A lack of iodine is another hot flash ‘signal’. The thyroid gland and cells of the body require an adequate supply of iodine and iodide to function properly. I encourage our patients to take up to twelve milligrams of iodine everyday. I would suggest that you start slow, but be consistent. Iodine in nature has to battle with bromine, fluorine, and chlorine, so you may notice a rash, headache, or nausea if you begin to dump toxins. The iodine is actually causing these elements to leave -- causing body signals similar to an allergic response.
The iodine helps fuel the thyroid that has a direct impact on some of you who experience hot flashes. If you have a low thyroid and are taking prescription medications for your thyroid and you have hot flashes, you may want to have your urine iodine levels tested. You may also want to have your TSH, T3 and T4 levels assessed. If any of these are low or mid-line, it is an indicator to me that you need to supplement as suggested above.
I have had many women respond favorably by adding one tablespoon of flax oil every day to their diets (I recommend taking one tablespoon per one hundred pounds). The flax oil helps regulate the hormones in your body. Stop eating trans fat -- it confuses the natural oils in your body. Your hormonal system is dependent on an adequate supply of quality oils.
Are you beginning to see that hot flashes and night sweats can be directly linked to your choices? The reason many females have hot flashes is because of stress, either caused by food or emotions.