During perimenopause, our estrogen level drops, changing our metabolism. We can therefore no longer drink our favorite cocktail or glass of wine anymore without feeling lousy. It is now more difficult to move sugar out of our blood, and the resulting high blood sugar can cause hot flashes and night sweats.
Refined carbohydrates, alcohol and added sugar absorb too quickly. (Check out H2OPS as an alcohol alternative. We’re hooked!) In general, the more processed the food, the more it raises our blood sugar. Over time, consuming excess sugar stresses our adrenal glands, causing insulin resistance and creating an environment where sugar becomes toxic to the body. Sugar is stored as fat, accelerates aging, and increases the risk of many chronic diseases, including cancer. Taxed adrenal glands cannot produce as much estrogen, further disrupting our metabolism.
Fiber, protein and healthy fat (fish, chia seeds and flax seeds), on the other hand, stabilize our blood sugar. Filling our plates with fresh vegetables and omega-3 healthy fats can keep us feeling even-tempered and focused all day. Wild fish, nuts and seeds are great sources. They are a critical part of reducing our hot flashes and night sweats.