Hot flushes are those troublesome times when your skin feels hot, causing you to feel almost feverish and sometimes even sweaty. About 75% of women experience this during menopause, but just because it’s normal doesn’t mean it can’t be a nuisance. We’ve pulled together a few natural ways to help combat these symptoms.
Treatment of Menopausal Hot Flushes
No. 1 – Eat a well-balanced, wholesome diet and eat regularly
Low and dipping blood sugar levels can be one of the causes of hot flushes and this can be easily prevented by eating regularly. See my previous blog 13 Natural and Easy Ways to Balance Your Blood Sugar Levels for more info and help on this subject.
No. 2 – Opt for anti-inflammatory and nourishing foods
Such as green leafy vegetables, colourful fruits and vegetables. Turmeric is also a fantastic herb to include as it boasts anti-inflammatory properties and powerful antioxidant levels. It’s also great for memory. Check out my blogs What’s the Scoop On: Greens ; What’s the Scoop on: Turmeric for some ideas on how to incorporate them into your diet.
No. 3 – Consume Omega-3 fatty acids
By including oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, kippers and sardines, flax, hemp, chia, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame into your diet.
Fish oil, Krill oil or seed oils are also a fantastic additions to consider.
No. 4 – Ensure that you have regular bowel movements (at least one a day)
To achieve this you’ll need to be eating enough fibre, drinking enough water and exercising. Constipation can be a major factor in triggering hot flushes.
No. 5 – Drink plenty of pure water/coconut water/green juices/herbal teas
This will help keep you hydrated. Hydration is essential for everything.
No. 6 – Exercise
Exercise is great for circulation to get those nutrients around the body and for heart health, as well as boosting feel-good hormones and helping to alleviate stress.
No. 7 – Deal with stress
Both emotional upset and stress increases adrenaline levels, making your sweat glands work harder and causes the release of chemicals that promote hot flushes, so you want to knock that on the head now!
Try relaxing techniques such as meditation and yoga, deep breathing exercises, plus exercise that gets the heart pumping and boosting endorphins!
There are also some great supplements to help ease symptoms of stress such as Ashwagandha and Rhodiola.
No. 8 – Try Sage tablets
Sage has been shown to provide relief for excessive sweating.
A Vogel Menoforce tablets are a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the relief of excessive sweating associated with menopausal hot flushes, including night sweats exclusively based upon long-standing use as a traditional remedy.
No. 9 – Reduce or cut out foods and beverages that trigger or worsen hot flushes
These include coffee, alcohol, spicy foods, chocolate, refined/processed foods and hot drinks.
Avoiding or reducing caffeinated tea and coffee in general is a good idea anyway because caffeine can cause sleeping problems, peak blood sugar levels and throw them off course and can even cause calcium to be drawn from the bones and lost from the body.
Caffeine can also cause havoc with your adrenal glands causing more havoc as we talked about previously.
Try herbal tea instead or opt for pure water or coconut water.
No. 10 – Boost your Vitamin C
Vitamin C not only beneficial for the immune system, but it also strengthens blood vessels and works as a powerful antioxidant in the body which has been shown to help reduce hot flushes.
We’ve got lots more tips for handling menopausal symptoms with natural solutions in the rest of our series on Menopause:
Nourish’s Guide to Managing Menopause the Natural Way
For an introduction on menopause and a general overview on how natural supplements can help.
Combating Weight Gain, Anxiety and Irritability During Menopause
Bust through the blues and keep your body happy with these tips on how to keep both your mind and body in shape during menopause.
Tips for Defeating the “Drying Effect” During Menopause
Sometimes our hair and skin dry out during menopause. Here’s how to handle it if it happens to you.
Staying Strong: How to Keep Your Bones Healthy During Menopause
Strong bones are imperative to our health, but sometimes menopause can take a toll on our bones. We give you a few tips to avoid that.
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