Hot flashes are a common symptom of menopause, and as your hormones change, your body can experience intense heat and sweating in unexpected spurts. Everyone experiences hot flashes differently, and at times it can create nausea, headaches, and a claustrophobic feeling.
There are many home remedies that can help alleviate symptoms.
It may be winter, but cracking the windows open can help lessen your hot flashes. Feeling cool air on your face and lungs can prevent the feeling of suffocation sometimes associated with hot flashes. In the summer, try to stay in spacious areas kept cool with fans.
If possible go for a brisk walk in the fresh air. This will improve circulation, thus regulating and cooling your body.
Some studies have found that no plant has a greater level of phytoestrogens than this perennial clover from Europe. Since estrogen levels are low during menopause, the body's ability to regulate its temperature is disturbed.
Consuming red clover can help restore lost estrogen and regulate body temperature. Red clover blossoms can be found online and be mixed with hot water overnight to create a tea. The recommended dose is 2 - 4 cups per day. If the need is urgent, you can find red clover in capsule, tablet, and extract form online or at a local health food store.
Anxiety is an important aspect of hot flashes. Symptoms are worsened, and feel significantly more intense, when you're anxious or stressed. To be able to keep centered and breathe deeply is of extreme value at these times.
In addition, long and concentrated breaths oxygenate the blood, and can help you regulate your heart rhythm, which often gets disrupted during a hot flash or a panic episode.
If you feel a hot flash coming on, do not hesitate to close your eyes, sit upright, and take deep slow abdominal breaths. Do not underestimate the power of big, healthy breaths.
Elimination of Caffeine
Coffee, black teas, energy drinks, and chocolate are all triggers for hot flashes. If you do not like the feelings you experience during hot flashes, you may find that reducing or eliminating your caffeine intake is worth the effort. Not only will letting go of caffeine reduce your risk of hot flashes, it can help relieve other menopause symptoms as well.
Replace your morning coffee with sage, licorice, or chasteberry tea found in stores or online, and the intensity, duration, and frequency of hot flashes will be greatly reduced.
When handled in a healthy and positive way, hot flashes can be far less overwhelming. Consult a doctor if you are ever concerned about your symptoms.
For further information on how to handle hot flashes during menopause, follow the link below.
- Natural New. (2014). Good news for menopausal women: You can avoid hot flashes by changing your diet. Retrieved from http://www.naturalnews.com/019538_hot_flashes_womens_health.html
- Science Nordic. (2013). Real clover eases menopausal discomfort. Retrieved from http://sciencenordic.com/red-clover-eases-menopausal-discomfort
- Breast Cancer. (2013). All About Hot Flashes. Retrieved from http://www.breastcancer.org/tips/menopausal/facing/hot_flashes