How Probiotics Can Help Fight Hot Flashes
Finding relief for menopausal symptoms can be a complex and challenging journey. Every woman is different, and therefore not all treatments will provide the same benefits for all women. Some methods may be more effective than others and permanent changes to diet and other lifestyle areas may be necessary to reap the most benefits and support symptom relief.
While changes to diet, exercise, and other lifestyle aspects can go a long way to supporting menopausal health, what else can women do to help support their menopausal symptom relief?
How Probiotics Can Help Support Hot Flash Relief
Probiotics are bacterial strains that help support the health of your body’s microbiome, the existing bacteria that live inside your digestive system. Probiotics help deliver beneficial bacteria to your digestive tract. When enough beneficial bacteria populate your gut, these bacteria can help your body receive nutrients and information to better regulate itself.
So, how do hot flashes come into play and, more importantly, how can probiotics help regulate your body temperature? For most probiotic supplements, there is an additional blend of prebiotics. Prebiotics are compounds that help promote the growth of probiotics, usually found in herbal or other food sources. These compounds can help feed the probiotic cultures in your digestive tract and help them better extract nutrients and information to be sent to the brain.
The area of the brain called the hypothalamus is responsible for regulating body temperature. When estrogen levels begin to fluctuate and deplete, it causes the hypothalamus to become extremely sensitive to changes in temperature. When the hypothalamus thinks the body is overheating, it triggers a hot flash in an attempt to release sweat on the skin and cool the body down from the outside-in. Probiotic and prebiotic blends can help feed the hypothalamus the right nutrients and information it needs to prevent itself from being tricked into thinking the body is overheating.
How Our Probiotics Are Designed to Help
Our probiotic supplements are paired with specific prebiotic ingredients to help support your gut health and support menopausal symptom relief. For supporting hot flash relief, many of our blends include phytoestrogens in our prebiotic blends. What are phytoestrogens? Phytoestrogens are plant compounds that mimic the role of your body’s natural estrogen, just at a weaker level.
Phytoestrogens bind onto estrogen receptors in the body. Once they bind to these receptors they help maintain hormonal levels and steadily regulate multiple functions throughout the body. Many herbal ingredients and plant compounds are full of phytoestrogens and when paired with other natural compounds, they can help improve the regulation of things like skin health, immune health, cardiovascular health, and most importantly, body temperature.
Red Clover is a type of plant that has a number of effects on the body. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, which helps the body’s immune system to lower the risk of becoming infected by things like bacteria and viruses. Secondly, and more importantly, it’s full of phytoestrogens known as isoflavones. There are two primary isoflavones in red clover that can help steady the decrease of the body’s natural estrogen, Biochanin A and Formononetin. When both of these compounds work together, they bind onto estrogen receptors in the body and help flatten the depletion of estrogen in the body, which in turn, helps the hypothalamus better regulate body temperature.
Dong Quai is an herb that’s been used for its medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Known for its properties to help stimulate and “purify” blood, dong quai can help the body better regulate blood flow. High blood pressure and increased heart rate can raise body temperature and trick the hypothalamus into thinking the body is overheating and trigger a hot flash. Dong Quai helps lower blood pressure and improves blood flow through the blood vessels, which can help you better maintain a steady body temperature.
Help Support Hot Flash Relief
Of the dozens of ways you can support your menopausal symptom health, taking probiotic supplements is just one. Making changes to diet and exercise can also help alleviate hot flashes to a degree. Talking to a doctor can help you better identify your options and what lifestyle changes you can make to get the most menopausal symptom relief.