell Chocolate Bundt Cake.
In one study, women consumed four tablespoons of ground flaxseed daily—two in the morning, two at night. (Are store-bought pre-ground flaxseeds as nutritionally effective as buying whole seeds and grinding them yourself? Find out here.)
After six weeks, the frequency of their hot flashes dropped, on average, from 7.3 to 3.6 a day. Intensity of the hot flashes decreased too.
The researchers think the lignans in flax offer a “natural,” less potent estrogen effect on hot flashes than synthetic hormone therapy. (If flaxseeds aren’t for you, here’s another natural remedy for hot flashes: omega-3 fatty acids, the healthy fats in fatty fish, such as salmon and tuna. Find out how much you need.)
Flaxseeds are also one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids and they provide both soluble fiber, linked to reduced risk of heart disease, and insoluble fiber, which provides valuable roughage. But for your body to absorb the benefits, the seeds must be ground. (Preserve the health benefits of flaxseed with these storage tips.)
Want to try this natural cooling solution at home? Start with two tablespoons daily and work up to four, recommends one researcher. (Note: 4 tablespoons = 190 calories.) Flaxseeds are rich in fiber—2.5 grams per tablespoon—so increasing intake too quickly can cause bloating. [Source]