I am a 48 yo female and have been following a paleo diet for almost 2 years and am also trying to heal my gut using the GAPS diet for the past 7 months. Recently I started on Dr. Kruse's Leaky Gut Prescription with my doctor's approval. I started deglycyrrhizinated licorice root (DGL) first and within a week had terrible insomnia followed by hot flashes (night and day). I stopped taking the DGL 3 weeks ago and am still having frequent hot flashes. I also missed my period for the first time since I was pregnant 11 years ago.
The only other supplement I am using from the protocol is glutamine.
Has anyone else had hot flashes from taking DGL? Any predictions on how long this will last?
Many thanks for any advice!!!
asked byGina (135)
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on October 21, 2011
at 09:27 PM
You're 48 -- definitely in the perimenopausal years. Average age of menopause is around 51 -- hormonal fluctuations begin years before.
I say your hot flashes are hormonal and have nothing to do with leaky gut. Some things that may minimize hot flashes: cut back on hot or warming spices including ginger, cayenne,cinammon, etc; cut back on caffeine and theobromine (chocolate); cut back on booze.
I think the DGL is amazing -- nothing in it would cause hot flashes.
Try meditation (get the various meditation CDs if you want to fast-track this -- I like the ones by Imrama Institute -- 22 minutes and you're in bliss); try chammomile tea before bed; try extra magnesium; ditch sugar (you're probably already doing this). Sage tea is supposed to be great for hot flashes as well. Keep bedroom cool.
on October 21, 2011
at 08:13 PM
Maybe you're just starting menopause, Gina!
on December 31, 2017
at 03:57 PM
I too have been having hot flashes while dealing with leaky gut...and no, it’s not a coincidence. I read something where it said meat could be the culprit so I began eating meat once every four or five days and when I stick to that routine I very rarely have them. Unfortunately I am a meat lover so I pray that when my gut is fully healed I can up that amount to 2 or 3 times a week. And too, this actually may be a time in the diet where one should really focus on the food rotation rule. For example, if you eat a potato one day don’t eat potatoes again for about 4 days, allowing it to clear out of your system.
Truth be told, I believe that many women have leaky gut without knowing it and are dealing with premenopausal symptoms prematurely.
on May 22, 2014
at 11:04 AM
@LauraInSD - I'm with you, it is NOT coincidence and it is not about our age. I'm 48 and I'm questioning if it's Berberine and/or NAC. I took the Berberine out and I'm waiting to see if that helps first.
I have had this happen before - the moment I start messing with my gut to fight candida (with a higher dose of Berberine this time), my cycle is messed up and I get hot flashes. It's my sleep that I'm working to correct and the hot flashes wake me up which is why I'm trying to find a solution.
But I absolutely think it's not about peri at all - this IS about gut health. I've read that candida's toxins sends out a false estrogen so it makes your body think you have plenty.
on May 05, 2014
at 04:08 PM
Peri-menopausal years can occur at any age starting after mid to late thirties. At 48 years, it is very common. First stop should be a good gynecologist AFTER you do some reading about menopause. HRT (hormone replacement therapy is safe for perimenopausal years but INSIST on bio-identical hormones not synthetic>see why you need to do research on your own first?? If you are "ïntact' with both uterus and ovaries present, you more than likely be "bothered" with hot flashes with amount/longevity varied among women. It is not unheard of for a woman to have an occasional hot flash through their sixties. Ever woman's mmv (mileage may vary.)
Sudden hot flashes associated with very recent changes in diet/whatever at 48 years of age and missing one period is absolute coincidence.
This from an elderly, retired female health care worker.
on May 01, 2014
at 02:40 AM
I noticed that when I went paleo I suddenly started having major hot flashes in a way that does not feel like "coincidence" despite my age of 48. I was already peri menopausal but had hot flashes completely under control.
I read that some vegetables (dark leafy greens I think) lower estrogen, where other food may increase it (sugar/starches maybe).
I wonder if Paleo is a much lower estrogen diet, or if now I'm eating more foods that lower estrogen.
I feel healthier on paleo, more even energy -- but the hot flashes SUCK and do concern me that I've introduced some sort of imbalance. I'm trying some herbal stuff to combat it. Curious if any one else has any theories/advice.
on August 15, 2013
at 05:01 AM
I get those hot flashes, too. I suspect the following: bad bacteria hide out in the biofilm in your gut when the environment is too acidic for them. They will start to produce something that alkalinizes your gut. Your immune system doesn't like it and turns on the alarm system.
on July 13, 2013
at 05:18 PM
I know this is old, but I am having the same issue. I have been having mild hot flashes for a year or so that were completely controlled with some natural progesterone.
In the spring, I went on a course of NAC to try and clear up some issues in my gut and went crashing into the worst menopausal symptoms. Progesterone lost all effect. I was sweating my brains out and not sleeping, and I stopped having periods. I stopped taking the NAC after about 2 months and slowly (over the course of another 2 months) went back to mild very tolerable hot flashes without progesterone, though still no period.
Well, I recently started taking colostrum and immediately (the night of my first dose) went into hot-flash mania. Sweating buckets. It's making me miserable. It can't be a coincidence.
So my question is - what the heck is going on? I am really dedicated to healing my damaged gut, but I can't keep going on like this. What is the connection, and is there something I should be doing to mitigate this problem? Any advice would be appreciated.
on November 16, 2012
at 05:37 PM
I just started getting hot flashed a month ago. Now, I take 2 capsules of Dandelion (morning & bedtime) and 1 capsule of Milk Thistle. It helps my liver metabolize the hormones. Everybody's a little different, but it worked like charm for me! :) No more hot flashes.
But, I still have to deal with the weight gain from menopause, which is why I'm changing my diet to Paleo. I work out intensely (i.e. weights and pole dancing) now more than ever in my life and still, I'm gaining weight. So, I just started on Paleo.
on October 21, 2011
at 09:46 PM
Try drinking water with a tablespoon or so of unpasturized apple cider vinegar in it daily. You might want to start with a smaller quantity and work up to get used to the taste. I didn't like it at first but now find it quite ok.
It's okay to use it on gaps. Campbell McBride mentions it in the book.
Hope that helps.
on October 21, 2011
at 09:09 PM
I used chewable DGL years ago to deal with chronic heartburn. It didn't really do anything weird to my hormones, but then again, I wasn't eating paleo then. (I may have even been macrobiotic at the time... might be why I needed the DGL.)