Hot flashes are one of the most frustrating menopause symptoms for women. This common symptom can derail your concentration, interrupt you at work, and even wake you at night. It can even make you stand out in a crowd if you are casually wearing short sleeves in a snowstorm.
There are so many natural menopause remedies that promise to help alleviate hot flashes. But there is little evidence that menopause remedies work aside from hormone replacement therapy. One reason why it is hard to treat hot flashes is we do not know the exact cause of hot flashes. Certainly, we know that hot flashes are the result of declining estrogen and progesterone levels associated with perimenopause and menopause, but the physiological mechanism between hot flashes and vasomotor flushing remains a mystery.
If you are struggling with hot flashes, there are numerous natural and hormonal options available to you. However, many women become overwhelmed when trying to decide which menopause supplements to try. If you find yourself in this position, you may be surprised to learn that a trip to your kitchen pantry may offer surprising relief from hot flashes.
What is supposed this kitchen-staple miracle, you may ask? Apple cider vinegar.
Benefits of apple cider vinegar
People have been touting the benefits of apple cider vinegar for decades. But recently, it has become incredibly popular because it is suggested to relieve a number of health issues.
What makes this kitchen staple so seemingly healthful is that it has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. The antioxidants in apple cider vinegar can help flush out toxins and may even help keep your gut bacteria in check.
There have also been some small studies that have suggested that people with Type 2 diabetes may have lower blood sugar levels when they take apple cider vinegar before bedtime. The theory is that apple cider vinegar can improve the function of insulin in your body. (It is important to note that people with Type 2 diabetes must take their medication as prescribed and apple cider vinegar in no way replaces medical treatment of this disease.)
Other possible benefits of apple cider vinegar include:
Aiding in weight loss by curbing your appetite
Warding off heart disease by lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides
Improving skin health
Apple Cider Vinegar Estrogen Connection?
Some women claim that taking apple cider vinegar daily has helped to reduce their hot flashes. Apple cider vinegar may help decrease the frequency and severity of hot flashes because its antioxidants may draw toxins out of the body. In addition, apple cider vinegar has alkaline properties that may help balance your hormones. Some theories suggest that apple cider vinegar may help your body produce hormones, including estrogen, which may, in turn, offer menopause symptom relief.
Apple cider vinegar may help with other menopause symptoms and even conditions associated with postmenopause including:
Relieving constipation and stomach bloating with good gut bacteria
Curbing your sweet tooth
Aiding in weight loss
Stabilizing your mood and warding off depression
Preventing osteoporosis (The magnesium in apple cider vinegar is important for bone health)
Reducing heart disease risk
The Final Word on Apple Cider Vinegar Hot Flashes Remedy
Apple cider vinegar appears to be safe as long as it is not consumed in excess amounts. And there is quite a bit of anecdotal evidence that suggests apple cider vinegar may have many health benefits, including curbing hot flashes. So if you are struggling with hot flashes and other menopause symptoms, why not try apple cider vinegar? Just remember, although apple cider vinegar has claimed the spotlight for now as a powerful natural health remedy, there is little evidence and research in human studies to back its use as an alternative therapy.
If you are suffering from menopause symptoms, certainly consider alternative therapies like apple cider vinegar, but this may also be a good time to meet with your doctor to see what therapies may offer the best relief for you.
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Disclaimer: This is not medical advice, does not take the place of medical advice from your physician, and is not intended to treat or cure any disease. Patients should see a qualified medical provider for assessment and treatment.
Meet the Author
Perry Babe Julia ( RN, BSN, BA) is a registered nurse based in Colorado. Julia's nursing background in women’s health has ranged from neonatal and postpartum care to labor and delivery, to outpatient gynecological medicine for both adolescent and adult populations.
Much of her education and clinical experience are related to educating women on women’s health topics ranging from lifestyle improvements, disease management, and general health education.