Hot flashes are not pleasant to deal with and can leave you sweaty and clammy. When your estrogen levels plummet during menopause, it alters the homeostasis of your body. As a result, your temperature-regulating hypothalamus in the brain becomes confused, and your heat rises. While this seems like an impossible phenomena to deal with, it is actually quite simple when you know what your body needs to receive the proper cues again. Utilizing these remedies will provide relief and reduce your symptoms.
Since your body becomes hot so quickly, the first thing you will do is start pulling at your clothes. Do yourself a favor and wear layers. It does not matter how cold it is outside, your bottom layer should always be a tank top. You can then cover with a t-shirt, light sweater, and jacket when necessary. Make sure all layers are light colors and breathable fabrics. When you are able to take off layers, it provides satisfying relief that makes you feel less trapped and claustrophobic.
Don't leave your house without a survival kit. It should consist of an ice pack, a handheld battery fan, a small towel, and chilled water. When a hot flash comes, you will be so well equipped that your temperature will barely have a chance to reach unbearable levels. Simply apply ice pack to your forehead and cheeks, wipe your sweat, and drink water. They even sell ice packs that are made for keeping in your cleavage, as the chest area becomes fiery during an episode.
Your house should be cool all year round. In the winter, make sure your windows are cracked open wherever you sit, and have a small fan for yourself readily available. Your family may whine about the temperature, but they will ultimately understand what you are going through. Tell them to bundle up, and maybe even buy them cozy pajamas.
In the summer, keep the fans or air conditioner on high with proper ventilation. It is important to reduce clutter as much as possible, as cramped spaces can make you nervous during a hot flash.
Since the issues of hot flashes are hormonal, consuming herbs that are rich in phytoestrogens or plant-based estrogen, can balance your estrogen levels. This will restore proper functioning of the hypothalamus and keep you cool.
Studies have found that herbs such as black cohosh, dong quai, and red clover can balance out your hormone levels and reduce the frequency, duration, and severity of hot flashes. They have been used for centuries and are still embraced and celebrated by women all over the world.
Also, there are hormone-regulating supplements that help alleviate menopause symptoms, including hot flashes. For example, Macafem is one of the most comprehensive ways to balance your hormones and ease menopause symptoms. Its nutrients stimulate the endocrine glands, which in turn produce hormones at balanced levels.
Having what you need to keep cool readily available is the number one way to quickly relieve hot flashes. It is mostly when you are trapped in a hot, enclosed space that they will be most intense. Using this cooling remedies, when paired with consumption of phytoestrogenic herbs in supplement or tea form, you will notice improvement. If using tea, make sure it is iced.
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- The North American Menopause Society. (2014). Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes. Retrieved on February 18, 2014, from http://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/natural-remedies-for-hot-flashes