You’re not alone if you’re one of the many women who have hit menopause and are desperate to learn how to find relief from hot flashes.
Studies have shown that at least 50% of all women who enter menopausal years experience one of the most uncomfortable side effects of menopause–the dreaded hot flashes.
Even though many other symptoms of menopause are actually more serious in terms of threatening good health, these sudden feelings of intense heat that emanate from the body core outward and end in a deluge of perspiration, is enough to send many women into a desperate hunt for relief.
Some resort to synthetic hormone replacement therapy that can place their long term health in jeopardy. Others simply attempt to endure until ‘the change’ is over, which for many women can be well over 5 years.
The best tactic, however, is to find a happy medium by applying natural, common sense strategies to your daily health regimen.
Tips to Get Relief from Hot Flashes
Exercise at least 5 days a week
Yes, the “E” word! The last thing many menopausal women feel like doing is to exercise, but there are many benefits to pushing through and making yourself be more active. One good reason is that consistent exercise helps to reduce the severity of hot flashes.
Among its other benefits, exercise works as a stress reducer which in turn, relieves hot flashes. Just don’t exercise closer than 3 hours before bedtime.
Take Black Cohosh
This herbal remedy has been used by women all over the world for many years with great success. Pick up the best quality herb you can find and take the suggested dosage for female menopause. It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks to notice its effectiveness, so be patient.
Change Your Diet
Spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine and cayenne pepper have been proven to worsen hot flash symptoms, so avoid these.
Use Natural Progesterone Cream
Progesterone is a hormone that is also produced from natural sources and has been shown to be quite effective in normalizing the body during menopause, as well as relieving hot flashes. Be sure to select a high quality progesterone cream and use as directed.
Generally, 1/4 teaspoon once or twice a day, 3 weeks out of the month are highly effective in lessening a multitude of other menopausal symptoms such as water retention, sleeplessness, loss of libido, and breast tenderness.
Wear All Cotton Clothing
Wearing absorbent cotton clothing is very helpful in wicking away body moisture during a hot flash and also in helping to keep the body cool and comfortable, especially in the summer months. Wearing cotton clothing at night is especially helpful when hot flashes can be the most annoying.
Take Vitamin E
Add a Vitamin E supplement to your diet since studies have proven that it can lessen hot flashes. It can also help prevent fibrocystic breast lumps. A good general dosage is 400 IU a day, although some gynecologists may recommend up to 2000 IU for those who suffer from fibrocystic disease.
These are some of the most effective, natural methods of reducing the discomfort of hot flashes, but there are additional drugs and medications such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and antidepressants that are often recommended by conventional doctors.
However, you may prefer not to use synthetic drugs or hormone replacement therapy since these can often cause other unwelcome side effects and instead, implement lifestyle changes and natural supplements to reduce hot flashes.