Menopause and hot flashes both go hand in hand… It is impossible to imagine one without the other. Once you have reached a maturity age and you experience hot flashes, be aware that you are about to enter menopause. Hot flashes are usually the first symptom of menopause. Here are some tips which will help reduce the severity of hot flashes and help you get through menopause with ease and no hassle.
1. Soy Power: Some studies and research have suggested that soy may be extremely beneficial for reducing the intensity and occurrence of hot flashes. It may also be helpful in reducing other symptoms related with menopause. It is best if you derive the benefits of soy directly from soy food products. Soy foods include tofu, miso, whole soybean, soy powder, tempeh and soy milk. Keep soy supplements as the last resort.
2. Black Cohosh: This is one of the most popular herbal way to reduce hot flashes. The body is in the process of stopping menstruation due to this process the estrogen levels fluctuate. The fluctuations are more prominent during night and evening. A component found in Black Cohosh is similar in nature to estrogen. This component makes the body believe that the estrogen levels are stable, although it does not really increases the estrogen. This helps in reducing the intensity and occurance of hot flashes and sweating at night. Black Cohosh is extremely helpful in easing out other symptoms of menopause. It is a magical herb for menopausal women.
3. Natural Progesterone: This is a hormone produced by the ovaries prior to menopause. When a woman’s body fails to produce sufficient progesterone between during menopause, natural transdermal progesterone cream can address the fundamental cause of most symptoms. Natural progesterone is also available in capsule form.
4. Vitamin E: Several studies have establishes that Vitamin E can help reduce the severity of hot flashes. It can help reduce sweating at night during menopause.
5. Exercise: One of the best natural methods to ease hot flashes and several other symptoms of menopause is daily exercise. You can include daily exercise in your everyday routine by scheduling walks, aerobics, swimming, cycling. You can also increase your physical activity levels to get the benefits. For example you can start by taking stairs instead of elevator or escalator, parking your vehicle one block away from the super market and walking rest of the way. Exercise can help reduce fatigue, insomnia as well as cholesterol levels. Just take care that you do not take your walk during hot afternoon… early mornings will be quite cool.
6. Avoid foods that trigger hot flashes: Certain foods trigger hot flashes such as alcohol, caffeine, spicy hot foods and cayenne. If your hot flashes become more severe after having these foods then you need to avoid it.
7. Easy Clothing: Hot flashes may be easy to bear if you wear loose fitted, light weight or cotton clothes. Cotton permits sweat to evaporate, cooling down the skin off more rapidly as well as making you feel more at ease. Wearing layers of cotton can also help. You can easily take layers off as you get a hot flash and your body heats up and put them back on, if you feel chilled afterwards, most women do this.