Hot flashes are the common symptoms faced by many women in the menopause and pre-menopause transition. Usually hot flashes are sudden feeings of intense warm over the face, neck and chest. There are other symptoms asscosiated with it like as rapid heartbeat, a red, blotchy skin appearance, perspiration, chilled feeling as the hot flash subsides. No two women describe the exact same symptoms when talking about a hot flash. The typical hot flash lasts approximately 2-3 minutes, may occur a few times a week or several times a day. Although the exact cause of hot flashes is not fully know, hot flashes are considered to be a cause of a combination of hormonal and biochemical changes brought on by declining estrogen levels. Sometimes hot flashes are accompanied by night sweats resulting in unrefreshing sleep and daytime tiredness.
Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes
- Diet: One of the main causes of hot flashes is the decreasing estrogen level in the body. For this it is very essential that you have a well balanced diet and increase your consumption of food which contain estrogenic substances. There are many vegetables and food items that can increase the estrogen levels like as soybeans, soy sprouts, garlic, green beans, sesame seeds, crushed flaxseeds, wheat, yams, pumpkin seeds, cucumbers, cabbage, beets, olive oil, corn, apples, anise seeds, olives, papaya, oats, peas, sunflower seeds. These are all important sources of natural estrogens that are also loaded with vitamins, fiber and minerals essential not only for menopause, but to maintain an overall good health.
- Vitamin E: For ordinary hot flashes, try vitamin E with dosages between 400 and 800 IUs daily.Hot flashes deplete our bodies of the B vitamins, vitamin C, and magnesium and potassium, so it is helpful to increase our consumption of these nutrients
- Primrose Oil: Evening primrose oil alleviates hot flashes and promotes restful sleep. Depending on the amount of primrose oil in each capsule, effective dosages vary from 2 to 8 capsules a day.
- Chickweed tincture: Chickweed tincture (25 to 40 drops) once or twice a day reduces the severity and frequency of hot flashes.
- Light Clothes: Wear clothes made of natural fibers (cotton, wool, silk) which can disperse heat away from the body. It is more practical to dress in layers so that clothing can be removed and added as needed.
- Exercise: Acupuncture, meditation and biofeedback have helped women find relief from hot flashes. Engaging in regular physical activity helps improve your overall health, which may help hot flashes feel less intense.
What to Avoid?
- Avoid spicy food, hot drinks, alcoholic drinks, white sugar, stress, tobacco and marijuana as they triggers hot flashes.
- Avoid “hot” situations by keeping the temperature comfortably cool in your bedroom while you sleep. Switch on the fans during the day to keep your home from getting stuffy. If you need some instant relief in the middle of a hot flash, try a cool shower to chill out. When you’re not at home, try to avoid hot places, like outdoor locales during the summer. Also avoid hot weather, hot tubs and saunas.
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