Flax seeds and soy foods, such as tofu, edamame and soy milk, may help to reduce hot flashes with regular consumption, notes The Globe and Mail. In general, a diet rich in proteins and healthy fats may be helpful for controlling hot flashes, according to Women to Women.
Hot flashes produce a feeling of intense heat in the face and chest area, often paired with increased heart rate and sweating, notes The Globe and Mail. These hot flashes generally affect menopausal women. Eating soy foods may help to reduce the occurrence and severity of hot flashes because soy foods contain isoflavones, which bind to estrogen receptors. A 2012 review of controlled trials found that women who ate a minimum of 54 milligrams of soy isoflavones over a period of at least six weeks saw a reduction in the frequency and severity of hot flashes.
Sufficient protein consumption may be important in the reduction of hot flashes, as proteins help the body regulate the production of hormones, notes Women to Women. Plant-based proteins, such as flax, nuts, lentils and beans, are helpful for reducing hot flashes. Women who experience regular hot flashes should avoid possible triggers, including alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods and hot beverages, notes the Globe and Mail.