More than 50 million women in the U.S. are currently in their menopausal stage of life. And while different women experience different combinations of symptoms, depending mostly on hormonal makeup and lifestyle, about 85% of all menopausal women suffer from hot flashes.
Though hot flashes in themselves are harmless, they can become extremely uncomfortable. That’s why most menopausal women spend a lot of effort trying to find effective ways to control hot flashes.
Here are some simple, natural ways to control hot flashes during menopause:
- Avoid Trigger Substances. Avoid stimulants such as alcohol, spicy foods, and caffeine. These can trigger hot flashes. Spicy foods are a major trigger of hot flashes. Excess caffeine can act as a diuretic, which can cause magnesium and calcium loss. These minerals are very important for bone building as well as helping women to stay calm. Also try to drink no more than one cup of coffee a day.
- Take Time to Unwind. Many women report an increase in hot flashes during times of stress. When you start your day, take ten deep breaths after you wake up in the morning. You might be surprised at how effective this is. Make sure to take time for yoga, breathing exercises or anything that helps you relieve stress.
- Control your Weight. Being too thin can cause women to suffer more intense hot flashes and other symptoms related to estrogens. It is also important not to be overweight. The prime site of estrogen production during the postmenopausal stage is in body fat.
- Stop Smoking. Smoking has been linked to an increased occurrence of hot flashes in menopausal women.
- Exercise Regularly. Following a regular exercise routing not only keeps you in shape, it keeps you feeling young and healthy. Without a healthy body, it is harder to balance the necessary hormones to control hot flashes.
- Black Cohosh is a plant that is used widely in Europe for treating menopause and hot flashes. Studies have shown that Black Cohosh was just as effective as pharmaceutical estrogen in providing hot flash relief. Black Cohosh is available in supplement form.
- Red Clover is a plant that contains high amounts of phyto-estrogens known as isoflavones and has been shown to help reduce the intensity and frequency of hot flashes.
- Drink Sage Tea. Sage has been widely used as a natural remedy for hot flashes since the herb is effective for reducing sweating, a primary indication of menopause while at the same time helping the body to adapt to the hormonal changes involved. Try drinking a few cups of sage tea each day or taking a supplement that contains sage.
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